Missions and Outreach
Our efforts to care for others are a grateful response to the love of God that we have experienced. For the past several years, some of our church members have traveled to other parts of the country (or even around the world) to share God’s love through service. We have sent volunteers to repair storm damaged homes in New Jersey, Indiana and Louisiana. We have also sent teams to Weed, CA to repair homes damaged in wild fires. Three of our college age students went to Nicaragua to help build a school. Our high school students annually travel to Native American Indian reservations or urban cities sites to repair & weatherize homes.
Turlock Caring Ministries
Loose Coin Offering
Each week we take a loose coin offering and all proceeds go to deserving organizations.
Upcoming Loose Coin Offering
August - Wesley Foundation
September - FUMC Scholarship Fund
October - Turlock Together
November - Heifer Project International
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Over forty people have knitted and crocheted over 1,600 baby blankets and prayer shawls, which have gone all over this country and as far away as Europe, Africa, Asia, and S. America. They are a lasting reminder to the recipients that God’s abiding love and comfort is always there for us. All are welcome to knit and worship with us. We meet every Tuesday morning at 9:00 A.M. in the Florence Porter Room at the church.
We Care Meals
The first Thursday of every month beginning in September we prepare and serve meals at the We Care Shelter. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 485-8342 (cell) 250-1863 (home) if you would like to sign up to cook, deliver, and/or serve a meal.
Three years ago we started our Annual Chili Cook Off. This is a for fun event for all ages to raise funds for charity. Our next cook off will be February 2019. Proceeds have benefited Imagine No Malaria, Hope Lives Here shelter project and the Turlock Chaplaincy.
Oodles of Noodles
Our church, working with Village Fresh Market, purchased over $850 worth of egg noodles this year for the United Samaritan Foundation's Daily Bread Lunch Truck program. These funds were donated on one Sunday alone! We are their sole provider of noodles and annually take donations the last Sunday in January.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Each December we have a day in front of Village Fresh Market where volunteers ring the bell and take donations for the Salvation Army's Kettle Drive.
We are a "Blue Barrel" drop off location! Donations of new toys and non-perishable food items may be brought down to the church and placed in blue barrels late November through early December. These items are then distributed to those in need in Turlock. Our Senior High and College Groups deliver meal boxes to elderly shut ins on distribution Saturday
Salvation Army Christmas Dinner
Our church partners with the Salvation Army to prepare a portion of the meal they serve on Christmas. Volunteers arrive Christmas morning and prepare all the stuffing and the yams for this event by noon.
Change the World Day
Late April/early May we gather as a church and work on projects that will impact our community. Some projects have included: blankets for shelters, benches at Salvation Army, clean up at city parks, yard work at the animal shelter, yard care for church members, a blood drive and repair projects at Jessica's House and the We Care Shelter.
Volunteers In Mission
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Volunteers Making a Difference
Video By Lee Parker First United Methodist Church in Turlock, California sponsored a mission to Ghana, West Africa, January 17-31st, 2009. The objectives of the mission were to assist in the reconstruction of a girl's school in Winneba and bring needed medical supplies to the Rafiki Orphanage in Winneba and to a women's medical clinic in Enyan Abasa.