We are supported by dozens of volunteers who give of their time, their treasures, and their talents to help bring you this thrift shop.
If you wish to offer gently used clothing, household items or furniture, please call or drop off your donations. Arrangements can be made for pick up of your larger donations. Thank you in advance for your time and HAPPY SHOPPING!
The Bible says, “Without a vision the people perish.” I add to that an amazing concept that our vision must become our “mission”. That has truly happened at First United Methodist Church of Dunnellon. Our heart is for missions locally and the foreign fields. Mr. Wesley, our founder, said “The world is my parish”, and Jesus said as well that the fields are ripe to harvest.
Thank you for being a part of this mission family. We are so excited to be part of something greater than ourselves as we give our time, our talents and our gifts to...the least of these.
Blessings on you, our Lord’s bride, the church of Jesus Christ. You have been faithful in your mission, now go forth and bless others as you have been blessed.
Missions by the month
.THE GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
This is a program offered at FUMC twice a year. It is a six-week grief support group that is very helpful to the grieving person. It is advertised in the local newspaper and offered to the community.
This ministry involves the daily pick-up of day old bread items from Publix Grocery, which are given to Annie Johnson Senior Services Center and “Jesus Is” Ministries.
THE PRAYER QUILT MINISTRY
Started in 2002, this is an outreach ministry which combines the gift of a hand-tied quilt with the gift of prayer for someone in need. Each knot tied into the quilt represents a prayer that was offered specifically for the recipient of the quilt. Quilts are made on an as requested basis and only made with the recipients desire to receive it. This group provided 140 quilts during 2014, making a total of 1,128 quilts over 12 years. The group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month in Friendship Hall.
Collection area is the fenced-in green area outside of Friendship Hall. Recycling funds are placed into the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund and utilized for various items as approved by the Pastor, including helping those in need. You can increase our ability to help those in need by bringing in your cans.
UNITED METHODIST MEN (UMM)
UMM sponsors moneymaking projects throughout the year to finance various special local mission projects. Members of UMM are supporters of the “Scouting” program. They also contribute to other missions. The UMM meet the 4th Thursday at noon in Friendship Hall.
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN (UMW)
The Michelle-O-Gram was established five years ago following the untimely death of thirty-six year old Michelle Blauser Standridge. Michelle was a victim of breast cancer. While undergoing treatment over a three year period of time, Michelle continually reminded women of the need to get their mammogram testing done on a regular basis.
All funding for the Michelle-O-Gram is generated through donations as well as fundraising efforts. We have NO administrative costs. Every dollar earned is used to assist women in our LOCAL community.
The Michelle-O-Gram provides both screening and diagnostic mammograms, as well as breast ultrasounds for women, and men, who are either uninsured or underinsured. Just recently we have begun assisting individuals, who have been tested for the BRCA gene, with genetic counseling, and the Michelle-O-Gram has also assisted with a few biopsies.
To date, the Michelle-O-Gram has assisted well over 600 women, and one man, with mammography exams. The Michelle-O-Gram has spent $160,000.00 within our six county area.
The Michelle-O-Gram is on Facebook, on the internet at michelleogram.com and can also be emailed at email@example.com. For assistance, or more information, please call our message at 352-469-6006 and one of our volunteers will return your call.
October will be the month for special emphasis for this mission.
UGLY QUILT MISSION
This mission provides bedding and personal hygiene items for the homeless. Several ladies of the church meet Friday of each week at 9:00 AM in Friendship Hall to construct bedding similar to sleeping bags from donated bedspreads, sheets, blankets, comforters, etc. The Dunnellon Annie Johnson Senior Services Center distributes these quilts.
“Jesus Is” is located in Ingles, Florida. Its primary focus is a free 90-Day Drug and Alcohol Addiction Rehabilitation Program. All therapy is explicitly Christian with a strong emphasis on the Word and power of God and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Even though the courts often assign people to this program in lieu of a prison sentence, there are no government funds provided. All financial assistance is from donations. This ministry also provides food, clothing and over-night shelter for transients and gives away clothing, blankets, furniture and appliances to the needy. May is the month of special focus on this mission.
FAMILY HOPE PREGNANCY CENTER
The Family Hope Pregnancy Center is a Christian Ministry that reaches out to women, and their partners, who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. They provide emotional support and practical assistance to help families plan constructively for the future of their child and themselves. They now have an ultrasound machine for use with their clients. Counseling is provided which includes pregnancy education, alternatives to abortion, healthy lifestyle patterns and sexuality. Many of those receiving assistance are teenage girls and boys who are frightened and naïve, and misinformed about so called safe sex. Demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ is paramount in this ministry. September is the month this mission will be highlighted.
This mission provides new school shoes for needy children in our community before school begins in August (also at Christmas time, see Christmas Season Missions). Participants can donate funds and/or assist a recipient family selecting and purchasing appropriate shoes. Happy Feet mission is highlighted during the month of July.
Christmas Season Missions
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
This is a once a year ministry at Christmas time promoted by Franklin Graham, through the Samaritan Purse Ministry. Millions of shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts are sent to needy children all over the world. Since the start in 1990, the millionth shoebox was sent last year. We send at least 300 boxes from our church each year.
This ministry is to provide Christmas gifts to Children of our church, and the surrounding community.
CHRISTMAS HAPPY FEET
This mission was started to provide new school shoes to needy children in our community at the end of the summer vacation. (see Happy Feet in Local Missions) Since the children either wear out or outgrow shoes purchased in August, this mission was expanded to repeat in December during the Christmas break.
FUMC FOOD PANTRY
Members of our congregation are asked to bring unexpired non-perishable food items, personal hygiene items and laundry detergent to the church. This is not a community-wide food bank. It is to assist members of our faith community and/or people we know who are needy.
ANNIE JOHNSON MEDICAL PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE
Annie W Johnson Senior and Family Service Center is a non-profit organization whose specific purpose is to help needy families. The Prescription Assistance Program offers transitional help for those who have a financial need but are not eligible for other health coverage, i.e. Medicaid or Medicare. Candidates for assistance are very carefully screened to determine their eligibility for assistance. We will highlight this mission in November.
THE “4 GET ME NOT” ELDER CARE MINISTRY
This is a four-hour respite for care givers of frail seniors and people with early dementia, or any seniors who would like to come and participate in the activities. Service is provided every Tuesday from 12:30-4:30 in Friendship Hall at FUMC.
JIM RUSSO PRISON TRANSITION MINISTRY
Jim Russo was an exciting Pastor and Evangelist of the United Methodist Church, who founded the prison ministry. A new facility has been built this year in Bradenton, Florida for male inmates. The home offers a bed, food, small stipend and opportunities to work so that the individual can move forward and not return to criminal activity. Through your monetary gifts we have sponsored a room in the new facility and contributed additional funds to them. We will highlight this mission in April .
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Habitat for Humanity is an International Christian ministry that provides housing for families who live in sub-standard homes, many that are deplorable. It’s a partnership arrangement where the person receiving the new house will work along with volunteers to construct it. The recipient must work a minimum of 350 hours on his/her rehab house or 500 hours if it is a new house before claiming the house and making interest-free payments. The hours may also be met by working on another Habitat house. All donations received will go to the Marion County Chapter of Habitat. Over a dozen Habitat houses have already been constructed in the Dunnellon area, at least one of which was for a member of our church. Special emphasis on this mission will be the month of August.
DUNNELLON FOOD 4 KIDS MINISTRY
The purpose of “Food for Kids” is to provide food over the weekend to hungry children in the Dunnellon community. Several Dunnellon churches and Dunnellon organizations participate in this ministry. Non-perishable food is accepted to fill the back-packs and donations are tax deductible. The following items can be brought to the church: Individual boxes of cereal, breakfast bars, pop tarts, individual size powdered milk, canned tuna, canned luncheon meat, canned pasta, canned soup, boxed macaroni & cheese, peanut butter crackers, cheese filled crackers, individual packs of cookies, granola bars, jars of jelly, jars of peanut butter, pudding cups, fruit cups and individual containers of juice. All jars should be plastic, and cans should have pull-tabs. Cans and jars should not weigh more than 15ozs. and not have expired dates. “Change For Kids” is the 4th Sunday of each month. (Please bring your food donations to the church.)
RURAL MISSION (JOHN’S ISLAND, S.C.)
Rural Mission is an ecumenical not-for-profit organization providing human services to low-income families on the South Carolina Sea Islands of John’s, Wadmalaw, Yonges, and Edisto. Rural Mission, an advance of the UMC, provides a lifting hand spiritually, emotionally, physically, economically, whatever the need, minister-ing with compassion and accountability to those in need. Volunteer teams help to build or repair homes for disadvantaged persons, frequently the elderly or single parent families. A team of volunteers from Dunnellon FUMC goes to Rural Mission for a week in March or April each year. See the Rural Mission website and photos on our church website. March is the month for special emphasis on this mission.
FLORIDA UNITED METHODIST CHILDRENS HOME
Every 5th Sunday we have a special offering for the Children’s Home located in Enterprise, Florida, and the newly educated youth ranch in northern Florida. The home provides a Christian atmosphere and strives for excellence in helping individuals, families, and communities grow through services provided in a safe, nurturing environment of trust and open communication. Resident treatment, transitional living, and family supported adolescent foster care are just a few of the many services provided to these at risk children.
The Heifer Project is a world-wide ministry providing funds to assist the needy in establishing vegetable gardens, buying poultry, milk cows, pigs, etc. The recipients learn to grow their own crops, raise and breed their animals and are able to provide food for their families for generations to come. This mission will be highlighted in December.
Parenting Education and Child Development Aid (PECDA), is a non profit Christian organization in Naivasha, Kenya that assists 55 families (with 265 children), widows, orphans and single mothers in two slum villages (Kihoto and Manera) through parenting training, Christian counseling, community education and working skills. PECDA’s mission is to teach Christian values, encourage church attendance, and to provide food, clothing and medical assistance to HIV/AIDS victims. Brother James Githukah administers the program through the PECDA Board of Directors, and provides accountability for the funds that our church provides monthly from donations that are designated for PECDA/KENYA. Our church has provided seven sewing machines and has provided training for 17 women that learned tailoring skills. Because of food shortages due to drought conditions, PECDA is currently focusing on providing the ten poorest families $3.00 per day for food purchases. Consider adopting a family for this monthly food distribution, by donating regularly to PECDA/Kenya. This mission will be highlighted during the month of February.
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is an UM organization that supports humanitarian aid worldwide when there is a disaster like an earthquake, flood, drought, etc. We give financial support to UMCOR throughout the year when there are appeals to provide aid for a particular devastating disaster. On March 15, 2015 we will join Methodists around the world in One Great Hour of Sharing Sunday, when you will be encouraged to contribute to this ministry.
God called Bob Wood, Jr. into the mission field several years ago. The Dunnellon First United Methodist Church voted to support him as a missionary to Honduras. Bob has planted several churches, mentors lay ministers to pastor the churches while he travels, teaches Bible studies and provides pastoral care to his parishioners.
In the Fall of 2012 Bob was appointed presbyter (preacher, teacher, administrator) of a circuit that includes eight churches or missions, two clinics and two schools. He has eight lay ministers who assist him in spreading the gospel.
He needs our support on a regular basis. Some financial assistance is received from outside our church, but the majority of sup-port must come from the Dunnellon FUMC. Not all of us have been called to be missionaries in other countries, but we can support Bob as he spreads the Gospel to those in Honduras. This mission will be highlighted in June.