We strive to live out the gospel through giving and serving in Christ's name. We partner with several helping agenies to serve our neighbors near and far, helping with food and household goods, shelter, education, encouragement, and spiritual support. Our church motto is "Hearts, Heads, and Hands for Christ", and we always welcome new volunteers! Contact Outreach/Mission Chair, Kathy Witman.
We accept ongoing donations of non-perishable food, cleaning & paper supplies, personal hygiene products, as well as, new and gently used clothing. On the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 4-6 p.m. we open our Benevola Blessing pantry and clothes closet to those in need. Patrons may choose needed items from each of the above categories, along with fresh produce and meats as available.
Free Community Breakfast
We open our Spiritual Life Center (SLC) the second Saturday of each month by offering a free hot breakfast, fellowship, and spiritual support to any member of our community who wishes to attend. The hours are 7 – 10 a.m. Free will offerings are optional.
Care Packages for our Troops
We send goodie boxes occasionally throughout the year to members of our church family & community friends who are in the military (US or overseas). Donations of magazines, hard candy, gum, chap stick, snack crackers, and puzzles for example are collected in our red/white & blue military box in the vestibule of the church.
We support the “shoebox” project to provide needy children throughout the world with Christmas gifts. We collect and delivery the donated boxes filled with goodies to the designated county site for distribution.
South County Food Pantry
& Micah’s Backpack
We partner with the SC food bank & Micah’s Backpack to provide financial support and to donate items as needed. We volunteer the fourth Thursday of each month during the school year to pack food items into backpacks to fight hunger for low-income students. We volunteer one day a month at the food pantry during their business hours to provide for those in need.
We prepare and freeze family and smaller size casseroles occasionally throughout the year for our sick and shut-ins. If you know of a church family member who could use a prepared meal you are encouraged to take one from the freezer and give it to them. We ask that you use the sign-out sheet so we can track when we may need to resupply the freezer.
Salvation Army Bell Ringers
We volunteer to man the Salvation Army kettles on three days during their annual fundraiser at Valley Mall
Angel Tree Project
We coordinate with the south county area elementary, middle and high schools guidance counselors to provide Christmas gifts to children of low-income families. Each child may request a needed and a wished-for gift that is identified on an Angel Tree mitten. Only the age & sex are known by the church member who “adopts” the mitten to purchase the requested items. The gifts are delivered to the respective schools for the families to pick up.
We offer opportunities to church members to participant in United Methodist Volunteers in Mission trips and community church-sponsored mission trips. We hold fundraisers from time to time and allocate the funds to support those who would like to volunteer their time and talents to mission work in the US and overseas. Specific guidelines/policies dictate how these monies can be used.
HARC OF WASHINGTON COUNTY
The Hagerstown Areal Religious Council is a coalition of faith communities building relationships and sharing resources to improve our community.
Moving people from crisis to thriving through mentoring, spiritual support, life-skills training, and crisis relief.