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First United Methodist Church (FUMC) will join with thousands of other United Methodist churches across the country in denomination-wide Change the World events during the month of May. As part of the event’s Hunger Ministry Weekend to help feed impoverished and hungry families in the area, FUMC’s families will bring perishable food items with them to worship on May 15.  After worship, the items will be taken to FUMC’s partners for the weekend:  FISH of St. Charles County, a local food pantry, and The Bridge, a homeless ministry in the City of St. Louis.

Community Outreach and making a difference is not a new concept at FUMC. We are intentionally and passionately turning ourselves inside out—that’s where the church is lived in—in the community,” stated Senior Pastor Robin Roderick.. “ Our congregation’s generosity toward our neighbors is amazing,” expressed Associate Pastor, Rev. Debby Bartley.  “On any given day, our members are involved in various ways within our community, reaching out to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors.”

The Global Change the World event was created as part of the United Methodist Church’s Rethink Church campaign, which seeks to utilize outreach events that embrace the concept of outward-bound churches making positive differences in the world beyond the church’s doors.  The concept for Change the World originated with Rev. Mike Slaughter, lead pastor at Ginghamsburg Church, a United Methodist Church in Tipp City, Ohio

For more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Rev. Debby Bartley contact the church office at (636)947-0066 or email Fumc_