Mission Outreach

Home Missions: On the first Sunday of each month, FUMC contributes particular  items to the Salvation Army. Each church is asked for something different each month. In September, we are asked to provide personal care products (shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.).

Salvation Army Goods Needed:
January: paper products, personal hygiene products, and diapers
February: Soup and crackers
March: Peanut butter and jelly
April: Jello, pudding, and canned fruit
May: Detergent and dish soap
June: Pancake, muffin and bread mixes, syrup
July: Macaroni and cheese, tuna helper, Hamburger helper
August: Instant potatoes and powdered milk
September: Personal care items (soap, shampoo, tooth care, etc)
October: Canned meat and fish
November: Cereal and juice
December: Rice and pasta


The Annual Jasper County CROP Walk will take place soon, probably in October. Those who plan to volunteer, including but not limited to Sunday School students and the youth, probably want to begin now to sign up sponsors. Pledge envelopes and sign-up sheets should be available soon. Interested persons should contact the church office. Watch church bulletins for more specific information as it becomes available.

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Missionary Support: We have sponsored several missionaries with contributions to their schools, hospitals, and other work that they do. At times we have had missionaries come to FUMC and share what they do at a potluck.The missionaries we have supported are the Mefors in Africa, Foglemans at RedBird Mission in the US, Peggy Egbert in Iowa, and Jim Purdue with Hispanic Ministries in Iowa.

Mission Table:  Starting in the late spring and continuing through late fall, our mission table is filled with fresh fruits and vegetables from our gardens. Sometimes baked goods are brought in. We all enjoy buying things from the table to take home and use. Money from the table is used to feed the hungry, support missionaries, and other projects that support those in need.
Trinity Church in Des Moines: Evey fifth Friday, several members of our church meet in our kitchen to prepare food to take to Trinity church for evening meals. Other volunteers go to Trinity to serve food to around 100 people who are hungry, or homeless.

Builders Call:  The Bishop of Iowa sends out a call for assistance to churches in Iowa who need help with remodeling or perhaps even building a new church. Individual members have responded to this call, and send in contributions.

Helping Hands: This fund grows by contributions from our members to be used for members in a time of personal need.

Coats for the Needy: Church members bring unused coats to give to the needy during cold winter months.

Mitten Tree:

Fourth of July Parade 2015:
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T-Shirt Mats for Haiti
Volunteers worked many hours on these mats that were sent to Haiti in June of 2010.  They cut donated t-shirts into strips, tied the strips together, rolled them into balls, and crocheted them into mats to be sent to Haiti for people to sleep on. Newton and surrounding communities completed more than 100 mats. Pastor Gary led a prayer of blessing/dedication, and the mats were hung around the church for all to see!