“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Auburn UMC exists to offer Christ, nurture others, and SERVE ALL. You are invited to serve and share Christ’s love with your neighbors in tangible ways – both here in Lee County and around the world! Our mission and outreach ministries offer many opportunities to serve locally, to respond to natural disasters, and to be a part of international mission teams. Keep scrolling to learn more about our ministries and the ways you can serve. Use the buttons below to connect with our mission & outreach social media pages!
Auburn UMC is known in our community as a caring congregation. We seek to respond compassionately when our neighbors are hurting or need support. God’s love compels us to put our faith into action. We serve locally through ministries of our church led by Auburn UMC members and through several local partner ministries. Check out the sections below to learn more about these ministries and the ways you can serve and support. For more information about community outreach at Auburn UMC, please contact Joe Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Ministries of Auburn UMC
The Food Pantry provides food assistance to families who reside in Lee County. Guests receive a box of dry goods with items like canned veggies, fruits, soups, meats, pasta, cereal, peanut butter, and more. A box of perishable food with items like milk, cheese, butter, eggs, and frozen meats is also provided. The clothes closet ministry works in conjunction with the food pantry and allows guests to select a few pieces of clothing or shoes. Both ministries are located in the Auburn UMC Annex building at 302 E Magnolia Ave. A team of volunteers prepare boxes and sorts clothing every Thursday from 8am-9am and another team of volunteers operates our food and clothing distribution every Friday from 8am-11am. We are operating as a drive-thru to ensure safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are always looking for new volunteers.
Our homebound food pantry prepares and delivers a food box once a month for families who are no longer able to visit our food pantry. A team of volunteers prepares boxes on the 2nd and 3rd Thursday mornings of the month. A team of deliverers who are matched with one or two homebound friends pick up the boxes for delivery. These deliverers form close relationships with their homebound friends through this ministry.
Our MERCY Ministry (Methodist Emergency Relief for the Community) provides financial assistance for rent or utility bills to persons in Lee County who are experiencing a crisis in their lives and are temporarily unable to provide for themselves and/or their families. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the MERCY ministry is partnering with other local organizations to continue providing this assistance.
Our partnership with Loachapoka Elementary School includes Lunches of Love and Gently Read Books. Lunches of Love provides food bags on major holidays when the students will be out of school, snack bags on one day holidays, and school supplies at the beginning of school and in January. A team of volunteers gathers at the church to prepare food bags and to deliver them to the school. Twice a year, we ask the congregation to donate gently read books. A team of volunteers sorts the books and delivers them to the school so students can choose two books to take home to help build their home library.
Every family deserves a home that is warm, safe, and dry. We partner with Alabama Rural Ministry to serve with families through home repair ministry several times a year. Sometimes we serve with families who contact us directly. This work includes things like building wheelchair ramps, replacing damaged floors, weatherizing doors and windows, roof repair, and more. Each service day is also an opportunity to build a relationship with the family and share Christ’s love with them in a tangible, personal way. Some teams serve monthly on a weekday and other teams serve on Saturdays. All are welcome to serve with our home repair ministry and prior construction experience is not required. If you do have experience, Alabama Rural Ministry provides a great team leader training just for you!
Our youth ministry provides two impactful summer mission opportunities: SWEAT Week and the M25 Atlanta mission team. SWEAT Week is a 4-night, 3-day experience where youth spend the night at the church, go out to serve with local mission partners during the day, and gather in the evenings for worship, Bible study, and lots of fun! The M25 Atlanta team is an opportunity for high school students to spend a week in downtown Atlanta with ministries and organizations serving with those experiencing homelessness.
Community Ministry Partners
www.alarise.org – Through Arise, groups and individuals join together to promote state policies to improve the lives of Alabamians with low incomes. Our church is a financial supporter of Arise.
www.arm-al.org – Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM) focuses on sustainable homes, strong families, and servant leaders. They help people repair their homes, partner with communities to provide summer day camps for children and develop servant leaders through service opportunities throughout the year. We organize volunteer teams to serve with ARM on a regular basis throughout the year and provide financial support.
We financially support ACS’s Dental Clinic which offers free dental services for qualified, uninsured ACS students.
cwjclc.com – Christian Women’s Job Corps exists to minister to women in need with a hand up, not a handout. This is done by providing a vast array of life skills and job skills training, Bible study, and a mission’s context of helping women rebuild their lives. Our church supports CWJC financially and with key volunteers serving in leadership, teaching classes, and as allies for CWJC students.
www.foodbankofeastalabama.com – An initiative of the Food Bank of East AL that combines free food pantry assistance with a grocery store experience. We provide support for the Community Market.
dviceastal.org – Serving five counties (Chambers, Lee, Macon, Randolph, and Tallapoosa Counties), DVIC provides a 24-hour crisis line, a confidential emergency shelter, case management, legal advocacy, child advocacy, counseling, referrals to community agencies, support groups, and transportation. We provide financial support for DVIC.
esperanzahouse.org – Esperanza House is a non-profit organization with a focus on youth development, childcare, education, and advocacy in the Auburn-Opelika area. The children Esperanza serves come from 6 different countries with the majority being from Guatemala and El Salvador. We provide financial support for Esperanza House.
theexodusranch.com – The Exodus Ranch is a non-profit charity focused on providing a home for local children in need. They strive to provide everything needed to encourage them to become well rounded adults who are strong, self-reliant, and keen to help others. We provide financial support for Exodus Ranch. Our youth ministry SWEAT Week teams also serve here in the summers.
auburnopelikahabitat.org – Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. We support AO Habitat financially.
We provide financial support to assist families living on low-incomes with winter coats and shoes for their children.
www.mercymedicalauburn.org – Mercy Medical Clinic shares the love of Jesus Christ and his good news of hope by providing quality, compassionate medical care to the medically underserved of Lee County, Alabama. We provide financial support for Mercy Medical.
www.ovscleecounty.org – One Voice provides emergency, temporary, and/or transitional shelter that leads to permanent homes for individuals and families living in Lee County, Alabama. We support One Voice financially and have organized volunteer teams to prepare a transitional home for women in Opelika.
www.ourhouseauburn.org – Our House strives to show the love of Jesus to children and their families and to provide a Christ-centered, home environment in which they can grow spiritually, academically, and socially. They are located off N. Donahue Dr in Auburn. We support Our House financially and organize teams to serve with them in various ways during the summer.
www.reachrespite.org – REACH has a vision to create a community of hope that embraces the needs of people living with dementia and the loved ones who care for them. REACH meets in the Auburn UMC Epworth Center, and we provide many volunteers as well as office space and financial support.
The mission of the Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the principles of responsibility, citizenship, leadership, & character development through a reverence for God and the values of the Scout Oath and Law. We sponsor Pack 29 and Troop 19 and provide financial support.
womenshope.org – Women’s Hope provides accurate and helpful information in a compassionate environment to empower life-affirming choices that change lives. We provide financial support for Women’s Hope.
www.theway2serve.org – Way2Serve connects local churches and ministries to local needs. They serve churches by helping them meet physical and spiritual needs in practical ways such as home repairs, yard work, and mentoring tomorrow’s generation. They also assist the elderly, homeless, and families with physical needs like clothing, food, education, and job assistance. We provide financial support and volunteers for Way2Serve’s bi-annual My Jerusalem service day.
Disaster Relief and Recovery
Auburn UMC is active after disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes providing volunteers and resources as a tangible sign of God’s love and hope with survivors. We work in partnership with the Alabama West-Florida Conference UMC and with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). for more information on disaster relief and recovery at Auburn UMC, please contact Rev. John Fox at email@example.com
Early Response Teams (ERTs) are trained volunteer teams who deploy to disaster-stricken areas to assist in debris clean-up, chainsaw work, tarping, and house-gutting and mold remediation. ERT training is offered periodically throughout the year at various churches throughout our conference including Auburn UMC. ERTs work in close coordination with our conference disaster response coordinator and district disaster response coordinators. In some situations, untrained volunteers can serve with ERTs.”
A cleaning kit or “flood bucket” contains essential supplies a family would need to begin cleaning up their home after a storm. Our church collects and stores flood buckets throughout the year and helps to deploy them after disasters. We always accept flood buckets! This is a great mission project for individuals, families, Sunday School classes, or small groups. Click here to learn how to pack a flood bucket.
The North AL Conference UMC maintains a 30,000 square foot disaster supply warehouse in Decatur, AL, that stores and distributes all kinds of supplies needed after storms. Teams of volunteers from Auburn UMC can be organized to spend a few days serving at the warehouse sorting supplies. This warehouse is part of a network of UMCOR warehouses that responds to disasters across the southeast.
International Mission Teams and Partners
For many decades, members of Auburn UMC have heard God’s call to serve and share God’s love around the world. We are blessed by several international mission partnerships with local churches, non-profits, and missionaries. We regularly organize and send international mission teams to serve with our partners, develop relationships, and learn more about God’s heart for the whole world. Learn more about our international mission partners below. For more information on international mission teams and partners, please contact Joe Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our partnership with Cristo Vive began in 2017. Intergenerational teams travel to Palmares annually in the summer to serve alongside the church through children’s ministry, construction, and community outreach.
Throughout 2017 and 2018, our church partnered with the Methodist Church of Cuba to build a church building for Patria Methodist Church located on Cuba’s Isle of Youth. Other teams have been sent to provide ministry trainings with the congregation
The REV Home is a children’s home for 26 Haitian children and youth. REV operates a home for the younger children and a transition home for older teens. The younger children are gaining formal education, and the Transition Home is a place where teens can begin preparing for the transition into normal Haitian life. Our friend Amber Hasson has been the director since 2016. The REV Home is a ministry of Global Partners in Relief and Development. Auburn UMC has been sending teams to serve with the REV Home for many years and has developed close relationships with the children and this ministry. Click here to learn more about REV Home.
Beverly has served as missionary school director at Christian Academy in Petit Goave since 2014. She had previously taught at Christian Light Academy in Port-au-Prince where Auburn UMC’s mission teams were serving and got to know Beverly. We have continued supporting her ministry with the children of Haiti ever since. Click here to learn more about Beverly and Christian Academy
Juntas is a ministry of the United Methodist Church of Mexico which serves the people of Rio Bravo and Nuevo Progreso, Mexcio along the US-Mexico border near McAllen, TX. Their ministries include a full-time medical and dental clinic, a school, a home for children from troubled families, home construction, and youth outreach. Our first Auburn UMC team served with Manos Juntas in September 2019.
Auburn UMC has a long history of mission partnership in Nicaragua. Currently, we partner with a church in Leon, Nicaragua called El Rey Jesus Todopoderoso. Our ministry with this church includes support of a school for special needs children along with “Ms. Ramona’s” very rural school. Our teams serve with the church through children’s ministry and food assistance as well. We also partner with a Nicaraguan doctor to provide ongoing support and to host eyeglasses clinics.
Auburn UMC has supported Rev. Rhett Thompson for many years. Rhett serves as pastor of Evangelical Methodist Church in Panama City. He oversees the church’s day school program and has been involved in the development of a comprehensive rural health project alongside the indigenous Ngobe people, which includes home construction, adult literacy, community organizing, clean water, and pre-school education. Rhett is also part of creating a discipleship ministry in Panama through camps and is working toward the construction of a camp facility. Auburn UMC teams serve with Rhett in all of these ministries.
SIFAT is a long-time mission partner of Auburn UMC. Our teams have served with SIFAT in many countries, most notably with the community of Quesimpuco high in the Andes Mountains of Bolivia. With SIFAT’s partnership and the leadership of local organizations, our teams helped construct a suspension bridge as well as a school and medical clinic. We’ve also supported water projects and veterinary clinics in the community. SIFAT has a beautiful training campus in Lineville, AL, that provides all sorts of leadership and cultural training as well as a Global Village showcasing how different people of the world live. Click here to learn more about SIFAT
Wesley College is a new and unique ministry of the United Methodist Church of Tanzania in partnership with the Alabama-West Florida Conference UMC. Wesley College provides Christian education to nurture students as church, community, and business leaders who have a heart to serve others and see their communities flourish. Rev. Eric Soard, a UM missionary from Tennessee, helped found the college. Our conference partnership began in 2018. In 2019, the Auburn UMC children’s ministry director was part of a team that trained a group of Tanzanian children’s and youth ministry leaders. Future church leadership training teams are also being explored. Click here to learn more about Wesley College
International Mission Team Resources
Mission & Outreach Team
Director of Mission and Outreach
Rev. John Fox
Director of Jubilee Ministries & Disaster Relief Coordinator