At Belleville First United Methodist Church we offer everyone a chance to participate in Missions opportunities through both giving and participation. The Missions Committee has three separate focus areas: local: (our Food Closet), regional: (Feeding and Clothing the Homeless in Metro Detroit), and global: (Support of our United Methodist partners in Liberia – Rev Jacob Nathan at Zacchaeus Garjay School, and John Dean Town Mission station).
In addition, there are regular opportunities for Volunteers In Missions trips, Appalachia Service Project construction missions, and for the support of missionaries in the U.S. and in Liberia. Whatever your interest or passion, there is something in the Missions field that will allow you to put your gifts and faith into practice helping others.
Helping the Homeless
Our church delivers fresh fruit, hand-warmers, gloves, etc. to 20-40 people in need each day both on the street & at the NSO shelter. We also deliver "Winter Care Kits" during the colder months each year. There is a tote in the narthex to collect the items needed. You can include the following items in trial size: shampoo, conditioner, lotion, tooth brush, mouth wash, toothpaste in a one gallon ziploc bag. Other items needed are: knitted hats, gloves, white crew socks, and hand-warmers. You may also add: individual sizes of hand sanitizers & kleenex. We especially need hand-warmers. Contact Mike Skelton at 734-776-3630 or the church office to find out how you can help.
This project provides lunches four times per year at the Detroit Central United Methodist Church. We make up 400 sandwiches plus cookies & chips each time. We then deliver & serve them.
For more information, contact Mark Groeneweg or the church office.
Member Care Team
The Member Care Team is doing a ministry to honor & support those actively serving in the military. We will send care packages overseas. Look for the bulletin board - soon to be placed in the narthex for more information. Any church member who has a Son or Daughter, Brother or Sister, Or Grandchild in the service please contact Barbara Moore @ 734-751-5506.
Our group headed to Baton Rouge, Louisiana from Feb. 11th-14th, 2019. This group did reconstruction work on homes damaged by flooding during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Great mission! For more information contact Mike Skelton at 734-697-8915
Rev Jacob Nathan and Zacchaeus Garjay School
Belleville First UMC has been working with Rev. Jacob Nathan in Liberia since 2008. Currently, Jacob is the principal of Zacchaeus Garjay School and pastor of Zacchaeus Garjay UMC in Grand Bassa County Liberia. Jacob is working to bring education, sustainability and the Word to the Garjay Community. He has a special interest in helping the Youth to overcome the lingering effects of civil war and ebola. There are many chances to help Jacob in his ministry .
Belleville First UMC continues to support students at Zacchaeus Garjay School. In 2019 our $500.00 donation allowed 12 children to attend school who otherwise would not have this chance for education. Here are their thank you letters. (slideshow-click arrow at right to see them all)(click each to enlarge)
John Dean Town Liberia
John Dean Town is a United Methodist Mission station located in a very rural part of Grand Bass County Liberia. The station includes a clinic, the Gretta Moffat school and Brumskine UMC. The school and clinic provide the only education and healthcare to the all the surrounding villages. We participated in a project with the Ann Arbor District of the United Methodist Church to improve the health of mothers and children. Wells have been constructed for many villages, and the training of the Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA’s) as public health workers is ongoing. Mother and infant mortality has been reduced and the clean drinking water has improved the general health of the area. More work remains, but together with the United Methodists in Liberia we are able to make a difference in people’s lives and show the love of Christ to others. Opportunities exist to further support health initiatives and to sponsor students at Gretta Moffat School.
For More Information, Contact Mark Groeneweg: HERE