Missions

Midwest Missions Distribution Center
The Midwest Missions Distribution Center sends kits and other items to those in the U.S. and throughout the world experiencing natural disasters or where mission sites help with the needs of poverty.  Volunteers perform the many tasks related to assembling various kits for shipment.  The FUMC group travels to near Chatham the third Thursday of each month. Volunteers leave from the church at 8:30 am and returns about noon.

Those interested in helping with this mission contact Ed & Nina Wunderlich at 824-3272. 

Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels is a service program of the Senior Citizens of Christian County in cooperation with Meadow Manor Nursing Home.  Area churches, civic groups, businesses and individuals deliver noon meals to homebound seviour citizens and adults with disabilities. Deliveries each day take approximately 45 minutes to an hour.  FUMC is responsible for deliveries the last week of each month.

For more information, contact:
Linda Lytle, 824-5751
Or Lynda Hall, 824-8343

Dinner Seasoned with Love Center
Dinner Seasoned with Love is a free meal for everyone served monthly at the First Presbyterian Church, 116 East Franklin. The dinner is held on the third Saturday each month from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Volunteers may cook, serve, clean-up or simply visit with the diners.

For more information or to volunteer, call 825-6824.

Hospital Sisters Missions Outreach 

This mission is a world-wide distribution of surplus medical supplies and equipment received primarily from Illinois and Wisconsin hospitals, clinics and medical manufacturers. Located on the grounds of the Hospital Sisters’ Motherhouse, east of Springfield, at 4930 Laverna Road. Volunteer opportunities are Monday through Saturday for volunteers over age 13 years of age.

To volunteer, call 525-8843.

Grab-n-Go Summer Lunch

The Grab-n-Go Summer Lunch program offers free lunch, during the months of June, July and August, for children ages 0 -18, and to anyone mentally or physically disabled enrolled in a state educational program.  Children can eat at FUMC or receive a lunch delivered to various sites throughout the county. Volunteers prepare, serve or deliver meals.

For more information contact the church office at 824-2782.

Voluntary Optometric Service to Humanity

Gently used eyeglasses or sunglasses are gathered, sorted and taken, usually to Central America, periodically by a group of optometrists.  These optometrists fit the glasses to the patients at no charge. There is a box to receive donations of glasses in the church narthex.

Mobile Food Pantry
The Mobile Food Pantry is a multi-county program of the Central Illinois Food Bank that takes its mission directly into communities. The food bank supplements the efforts of local hunger-related agencies. A truckload of food arrives in the community and food distributed through market style stations, clients choosing what they need. A local volunteer base of approximately 50 individuals is needed for each mobile event. PR asking for volunteers is done shortly before each Pantry visit. The county averages one event each quarter.

Missions for Taylorville      

Missions for Taylorville is a community endeavor to assist people who need home improvements, repairs, or yard work. Hundreds of volunteers from churches, organizations, businesses, schools and individuals receive assignments for one big day’s work.  Application forms for work needed and offers to volunteer are made available in participating churches.  Work days are planned twice a year.

Taylorville Community Garden

The Taylorville Community Garden has the mission of creating and supporting opportunities for all residents to be a part of the process of growing, harvesting and consuming fresh garden fruits and vegetables. Working in an area on the grounds of Davis Memorial Christian Church, the non-denominational volunteers donate both “sweat equity” and non-physical tasks.  Vegetables are grown in one big garden and distributed to the food pantry, needy families, senior citizens and to the volunteers who work the garden.  The non-profit welcomes time and money donations to provide the seed, tools and water. The facebook page can be consulted as to what time the garden is open and volunteers are needed.

For more information call 824-8181 or visit them on facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/TaylorvilleCommunityGarden/?fref=nf

Taylorville Food Pantry        

Donations of canned and boxed non-perishable foods can be placed in tubs located in the church hallway.  There they will be gathered and taken to the food pantry the first Sunday of each month.  Food or monetary donations may also be taken to the pantry located at 223 West Franklin Street, Tuesday – Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

Shadow Home

Shadow Home is a residential, faith-based program for homeless, abandoned, or abused women and their young children.  Located at 118 West Franklin in Taylorville. A list of accepted material donations can be found at www.shadowhome.org .

Decatur Correctional Center

This program accepts donations of gently worn women’s clothes. Clothing of all sizes and for all seasons are accepted. Clothing is given to assist in preparations for interviews for employment.  Contact Kim Smith for more details.

CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp

CEFS is a non-profit agency reaching economically and socially disadvantaged persons through programs such as emergency food and shelter, Head Start, energy assistance, transitional housing, etc.  Members of FUMC have/do serve on the board.  Located at 311 South Main in Taylorville, the organization accepts donations of reasonable household items, both perishable and non-perishable food, and unused personal hygiene items for all ages.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, International Relief.  Boxes to be filled by individuals are distributed in the church before Christmas.  FUMC is a collection for other area churches contributions.

Product Label Collections

Bring cut UPC symbols, milk caps and empty ink cartridges and place in designated containers in the church hallway.

Shadow Box Store

The Shadow Box Store is Taylorville’s only non-profit resale store, located at 505 West Springfield Road.  Proceeds benefit the Shadow Home and the Taylorville Food Pantry.   Donations of clothes, kitchen needs, linens, toys, books, decorations, furniture and other donated items are accepted.