First UMC Mission

. . .  you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’   The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” –Mark 12:30-31

As a church family, we support a variety of local, national and global missions recognizing that all people are our neighbors.

  one child, one hour, one church, one school

Kids Hope USA is a national, non-profit organization which facilitates mentoring relationships with at-risk children through a church-school partnership. It has nearly 1,000 church-school partnerships in 34 states across the U.S.  Our mentors meet with students at Lakewood Elementary school in Carpentersville.  We currently need prayer partners to be matched with our mentors and hold the students and mentor in prayer each week.  To explore becoming a prayer partner or mentor, contact Sharon Orr at

ChildServ is a United Methodist Agency in Chicago which traces its roots to the religious and social settlement movements.  Since 1894, their mission has been “to help at-risk children and their families to build, achieve and sustain better lives.”  We participate in their Backpack drive to help ensure that the children have school supplies and in their Christmas gift program which provides each child with an appropriate gift and clothing.

FISH Food Pantry in Carpentersville feeds about 550 families each month.  They are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Wednesday evenings.  Monetary donations are used to buy food at a deep discount from the Northern Illinois Food Bank.  Diapers and hygiene items that are not available from the Food Bank are donated by the community as are fresh vegetables from gardens, groceries and holiday meats such as turkeys and hams.  FUMCWD has a collection bin in the hallway outside the church office.  Checks can be made out to First UMC or Trinity UMC with Food Pantry in the memo line. 

 Founded in 1975, the Community Crisis Center services offers a 24 hour crisis hotline and information and referral; emergency temporary shelter for 40 women and children who are homeless due to domestic violence or financial crisis; individual and group counseling; medical, legal and welfare advocacy; financial assistance to abate homelessness; emergency food pantry; a batterers’ intervention program; a transitional living program; a distinct children’s program; and community education. The Community Crisis Center service area includes northern Kane County from St. Charles to the northern edge of the county and far northwest suburban Cook County; there are no service area limits for domestic violence victims.  First UMC West Dundee supports the Crisis Center with various hygiene products for women and children, especially size 4, 5 and 6 diapers, juice boxes and afterschool snacks.

  PADSPublic Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Elgin, Inc. provides safe shelter, support services and advocacy to homeless individuals in Dundee, Elgin and Hanover Townships.  First UMC of West Dundee prepares lunches for the guests after worship on the first Sunday of every month.  For more information on how you can help contact Marcia Buchs at  sign up on the Missions Board or visit the kitchen immediately after worship on the first Sunday.

   First UMC saves various labels to support Red Bird School through the Labels for Education program.  Click here for participating products:…/Participating-Products


YarnThe Yarn Ministry meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 5 pm in the Library.  We make over 150 items a year — prayer shawls, blankets, hats, scarf and mitten sets, baby booties and hats, and more. Contributions of yarn are welcomed in the box outside the church office.


Coins For Hunger

Please give your pocket change to this weekly offering for hunger ministries including: FISH Food Pantry, CROP Walk, and Feed My Starving Children.