TO SERVE – NOT TO BE SERVED
We are very mission oriented at Perrysburg First. We not only have a Missions Committee that works hard to find ways for us to help others, but we have a Sunday School Class called Sisters On Sunday (SOS) whose purpose is to serve others. We involve everyone of all ages in working to reflect God’s love to all people through our service, fundraising and gifts. We are here to serve, not to be served. Here are just a few of the missions we support:
Friendly Center – The Friendly Center is a faith-based neighborhood center connecting our neighbors in North Toledo with resources to empower their lives. They offer individual and family programs such as food pantry once a month, hot meals every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and a senior club once a month. Children’s program like and After-School Program, helping with reading, Bib/Brothers/Big Sisters mentoring and a summer program. Perrysburg First supports the Friendly Center through volunteering donations of monies, food throughout the year, and gifts for the children at Christmas, and Easter eggs for their annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Friendly Center is a United Methodist Organization supported by United Methodist Women.
Perrysburg Christians United (PCU) – Perrysburg Christians United is a local non-profit organization which is supported by Perrysburg First and other Perrysburg area churches. PCU is a 100% volunteer operation and relies on the generosity of the community to support its mission. PCU operates a food pantry that provides groceries for those who live in Wood Country north of State Route 582. Proof of residency and photo identification are required, as is proof of income. The pantry is open on Mondays from 1-3 p.m. and Fridays from 9-11 a.m. The pantry is located in the back parking lot of Grace United Methodist Church, 601 East Boundary, in Perrysburg. Perrysburg First continually collects food items and donates money to PCU. Our church sponsors a special food collection called “Bountiful Bags” in November and a toy drive in December. PCU also provides financial assistance in times of crisis, in conjunction with the Perrysburg Township Fire Department for the Christmas Toy Drive, sponsors three Red Cross Blood Drives, supports the U.S. Postal Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Drive, and has a Feed the 5,000 food drive during each Lenten season.
St. Paul’s Community Center & Cherry St. Mission – St. Paul’s and Cherry St. Mission are both local shelters for the homeless. Our church (and sometimes individual members of our church) hold fundraisers to help support these two wonderful organizations. We also take food to the shelters throughout the year.
Family House – Family House is a shelter that exclusively serves homeless families. They are in constant need of child care items such as diapers, diaper wipes, baby bottles, infant formula and baby clothes. Perrysburg First supports Family House through our donations of items and financial support.
ISOH/Impact – ISOH/Impact is a local organization that provides disaster relief locally, nationally and internationally. We support “Kids Against Hunger” which is operated through this organization. The picture at right shows us packing 10,000 meals to be shipped throughout the world to feed hungry families. A wonderful project for everyone from children to adults in which to participate.
Our Military – We are constantly in prayer for all our military men and women throughout the world. Our SOS Sunday School Class arranges for cards of support and care packages to be sent to military personnel serving our country throughout the world.
Missions International of America – MIA is an organization that started the Brad Reddick School in Savanette, Haiti. This mission was started by Drs. Jay and Jan Nielsen and it has grown and grown over the years. They have built a school for the children, have installed a water system, installed a solar system, and provide much needed medical supplies and attention to the children and families. We hold an annual Spaghetti Dinner to earn money to help support this faith-built mission. There is also a huge Haiti Fundraiser every year in August to support the work of MIA. Lots of food, fun for the kids, a silent auction, music provided by Praise Teams and other local talent, and more is at this event. You can also sign up to support a child from Haiti! If you would like to learn more about MIA, please read more….
Love First Miracle Offering – This offering is taken at the West Ohio Annual Conference of the Methodist Church each year and our financial help goes towards missions throughout the world.
UMCOR – UMCOR stands for United Methodist Committee on Relief. Their mission is to “Be a voice of conscience on behalf of the people of the Methodist Church, to work globally to alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing.” We help by supporting UMCOR financially throughout the year and also when specific disasters call for needed assistance.
Nothing But Nets (Mosquito Netting Kits to help fight malaria) – Nothing But Nets is an organization that provides mosquito netting kits to fight malaria throughout the world. We help by providing funding to help save lives.