Witness & Outreach

Chair: 
Kazi Alward
Lay Leader: 
Linda Fink

Local Outreach endeavors include: serving free lunch; Habitat for Humanity; Food Bank collections; recycling; and the Project Holiday Tree.

Global Outreach Ministries empower members to put their faith into action by providing hands-on and financial support to projects such as the Hope Mission Market, Self-Help International, Church World Service, and the Appalachia Service Project.

Interfaith Ministries work with other local religious congregations to benefit causes, such as the Winter Outerwear Distribution, Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration, and To Gather Together (collecting school supplies for children without resources to purchase their own).

Groups

Each summer this team travels to the central Appalachian Mountains to work on making homes “warmer, drier and safer” as part of the larger Appalachia Service Project.  During the rest of the year, the team raises funds to support the next year’s work by sponsoring a once-a-month smorgasbord. 2013 marked the group’s 35th consecutive year.

When the Johnson County CROP Walk occurs  we have a team of  members from our congregation participate to help raise funds for Hunger projects and to bring about more awareness of the issues of Hunger in our community and the world.  

Monthly prepares and serves a free lunch at the Wesley Center from 11am-2pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month.    

Working with Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity, this team raises funds and recruits volunteers to build low cost, reliable housing for low-come families.  We are beginning to create a weekend work project here in Iowa City area called Helping Hands to assist with home repairs with our Mission RRR funds.

This group sets up and maintains a display in the Gathering Space to encourage and solicit members support of the Salvation Army’s Project Holiday. Project Holiday helps to provide gifts for children in the Iowa City area. 

This group collects recycled material from our recycling boxes in the church and takes the material to the recycling center.  

This group gathers purchases and compiles school, health, sewing and other kits to be taken to the November “Ingathering” in Mt. Pleasant at Iowa Wesleyan College,  for projects of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the Iowa - Nigeria Partnership. 

This is a project that is sponsored by the Consultation of Religious Communities.  Its purpose is to assist school students in Johnson County and the Iowa City Community School District with school supplies who do not have the resources to provide their own.  Our focus school is Lucas Elementary. 

Each fall we collect and distribute new and gently used school-appropriate clothing for children and youth ranging from pre-school (including infant wear) through high school, as well as winter outerwear for all ages.