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Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels service is provided by First United Methodist during the months of November and March. This program is run in conjunction with the Artesia Medical Center. Volunteer drivers are always welcome.
A few years ago, First United Methodist Church established a "Benevolence Fund" to help people in the community who may encounter a specific emergency situation -- such as the need to buy gasoline for a car, pay a utility bill, or perhaps pay for a needed prescription. A voucher system has been set up that involves the cooperation of some of the local businesses and eliminates the need for cash on hand. This fund is solely supported by gifts from church members. An individual may obtain help by coming to the church or by calling the church office and talking to any staff member.
First United Methodist Church maintains a food pantry to serve individuals that need basic groceries on an emergency basis. This help is not meant for long-term help. The groceries are provided by members of the church that give either groceries or money to be used for the purchase of groceries. Individuals who need help may come to the church office on Tuesday mornings and a staff member will help them.
First United Methodist Church provides Bereavement Assistance to its church members. The Bereavement Assistance usually is a meal provided to the bereaved and their family members. The meal is usually provided at the church in either fellowship hall or the parlor. However, on occasion, the meal may be provided in a private home, depending on the wish of the family. Any woman of the church may serve on a bereavement team which provides the food for these dinners. The bereavement teams rotate so that any woman who wishes may have an opportunity to serve.
The pastoral staff are always glad to make visits to such persons in our local or area hospitals. Please assist us by contacting the church office as soon as you know that you or your family member are going to enter the hospital or, if your removal to such a care center occurs swiftly, please call the church office while you are there.