Missions & Outreach

Because we follow Jesus, who served “the last, the least and the lost,” we serve Him by serving others. We join other congregations world-wide to support many mission projects here at home, throughout central Pennsylvania, nationally and around the world. If anyone reading this feels led to service in any of these areas or would like to add a ministry to the group, please call our church office at (717) 944-6181.

Local & Individual Missions

  • God’s Clothes Closet
  • Hunger Fund Donations
  • Middletown Area Food Pantry
  • College Students Gift Boxes
  • Middletown Thrift Shop
  • Funeral Lunches
  • God’s Kitchen
  • Community Dinners
  • Meals On Wheels
  • Summer Lunch Program
  • Middletown’s Soup Kitchen
  • Share The Harvest
  • Laity Visitation
  • Cheer Boxes
  • United Methodist Children’s Home
  • VIP Van & Care-A-Van

Community Dinners:  Everyone is WELCOME!! Come enjoy a home cooked meal, meet new folks and get reacquainted with perhaps someone you have not seen for a while. Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water Street, Middletown, sponsors community dinners monthly, except for June, July, August, November, and December (see schedule below). Dinners are served from 4:30-6:30 p.m.; cost is $9.00 for adults; $3.00 for children under 12 years. We also offer curb pickup for those persons in our church family with mobility problems. To order a dinner, call 944-6181 between the hours of 9:00 and 11:30 a.m. on the day of the dinner and order the number of meals you need and choice of dessert (your choice of two different kinds). Meals may be picked up from 4:00-4:15 p.m. out front.  A reserved sign will be placed for pickups. Tickets are not necessary; pay when your dinner is brought out. For more details, call 944-6181 from 9:00 a.m. until noonMonday to Friday.

2019 – Community Dinners:

  • January 21 – Roast beef
  • February 18 – Roast turkey
  • March 18 – Baked ham
  • April 15 – Baked chicken
  • May 20 – Roast turkey
  • September 16 – Pork tenderloin
  • October 7 – Roast turkey

God’s Clothes Closet:  God’s Clothes Closet began in 2006, as a ministry to reach out to those in Middletown and surrounding communities who may need a helping hand. It is also a way we can show God’s love and our own to everyone who comes. Visitors can shop for men’s, women’s, teens’, and children’s clothing (sweaters, slacks, jeans, dresses, blouses, skirts, shirts, coats), as well as belts, shoes, hats, linens and blankets. Many in our church family, neighbors, friends, other churches and the general public donate the clothing and other items that a shopper may take for free. The doors to God’s Clothes Closet opens the first Saturday in August of each year from 8:00am until 12:00 noon. We look forward to serving many more in the future.

Prayer Shawl Ministry:  In 2014,  a Prayer Shawl Ministry was started. The group consists of knitters, who meet every Tuesday at 2:00 pm at the church. Since April 2018, they have given away 68 prayer shawls and have another 20 in reserve; 169 baby blankets, 89 baby hats, 57 lap covers to various nursing homes, 115 scarfs (90 scarfs for the homeless last Christmas); 20 bags for wheelchairs, 44 lap covers, 22 items for Spring Creek, 38 mommy mats, 26 fiddle mats for dementia patients, 8 afghans to the recent graduates in our church and 52 hats, which were sent to Sierra Leone, Africa. The latest ULTRA COOL project the Prayer Shawl Group has taken on is the “Animal Rescue Organization Wildlife Center.” Currently, the group’s focus is on knitting bird nests, rabbit nests and even kitten nests for wildlife, who have been orphaned or injured. So far, they created 55 nests for wildlife. They are a busy group and they certainly love what they do. If interested, please drop by and join the FUN!!

National Missions

  • Red Bird Mission Conference:  The Red Bird Missionary Conference was created  in 1921 for the purpose of being in ministry with Appalachian families, who are living in one of the most poverty-stricken areas of the United States, which is the coal region of southeastern Kentucky. The Conference is comprised of 23 churches, four outreach centers and three mission institutions – Henderson Settlement, Red Bird Clinic, and Red Bird Mission. In addition there are other ministries of nurture, outreach and witness including the Appalachian Local Pastors School (ALPS) and Camp O’ Cumberlands. The goal of Red Bird Mission  is to minister to the whole person by addressing spiritual, physical, educational and economic needs.

Global Missions

  • Mission Central:  Mission Central is the mission warehouse of the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. Since it’s beginning in 2002, Mission Central has had 3 points of focus: Disaster Response, Mission Outreach and Mission Education.With our volunteers, we process kits of various types (school, birthing, hygiene, sewing, etc.) for use all around the world, as well as provide supplies of all types needed for local, national and international ministries and assist countless projects that are sending God’s love around the world.To date in 2015, Mission Central touched 1,086,585 lives.
  • Sierra Leone Wells and Sanitation Project:  The people of Sierra Leone collect most of their drinking water from polluted sources. Most of the unsafe drinking sources are freestanding water, such as ponds, and unprotected wells. Infections and parasites, most found in contaminated water, lead to the largest cause of death in Sierra Leone. Poor sanitation generates high risk of hepatitis A and Typhoid fever. Stillwater breeds malaria-carrying mosquitoes that plague the region with one of the most common deadly infections contracted in the area. Sierra Leone’s environment is harming its residents, and spreads diseases that make the country nearly uninhabitable. The Water Project has built wells to provide clean water to over 7,000 Sierra Leoneans, with more plans on the horizon.
  • Stop Hunger Now:  Stop Hunger Now gets food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people, and works to end global hunger in our lifetime. Established in 1998, we have provided over 180 million meals in 65 countries. We have engaged over 500,000 corporate, student, civic and faith-based volunteers to package meals. We educate thousands of people each year about hunger and inspire them to help end it. This year, we will package 45 million meals, and ship over $9 million in donated aid, mainly vitamins and medical supplies.
  • New Life Mission:  By the grace of God and the dedication of Pastor Dr. Philemon and Rev. Elishiba Chhetri, New Life Mission has created 153 churches and 5 schools for the poor and needy children in Nepal and India. Currently there are 147 missionaries, pastors and teachers serving this ministry for the Lord in the remote mountain villages of  Nepal and India. To learn more updated information about New Life Mission, please click on . . .  NLM’s June 2016 newsletter
  • CROP Walk:  CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by religious groups, businesses, schools and others to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. Join the original walk event in the United States! Fight hunger globally and in your local community… ending hunger ONE STEP at a time!!