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Moscow First United Methodist Church has an active service ministry, reaching out locally, regionally and internationally in a year round campaign to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ, serving our neighbors in need. We support a variety organizations and programs, reflecting the diverse interests of our congregation. There is a theme of meeting the basic human needs for food and shelter running through most of our service ministry.

As a congregation, we support three children at the Jamaa Letu United Methodist orphanages in the Congo. We celebrate the cultures, music, food and people of Africa each January with speakers, performances, movies, crafts and education in our Sunday schools, small groups and worship service, culminating in a bake sale fundraiser at the end of the month. We consider Patience, Papi, and our soon to be announced second girl, to be members of our church family.

In the spring we usually send a mission team to serve at UMCOR West, the United Methodist Church's disaster response staging center, preparing critical support supplies to be sent as needed around the world. Our supplies have helped with fire recovery in the intermountain west and provided support after typhoons in the Philippines.

In May we support the Moscow Food Bank, hosting a food drive to help stock up shelves in the off-holiday season, with each weekend dedicated to a different meal. Throughout the month FUMC typically collects a pickup truck load of grocery sacks loaded with healthy foods.

Over the summer, we support the Moscow School District's Summer Lunch program, providing volunteers to distribute lunches for local children in local parks. This program is open to all children, regardless of income level, to encourage healthy eating habits over the summer.

The gardeners in our church recently rose to the challenge of the Backyard Harvest "Growing for the Greater Good' program, bringing in their fresh bounty each Sunday during harvest season to be distributed to the local food banks.

Each fall we sponsor a toiletries drive to support Sojourner's Alliance, the local homeless shelter, and Shalom Ministries in Spokane, providing much needed personal care items such as shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes that cannot be purchased with federal support dollars.

Year round, First United Methodists participate in the local Habitat for Humanity program, volunteering on the build site and at the Surplus Sale, serving on committees and boards to help ensure the success of this ministry working to eliminate poverty housing on the Palouse, one home at a time.

And FUMC is one of 13 host churchs for the recently started Family Promise of the Palouse program, offering the shelter of our building and providing meals once every thirteen weeks to local homeless families with children in partnership with the Rolling Hills LDS Ward.

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