One Mile Mission
One Mile Mission (OMM) was started by Ken Diehm, who passed away in 2011 and was pastor at First United Methodist Church of Grapevine, and Rev. David N. Mosser of First United Methodist Church of Arlington. They wanted, as a community of faith, to make a positive impact on the individuals and businesses surrounding their churches. Out of that discussion, an idea to create a specific mission to serve those within a one mile radius of the church was born—known simply as the One Mile Mission.
We care deeply for the congregation and those in the community, so with the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) and baptism in mind, we challenged our church to find different ways to reach out and serve within that one-mile circle.
OMM was initiated, leaving the ideas and options up to the creative minds of groups participating in this local mission. As a result, in addition to the national and global mission involvement that we are already very effective in, our church has become more intentional about getting involved in the community.
From its inception, the One Mile Mission has promoted the goal of introducing us to our neighborhood and introducing our neighborhood to us. We have seen this fulfilled as our members serve in various ways. We just have to look at some of the great ministries at our church.
- Volunteer with Big Hope
- Join upcoming mission projects by contacting Michelle Clark, mission and outreach coordinator
- Volunteer with HOPE Tutoring
- Read for 30 minutes a week with underperforming children
- Create an after school program for children at a local school
- Host a special meal for church neighbors
- Volunteer at the Arlington Memorial hospital
- Teach an ESL class at Arlington Reads
- Work at Arlington Life Shelter or SafeHaven
- Volunteer with our Boy Scouts troop
- Do home repair for shut-ins or persons with a handicapping condition
- Bring a neighbor to church and then take them to lunch
Recent Projects and Outreach
- Gave away over 3,000 books to children and adults in the community
- Collected $120 for student/teacher math books
Arlington Life Shelter
- Church members collected coats in their neighborhood
- Serve breakfast four times a year
- Collect and donate food
- Donated school supplies
- Ring holiday donation bell at local grocery store
- Sorting and counting funds
Methodist Mission Home
- Donated 56,000 sheets of notebook paper
SafeHaven Women's Shelter
- Collected clothing and other items
- Donated money to help music teach provide costumes to students presenting a musical at Creative Arts Theatre and School