FUMC of Arlington

Upcoming Outreach & Mission Trips

Upcoming Outreach & Mission Trips

*Please contact Michelle Clark, Director of Mission and Outreach, for more information on for any of the below events.

Upcoming Events

Emotional/Spiritual ERT Class

Sat, July 7 | 8:30 am-12:00 pm | Conference Room

Provides training in identifying spiritual and emotional needs of individuals, communities, and congregations following disasters; responding to those needs; elaborating strategies for disaster responders' self-care, and understanding how Care Teams fit into the overall United Methodist Disaster Response structure.

140 minutes, 140 hours, 140 years of service

How do you begin?

  • Pick an outreach that you have a passion for.
  • Share with the mission team your plan on an “I am going to love my neighbor by ______” in the church office or hallway.
  • Make your service a priority.

Where do I go from there?

  • Offer to tell your story in an article for the magazine, during worship, in your small group or Sunday school class, or Bible study.
  • Ask others to pray for you along the way and offer to pray for others in return.

What are some service ideas in Arlington?

  • Work with the children at the Life Shelter with reading and evening activities while parents are in classes.
  • Be a lunch buddy at Webb elementary school by eating, talking, ready, and encouraging an at-risk student.
  • Bake cookies and make placemats for Kairos Prison Ministry that participate in four weekends per year at the men’s and women’s prisons.
  • Assist at the Christian Women’s Job Corps by mentoring a participant, helping out in the office, leading or assisting in the classroom, helping with technology – there is something for everyone!
  • Go on a short-term trip to the south Texas coast to help rebuild after Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
  • Build with Habitat for Humanity or provide food for volunteers that are working to provide affordable housing to families in Tarrant, Johnson, and Erath counties.
  • Partner with Project Transformation team at FUMC to provide meals or be a summer reading buddy for a week for struggling students trying to improve their reading.
  • Connect with the Wesley Foundation student ministry at the University of Texas at Arlington. Provide a meal for worship night, “adopt” a student not from this area, assist pastor with special projects.
  • Be a Clinic Day Volunteer at Justice for our Neighbors. Do you have good people skills and an interest in meeting people from foreign lands? Can you provide a warm welcome while at the same time collecting very personal and confidential information? Help 1 or 2 times per month on a weekday for 3 or 6 hours (morning or afternoon… or both!) Days of Service: Second Wednesday at Genesis United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Second Thursday at Arapaho United Methodist Church, and Second Saturday at First United Methodist Church Grapevine.
  • Help receive and sort food at Arlington Charities.
  • Drive for Meals on Wheels and connect with local elderly or disabled who need the nutrition and friendship.
  • Sing, play the piano, do crafts at a nearby nursing facility.

 

Emergency Response Training

One of the primary ways the Central Texas Conference responds to disasters is via our Early Response Teams (ERT). The Central Texas Conference ERTs respond to disasters within the conference, as well as to help other areas facing disasters. The mission of an Early Response Team is to provide a caring presence in the aftermath of a disaster, under very specific guidelines that enables a team to be productive and caring while causing no further harm or being a burden to the affected community.

If you are called to serve as a member of the CtC ERt, you must register and participate in one of the trainings taught throughout the year. These trainings are taught by "authorized" UMCOR trainers, and team members are given authorized ERT ID badges from UMCOR as evidence of completing the training. The topics covered in the class include the who, what, when, where and how of doing disaster response ministry, as expected to accomplish in the face of a disaster. All volunteers must have completed the ERT training, in addition to Ministry Safe.

If interested in completing the requirements to be an ERT member, please contact Michelle Clark for more information.