John Wesley set the example of what it means to combine personal and social devotion – as United Methodists, we believe that God’s love is one that seeks freedom, justice and equity, and we are called to actively show that love in the world. Scripture compels us to help our fellow siblings, especially when we find them poor, sick and weary (Deuteronomy 15:11, Galatians 6:2, Hebrews 13:16). We’ve invested in an approach that moves from relief to empowerment, taking a step beyond fulfilling short term needs and focusing on the social, economic or educational inequalities that cause lack. This approach makes room for offering help when and where its needed most, while simultaneously working toward the foundational change that must be made to provide justice, equity and a playing field where all are valued.
We are proud to approach issues of social justice in this manner, as it allows us to address needs in a way that will transform lives and communities.
See how we fund our efforts.
is how we support the efforts of partner agencies serving our neighbors at home and abroad. The Rise Fund awards grants on a competitive basis to FirstChurch’s mission and outreach partners who are most effectively serving our communities. God has blessed this congregation with great gifts, and together we can push outside our walls to make disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world.
The Rise Fund Committee is comprised of a spectrum of FUMC members of varying ages, backgrounds and passions, awards grants to selected agencies’ requests each December. Agencies receiving funds have been thoroughly vetted by the committee, which continues to follow up with the agencies. This collaborative, accountability-based, approach emphasizes year-long stewardship and partnership with organizations that are helping to transform our community.