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Mission & Outreach


"First Fruits" Thanksgiving Collection   |   Serve Our Schools   |   Texas Ramp Project   |   Inside Out 


Manna Food Pantry   |   Emily's Meals   |   "In His Steps" Shoe Bank   |   Health Ministry   |   Casseroles Ministry  |   CarePortal  |   Truck Ministry   |   Disaster Response

We are called to serve in GOD'S Mission!

We hope that you will  join us and share your gifts of service, in God's name! We have many ongoing and annual opportunities for service.

To learn more about these service opportunities, join us Sunday mornings at 10:00am during Common Hour at Hands & Feet (...and Mouth to Eat!), an intergenerational time of fellowship and service. Come, have a bite to eat and serve together while learning about how we are God’s Church in our community! It is open to ALL AGES (children and youth through 8th grade must be accompanied by parent or adult). Join us in West Overflow Room off the Sanctuary in the North Building, and contact Susan Hellums with any questions ( ).


For information about any of the opportunities below, please contact Susan Hellums, (956) 686-3784 or .

"First Fruits" Thanksgiving Collection

Shop our list and bring your items to the church by Wednesday, November 16. You can also find printed versions of the list, as well as bags for your "first fruits," in the Narthex at church.

Then, join us Sunday, November 20, at 1:30pm to assemble at least 150 Thanksgiving boxes with the food collected, plus fresh fruits and veggies, to distribute to less fortunate families in McAllen and the surrounding area.

"We also assume responsibility for bringing to the house of the Lord each year the first fruits of our crops and of every fruit tree." - Nehemiah 10:35


S.O.S. (Serve Our Schools)

First UMC S.O.S is another opportunity for us to serve in our community and invite others to join us! To be the church OUTSIDE our walls!  SOS has developed into a year-long relationship with Escandon and Hendricks Elementary.    It is our plan to continue this relationship in the future and perhaps develop others in our community!  We have done several activities in the past for the students and faculty of this MISD School.

We have helped support a clothing and supply closet at this south McAllen School. We have held breakfasts for Teachers Appreciation Week and have assisted in their fundraisers.  We have held back to school drives and more.  We also support a breakfast for the Teachers during Teacher Appreciation.

There are other opportunities to read to children throughout the year at other MISD Elementary Schools.  Email Susan Hellums at  if you are interested in doing this!

Texas Ramp Project


Help us build ramps for the disabled in our community

First UMC McAllen partners with Texas Ramp Project to build handicapped accessible ramps (ADA approved) for those in need in our community.  This is typically a 4-6 hour endeavor and requires a team for 6-8 people.  It is our goal to build 7 ramps per year.  Typically, we have a church-wide call for servant volunteers to help at least once a year, in the spring.  Otherwise, these are done periodically as time allows.

Inside Out


A full day of service with projects around the RGV for all ages and skill levels

This is a day, typically in the spring, when our Church goes outside the walls, together to serve at various agencies/ministries in our community.

McAllen FUMC has been active in Outreach and Evangelism since our birth, over 100 years ago. We live in one of the poorest counties in Texas and God put us here for a reason! If you’d like to change the world and make a difference in the lives of others, join us! We have regular service opportunities for people of all ages and abilities as well as monthly projects that enrich lives on both sides of the border. Here are just a few…

Manna Food Pantry


Join us in sorting, packaging and distributing food to our hungry neighbors

Our Food Pantry is an Agency of the FOOD BANK OF THE RGV.  We hold Monthly Food Pantries on the third Monday of every month, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.  We gather to prepare bags of food once a month in advance of the Pantry.  Monthly emails are sent to our congregation to remind you that we need help.  Servant volunteers are always needed! If you have questions about this ministry, just e-mail or call Susan Hellums ( ) or email Carol Dearth ( ).

Emily's Meals


Work with us to feed the homeless

This is a ministry for the homeless in our area.  Meals (often hot lunches) are served by First UMC every other Thursday and one Saturday every month. They are then delivered to the homeless around the community.  This ministry is sponsored by the Woven Women's group of our church; however anyone is welcome to serve!  If you are interested in helping with this ministry please e-mail Peggy Trom at

"In His Steps" Shoe Bank


Work with us to feed the homeless

This ministry provides shoes to school-aged children in the McAllen ISD, with a pair of properly fitting shoes appropriate for school!  If your gift of service is data entry and/or paperwork, here is a perfect way of serving!

Health Ministry

We have a nurse on our staff! If you or someone you love needs a health advocate, give her a call!

Casseroles Ministry

Join us in this ministry to provide home-cooked meals to those in our church family going through a tough time.


Our church partners with the CarePortal of Hidalgo County and child welfare!  Child welfare workers uncover needs and CarePortal makes local churches aware, giving them a real-time opportunity to respond. CarePortal supports churches with a heart to help local children and families in crisis. Churches in the network own and sustain this work through time, prayer, and resources.  Your help is needed!

Truck Ministry

We are often able to fulfill the needs of others by virtue of what we have been blessed with ourselves. The life and ministry of this church is no different in this respect. There are at times many opportunities where a truck is needed, such as hauling items for the respite center, Food Bank or Care Portal. If you have the blessing of owning a truck and want to assist in these opportunities and more, we are starting a truck ministry that will afford you another chance to bless others.

Disaster Response

When a natural disaster strikes, such as a hurricane, flood or wind event our Church family steps up to assist those affected in our community and beyond, if we are able and have not been affected ourselves.  We assist with tarp, health/hygiene kit, and clean-up bucket assembly and distribution.  Some of us that are trained, offer assistance in an Early Response Team.  Members of our Church also serve on the RGV Long Term Disaster Response.  If you are interested in any of this response, please let us know.

If you have a particular gift of service that you would like to share, please do not hesitate to CONTACT US!

There will various other opportunities for service throughout the year!  Be sure and watch your church e-mails, call or e-mail Susan Hellums, 956-686-3784 or .