Impacting Lives in Our Community
What does it mean to be a serve in a community? Being a social servant means that you are offering something – something that is not required nor an obligation. You do not serve for the pursuit of a monetary prize or recognition. You serve because the optimist inside you, perhaps the idealist, spies a glimmer of hope. You understand that you are helping and fulfilling God’s plan that has always been inside you.
Serving is also about connecting. Working side by side with others. This connects you to other human beings as you are working toward a common goal. When you you serving, you are making connections. You are connected with the community. You are connected with the problems as well as the solutions.
We hope you can find a way to serve our community. We offer many ways to get involved. If you are in need of more information, please contact us – we will be happy to assist.Contact Us
We collect food items throughout the school year, and deliver backpacks to several Jefferson County schools with at-risk students. These students often have limited access to food on weekends. Our backpack ministry means they do not have to go hungry on Saturdays and Sundays.
We are always accepting non-perishable food items. You can bring them to the church. We have a donation room that is accessible directly from the main lobby. The backpacks are packed with uniform sized items so please provide the sizes as they are listed below. We are unable to use other size packaging.
Mercy Ministries: Serving the Forgotten Ones
Forgotten Louisville Ministry at MUMC has branched out and updated it’s name to reflect an expanded focus beyond homeless in downtown Louisville. The new name is Mercy Ministries: Serving the Forgotten Ones.
Jesus instructs us to care for the poor and needy. The MUMC family has been faithful in caring for our homeless in downtown Louisville and will continue to remain faithful to this critical ministry. This ministry’s leadership team has long felt they could do more. Homelessness, hunger and loneliness is not isolated to a small downtown area only. These needs exist in South Louisville, Portland and even right in our own back yard of Middletown. You may even know of needs not served and we would love to hear from you.
MUMC is a blessed congregation and we recognize that our resources and time can be directed to reach additional marginalized people who are among the forgotten in our culture. This is the same group, still serving homeless, but now looking to extend beyond a single lot in downtown Louisville.
If you are interested in serving with our Mercy Ministries, please contact ministry leader Amy Davenport or our Associate Pastor of Outreach, Trent Lloyd.Contact Amy Contact Trent
The Lighthouse Academy sponsors an after school program for at-risk children and youth in the Newburg neighborhood. Many of our members volunteer there as tutors, mentors, supervisors, etc. throughout the school year. The Methodist Men also do various fundraisers throughout the year where all the proceeds go to the Lighthouse Academy.
Their mission is to provide youth in our community a safe place to learn and grow through educational, spiritual, and economic programs. Lighthouse’s vision is to provide experiences that will foster a love for lifelong learning. The center is open to all regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, special needs, or religious preferences. In order to meet the needs of the community, all programs and services are free of charge.Lighthouse Academy Website
Mobile Medical Ministry
The Good Samaritan Foundation awarded grants to us to support a mobile medical ministry. Our mobile unit uses volunteer providers and nurses to regularly visit the homeless and marginalized populations of Metro Louisville. We do this in partnership with the Family Community Clinic on East Washington Street – Louisville’s only totally free health care clinic.
We pursued the mobile ministry in order to reach more people who do not have access to barrier-free health care and to be more intentional in our mission to the community. Rather than sending the message that if they come to us we will serve them, we chose to go to them and serve their needs. In the past year and a half, we provided 400 flu vaccines and served 203 individuals. We also made a commitment to including health education projects in what we are providing for the community.Mobile Medical Newsletter – February 2020