Local Missions


GOD’S COMMUNITY GARDEN

Farm Stands are closed for the season.  Fall and Winter harvest will go to the Portsmouth Food Pantry and the Salvation Army.

 

GOD’S COMMUNITY GARDEN

GOD’S COMMUNITY GARDEN – VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED: 10 AM – 12 NOON ON MONDAYS,TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, JUNE – SEPTEMBER to pick, weigh and pack vegetables for the farm stands and for general garden maintenance.

*A volunteer packing vegetables and arranging flowers at the garden.

FARM STAND LOCATIONS: Closed for the season

  • Calvary UMC,  200 Turner Rd., Middletown
  • St Paul’s UMC, 12 Marlborough St., Newport

– PLEASE NOTE – THE PRODUCE AT OUR FARM STANDS IS FOR ALL SENIORS AND FOR ANYONE WHO CANNOT AFFORD TO GO INTO A GROCER OR FARMERS MARKET TO PURCHASE FRESH VEGETABLES!!!   WE DO NOT ACCEPT MONEY HOWEVER DONATIONS ARE WELCOME.

FOR INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN DONATE TO GOD’S COMMUNITY GARDEN, PLEASE CONTACT THE PUMC CHURCH OFFICE AT 401-683-4005.  YOU MAY ALSO FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE GARDEN AT http://www.godscommunitygarden.com/ AND ON FACEBOOK AT http://www.godscommunitygardenri.com/

For more information about the garden and it’s history and what is currently happening at the garden go to  God’s Community Garden


 ST. PAUL’S UMC COMMUNITY MEAL

For more than 20 years, PUMC has participated in one of the many Newport Community Meals.  Every other month, our congregation is asked to donate casseroles, salad makings, bread, desserts and drinks for us to serve in the St. Paul’s UMC Soup Kitchen.  Usually we serve 70-80 people with many receiving seconds and even thirds.  Over the years, we have made friends with many of our clients.  In addition, we also bring gently used coats, mittens, and hats to people who might not have these essential items.

 


BROWN BAG SUNDAY

Brown Bag Sunday is a combined project with the Sunday school and the Missions Committee. The Sunday School children decorate brown paper bags and distribute them to the congregation. The bags are returned full on the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving.  At that time, the Missions Committee sorts and distributes the food. In 2018, 11 families received our gifts of love at Thanksgiving plus 13 brown bags were given to Martin Luther King Center.  We also gave $35 gift card to go for the perishable items such as turkeys and fresh produce.  It is a thrill to see the faces of the recipients if you are lucky enough to be the one to deliver the goods.  Names and addresses are kept confidential.  

Brown Bag Suggestions:

Peanut Butter

Jelly/Jams

Cranberry Sauce

Boxed Potatoes

Rice

Gravy Mix/Cans

Pumpkin

Evaporated Milk

Cake/bread Mixes

Canned Veggies/Fruits

Canned Juices/Juice Bags

Soups


DOWN EAST MISSION WREATH PROJECT

These are fresh, high-quality, hand-made, fragrant Balsam Fir wreaths from Maine.   24” wreath (door size) decorated with a traditional red bow for $24.  A true ‘taste’ of Maine for the holidays! Wreaths delivered to PUMC the Sat. after Thanksgiving.  All proceeds benefit the church.  Contact Beth Velzis or the church office with any questions.


ROPE OF LOVE

In October, our church participates in the Rope of Love project.  One of our members contacts the local schools to determine how many coats are needed.  Tags may be selected by members of the congregation, giving the size and sex of the child.  Coats are returned and hung on our rope of love that is hung from the railings leading into our sanctuary.  In previous years as many as 36 coats were distributed to needy children in Portsmouth.  Deadline for this year’s donations is Saturday Nov. 28.  Due to Covid-19, drop off procedures are different this year.  Please call the church office for details.


GIVING TREE

At Christmas, needy families receive wrapped gifts to brighten their holiday season.  On the first Sunday in Advent, a Christmas tree is set up decorated with brightly colored tags, listing the wishes of several needy families.  Church members select a tag and purchase and wrap the requested gift and return it to church in the middle of December, so that they can be delivered before Christmas.  


THANKSGIVING DINNER

Started in 2008, the church hosts a Thanksgiving dinner for anyone in the community who wishes to break bread together and share fellowship on this special day. 

Due to Covid-19, the FREE Annual Thanksgiving Dinner sponsored by the Portsmouth United Methodist Church will be slightly different this year. Same delicious turkey dinner with all the fixin’s, only it will be by “drive-through” pickup between 11 AM and 2 PM Thanksgiving Day instead of eat-in.  All procedures for preparing the meal will comply with the State of RI Health Department regulations.

Reservations for the meal ARE REQUIRED by calling 401 683-4005 or 740 277-9424 by November 22. When you call, you can select a time to arrive and get a pickup number so that the number of meals packaged and brought to your car will be correct. You may choose the type of pie (pumpkin, apple, pecan or blueberry) for dessert during the reservation process. Be sure to make your reservation early as only 100 meals will be available.

Please be advised that the food prepared for the meal may contain: milk, eggs, wheat, soybean, peanuts, or tree nuts and is not gluten-free.

 


FLOWER MINISTRY

Each week during the summer, volunteers deliver flowers to those who are hospitalized or in a care center.  These flowers are grown in the Community Garden and arranged by some of the garden’s volunteers.  This ongoing ministry brightens the lives of those who receive these special deliveries.

PLEASE CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE AT 401-683-4005 IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT MORE ABOUT OUR MISSIONS.