“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” - Jesus in Matthew 25:35-36
We have a long history of reaching out to our community and the world, caring for needs locally, nationally, and internationally. Whether it’s serving in local homeless shelters and food banks, financially supporting and serving with community organizations, repairing homes and building relationships around the country (and the world) through our youth mission trips, building relationships and repairing/building facilities with our partner missions around the world, Faith is committed to reaching out to our community and world, celebrating the healing love of Christ.
Updates from Missionaries We Support
The General Board of Global Ministries is the global mission agency of The United Methodist Church. There are over 300 Global Ministries missionaries serving in over 60 countries. Faith Church budgets funds to covenant with two missionaries to provide financial, spiritual, and emotional support. This partnership is much more than a financial commitment. It is a dynamic relationship where we and the missionaries pray for one another and communicate regularly. When we covenant with one missionary, we are supporting the entire United Methodist missionary community on their behalf and in their name. Faith has covenanted for many years with Nan McCurdy and Ellen Hoover and their spouses. The Hoovers retired in May 2017, so this year we are covenanting instead with Belinda Forbes, who is stationed in Nicaragua. Nan McCurdy had been in Nicaragua for many years, but moved back to the United States a few years ago and is now working on behalf of the Global Board from a home base in California.
Feeding the Hungry and Homeless
Faith UMC provides meals to several homeless shelters and donates food to local food pantries.
Dorothy Day Place
Located at 5320 Marinelli Road in Rockville, Dorothy Day Place is a transitional shelter for single adult women run by Catholic Charities.
Faith members prepare dinner for the women on the second Sunday of every month.
Interfaith Works Women’s Center
Located at 2 Taft Court in Rockville, The Interfaith Works Women’s Center is part of Interfaith Works’ homeless program. The Center is a 70-bed emergency shelter serving approximately 300 women per year. Case managers work with women to facilitate recovery and stability, as well as connect them with housing, medical, mental health, and social services.
Faith members prepare and serve dinner for one week a year. We also provide breakfast and lunch for the week.
Table of Sharing
Food donations of non-perishable items can be placed on the small Table of Sharing in the Narthex. Canned foods, boxed foods, and kids’ snack foods (no glass items please) are welcome. Food is distributed to Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg or to Rockville HELP .
Local Organizations We Support
Through our offerings, fundraising, and outreach activities, we support several local non-profits. We encourage the congregation to volunteer with these organizations.
A Wider Circle
A Wider Circle seeks to end poverty for one individual and one family after another. They work in partnership with those they serve and with those seeking to help to ensure that every child and adult has the chance to succeed and the opportunity to live well.
Community Ministries of Rockville
Community Ministries of Rockville seeks to improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable of Montgomery County residents by providing basic services including housing, healthcare, homecare, education, and emergency assistance, with the goal of achieving and maintaining client self-sufficiency, and advocating on their behalf.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat’s mission is to eliminate poverty housing. Partnering with caring individuals and organizations, Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County (HFHMC) constructs simple, decent, affordable homes and empowers hardworking, low-income families to become homeowners by providing no-interest mortgages with which to buy them.
Interfaith Works is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency and a non-sectarian interfaith coalition of more than 165 affiliated congregations of diverse faiths, working together to meet the needs of the poor and homeless in Montgomery County, Maryland. Their programs shelter, clothe, and feed our neighbors in need and provide supportive services with the goal of helping them achieve self-sufficiency.
Manna Food Center
Manna Food Center’s singular mission is to eliminate hunger in Montgomery County, Maryland. Through food distribution, education and advocacy, they are making strides on behalf of more than 78,000 county residents who experience hunger and food insecurity.
Mobile Medical Care
MobileMed’s mission is to improve the health of low-income people who face the greatest barriers to care access. They provide patient education toward self-directed health management, improved health and a decrease in the need for Emergency Department medical care. Their clinics are conveniently located on mass transit lines and are available at fixed sites and on mobile medical vans at nine locations in Montgomery County (DC Metro Area)
Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless
Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH) provides solutions to end homelessness in Montgomery County. Their vision is to build a community where everyone has a safe, stable, and affordable place to call home.
Rebuilding Together Montgomery County
Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (RTMC) works in partnership with state and local governments, community volunteers, nonprofit service providers, and corporate partners to provide free critical home repairs, energy efficiency upgrades, and accessibility modifications to our county’s most vulnerable residents.
2017 Rebuilding Day on April 29, 2017 was a lot fun and hard work. Stay tune for the 2018 Rebuilding Day next spring.
Rockville HELP provides emergency financial assistance (eg. prescriptions, rent, utilities, groceries) and other aids as needed to residents of Rockville, Maryland. They furnish information and referral services in other areas not specifically covered in our program.
Stepping Stones Shelter
Stepping Stones Shelter Inc. provides a continuum of services (emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, and post-shelter support) to homeless families with children in order to move them from crisis to a stable home environment.
International Organizations We Support
Through our offerings, fundraising, and outreach activities, we support international missions through The United Methodist Church.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. They provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.
Nan McCurdy, with her husband Miguel Mairena, previously served in Nicaragua and now serve as Mission Advocates for the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. They are one of two missionary couples Faith covenants with. This partnership is much more than a financial commitment. It is a dynamic relationship - we and the missionary pray for one another and communicate regularly.