Mercy & Justice

Faith is action. It is life. It is living to make a difference.

At FUMC Omaha, we have a diversity of ways that we work to make the world a better place. If you are interested in joining us, whether your gift involves picking up a hammer at Habitat or picking up a pen to encourage social change, we have a ministry for you to explore. Serving is one of the many ways we practice our faith and we are fueled by a spirit of love, renewed in worship and equipped by community to keep working when the going gets rough.

Food Security

Youth Emergency Services - Each night, 50-70 youth drop by the YES Harney Street location for something to eat. Help prepare casseroles the second Sunday of each month after the 10:50 a.m. worship service. Contact Judy Prenzler, prenzlerjk@gmail.com, if you can assist or want more information.

Siena/Francis House - This homeless shelter serves the Omaha community and we support their work through preparing and serving a meal on the third Wednesday monthly. Some of the FUMC groups work with the Omega group in meal preparation.

Food Drives and Crop Walk - We work to support Together, Pearl Pantry, and the CROP Walk through food drives. You can help by bringing needed items, learning more about food security, and by helping transport items to our community partners. The Crop Walk is an ecumenical global effort to provide financial resources to global agencies and local food pantries.

Volunteer

Habitat for Humanity - FUMC-Omaha joins with a coalition of churches to build a house in Omaha, working one or more mornings or afternoons in the late summer or early fall. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian ministry that welcomes all people, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or any other difference, to build and repair simple, decent, affordable houses with those who lack adequate shelter.

Volunteers in Mission - Volunteers in Mission (VIM) is a program of the United Methodist Church that began in the late 1980s. It has rapidly grown to be one of the most popular outreach ministries of the church. The purpose is to provide help for people in crisis or to provide much-needed workers for UMC (United Methodist Church) institutions which then can serve people.

FUMC-Omaha has been actively involved with VIM for over 20 years. Members of FUMC have worked locally, regionally and internationally on different types of projects which include helping build churches, schools, UMC camps; disaster recovery; home repairs; missions, etc. One-day local mission projects are planned which may include the Big Garden, park cleanup, local disaster cleanup, painting, minor home repairs and/or work at local non-profits.

If you would like to get your name on the contact list for either of these ministry opportunities, call 402-556-6262 or e-mail candice.nielsen@fumcomaha.org.

Advocacy

Poverty Education & Advocacy Team - This team organizes and facilitates learning opportunities around poverty advocacy in Omaha. Additionally, PEAT has developed a Community Kitchen Sunday afternoons.

ECO Team – This group of passionate environmentalists works to educate the community on ways to reduce carbon emissions. In 2015, the team launched a congregation-wide composting ministry on site that provides people living in urban/suburban areas an easy way to reduce the amount of food scraps sent to the landfill. For Earth Day 2016, the ECO team installed bike racks around the building to encourage biking to church instead of driving. Throughout the year, this ministry provides educational and spiritual opportunities for people of all ages.

Anti-Racism Education & Advocacy - Simply Being "Not Racist" will do nothing to end the hatred and oppression in our world. This group offers a safe space to increase awareness of our own racial biases so we may more authentically live out our faith together.

Immigration Team – This team organized our congregation to help welcome and support two refugee families through Lutheran Family Services in 2016. Members continue to offer relationships, support, and advocate for the families.

OTOC (Omaha Together One Community) - OTOC is a broad-based, multi-ethnic and interfaith coalition of faith communities and other community institutions whose members work together to shape a community that works for all. FUMC-Omaha members who participate in OTOC do advocacy work year-round on issues such as education and youth enrichment, housing and neighborhood revitalization, just immigration policy, refugee action, and workforce development and job training. The work of OTOC is grounded in the practices of one-on-one relational meetings and house meetings.