“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When Jesus had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. – Acts 1:8-9 (New Revised Standard Version)

This is the last thing Jesus said before ascending to heaven. In the resurrection, he tells the disciples to go. To be a witness in the place they were (Jerusalem), the region they lived in (Judea), with people different than them (Samaria), and to the ends of the earth.

Our church lives into this calling to be a witness everywhere. One of the ways we do this is by supporting ministries in Pulaski, southwest Virginia, and around the world. Every fourth Sunday, we have a special Faith Promise offering to support their diverse work:

JANUARY

New River Community Action A well-known proponent of self-sufficiency, NRCA offers “A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out” to local families in need. NRCA works with our community’s most vulnerable residents including the homeless, ex-offenders, the disabled, and struggling young families. We coordinate with approximately 1,000 local volunteers to offer a variety of programs to improve the lives of over 12,000 people each year. Some services address basic needs such as food, shelter, and employment. Learn More

FEBRUARY

Willow, Alaska United Methodist Mission This ministry was formed in response to the poverty needs in the area; First UMC Pulaski has sent mission teams to Alaska multiple times, including in summer 2018. The weekly food pantry serves between 200-300 people monthly.  Willow has a firewood ministry, helps with specific construction projects on homes as needed, and has a fuel voucher program.   Learn More

MARCH

Beans & Rice Pulaski Improves the economic well-being of low-to-moderate income families through hunger relief, after-school programs that improve educational opportunity for at-risk children, job creation for low-to-moderate income families, and savings programs that help families buy their first home and children save for education. Learn More

YMCA Pulaski County The YMCA is a charitable association dedicated to building healthy spirit, mind, and body. Learn More

Fairview Home Dublin Helps provide personal care items such as clothing, shoes, and other amenities to residents in this assisted living facility.

APRIL

UMCOR The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church. UMCOR enables us to give through the local church to support disaster relief when situations arise. 100% of funds given through UMCOR go directly to those being served. Learn More

Pregnancy Resource Center New River Valley The Pregnancy Resource Center of the New River Valley is a non-profit medical clinic and Christian outreach for those facing an unplanned pregnancy. We operate two clinics with locations in Blacksburg and Radford. Learn More

Future Projects Seed money for new needs and new ideas at our church.

MAY

Holston Annual Conference Offering Joining with the other 800+ United Methodist churches in the Holston Conference to support an annual mission project.

Local Joint Missions Partnering with Dublin United Methodist Church to support joint missions throughout Pulaski County and the surrounding area.

JUNE

FUMC Pulaski Ministry to Area Needy Used to aid individuals who contact the church in need of assistance with utilities, housing, prescription medications, heating, and other needs.

JULY

Wesley Foundation Radford University The mission of the United Methodist Student Center at Radford University is to promote and support spiritual development, theological reflection, religious tolerance and social awareness among students, faculty and staff within the university community. Learn More

Young Life Pulaski County Young Life invites kids to follow Christ, cares for them regardless of their response, and changes lives in the process. Learn More

AUGUST

Daily Bread First Presbyterian Pulaski Every weekday over 100 people in Pulaski receive a hot meal through the ministry of Daily Bread. Your gift helps buy food that is prepared by volunteers.

Project Crossroads Serves the needs of God’s children in the area through home repair, new home construction, firewood delivery, and emergency assistance. Learn More

SEPTEMBER

Feed My Lambs More than 100 students from Pulaski Elementary, Critzer Elementary, and Head Start are given backpacks filled with easy-fix food for the weekend.

River North Correctional Chaplain Funds help provide a chaplain at this facility in Independence, Virginia, who provides pastoral care and spiritual guidance to the inmates and their family members.

OCTOBER

Free Clinic of Pulaski County Provides primary medical, nursing, and mental health care, medication, and health education to adults in Pulaski County who do not have the resources to obtain these needs. Learn More

Jubilee Project A Holston Conference ministry in Hancock County, Tennessee. Food security, shelter, access to clean water, health, self-worth, and love. Learn More

NOVEMBER

Marie Humbane (Zimbabwe) The mission at Ishe Anesu provides education to underprivileged children, orphans, and the poorest of the poor.

Helen Roberts-Evans (Liberia) Helen’s work includes meeting needs in teacher training, scholarships, resources, new school construction, and school renovation/repair.

DECEMBER

Warming Station Pulaski County When the temperature drops to 40 or below, this ministry provides lodging for area homeless. Includes showers, clean clothing, a hot meal and a warm bed.