Current Service Opportunities during COVID-19

First Rowlett UMC is committed to serving our community during this challenging time. 

Join us as we strive to be the hands and feet of Christ.

  • Help Your Neighbor Fund

    Many of you have asked how you might make a financial difference in the lives of church members who are experiencing layoffs and residents who are having a difficult time paying bills. At this special time of need we would like to offer the opportunity of donating a portion of your economic stimulus check to our Help Your Neighbor Fund which helps us reach those families in need. You can donate online HERE and mark your donation for the Help Your Neighbor Fund or you can mail your donation to First Rowlett UMC, 4405 Main St, Rowlett, TX 75088. This is a wonderful way to bless those in need at this unique time. 

  • Weekend Food Ministry and Hope in Hand Food Pantry

    Please donate non-perishable food for our Weekend Food Ministry and the Hope in Hand Food Pantry. The need continues to grow and our supplies are low. Suggested items:

    • instant potatoes
    • canned soups
    • canned corn
    • boxes of macaroni and cheese
    • boxes of cereal
    • fruit cups
    • applesauce cups
    • canned chicken
    • canned pasta
    • granola bars
    • peanut butter crackers
    • peanut butter
    • jelly (in squeeze bottles, not glass)
    • boxes of crackers
    • dried beans
    • rice
    • soups


    Please drop off donations at First Rowlett UMC by the double doors under the covered driveway on Saturdays between 10:00 am and noon.


    Together we can love God and our neighbors!


    For more information about service opportunities, contact Georgia Lee,

  • Sewing masks for first responders in our community

    There is a need for homemade face masks for our community first responders. We have spoken with both the Fire and Police Departments and they would love to have some face masks. There continues to be a shortage and a foreseen need for many in the coming days/weeks in our streets, hospitals, and nursing homes. We have two opportunities to help - one partners with Joann's, and the other partners directly with first responders. 


    If you can sew and are interested, please contact Patty Niemeyer  

    at PeanutPatti1@gmail.com and for any of the detail options below.


    Some details:

    • Partnering with Joann's - Joann's will provide precut material & elastic. Dretha/UMW will pick up the kits. Let us know if you need a kit.
    • Partnering with local first responders - If you have access to material and elastic, you can cut and sew masks yourself. 
    • If you have material and/or elastic (especially 1/4") to share with those sewing, please let Patty know.

    • There are directions to follow. Click HERE, or find on JoAnn's website. You will also find videos on YouTube, click HERE. If you don't have filter material you can skip that.

    Working together we can make a difference in our community, and continue to support those around us.



    Sponsored by United Methodist Women, First Rowlett UMC


  • Sharing the Light of Hope

    We have been asked to send words of encouragement and support to both healthcare workers and patients at Baylor Scott & White - Lake Pointe Hospital. They have set up a special email address for this purpose, and we want to flood this with reminders of the love of Christ. This can include notes, prayers, scripture, pictures, videos - any kind of encouragement you would like to send. 


    I Thessalonians 5:11 reminds us to

    "encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing."

    And Galatians 6:2 says we should

    "Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ."


    In anything that you send, we ask that you include these words in the subject line or body of your email:  Sharing the Light of Hope from First Rowlett UMC

    For example, you can include the phrase at the bottom of a picture or under your signature on a card. This will allow us to join together in sharing a word of hope during this difficult time.

    Send your email to: BSWHLKPCARES@BSWHealth.org


    Let's work together to be the hands and feet of Christ as we

    "Share the Light of Hope from First Rowlett UMC."

Ongoing Service Opportunities


  • Food Pantry Donations

    We support the Hope in Hands Food Pantry at First Christian Church in Rowlett. Current food items needed include:

    • Peanut butter and jelly
    • Hamburger Helper
    • Boxed mashed potatoes
    • Crackers
    • Canned meat and soup
    • Monetary donations are needed and welcome as well. 
    Bring your donations to the Missions closet in the church lobby.


  • Weekend Backpack Food Program

    We assist over 150 GISD students each week who need food to eat over the weekend. We currently have urgent needs for:

    • Boxes of cereal
    • Squeezable jelly
    • Snack items
    • Soup
    • Fruit cups
    • Macaroni and cheese
    Bring your donations to the Missions closet in the church lobby.



  • ZOE Ministries - our African mission outreach

    Our church has supported ZOE ministries for the past three years and we have committed to support them again for another three.


    ZOE is a three-year program that empowers orphans and vulnerable children around the world to overcome poverty and become fully self-reliant. Active in Kenya, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Liberia, and India, ZOE has nearly 28,000 children currently enrolled. ZOE’s unique approach to empowerment:


    Locally-based: Zoe employs all indigenous staff to implement the program in each country.

    Comprehensive: Children are connected together in groups of 60-80.

    Child-led: Through ZOE, children take the lead in their own journey out of poverty.


    To learn more about ZOE Empowers: 

  • One+One Reading Program


    Our Bishop, Mike McKee, has challenged each congregation in the conference to have at least 10% of our worshiping congregation involved in this program. We are joining with churches across the North Texas Conference by working in partnership with Rowlett and Stephens Elementary.


    Each volunteer spends one hour a week at the school reading with children, tutoring, and mentoring, building relationships with children and with the school.

     

    If God is leading you to make a difference in the life of a child, check out this video or email Nancy Bowdre for more information.


  • Door Greeters

    Looking for a great way to get involved? Become a greeter on Sunday mornings. If you are interested in helping, email Kim Bonar.

  • Seasonal Opportunities

    Short-term serving opportunities for helping others in need:

    • Easter Baskets
    • Thanksgiving Meals
    • Reindeer Project
    • Angel Tree
    • School Supplies
    • Relay for Life
    • Blood Drives
  • Christian Art Wall

    Serve the members of our congregation by sharing your artwork on the art wall by the Worship Center. Contact Tracy Englert for information on our current showings. 

  • Get Plugged In

    New to the church? Or just want to get more involved? 


    Contact Dretha Burris who can answer any questions you may have about serving or getting involved in a Life Group.