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The Mission of the First United Methodist Church in Erie:Our church's core values:
 - We value our relationship with God through Jesus Christ
- We value our relationship with the people God has gathered into our church
 - We value all worship and music that connects people with God
 - We value downtown people, all of them
 - We value the next generations
 - We value our Methodist heritage and connection

Our vision for our church:
 - A church whose people have a contagious love for God and their neighbors

Our Church's Purpose:
 - The purpose of the people of the First United Methodist Church in Downtown Erie is to share our passion for Jesus Christ with Erie's next generations

Our Church's Slogan:
- A downtown church for downtown people
Missions News

Flood Relief

Cleaning Bucket Materials:
  • 5-gallon bucket with resealable lid –
  • Liquid laundry detergent – One 50 oz or two 25 oz bottle(s) only
  •  Liquid household cleaner – 12-16 oz liquid cleaner that can be mixed with water (no spray cleaners)
  • Dish soap – 16-28 oz. bottle any brand
  • 1 can air freshener – Aerosol or pump
  • 1 insect repellant spray – 6-14 oz aerosol or spray pump with cover
  • 1 scrub brush – plastic or wooden handle. 18 cleaning wipes – Handi Wipes or reusable wipes; no terry cleaning. towels and remove from packaging
  • 7 sponges – no cellulose sponges due to mold issues; remove wrapper 
  • 5 scouring pads – no stainless steel, Brillo/SOS pads; remove wrapper
  • 50 clothespins. Clothesline – one 100-ft or two 50-ft lines; cotton or plastic
  • 24-rolls heavy-duty trash bags – 33 to 45 gallon; remove from box
  • 5 dust masks 2 pairs durable kitchen dishwashing gloves; remove wrapper
  • 1 pair work gloves – cotton with leather palm or all leather
  • Monetary donations are also accepted. Also need $1.50 to ship each bucket. It costs approximately $65.00 to fill each bucket.

Hygiene Kit Materials


  • 1 Hand Towel 15X25 inches to 17X27 inches (no kitchen, cleaning or microfiber towels)
  • 1 Wash Cloth 
  • 1 Comb Comb needs to be sturdy & longer than 6 inches long (no pocket combs or picks please) Rattail combs & combs without handles are acceptable with a minimum of 6 inches of teeth 
  • 1 Metal Nail File or Nail Clipper (no emery boards, please)
  • 1 Bath-size Soap 3 oz and larger sizes only (no Iivory or Jergens soap due to moisture content, do not remove original packaging)
  • 1 Toothbrush Adult size only (Do not remove original packaging) 
  • 6 Adhesive bandages inch to 1 inch size Common household band-aids 
  • 1 Plastic Bag (One-gallon size sealable bag only) 
  • $1.00 to purchase toothpaste 
  • Monetary donations are also accepted. (It costs approximately $12.00 for each Hygiene Kit).

Erie United Methodist Alliance (EUMA) and All God's Children Ministries/Ramps of Hope are holding our Fourth Annual Shoe Drive. Through this shoe drive, we raise needed ministry funds, shoes are kept out of landfills, and micro-enterprise ventures are supported in developing countries.  Last year, our supporters helped to raise $19,696.80 for our two missions! Start your collections by gathering old, unwanted pairs of shoes (gently used, please); rubber band pairs together; and package 25 pairs per bag. Shoe collections are brought to Annual Conference in June in Grove City.  For more information and a list of additional collection sites, please visit
Missions CalendarLast Thursday of each Month:  College Student Spagetti Dinners
Feb: ServErie
April: Underwear drive for EUMA Rainbow Connection
Fundraising for Zimbabwe church
May / June:
Shoe drive to benefit EUMA
Highmark Walk for EUMA
July: Brown Bag Sunday for Henderson UMC Food Pantry
Aug: UMCOR School Kit Drive
Erie Gives Day
Sept: Ride for the Refuge
Sept: Church World Service: Crop Walk
Oct: ServErie
Nov: Brown Bag Sunday for Henderson UMC Food Pantry
Dec: Teddy Bear Sunday
All Year: United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), for victims of natural disasters




Your United Methodist Women’s Mission Dollars At Work


The start of United Methodist Women (UMW) in 1869 concentrated in mission to women, children and youth--the most vulnerable people in the world.  Today, the same purpose is still in the forefront of  UMW.  Outside of the US there are 136 mission sites and 97 in the US, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The UMW mission dollars also support all the missionaries and deaconesses/home missioners.  Our organization of UMW at FUMC provides funds to local missions in the Erie area.  Please do consider making a pledge to missions or a donation to the local organization to support missions.  If you would like to pray for the mission sites and missionaries, a Prayer Calendar is available in the Prayer Room (the Burton Room). 

Our dollars for mission are so very important.  Please give your pledge or donation to Marian Reim, the treasurer for the UMW.  If you write a check, please mark in the memo section that the check is for UMW missions--donation or pledge.


Thanks to the generosity of United Methodists around the world, more than 880 projects and missionaries will receive a financial boost to help them meet their mission goals.  The denomination’s General Board of Global ministries announced that the first-ever UMC #Giving Tuesday generated a record $6.5 million online on December 3, 2013.  Nearly 11,000 donors in 34 countries gave more than 16,300 gifts through “The Advance” to mission and ministries they believe in.  Global Ministries matched the first $500,000 received.

Building on the recent U.S. shopping traditions of Black Friday, Local Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, UMC #Giving Tuesday offered an opportunity to start the Christmas season by GIVING instead of GETTING and at the same time supporting organizations that are transforming. 

“We were overwhelmed by this giving that went far beyond our dreams,” said Thomas Kemper, the head of Global Ministries.  “The people called Methodists once again have exceeded themselves in love and solidarity.”

brwn bagThanks to all who donated non-perishable food items to the Henderson United Methodist Church's Food Pantry.

Brown bags were gathered, filled with food for those in need, on Sunday, July 26th.
teddyTeddy Bear Sunday
The congregation brought along Teddy Bears to Sunday worship.  
These bears will be provided to children in need around the region. 
1/3 of the tedy bears collected went to the UM Alliance and 2/3 went to the Mercy Center for Women.  
Hats, Mittens, and Underwear collection

First UMC collected these items for the cold weather. These were placed on the Christmas trees downstairs lobby near Fellowship Hall.

The items collected were provided to the Rainbow Connection and the International Institute to help local refugees who have located here from warmer climates.

Brown Bag Sunday

Thank you to everyone who donated food on Brown Bag Sunday, November 24th.  Many needy people in our area will benefit from all the food donated.  So far we have collected more than 48 bags!
Missions Links:

United Methodist AllianceThe United Methodist Alliance is an Erie region organization supported by the Western PA UM Conference, its churches, and the community.  EUMA Logo
UMCORThe United Methodist Committee on Relief is an international agency dedicated to serving all in need.  UMCOR Logo