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It is important to remember that most situations need more than money to bring about a remedy. The actual presence of our congregation in assisting others demonstrates to those who are hurting that church members actually care about them; and therefore, Jesus loves them. It is important for Outreach Committees to not only collect the resources (money and supplies) for a need, but to encourage members of the congregation to use their talents and energy to work hand-in-hand with those who are hurting to bring about a transformation in their lives. In essence, the Outreach Committee builds a bridge between the talents of the congregation and the needs of those who are hurting. Where possible, it is more effective to teach others to help themselves than just to offer assistance. Working one-on-one with those in need puts the church on their level and presents the most effective witness to the love of Jesus Christ.


Hands of Christ Food Pantry


Our church actively supports the local Hands of Christ Food Pantry (HCFP) with donations of food, monetary gifts, and volunteer time. The HCFP is located at 361 N. Railroad, Paxton (behind WPXN) and is open 9-11 am each Saturday and 4-5 pm the last Tuesday of each month. HCFP is a distributor of Eastern Illinois Foodbank commodities to eligible recipients living in the PBL area. Contact Cara Fitton for further information.


Outreach 2023 Mission Basket


Weekly worship service Mission Basket and congregational giving provides financial support for local and United Methodist regional and worldwide outreach efforts:

January – Human Relations; Native American Ministries; Peace with Justice

February – Cunningham Children’s Home

March – Conference Camping program; local youth Church Camp scholarships

April – Hands of Christ Food Pantry

May – Red Bird Mission

June – Missionaries

July –PBL School Supplies/backpacks

August – Coats for PBL Kids

September – Champaign County Down Syndrome Buddy Walk/ Panther Pals

October – Service Club Goodfellows Basket; Angel Tree; Christmas Bags for shut-ins

November – tba

December - tba

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