local missions grant program

The Mission Council at Hendersonville First United Methodist Church (FUMC) awards grants to local organizations that include FUMC member engagement. This year we anticipate awarding $1,000 to $5,000. Our church’s mission is “Changing Lives, Making Disciples.”

Please click here to download guidelines.

Cuba mission trip 2019

Our next trip is scheduled for December 28, 2019-January 4, 2020. The Cuba team would love to have you join them on their next adventure. We will be visiting our sister church La Luz del Mundo, sharing with our brothers and sisters there. Time is of the essence to submit visa requests. If you are interested, please contact Anne (828-243-4123) or Jerry Smith (828-243-9123) and come to our next meeting, Monday, September 9th at 7:00PM in the Gettman Room. Que Dios te bendiga-God bless you!

20th Annual juried art & craft festival

First United Methodist Church will host their 20th annual Juried Art and Craft Festival, November 7, 2020 from 8:30 am - 3 pm.  Forty local artist will bring original, handcrafted art and fine crafts for sale, including baskets, oil and watercolor paintings, old world Santas, jewelry, holiday decor, pottery and wood-turned bowls.

The Juried Art and Craft Festival is one of many missional activities supported by First United Methodist Church.  Proceeds support a self-help fund for low-income residents of church-owned apartments.

Artisan Sign-up Form

Local Missions

Affordable Housing Initiatives

Habitat for Humanity

Restore / Cindy Young / 828-696-9524

Construction / Melissa Ailiff / mailiff@habitat-hvl.org

Serve others through the construction of homes and the operation of the Restore facilities.

Housing Assistance Corporation

Marcesa Harper / 828-629-4744 ext. 103 / marcesa@housing-assistance.com

A private, non-profit organization committed to providing safe and affordable housing for persons of limited income living in Henderson County and surrounding areas.

Domestic Violence Initiatives


Laresa Griffin / 828-693-3840 / laresa@safelightfamily.org

Volunteers are utilized in almost every aspect of the agency’s programs and are a vital part of Safelight’s team and delivery of services by volunteering at the front desk, sorting donations, assisting with direct services and the family violence class, and in many other ways.

Health-Related Initiatives

The Free Clinics

Jolie Singletary / 828-697-8422 / jsingletary@thefreeclinics.org

Works to close the healthcare gap in Henderson County by providing free healthcare and services to low-income,

uninsured residents.

Pardee Hospital

Karla Reese / 828-696-4240 / karla.reese@pardeehospitalorg

Volunteers help with transport, at checkout, chaplaincy, gift cart, reading cart, newspaper distribution, and many other opportunities.

Relay for Life

Judy Nutwell / 828-388-1096 / jnutwell@gmail.com

Volunteers help raise funds as a team to support the American Cancer Society. Members represent First United Methodist Church before, during and after the Relay.

Homelessness Initiatives

Homes for Youth

Kathleen Lambert / klambert55@yahoo.com

Mission is to provide stable, safe, and appropriate housing with positive role models to homeless youth in Henderson County, enabling each young person to reach his or her full potential. Volunteers needed for fundraising and grant writing, social media, meal preparation.

Only Hope WNC

Marti Eudeman / volunteer@onlyhopewnc.org

Only Hope serves the homeless youth of WNC by providing a home and services where education, personal growth, and opportunity are supported. Whether bringing a group in to sort through our pantry, helping with paperwork, or serving on the Only Hope board, you can help make a difference

Hendersonville Rescue Mission

Yam Burke / 828-697-1354

A non-profit committed to providing overnight shelter, food, and clothing to homeless in our community. Volunteers assist with chapel services, meal serving.

Hunger Initiatives

Agape Feeding

Wayne Matthews / 919-264-0708 / wayne matthews@ncsu.edu

Volunteers serve a weekly meal on Sunday afternoons at Joseph Outreach ministry on 7th Avenue. Food is typically donated by local vendors.


Backpack Mission Program

Bob Winters / 828-698-4949 / wintersnchome@bellsouth.net

The FUMC Backpack Mission Program obtains and packs bags of food to provide supplemental nutrition over the weekend for children at Bruce Drysdale Elementary School in Hendersonville who are on the free or reduced lunch program. The bags are packed weekly by FUMC volunteers and delivered to the school every Friday.

Bounty of Bethlehem

Randy Hair / 828-693-5115

Volunteers prepare and serve a community meal on Christmas Day.

Feed the Kids

Ann Pyles / 828-693-7149 / mamapyles@yahoo.com

This group works as a team with other churches and groups in the community to prepare, transport, then serve

meals to underfed children on rotating Friday afternoons at the Boys and Girls Club.

Feed Thy Neighbor

Mary Reeves / 828-749-9809 / reevesmary2@gmail.com

On the fourth Monday of every month volunteers prepare, transport, and serve a lunch for 60-80

homeless and hungry members of the community at the Church of the Nazarene.

Hunger Walk

Janet Hendricks / 828-692-8645 / gamecocknc@aol.com

Volunteers coordinate and/or participate in the yearly September walk to raise money to provide food for the needy of Henderson County.

The Storehouse

Lynn Staggs / 828-692-8300 / lynn@storehouseonline.org

Distributes food and works with those in need.

Legal Initiatives

Pisgah Legal Services

Beth Herrman / 828-210-3787 / beth@pisgahlegal.org

We are a nonprofit that provides free civil legal aid to the most vulnerable people in WNC: disadvantaged children, seniors, at risk families & domestic violence victims.

Literacy Initiatives

Blue Ridge Literacy

Cindy Jefferson / 696-3811 info@litcouncil.org

Volunteers tutor adults in English. Training materials are provided. Proficiency in a foreign language is not necessary.

Multi-Faceted Initiatives

Council on Aging

Wendy Lou Billings / 828-692-4203 / wbillings@coahc.org

Helps seniors remain independent at home through programs such as Meals-on-Wheels.

Four Seasons Hospice

Sheri Cagle / 828-692-6178 ext. 329 / salewine@fourseasonscfl.org

Sigrun Mapes / 828-697-2900 / TLMSMM99@morrisbb.net

Volunteers serve at Elizabeth House delivering meals and providing support to patients and their families. They also provide supportive presence or socialization with patients in assisted living facilities.

Interfaith Assistance Ministries (IAM)  


Debra Dunbar / debra.dunbar@iam-hc.org

Christy Lowe / christy.lowe@iam-hc.org

IAM provides emergency relief to Henderson County residents who are experiencing financial crises.  Services provided include food, clothing, blankets, and financial assistance for electricity, water, fuel oil, propane gas, rent, transportation and prescriptions.


Volunteers assist in cooking, packaging, and distributing meals purchased by the congregation and public. Proceeds from this program help fund local and international missions supported by FUMC.

Salvation Army

Bill Bricker / 828-280-1163 / bill.bricker@uss.salvationarmy.org

Volunteer opportunities include working at the Thrift Store, the after school and summer youth programs, the pantry, and with the Angel Tree and bell ringing holiday programs.

Trauma Intervention Program of WNC

The Trauma Intervention Program of Western North Carolina (TIP) is looking  for caring people in Buncombe and Henderson Counties willing to be part of a team of volunteers who provide immediate emotional and practical support to survivors of traumatic events. TIP is holding a Spring Training beginning February 28th at Skyland Fire Department. Funding for this training was provided by a grant from the Meals4Missions Local Grant Program at Hendersonville First United Methodist Church.  Learn More

Youth Initiatives

Big Brothers / Big Sisters

Steve Kirkland / 828-693-8153 / henderson@bbbswnc.org

A United Way organization that matches children (ages 6-14) from single-parent families with caring, adult mentors.

Cub Scouts / Boy Scouts / Girl Scouts

Cub Scouts / Sandra Macklem / 828-277-7831 / ncmg131221@live.com

Boy Scouts / Larry Harmon / lharmon4@hotmail.com

Girl Scouts / Renee Casey / 828-698-2478 / reneercasey@gmail.com

Our church offers weekly scout meetings for members and the greater community.

Boys and Girls Club

Ismael Martinez / (828) 693-9444 / ismaelm@bgchendersonco.org

Volunteer opportunities exist to tutor, mentor, provide homework assistance, coach/referee, or assist with one of many activities at the center.

Children and Family Resource Center

Dawn Piscopo / 828-698-0674 ext. 100 / dawnp@childrenandfamily.org

An organization that works to improve children’s lives through parent education, quality child care resources, and leadership on children’s issues. Opportunities to volunteer range from clerical to board membership, from special events planning to child care volunteer, and from Once Upon a Time story reader to resource library assistant.

Children’s Gifting Party

Sandy Hastie / 828-696-0703 / hastiew60@gmail.com

Donna Hastie / 828-696-0703 / hastiedj@bellsouth.net

This is an annual outreach event in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County. Students come to the church in order to “shop” without money, for their primary caregivers. Volunteers collect donations, bake cookies, make goody bags, help with crafts, coordinate with the Boys and Girls club, set-up, decorate, clean-up, and serve as escorts.  Click here for the Blue Ridge Now article on our 2018 party. 

Helping Hand Development Center

Susan Deans / 828- 692-7068

Enrolls children from 2 to 5 years of age. Volunteers are needed to assist with music, art, story time, and other activities.

The Giving Tree

Linda & Mike Williamson / 828-388-5483 / mikeosulindaub@aol.com

Volunteers receive needs of families from local schools, set up a tree with the giving tags, collect, and transport gifts back to schools. This program is part of the Blessings in Boxes program sponsored by The Storehouse.

Trunk or Treat

Andrea Larsen / 828-699-0800 / andrealarsen22@gmail.com

Volunteers collect candy and organize communication about this yearly event which takes place in conjunction with downtown’s Halloween celebration.

• To make additions or corrections to the Local Missions section please contact Carol Schobert, schobert101@gmail.com.

international missions

Belize Team - United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM)

Dick Weaver / 828-545-9203 / WhitewaterRPh@gmail.com

Volunteers are currently remodeling a guest house for the Corozal Methodist Church in Corozal, Belize.

Chadasha Orphan Retreat Center

Jim Kane / 828-243-8005 / jfkane85@gmail.com

Overlooking the ocean, this retreat center provides a place for under-supported Haitian orphanages to get out of

their four walls, hear the gospel, and see hope beyond their world.

Cuba Team

Carol Schobert / 219-873-5206 / schobert101@gmail.com

Volunteers explore mission opportunities in Cuba. They also travel to Cuba annually to build relationships and participate in “on the ground” missions.

Sew Much Love

Jeanne Jones / 904-705-9711 / jhiettj@att.net

This group sews for several different projects, including little dresses for Africa, layettes for UMCOR (which includes knit sweaters) and tote bags for school children in Haiti and elsewhere. Basic sewing skills are all that’s required.

Sowing Seeds Ministry

Sally Jones / 828-808-2012 / sendingseeds@gmail.com

Collects, packs, and distributes Christian media materials to developing countries.

Water R Us

Tim Mendelsohn / 216-870-2745 / timmendelsohn@gmail.com

Volunteers are passionate about providing clean water and sanitation for communities in need of this life-giving resource. Our church supports a project in the village of San Jose Nicaragua through El Porvenir. Volunteers visit the site(s) of El Porvenir each January as part of their commitment to this ministry.  Watch video.

Southern Congo Wings of the Morning

Leone Alexander / 828-697-1732 / pauleone@gmail.com

This ministry of Rukang Chikomb reaches remote areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo with medical care and support.


Carol Watson / 803-530-7120 / carolhw313@gmail.com

    ZOE, an orphan empowerment program begun in Africa by churches in the NC Conference, has been a mission of FUMC since 2013 when it partnered with its first group in Rwanda.  With a match from a church family, the congregation raised the $22,000 to fund the group for three years within a few months.  That first group, which was trained and empowered in 8 areas of sustainability including income generation, agriculture, education, health and hygiene, child rights, housing, social support and spiritual growth, graduated in 2016. 

    Since 2013, FUMC has partnered with an additional group each year and now has three active groups every year, one in each phase of the three-year program.  By the end of 2018, FUMC had partnered with 8 groups in Rwanda, Kenya, India and Guatemala to empower 692 children to move from extreme poverty to sustainability and to contribute significantly to their communities and churches.  Our current groups are in Kenya and Rwanda.  To view reports of the eight groups click here. You can find out more about ZOE at zoeempowers.org

2020 FUMC Yard Sale Announcement in support of ZOE.  Click here for information.

• To make additions or corrections to the International Missions section please contact Carol Schobert, schobert101@gmail.com.