First United Methodist Church actively supports a variety of Local and International Missions with our Prayers, Presence, Service, and Gifts. The below describe these mission projects and give contact persons for each project.

Local Missions

The mission activities below are those supported within Hendersonville and Henderson County.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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


    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

    DawnPiscopo/ 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, cleanup, and serve as escorts. 

    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. 

  • 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)

    Conrad Wrobel / conrad.wrobel@iam-hc.org / 828-697-7029 ext 334

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

    IAM supplies food, clothing, wood for heating fuel, financial assistance, and many other local services to qualifying persons in need.


    Anna Hicks / 828-290-4130 / amhicks1217@gmail.com

    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.

  • 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.

    Harvest Festival Dinner

    Royal Corbin / 828-698-9849 / rfcorbin@morrisbb.net

    Our church hosts a dinner for the entire community annually in October. Volunteers help to prepare, serve, participate and clean up for the annual Harvest Festival Dinner.

    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.

  • 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.

    Joseph’s Outreach Ministry

    Chuck White / 828-692-2970 / chuck.white@mindspring.com

    This day center for poor and homeless individuals was established to be a place of resources and hope. Volunteers attend a one-time training and help serve meals, staff the welcome desk, serve on the JOM board, help with communications and out¬reach, and assist in other direct services.

    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.

  • 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.

International Missions

The International Mission projects we support are listed below.

  • Sew Much Love

    Carolyn Walberg / 828-290-8311 / cwwlbg@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. 

  • zoe

    Carol Watson / 828-685-1089 / carolhwatson@bellsouth.net

    An international mission to orphaned and homeless children and youth in parts of Africa, Asia and Central America .

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sowing Seeds Ministry

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.