In the church and our surrounding community, we strive to be Christ's hands and feet to those in need. To help us further this vision, we support a variety of local community organizations and programs.
Monthly Mission Project - each month our church family works together to collect items and funds for a specific mission project, chosen by the Mission Committee & Church Staff.
November project - ChildServ's Holiday Gift-giving program.
As in past years, we will receive 100 names of children and young adults from ChildServ with specific instructions for gifts to be purchased for Christmas. The majority of young people we receive wish lists for participate in ChildServ’s counseling, housing or supportive services in the greater Chicagoland area. Directions and forms to request names will be available in the Gathering Space after worship on Sundays in November, and due back at the end of the month. The Methodist Men take all our gifts and spend the morning wrapping in early December.
Apportionments - As United Methodists, our local church is connected to all other United Methodist churches in the world. Apportionments (a portion meant for others) are the way that local churches combine their financial resources to enable our vision for mission and ministry at every level of the United Methodist Church.
BEDS Plus - Building Ecumenical Discipleship through Sheltering (BEDS) seeks to help vulnerable individuals stabilize their lives through housing and supportive services. Part of their work is to provide overnight shelter, meals and access to community resources. FUMC LaGrange is the Thursday evening BEDS shelter location.
Blood Drive - each year, Heartland Blood Center is invited to our church for an afternoon/evening blood drive. Congregation members are invited to sign up to donate, but walk-in donations are encouraged, too!
CROP Hunger Walk - Crop Hunger Walk is an annual fall community event that promotes hunger education and fundraising for local hunger relief, sponsored by Church World Service.
Feed My Starving Children - FMSC is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God's hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children, youth & adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and ship these meals to nearly 70 countries around the world. Our church sends several teams of all ages each year to pack meals.
LeaderShop - This is a local youth-empowerment organization that we support through occasional facility use as well as an annual back-to-school supply drive.
Pillars/Community Nurse - This is the largest nonprofit provider of mental health and social services in the western and southwestern suburbs of Chicago, serving 10,000 people each year through direct client services. Our church supports this organization financially and in a number of other ways throughout the year.
Salt Creek Clean-up - Members of our church volunteer once a year with the Salt Creek Watershed Network on their annual clean-up day to remove debris along and in the Salt Creek.
Baby Brigade - Low-key playdate for parents, babies, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age kids, etc in Greg's Place, a memory support community within Plymouth Place. Typically the first Thursday of the month at 9:30am. Please email Jan in the church office (email@example.com) with questions or to sign-up to attend.
Boy Scout Troop 14 - Troop 14 is a very active scout troop for boys ages 11-18. Our scouts go on outings every month and high adventures each summer. They meet Tuesday evenings at our church.
ChildServ - Our congregation annually supports this Chicago-land organization that seeks to provide a better life for children at risk, in a couple ways: the ChildServ Holiday Gift-Giving Program that provides Christmas gifts for children & youth; and a summer school supplies drive.
Cub Scout Pack 14 - Pack 14 is a very active cub scout pack for boys ages 6 to 10. These younger boys go on outings with their parents and have summer camp experiences as well.
Environmental Stewardship - Our church has an Environmental Justice Committee that works to raise awareness of environmental issues and provide opportunities for the congregation to participate in the healing and reconciling of all creation.
ELIM - This organization works to support individuals with disabilities, and we support this organization through our annual back-to-school supply drive.
Interfaith Community Partners - This organization helps older adults maintain their independence. Volunteer opportunities include transportation, telephone calls, and visitation.
Methodist Attic Rummage Sale - Members from our church organize a massive rummage sale each fall. Whether helping publicize the event in the community, dropping off donations, sorting and pricing donations, volunteering during the sale, showing up to shop, or helping clean-up after, this event is truly a church-wide effort. Proceeds go to support the various missions & ministries of our church.
Salvation Army - All leftovers from the Methodist Attic Rummage Sale that aren't donated to local service organizations are loaded up and carted away by the Salvation Army.
Saturday Meals - This is the weekly meal program at the First Congregational Church of LaGrange. Our youth volunteer during the lunch shift once a month throughout the year, helping set-up, serve & clean-up.