Outreach & Missions

The Missions Team of the United Methodist Church of Evergreen acts in Christian outreach to assist people in need within our local, regional, and global communities. At the same time, we work to raise awareness of the need for missions outreach.


As a team we collect food, clothing and necessities for those in need. We raise funds for and support church mission trips, and we provide meals and overnight hosts at local shelters for homeless individuals and families.   In the spring we raise funds for new clothing for the children of the Tennyson Center, and during the Advent season we collect Christmas presents for children at Evergreen Christian Outreach and Mountain Resource Center.  We are also charter supporters of the Alternative Giving Fair in Evergreen at Christmas.  There are many other opportunities for Missions with UMCE!


See below for additional information about some of our current projects and supported organizations.  

  • family promise

    Family Promise of Greater Denver began serving area families in November 1997, partnering with diverse faith congregations to provide shelter, meals and hospitality to homeless families across the Denver-metro area. UMCE is an area charter member in this ministry. We’ve supported the Jefferson Avenue UMC in Wheatridge in the Family Promise rotation for many years. Jefferson Avenue partitions their educational and fellowship spaces into private sleeping areas and hosts Family Promise families for a week about once a quarter. UMCE volunteers coordinate the evening meals, overnight hosts and guest transportation for one weekend of the rotation. The UMCE Missions team invites anyone with a heart for the homeless to ask about ways your family can participate in this mission.  

  • Echo and mountain resource center food slips

    For many years, UMCE has supported EChO with donations of food and domestic staples that we collect on our “Giving Place” shelves in Fellowship Hall. In 2010, we added small envelopes to the baskets for cash donations so EChO could provide fresh milk, eggs, and produce for clients. Periodically, members of the Missions Team drop our donations off at the organization’s locations. 


    We’re now expanding our donation rotation to include the Mountain Resource Center in Conifer, and we’re asking for your help in continuing this regular and much appreciated giving mission. When you see the food slip baskets come by, won’t you take an envelope or some food slips and return your donations to “The Giving Place” or the offering plate? You also don’t need to wait for the baskets to bring in items you’d like to donate, but if it’s the second Sunday of the month, and you don’t see the baskets, please let the Missions Team or the ushers know! Thanks!

  • equal exchange coffee

    UMC uses Equal Exchange Fair Trade Coffee for our Fellowship Hour. Started in 2002, the UMCOR Coffee Project is a collaboration between Equal Exchange and the United Methodist Committee on Relief to involve more Methodist communities in supporting small farmers around the world. For each pound of fairly traded coffee, chocolate, tea, and foods purchased through the UMCOR Coffee Project, 15 cents goes to UMCOR’s Small Farmer Fund.


    So the next time you think about coffee, think about ordering Equal Exchange Fair Trade coffee (ask the church office manager for details). You’ll simultaneously be supporting your church, UMCOR’s fair trade programs, and small farmers around the world!

  • blessing bags

    Have you ever come across a homeless individual and felt helpless on how to help? You see them and you know they are in need, but you are not sure what to do. You know that handing them money is not the best thing. But, you also see that they clearly have some needs.  Their lips are chapped. They are hungry. They are thirsty. They are asking for help. How can you help? Here is a simple idea - Blessing Bags!  Pick one up today in Fellowship Hall!       

Organizations We Support

AA & Al-anon


UMCE is a host site for both AA and Al-Anon groups.  AA is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. The primary purpose of an Al-Anon group is to help families and friends of alcoholics.

AT HOME in

Evergreen

AT HOME in Evergreen works for opening minds and hearts to the need for affordable housing in Evergreen.

bethlehem bible college

This interdenominational Christian Bible College, located in Bethlehem, Palestine, seeks to train and prepare Christian servant-leaders for churches and society within an Arab context while also ministering to the local community. 

blue spruce habitat for humanity

This is an ecumenical Christian, Evergreen area affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.  Blue Spruce builds homes with and for local, low-income families utilizing volunteer labor and local donations.


Center for Health and Hope


This organization is an ecumenical Christian and inter-faith organization founded by Dr. Don Messer. It works to address the challenges of the global HIV and AIDS pandemic and related health needs in the world.

Colorado coalition for the homeless

The Coalition was established in 1984 with the belief that all persons have the right to adequate housing and health care. Their integrated approach combines high quality and safe housing, with free of charge health and mental health care, along with individualized support services for each resident.

Evergreen christian outreach (echo)

EChO is an ecumenical Christian organization that provides support for local Evergreen area families in need, by providing childcare, transportation, counseling, food and clothing.

Evergreen shelter program


ESP's mission is to provide shelter, a hot meal, and compassionate interaction to individuals and families experiencing homelessness in the colder months.  UMCE is a back-up site and provides volunteers and meals to ESP.  


family

promise

An organization providing temporary shelter, meals, and services through local church and volunteer support for greater Denver area families experiencing homelessness. UMCE volunteers provide support during the year for Arvada/Wheatridge/ Lakewood families sheltering at Jefferson Avenue UMC. 

The Humble

place

This UMC program in Uganda strives to meet the needs of children affected by poverty, war and AIDS.

Interfaith hospitality network

IHN provides emergency shelter, meals and supportive services to families experiencing homelessness in the Greater Denver area through church and volunteer support.

JOY

International

JOY was founded in 1981 by Dr. Jeff Brodsky to be involved in, or help coordinate, the rescue, restoration, reintegration, and prevention of commercial sexual exploitation of children, both domestically and internationally.  Trafficking in people, especially women and children for sexual exploitation, is the fastest growing industry in the world, grossing more than 150 billion dollars annually.  


Kenya youth school scholarship

This scholarship program provides funding to pay for schooling for children in Ekwanda, Kenya, as there is no public schooling there.

mt. evans

hospice

This organization provides in-home care to sick, disabled or terminally ill patients in the greater Evergreen area. They are dedicated to meeting the physical, social, spiritual and emotional needs of patients and their family.

 

mountain resource center

Mountain Resource Center works with Evergreen/Conifer area families and individuals to meet basic needs and help them move towards self-sufficiency. Family advocacy, counseling, teen programs, food, shelter, clothing, and crisis intervention are among the services offered.

pura vida

ministries

Pura Vida Ministries is a nonprofit organization working to promote health and education in the Quiche department of Guatemala.  They are currently focusing on rural villages in the western highlands of Guatemala.


salvation

army

Our local Salvation Army works hard year-round to assist those in need in our mountain community with crises such as housing, medical care, utilities, transportation, and disaster relief. 

tennyson center for children

The Tennyson Center is dedicated to breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect of children while serving and strengthening children and their families.

urban peaks youth shelter

The Shelter assists Denver homeless youth through outreach programs, training, food and housing.

warren

village

Warren Village provides assistance and housing for low income single parents. The goal of the program is to help them become personally and economically self-sufficient. The program provides childcare, counseling and training.