- "Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it to me.’" (Matthew 25:34-40)
Here at Saginaw UMC, we seek to follow the teachings of Christ by bringing food to the hungry, water to the thirsty, clothing to the naked, comfort to the sick, and hospitality to the stranger. Look below to learn more about the ministries that bring God's love into those areas of need.
LocalWe believe that we are called to be doers of God’s word, not hearers only. We believe that our posture in the world should reflect God’s posture - one of active engagement. We offer the following local opportunities for engaging in mission and service in our community.
Community Link Mission
This local food pantry for Saginaw and the surrounding area residents was originally located on the property of SUMC and was founded, in part, by this congregation. Donations of food items are always accepted at SUMC for transport to the current Community Link facility. Community Link is staffed primarily by volunteers who help distribute food on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The pantry address is 300 Belmont St. Saginaw, 76179. You can call them at 817-847-4554 to make an appointment or if you would like more information.
Saginaw Water Project
The Saginaw Water Project is a Holy Focus goal that provides water utility assistance to City of Saginaw residents. SUMC has partnered with the City of Saginaw to identify residents who are in danger of having their water disconnected. The Saginaw Water Project is funded by donations from the congregation.
For more information, please contact Karen Sutton.
- We frequently host clothing drives to gather necessary clothing items for those in need. The clothing is distributed to local families in the community and to local charities, such as the Presbyterian Night Shelter and Friends of Lancaster.
Click here for more information about all of the ways you can help Friends of Lancaster this year.
Serve at SUMCThe body of Christ is made up of members, all with different gifts that contribute to the working of the body. At Saginaw United Methodist Church, many church members donate their time and talent to assist with various ministries. We invite you to step into service at SUMC through these opportunities:
Ushers and Greeters
These servants greet those who come to worship each Sunday with the welcome of Christ. To learn more, contact coordinator Shirley Stephens
These servants deliver a welcome gift to each guest upon their first visit to SUMC. To learn more, contact coordinator Bonnie Dodyck.
These servants run the sound board and the visual projection system in worship on Sunday mornings. To learn more, contact coordinator our office.
These child servants (in grades 3-6) serve in worship each week, lighting the altar candles and assisting with baptisms. To learn more, contact Jennifer McIntyre.
Church Office Assistant
These servants help prepare the newsletter mailing and staff the reception desk. To learn more, contact the church office.
- Visiting individuals in the hospital, nursing home, or at-home situations is a priority of Caring Ministry at Saginaw UMC. If you or someone you love would benefit from a caring visit, please contact Pastor Rhonda Smith
Worldwide OutreachThrough our connectional giving as a United Methodist congregation, Saginaw United Methodist Church supports the work of The United Methodist Church which is engaged in ministry around the world. In particular, we engage in these areas of worldwide outreach:
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
This humanitarian agency of The United Methodist Church provides disaster response to critical needs in nearly 100 countries around the world. The agency is also involved in areas long-term to address the needs of hunger and poverty. More information can be found on their website at umcmission.org/umcor
United Methodist Missionary
SUMC financially supports the missionary work of Guilermo Berman Ramirez, who serves in Reynosa, Mexico as the Mexican Methodist Border Mission Coordinator. Mr. Berman’s call to mission was inspired by the work of his parents as they received and worked with mission teams in the poor areas of Reynosa, Mexico. He began sensing God's call to mission as he saw how US teams in Reynosa worked with the people with so much love and care, and how inactive his local church was in mission. "I felt they (US teams) were doing what we (the Methodist Church of Mexico) were supposed to be doing as a church," Mr. Berman shares. During the past few years Willie has been involved in many opportunities of ministry and mission. New ministries have been started in the communities with which work teams serve: sewing classes, wood-working shops for men, medical clinics, scholarship programs, Bible distribution, construction of houses/schools/community centers, breakfast and lunch programs, craft programs, a Personal Energy Transportation (P.E.T.) Shop and many other programs.