We understand our Christian faith as a call to service. We feel a deep call to participate in acts of compassion, here in our community and in the broader world.
PUMC has two crafts groups whose handiwork relates to this call to service. Our crafters enjoy the personal and spiritual comraderie that comes from working together on creative projects, and their work — made with love — is sent into the world to benefit others. Our Quilting Group meets weekly, and proceeds from the sale of their work benefits UMCOR.
OUTREACH COMMITTEE + PETALUMA LIVE!
The Petaluma Live! Open Mic program, developed by our Outreach Committee, supports the local performing arts community by providing a congenial and sustaining venue for monthly performances, open to the community with no charge for admission. The Songwriters’ Stage builds on that initiative by creating a showcase for local professional musicians in benefit concerts, with donations given directly to local non-profits.
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN (UMW) + GLOBAL MINISTRIES
UMW is a community of women who expand the concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the Church. Our UMW group actively supports local non-profits that include COTS and Petaluma Kitchen in Petaluma and the Gum Moon Women’s Residence and Mary Elizabeth Inn in San Francisco. The most recent UMW semi-annual rummage sale resulted in close to $1,000 that was donated to mission projects.
UNITED METHODIST COMMITTEE ON RELIEF (UMCOR)
In addition, our UMW members work with the UMCOR in accumulating, sorting, and shipping relief supplies for disaster victims around the world. UMCOR is a not-for-profit humanitarian aid organization reaching people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. UMCOR spends 100% of designated donations on the projects their donors specify. When UMCOR donors give their time, money, and supplies, they join UMCOR as the hands and feet of Christ.
MUSIC MINISTRY + IMAGINE NO MALARIA
One of the programs supported by the United Methodist Church is Imagine No Malaria — an extraordinary effort to put our faith into action to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa. In the last few years, our Music Ministry has supported Imagine No Malaria by staging a Spring Choir Festival with Imagine No Malaria as the designated recipient of donations. The Festival draws up to 100 singers from participating choirs in Napa, Petaluma, and Santa Rosa, as well as our own Fijian Chorus of PUMC.