We envision PUMC to be known for making a difference locally, in our community, in our country, and across the world. Our outreach activities (and monetary gifts) will provide opportunities for anyone and everyone in our congregation to be able to put their Faith in Action and feel the joy of making a difference by serving others, in the name of Jesus. Our support goes to the organizations listed below and more! To learn more, visit the websites of these organizations by clicking on the blue organization names below.
The Rochester Cross of Christ Deliverance Temple led by Pastor Patrick McNair is located on the corner of Peck St. and Goodman St. and serves the local neighborhood in Rochester’s inner city. In addition to their regular Sunday services, Pastor Patrick’s church has a clothing closet for needy people to “shop”; there is an after-school program for youth in the community; job preparation workshops; summer youth day camp; and various outreach programs to share the word of Christ. PUMC supports this outreach with various donations of school supplies, clothing, Christmas gifts, and financial contributions. Also, our Men's Bible Study sponsors an annual barbeque to reach out to the local community through food and fellowship.
ESWA has provided benefit programs of emergency food, clothing, legal advice, preventive medical and dental care and more since 1976. ESWA is the independent, all volunteer association of service workers and other low-income workers allied with concerned citizens who have joined together to fight to change the desperate conditions of poverty that low-paid workers face. Our church has supplied school supplies each fall to support the families along with clothing for both children and adults. The WINGS Small Group sponsors a collection of new socks to donate to ESW each fall.
Flower City Work Camp is a program where teenagers (7th-12th) grades spend their Spring Break helping others in the Rochester community. They provide labor and materials for home improvements, plus work with the city youth outdoors and have a basketball camp, all focused on fellowship and joy. Over 700 teenagers attend Flower City Work Camp. The number of students willing to give up their Spring Break and help others is amazing. In 2018 we had five students attending Flower City Work Camp, two adult leaders, a lunch coordinator, a sidewalk leader and eight adult leaders staying with the students overnight on various nights.
A coalition of churches from Penfield, Webster, and East Rochester supports Flower City Habitat for Humanity by financing and constructing homes for low income homeowners in Rochester. The Penfield Coalition of churches continues with its goal of funding a new house build for Habitat for Humanity every two years. PUMC supports fundraising efforts including used clothing sales, garage sale, plant sale, pie sale, and church contributions.
This outreach offers emergency assistance to Rochester’s poorest population, for survival and continues its outreach over an extended period of time through advocacy, counseling, education, and faith building. Self-sufficiency and self-esteem are the ultimate goals for each individual. PUMC has supported House of Mercy with financial donations and by collecting and donating coffee and sugar.
Missions in Uganda
We have developed a supportive relationship with Pastor Michael Masembe in Mpigi, Ugands. Pastor Michael and his wife, Juliet, run a school and an orphanage; many of their students are orphans of AIDS victims. Through the support of PUMC, their school has grown from 205 children to nearly 400 children and they have 12 formally trained staff plus their head master. In 2011, we started a new program, Child Assist – Uganda, to support Pastor Michael’s children who cannot afford to go to their school. It is a privilege to provide support to such a wonderful and thankful community, led by a faithful servant of God.
NNOC is an agency that is a proactive, high quality sustainable organization, which serves, develops and empowers our Northwest Rochester neighbors. PUMC small groups have supported this mission by preparing and serving meals on Tuesday evenings. NNOC receives gifts to distribute to children in their area through the PUMC Wish Upon a Star program.
Operation Christmas Child project takes gift-filled shoeboxes and the Good News of God’s love, to children in the far corners of the world. These shoeboxes are an extraordinary gift for a child in need of joy and hope. They provide wonderful opportunities to tell children and their families about the greatest gift of all – Jesus Christ. In 2018, PUMC contributed 35 shoeboxes for distribution around the world.
The mission of PEFS is to alleviate food insecurity in the community by providing nutritious food to those in need with a compassionate, respectful and non-judgmental manner. PUMC has supported the Food Shelf through weekly contributions of nonperishable food brought to our church each Sunday, financial contributions, and volunteers. There were special donation collections to support the summer food program for children and holiday dinners.
Shepherd Home is a two bedroom home in Penfield, NY that operates under the hospice philosophy, providing 24-hour care for the terminally ill in a residential setting. The home relies totally on donations and fundraising to maintain this vital ministry. Members of PUMC volunteer at the Shepherd Home, and there are always opportunities for more volunteers.
Wish Upon a Star
This unique PUMC Christmas program provides gifts to needy families or individuals in our city. In some cases, our gifts may be the only gifts some of these children receive at Christmas. This year the program supported gift requests from Northwest Neighborhood Outreach and Church of the Nazarene (Pastor Patrick) in the city of Rochester. In 2018 PUMC collected and delivered 82 Christmas gifts to be given out in these communities.