Blessing Box : 24/7 micro food pantry box of non-perishable food outside on the Allen St. side “take what you need, leave the rest for others”.

Little Church School:  Tuesdays & Thursdays  8:30am – 3pm
. Pre-School for 2 years old – 5 years old children.  (September – May)  following the Edna ISD holiday calendar.
. You can contact us through the church office at 782-3561 for more information.  Registration for the 2023-2024 year is open, packets available in the church office or for download from the Little Church School webpage .

Community Prayer Net: “At first glance, the structure by the Blessing Box at First UMC, Edna on the Allen Street side, could easily be mistaken.  A second look will reveal brightly colored ribbons tied to the netting.  The idea of the netting goes with Jesus calling His disciples to be fishers of men.  A sign, with directions, reads Community Prayer Net and invites all to fill out a request card, tie a ribbon to the net, and drop the card in the prayer box.  Ribbons tied to the net symbolize a prayer request.  Members of First UMC will pray for each card received and their ribbon on the net.  The ribbon on the net expresses the prayer on your heart.  By this ministry and ritual, we come closer to the Holy Spirit, who prays with us.  The idea is to get people comfortable being involved in the church and the net and ribbon show that prayer is still topmost on people’s minds.  There are people who just want someone to pray for them and the church wants to be involved.  We, as a church, are here to pray for each other.

Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.”

This advice on prayer was written by Paul to the early church members to encourage them to pray to God about anything and everything that troubled them.  It gives a pattern for a straightforward way of praying where we are encouraged to present our requests to God with thankful hearts.  This Bible verse tells us God’s ears and heart are always open to hear about anything, big or small, that makes us feel anxious or worried.  What may seem like a small matter to someone may be a big thing to someone else.  God cares and He listens.  Jesus always highlighted the importance and power of prayer.

This is an opportunity for the church to serve the community and each other.”

Improving Literacy: Commit 30 minutes or 1 hour a week to reading to students or allowing them to read to you at Edna Elementary or Industrial East Elementary during the school day.  Bring your photo IDCall before arriving.

Jackson County Food Distribution: Golden Crescent Food Bank distributes food once a month on last Friday 9am at Shelby Park.  Volunteers welcome.

Habitat for Humanity: see their website for next build info, currently building in Victoria.

Helping Hands:  offers food, clothing, household goods, and temporary partial financial assistance (as available).  Volunteers help clients, or sort and restock donated items.   Open Mondays & Thursdays 9am-noon , located at 324 E. Main St., Edna.

Be the Church: Call, or Schedule porch visits or outside the window visits with the elderly, lonely, grieving, struggling, to check on them;   Check in with your neighbors if they need help mowing their yard, picking up food or Rx, household tasks, etc.

Pray: Ask God where you are to go or do and how are you to serve to put your love of God in action.  May you be a willing vessel that God can work through to transform lives!  Please share with the office, the stories of what God has done.

Community Prayer Net article

Looking for more projects to support?  Check out these ideas from UMC Global Ministries (umcmission.org).  By giving through UMC The Advance, 100% of your donation reaches your chosen mission project or ministry.

Previous Mission Trips:

FUMC Edna Mission Trip 2021

FUMC Edna Mission Trip 2019 – Weslaco, TX

FUMC Edna Mission Trip 2017 – Weslaco, TX

FUMC Edna Mission Trip 2016 – Weslaco, TX