First UMC Dumas Extends Horizon of Hope
“We realize there would be ministries we couldn’t support without the investment proceeds on our endowment fund. And the connection we have to other churches investing in the Methodist Loan Fund, that’s a big plus for us both spiritually and financially. If we ever need a loan, funds invested by other churches would be there to help us just like we’re helping other congregations through our investments.”
Sharing with those in need occurs when God’s love is transformed into material blessings given freely, as taught in the book of Romans. Sacred acts of giving, of loving neighbors near and far, take place daily at a small town church in the Panhandle: First United Methodist Church of Dumas.
Locally, the caring people of FUMC Dumas host a low-cost Mother’s Day Out program, an ESL program free of charge, and participate in other community events such as a Christmas Sharing and Backyard Missions where those less fortunate find nourishment and gifts during the holiday season and assistance with home repairs year round.
“Our outreach fills a variety of needs here. Several years ago we could see there was a real need for ESL education. We’ve seen some single moms who were working two or three jobs to make ends meet. After working on their language skills, they were able to move up and drop off those extra jobs to spend more time with their families,” said Mary Regier, a church member and former educator who helped establish the ESL program.
Looking beyond the needs of their own community to aid United Methodists in neighboring states, the church’s Four Corners Ministry has built sanctuaries, day care facilities, educational buildings, a pastor training center, dorms and furnishings for volunteer workers, and even a portable kitchen for use at work sites. Building a portable shower is in the works as well. While FUMC Dumas doesn’t typically fund an entire building project on its own, they do fill in the financial gaps to keep construction running smoothly.
Extending the church’s caring ministries to a global level, First UMC Dumas has also supported missionaries working abroad on a number of occasions. So much good is being accomplished at home and beyond the walls of this caring church. Finding the money to continue this vital work isn’t hard, thanks to donors with a desire to leave a lasting memoriam by supporting the church’s Permanent Endowment Fund and the congregation’s leaders who invest those dollars wisely with in the Methodist Loan Fund.
“We realize there would be ministries we couldn’t support without the investment proceeds on our endowment fund,” added Jeri Montgomery, Administrative Secretary for FUMC Dumas. “And the connection we have to other churches investing in the Methodist Loan Fund, that’s a big plus for us both spiritually and financially. If we ever need a loan, funds invested by other churches would be there to help us just like we’re helping other congregations through our investments.”
As long as sharing with community remains a priority for churches like FUMC Dumas, the Texas Methodist Foundation will be here to serve them. “You work with them for years, but until you really delve into how churches investing with us utilize their funds you just don’t realize the extent of how far that money goes to help others. It’s good to know they’re being such good stewards, and that the Foundation is a part of that goodwill,” added Sara Beltran, Investor Services Administrator.