At Platte Woods UMC we believe all people have a call placed on their hearts by God to spread the good news of God’s love in Jesus Christ and serve in response to that love. We believe the Holy Spirit empowers and gives us everything we need to accomplish wonderful, adventurous and challenging acts of mission. Our call as part of the body of Christ is to serve those in need. Come serve and seek justice with us! Below are just a few of the opportunities available through PWUMC. For more information about missions and service at PWUMC, please contact Brandi Molina, director of Missions.
PWUMC has traditionally set aside one Saturday of each month (Saturday GO Serve) as a day to serve together. This is a time to focus on how we can begin (or continue) a spiritual rhythm of going in acts of mercy and justice and pilgrimage through serving with our ministry partners.
Serving together as a church is an amazing opportunity to bless others and be blessed by going out into our community to show the love of Christ in real and tangible ways.
Click the link below to sign-up!
If you have questions, please contact Brandi Molina, director of Outreach and Missions for more information.
Rejoice In Giving
Platte Woods Church continues the tradition of providing hope and dignity to local families during the Christmas season by equipping them to create their own holiday experience through Rejoice in Giving.
You can support our holiday outreach by giving financially, donating gifts from our Amazon Wish List or choosing items to donate from our Giving Wall (located in the Gathering Space starting November 5th), or signing up to Serve.
If you know a family that needs some additional help this season, please have them contact Brandi Molina, director of outreach and missions.
Platte Woods UMC partners with Della Lamb Community Services to support refugee families in Kansas City. As part of that work, we have developed two teams:
Our House to Home Team works to fully furnish homes for newly arrived refugee or evacuee families. Our team is always updating and collecting donations of new and used household items to help furnish these homes. Furniture donations must be approved prior to dropping them off at the church.
If you are interested in more information on how you can get involved with our refugee resettlement work, e-mail Brandi Molina, Director of Missions.
Hillcrest Platte County
Hillcrest is a transitional housing ministry that seeks to help families and individuals, homeless or nearly homeless, achieve self-supporting and self-reliant status. Hillcrest ministers to singles, families, and youth, and you’ll find that the residents range from people who have never learned to budget and need help with life skills to people leaving domestic violence situations and beyond. You can learn much more about how to get involved with this ministry by contacting Brandi Molina, director of Outreach and Missions.
The PWUMC partnership with CarePortal began in 2019. Through CarePortal, members of the church can help families and children in our community who have immediate needs. These can range from needing various household items to financial assistance with a bill. Through their work with local caseworkers, CarePortal connects families in need with families who want to help. Visit the CarePortal site for more information about the program and click the button below to sign up to help and be contacted by one of our team leaders for more information.
Community Blood Center
PWUMC hosts quarterly blood drives to support Community Blood Center, providing the lifesaving gift of blood to patients in our local hospitals. Right here in our community, volunteer blood donors are connecting lives and sharing life through blood donation.
Upcoming Blood Drive:
October 29, 2023
February 4, 2024
June 9, 2024
August 24, 2024
Southern Platte Emergency Assistance Center
Platte Woods Church is in charge of running the pantry on Tuesdays from 9:45 am – Noon; and Second Saturdays (two to three months per year): 9:45 am – 12 pm.
The first time you serve with the pantry, you will be trained by a group of experienced volunteers. You are welcome to serve with us as often as your schedule allows.
The pantry is located on the lower level of the Parkville Presbyterian Church across from Park University’s soccer field.
If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Brandi Molina, director of Outreach and Mission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Our World
Pine Ridge American Indian Reservation
Pine Ridge is one of the poorest places in the United States, with over 90% living below the poverty line and a life expectancy rate that is one of the lowest in the western hemisphere. For many years, Platte Woods UMC has been building relationships, and providing hope and encouragement. During our summer serve trips we provide support for local organizations and ministries. We also connect with the people of Pine Ridge (especially children) through interactive activities and learning about the culture and history of the Lakota people.
At other times during the year, we take up collections to help fulfill on-going needs and to provide support to local organizations working directly with the Lakota people. Most notably, before “prom season” we collect donations of dresses and men’s dress clothing, and we collect school supplies before the start of the school year.
Platte Woods Church has been serving the poor in developing countries in Central America for more than 20 years. Most recently, Platte Woods Church has provided support through connections with ODIM, the Organization for the Development of Indigenous Maya. ODIM operates medical and dental clinics in Guatemala as well as provides educational programs addressing childhood malnutrition, adolescent health, diabetes, safe stoves and safe drinking water. They focus not only on giving quality medical care but preventative health care as well, and address root causes of some of the health issues these communities face. ODIM is staffed predominantly by local Maya/Guatemala employees, mostly women.