Reaching Out to the Community
Foothills United Methodist Church is a community in Christ:
loving, growing, reaching out to the world.
If any of the below ministries speak to you, please contact us to get involved.
Prayer Quilt Ministry
At the beginning of each year, the PQM hosts a Prayer Quilt Beginners Workshop. This year's will be Saturday, February 25, from 9am-noon in King Hall. Can you sew a straight line? Do you like to sew? Then you can quilt! Come join us for snacks, prizes, and fun! For more information, call Kathy Glass at (619) 741-8622.
The Prayer Quilt Ministry (PQM) is a vital outreach ministry of Foothills UMC. We believe in the healing power of prayer and provide tangible evidence of our prayers in action to those in need in our extended congregation through the giving of prayer quilts. Each one is lovingly and meticulously made by our quilters with loose strings sewn into the fabric throughout. When a prayer need arises, the quilt is designated for the person in need, blessed in church on Sunday morning and left in the narthex for those in attendance to say a prayer over them and tie a knot in those loose strings. It is then delivered to the person in need, for them to have as a source of power and strength through the many prayers that it is imbued with. For more information, visit their web page.
Foothills provides furnishings for a unit at an apartment complex that houses mothers and their children who have been victims of abuse. Before a family moves in, volunteers prepare a two-bedroom unit by cleaning, setting up furniture, and providing basic necessities for self-sufficient living. By providing a clean and safe environment for these families, they are able to begin the process of healing and become healthy and independent family units once again.
Each Christimas, our Foothills youth group (FUMY) decorates every apartment in the building with a tree and decorations. They bring the spirit of the season to these families in need and spend time with them setting up the tree, singing and chatting.
Rummage Sale What would you guess is one of Foothills’ most reliable and profitable fundraisers? If you’ve been at Foothills for a while, you know it is our twice-yearly rummage sales. These community events consistently raise thousands of dollars to support ministries and missions of this church and draw hundreds of new people through our doors who shop and experience Foothills' hospitality. What better reason to do a little de-cluttering in your own home and make a donation to the next Rummage Sale?
Foothills provides infant bassinets for families who lack a crib or bassinette, reducing chances of infant role-over deaths. Donations of fabric and laundry baskets are taken by volunteers who create beautiful and safe bassinets for new families identified by local hospitals. We also provide books for babies that have been donated and added to this gift of life for newborns.
Recent statistics on the growth of the organization in San Diego County have been released. Only a few years ago, 950 clients were served by Meals on Wheels. There are now 1350 clients and their routes have grown from 90 to 111. The need for volunteers continues to grow. Foothills has provided volunteers since 1992 – that is 23 years of faithful service. If you would like to volunteer by delivering meals once a month for only a few hours, please call Charlie Folkner at 670-5971 for the Spring Valley route, or Bob Harless at 619-334-5594 for the El Cajon route.
Meals on Wheels' service to the seniors in our community is never ending. We appreciate so very much our dedicated FUMC volunteers who participate in this important program. Foothills sponsors two 'routes' that go through different parts of our area of East County. The commitment is small, but the rewards are great. Please consider if you are able to help deliver meals, schedule routes or aide those who are homebound.
For all volunteer needs, please contact Marian Mann, manager of the El Cajon office at 619-447-8783.
Foothills Meals Ministry
The Foothills Pastoral Care Team works through the Meal Ministry Steering Committee and individual volunteers and groups to provide meals to our Foothills family who have a temporary need on occasions such as illness, recovering from surgery, suffering a loss, or the birth of a baby. Through the Lord’s guidance, caring volunteers bring joy and comfort through nourishment of these ‘special meals’. The body is fed and so is the soul. Volunteers are needed to coordinate, cook and deliver.
You can help us to care for our Foothills family by furnishing all or part of a meal or working through a group or committee. Sign up or get more info by calling Shirley Mellien at 465-6740 or Marian Folkner at 670-5971.
USS Midway Christmas Stockings for Soldiers
Each holiday season, help the United Methodist Men support the USS Midway Museum Christmas Stocking Project for deploying service members. Details on what to put into the stockings and when to bring them is posted when the opportunity is announced. For questions or to help organize this ministry contact Al Paton.
Alternative Christmas will be held in King Hall on Sunday, November 20 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Alternative Christmas takes place each year at Foothills in early November. Shoppers have the opportunity to assist needy families around the world by donating to sponsored organizations and purchasing gifts in honor of someone on their Christmas list. Many of the items are available for you to purchase as a gift for a loved one, the proceeds for which then go on to support communities or individuals in need. Unique gift opportunities from around the world are offered at the sale. It’s a great way to have your gift giving reach even further and make a difference in the world as well as the individual who receives it.
The Wil-Mat Project is a unique ministry created by Foothills member Wilma Groh. The group creates yarn out of plastic bags and weaves them into sleeping mats for the homeless that they then pass out to those in need. To date, they have created over 300 mats and are going strong with lots of recognition.
The Wil-Mats groups provides 3 different opportunities to get involved: The first is their weekly off-site meetings at 11 am on Tuesdays at Cali Comfort restaurant. See our events calendar for more information. They also host a 'Stay and Crochet' fellowship group where you can work on individual projects, or Wil-Mat mission work. The third option is the Wil-Mats monthly, on-site work days. Come to the Disciple Room at 10 am each second Saturday to help in the conducting of business and creation of mats. If you are interested in aiding this environmentally aware and socially conscious ministry, please contact coordinator Jeremy Nikodym.