Current and Ongoing Mission Opportunities

Please also visit our 'Reach Out' page for more groups
that serve in mission to the community

Impact Sunday
Please join us for Impact Sunday on August 12 at 8:30 a.m.! Impact Sunday is a day for the church to work “outside our walls,” joining together to serve the community as a collective act of worship and service. We will start in the sanctuary for a short call to worship, disperse to several community service projects, and return to gather over food and share our experiences. (We will be finished and fed by 1 p.m.) This is a great opportunity to strengthen our connections with each other and serve our community!

We have a variety of projects lined up, including light landscaping, elementary school clean-up, elementary school beautification/painting, fence repair, food pantry, clothing drive, a few projects in coordination with Home of the Guiding Hands, and more! We will also have light work to do on the FUMC campus for anyone who is unable to travel/labor, and the Quilt Ministry and Moses Basket Ministry are joining forces to put together beds for newborns (bring your own sewing machine for this one).

Childcare will be provided up to 1st grade, although we encourage your children to work alongside you if you feel they are able.
Clothing Drive! Bring clothes with you on the 12th for the Good Shephard Clothing Ministry. They need men’s T-shirt’s, socks and underwear in all sizes.
Please stop by the Impact Sunday table in between services for details and to sign your waiver. We are looking for one or two more able-bodied adults to serve as lead in a worksite.
Santee United Methodist Church will be joining us for this day of service, as well. It is a day you won’t want to miss!

Contact Molly Jarrell at mollyjarrell@gmail.com or 619-540-2414 for more information.

Good Shepherd Ministry Center
To glorify God by advancing spiritual, emotional, economic and physical wellness within our communities.

BETHLEHEM FOOD PANTRY:The food pantry at GSMC serves many, local, food insecure families. Volunteers are needed year round to maintain the pantry and many donations of goods are also needed. For more information contact the food pantry. Please donate the following items and place them in the red wagon on the patio on Sunday mornings, or bring them to the Foothills office:

Canned Tuna
Canned Fruit
Canned Soups/Stews
Canned Vegetables
Canned Beans
Canned Pasta Meals

Peanut Butter
Dried Beans (1 lb bags)
Rice (1 lb bags)
Dried Pastas
Pasta Sauce

Mac & Cheese
Baby Food
Pet Food


SHEPHERD'S CLOSET: The Shepherd's Closet ​is a clothing supply center at the Good Shepherd Ministry Center, providing free clothing to those in need. Please help stock the Closet with new men's, women's and children's socks or used clothing items in good shape. Place them in the wagon on Sunday mornings. Current Needs:
- Men's A-style tank tops (all sizes)
- Low profile black socks (all sizes)
- Underpants (all sizes up to 2xl)

Volunteers are welcome and needed: Contact Paula Perry for details.

The Good Shepherd Ministry Center is located in central El Cajon. Formerly a United Methodist Church, Foothills runs the center as a source for aid to those in need in our community. The site has Sunday morning services, an on-site pastor through the week, classes and programs for adult education and the food pantry and clothing center.

Volunteers are aways needed to help run these amazing programs and to keep the site maintained.
Please contact Danean LeNoir with any questions or interest.

Kairos Prison Ministries
Another Kairos mission is approaching. You can help by baking cookies.
Bring them to church on Sunday March 25th. There are pretty specific rules to the cookie packaging, so please follow the directions found here.

The mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to bring Christ's love and forgiveness to all incarcerated individuals, their families and those who work with them, as well as to assist in the transition of becoming a productive citizen. Kairos missionaries use homemade cookies to draw the candidates into the program. These are something they would otherwise never be able to enjoy. The cookies may be the draw, but many prisoners find the experience fulfilling beyond just a satisfaction of their sweet tooth. Click here to read more about the mission of Kairos and the many ways you can help the missionaries who go into the prison.

InterFaith Shelter
interfaith-shelter-strip.jpg The Interfaith Shelter is a rotating shelter for homeless people who are actively working towards bettering their lives and finding a job. Foothills hosts the shelter for two weeks each year, usually in February. Many volunteers are needed to make this incredible program a success. Email our missions coordinator, Carolyn Wetzel, if you are interested in helping as an overnight host, providing meals, transportation, laundry services or hygiene packets for the next shelter.

Common Ground Collaborative
common-ground-strip.jpgCommon Ground Collaborative is an interdenominational outreach effort of three churches - Santa Sophia Catholic Church, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church and Foothills United Methodist Church. The Collaborative has adopted five underprivileged elementary schools in the Spring Valley area and serves a broad spectrum of needs including providing volunteers in the classroom, emergency family needs of food or clothing, and facilitating each student with a personal home library.

Volunteering in the classroom is a great gift contribution to a child's life, providing both support in their education, but also a compassionate adult role model. There is much more we do, and much more we hope to do in the future.  For Foothills specific information, contact chairperson John Parsons at (619)-469-7169.

For more information about how Common Ground works in partnership with schools in our neighborhood head to their website or contact them

Missions On Call List
missions-on-call-strip.jpg The Missions Committee is collecting the names of people who want to be “on call” to help when a need arises in our community. This might be something as little as driving our Interfaith Shelter guests to the Transit Center (20 minute commitment) or as big as cleaning out the storeroom at the Good Neighbor Center (several hour project). When we are alerted of a need, we can put the communication system in motion and contact you. If you can help at that time, great! If not, you can surround the need in your prayers. Please contact Susan Naslund if you want to move beyond the church walls in mission to our community.