12 Baskets Ministry
Jesus miraculously fed 5,000 men one day with only a few loaves and fishes, and twelve baskets of leftovers were even gathered after everyone had eaten. Here at First Church, we believe that we can continue some of that same miraculous generosity by reaching out to a different ministry in our local community, nation, or world each month. Below is our tentative schedule for 2023. Donations of goods (when applicable) can be brought by the church office and placed in the blue bins outside the church office anytime the church is open. You may also bring them with you to worship on Sundays and there is a collection point in the narthex of the sanctuary as well.
In January, the 12 Baskets Ministries will be collecting supplies for Project Light of Rowan County.
This organization helps bring awareness to individuals of Human Trafficking. The supplies collected will go to help victims of Human Trafficking in Rowan County.
Please consider donating the following items:
-small, individually packaged snacks
-individual packs of Kleenex
-gallon sized Ziplock bags
All donated items should be brand new.
Monetary donations can be made to support therapy sessions for victims and to assist in the needs and expenses of a safe house for victims. Please make your check out to FirstUMC with “Project Light” in the memo line.
Items may be dropped off by the church Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or on Sunday mornings. Thank you for helping support such a beneficial ministry in our community!
For more information about Project Light, visit www.
This month we are participating in Souper Bowl of Caring to support Rowan Helping Ministries.
We are collecting canned goods as well as monetary donations, throughout the month, and specifically on Super Bowl Sunday.
All canned goods can be placed in the blue bins outside of the church offices in Langford Hall. Each bin has been marked with the teams that are playing against each other in the Super Bowl. Feel free to place your donations in the team’s bin you think will win.
All monetary donations can be made out to the church and marked for “Souper Bowl of Caring” or you can donate directly to Rowan Helping Ministries at https://
This month’s collection will benefit Rowan One Church, One Child, a partnership between Rowan County Department of Social Services (RCDSS) and Rowan County churches with the purpose of ensuring healthy, safe and protective outcomes for Rowan County children and teenagers who are victimized and traumatized by various forms of abuse, neglect, or dependency who are currently receiving Child Protective, In-Home Case Management, Foster Care or Adoption services from the RCDSS Children Services Division.
Please consider donating the following gently used or new items:
- Clothes (children and adult sizes)
- Shoes (children and adult sizes)
- Sheets, blankets, and comforters
- Towels and wash cloths
- Toys for all ages
- Small appliances (fans, heaters,
- microwaves, coffee pots, etc.)
- Dishes, flatware, and cookware
- Baby items
Additionally, the following new items will be accepted; diapers, baby wipes, socks and underwear (children and adult sizes), bed pillows, cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene items.
Items may be dropped off by the church Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or on Sunday mornings.
If you would like to make a financial gift, please make your check out to First UMC and write ROCOC in the memo line. All monetary gifts will be used to purchase items such as twin bed systems, cribs, toddler beds, sheets (etc.) for children and teenagers served the Children’s Services Division of the Rowan County Department of Social Services.
Thank you for helping support such a beneficial ministry in our community!
This month we will be collecting bathing supplies for Rowan Helping Ministries. Stay tuned for more details.
This month we will be collecting building supplies for Armenia. Stay tuned for more details.
During the month of September, we typically collect items for Project AGAPE, specifically shoeboxes. First Church has been ardent supporters of this outreach program for many years. This is a joint venture between the North Carolina Conference and the Western NC Conference of The United Methodist Church that works in mission and ministry with the people of Armenia. Stayed tuned for more details about this.
This month we will be collecting supplies for UMCOR. Stay tuned for more details about our October collection.
This month we will be supporting the State Veterans House in Salisbury. Stay tuned for more details about this.