Mon., Dec. 4, 7:00 p.m.

“United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) is a grassroots movement within The United Methodist Church designed to provide an official channel whereby Christians, both lay and clergy, may offer their skills and talents for Christian service at home and around the world on short term assignments at their own expense.

“Their work includes construction and renewing of mission facilities, teaching, witnessing, conducting medical clinics, conducting Bible study or Bible School for children, and serving in disaster relief efforts around the world.” 1

Team members have the opportunity to participate in mission trips using their skills in many ways through construction, medical, disaster relief and evangelism and outreach. Mission takes place locally, statewide or nationwide wherever the need arises.

FUMC team members have been involved in missions since 1997 with the first trip to Tijuana, Mexico to paint the parsonage at Methodist Church.
Construction projects have involved numerous Methodist Churches throughout California, conducting a Bible school at an Indian Reservation, flood repair in Louisiana & Mississippi and campground repair at Lodestar and Monte Toyon. Nationally, sending members on a medical mission trip to Guatemala, a medical & construction trip to Africa and most recently an eyeglass clinic in Cambodia.

Facilitated by VIM members congregational members have the opportunity to participate in feeding the hungry at the Salvation Army and Change the World Day, providing health kits and flood buckets for UMCOR as well as raising awareness of missions through the Annual Holiday Faire. Congregational members support our efforts on a regular basis. This year our emphasis will be on local mission opportunities. Your participation is invited.

1. UM Global Ministries: About UMVIM

UMCOR: United Methodist Committee on Relief

UMCOR Health Kit

Value: $12.00


1 hand towel
15″ x 25″ to 17″x 27″
(Kitchen, cleaning and microfiber towels are not acceptable)

1 washcloth

1 comb
Comb needs to be sturdy and longer than 6″
No pocket combs or picks, please
Rattail combs and combs without handles are acceptable with a minimum of 6″ of teeth

1 metal nail file or clipper
No emery boards, please

1 bath-size soap
3 oz. and larger sizes only
No Ivory or Jergens soap due to moisture content
Do not remove from original packaging

1 toothbrush
Adult size only
Do not remove from original packaging

6 adhesive bandages
¾” to 1″ size
Common household Band-Aids

1 plastic bag
One-gallon size sealable bags only

$1 to purchase toothpaste

Assembly directions
Set the $1 for toothpaste aside to be included in a separate envelope. Lay out the hand towel flat on a table. Lay the washcloth flat in the center of the hand towel. Place all remaining items on top of the washcloth. Fold over the sides of the hand towel to cover all of the items. Fold over one end of the hand towel so that it covers all of the items. Grasp the bundle of items tightly and roll over the remainder of the hand towel tightly. Place the tightly rolled bundle in the plastic bag. Remove as much air as possible and seal the bag.

UMCOR Health Kit Contents

Printable list (pdf) »

Packing the UMCOR Health Kit
YouTube video on assembling the kit »

Important notes

  • All items must be new.
  • Do not wash any of the items as they will be considered used.
  • Please remove all packaging (except soap and toothbrush).
  • All emergency kits are carefully planned to make them usable in the greatest number of situations. Since strict rules often govern product entry into international countries, it is important that kits contain only the requested items – nothing more.
  • DO NOT include any personal notes, money or additional material in the kits. These things must be painstakingly removed and will delay the shipment.
  • UMCOR is now purchasing toothpaste in bulk to be added to health kits before shipping to ensure that the product does not expire before they are sent. Do not put single dollar bills in each kit. Collect all monies for toothpaste and shipping,
    Place it in a separate envelope and send along with the kit donations.

Last updated 01-30-2015

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