Outreach Serving in our Community
"Let me tell you why you are here," says Jesus. "You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness?"
Matthew 5:13 (The Message)
According to our Conference Office of Congregational Transformation "salty service makes a difference in people's lives-both those being served and those serving. Salty Service makes us 'doers and not hearers only'. Salty Service connects the lives of disciples with the ongoing work of Christ in the world."
Many of our church members are volunteering in our community on a regular basis. If you would like to participate with others from Allendale in sharing the love of Christ by going out into the community to provide tangible acts of service, please consider the following opportunities:
Ronald McDonald House Team
provides dinner monthly to the families who are living at the RM House in St. Petersburg while their child is receiving medical care at All Children's Hospital.
Service Saturday Team
works together on the third Saturday of each month to volunteer in the community. Projects include picking up trash along the Pinellas Trail and also serving at the Salvation Army family shelter.
ACC Connection Team
serves and supports the families and staff members of our Allendale Children's Center. Could you volunteer in a classroom or assist at special events?
Women's Residence Team
prepares and serves dinner monthly to 20 women who are living in a transitional housing program and working to achieve stable housing and employment.
The Newest Salty Service Team
is waiting to be formed. What needs in our community are you passionate about? Could you organize a group from Allendale to serve in a local school or nursing home? Would you be interested in teaching English to an immigrant through classes provided by United Methodist Cooperative Ministries? Would you consider volunteering at a local food pantry?
Please contact our church office (527-6694) or Suzy Hutto (906-9454) if you would like to be a part of one of our existing "Salty Service" teams or if you have a question or an idea for additional ways to bless our community in the name of Christ.
Our Service Saturday Team gathered together on June 16th at Allendale UMC at 8:30 in the morning. Because of the warmer weather in June and August we will be working at our church instead of outdoors on the Pinellas Trail. Bob Grainger deployed us around the church that morning to complete various cleaning/maintenance jobs which are important to help our church buildings appear more inviting. We'll return to the Pinellas Trail in October.