Whether sponsoring missionaries and missions throughout the world or collecting food for our local soup kitchen, First Newton reaches out to the world and the local community in our missionary efforts. 

Hunger Walk

The Eastern Catawba County Hunger Walk is a community event benefiting the Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, Inc. and The Corner Table Soup Kitchen. The goals of this three-mile walk are to raise funds for hunger relief efforts in eastern Catawba County and to raise awareness of the hunger issue in our community. Your participation will ensure ECCCM and The Corner Table can keep feeding the 20% of families living with food insecurity in eastern Catawba County. The Hunger Walk takes place on a Sunday afternoon in October.

The corner table

The Corner Table is a Newton, NC soup kitchen that serves nutritious meals to any men, women and children in need. First United Methodist Church members volunteer, contribute financially, and supply meals every year to those in need. For more information, visit www.thecornertable.org.

Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministries (ECCCM)

The Mission Statement of ECCCM is to bring together the resources of the Christian community to serve the people in need of crisis assistance, support and education, in response to God’s call. Church members volunteer and contribute financially to ECCCM. To learn more, visit www.ecccm.org.

Silver Bell Tree

At Christmas, members and friends of First United Methodist Church collect gifts for the elderly in Catawba County that are serviced by Social Services.

Community Christmas Party

First United Methodist partners with a local elementary school to provide Christmas gifts for several children and their families who are in need at the holidays. They are treated to a special Community Christmas Party which includes dinner, the Christmas story, entertainment and of course, a visit from Santa!

Project Agape

Through Project AGAPE (a joint ministry venture of the Western and North Carolina Conferences) First Methodist Newton sends Christmas shoeboxes to children who are not served through the nationally recognized Samaritan’s Purse. For the past 15 years, Project AGAPE has been (and continues to be) the ONLY humanitarian relief group in the Kashatagh region of Armenia. Project AGAPE assists with humanitarian and benevolent activities such as an orphanage / children’s home, educational and training opportunities, distribution of food & clothing and The Cattle Project (Heifer Project does not serve this region). Project AGAPE also supports the local priest and the medical director for the area hospital. To discover more about Project AGAPE please visit www.projectagapearmenia.org.

Want to get plugged in to serve? Have ideas for new ways to serve? Contact Deacon Shannon LeMaster-Smith.