Mini Pantry

Colin Cassidy of Boy Scout Troop #111 completed the installation of the Free Tiny Pantry near the main entrance of Lansing First as his Eagle Scout project. Our thanks to Colin for this important addition to our church’s outreach ministries. We are so thankful for Troop 111!

If you would like to volunteer to check on the pantry one day a week, or donate some canned goods, please contact Carol Walker to volunteer at carolwalker2009@yahoo.com. The items typically needed are:

    • Canned Meat: Spam, chicken, tuna, ham, sardines
    • Canned Entrees: ravioli, spaghetti, beef stew, etc.
    • Canned Fruit
    • Crackers
    • Pasta/Pasta sauce
    • Canned/Instant Potatoes
    • Beans (dry or canned)

Soaring Unlimited-Baby Boxes for Haiti

One of the mission projects that we are able to still support during the pandemic is Soaring Unlimited, a community development organization that works to improve infant and birthing health in Haiti. Soaring Unlimited was founded by Dorothy Frederickson of Hope United Methodist Church as a result of her mission work in Haiti.

Every other Thursday our basement is humming with the sound of sewing machines. The sewers prepare a baby box with a foam pad for a mattress, a water-proof mattress cover, a sheet, and a mosquito netting. The boxes themselves are produced by a United Methodist Church in Florida.

Central United Methodist Church (here in Lansing) houses clothes that also accompany the boxes. They also are making birthing kits that are given to midwives. The kit includes a razor blade, a cord for tying off the umbilical cord, gauze, a washcloth, a brush, and soap. If you would like more information about this ministry, contact Bernice Natoli at bnatoli@provide.net or Jan Blough at jlblough@att.net .

Greater Lansing Area Mobile Food Pantry

The Greater Lansing Area Mobile Food Pantry distributes food to our neighbors (from their semi-trucks) from the Lansing First church parking lot twice a year. The next distribution date at our church is January 16, 2021. We will need volunteers to help carry the food to people’s cars. There are  other distribution sites and dates throughout the City of Lansing, Click on the website for more details at https://www.lansingmi.gov/530/Mobile-Food-Pantry or call (517) 908-3680.

If you need help with food today, contact the United Way 2-1-1 Emergency Resource Lookup to locate the nearest food resources. Contact them by dialing 2-1-1 or their toll-free phone number: 1-866-561-2500.

The Mobile Food Pantry is a collaborative effort with The City of Lansing Human Relations and Community Services Department and the Greater Lansing Food Bank. The Mobile Food Pantry distributes free, fresh and non-perishable food items to Lansing residents. Food is available at various locations in Lansing through out the month.

If you or someone you know must choose between buying food and filing prescriptions or paying bills, please tell them about this important program. This offering is for City of Lansing residents. All participants must bring a valid state identification card, driver’s license, or other proof of residency in the City of Lansing.

Christian Services of Lansing

Lansing First is a partner church with Christian Services of Lansing. Christian Services has been working for churches in the Greater Lansing Area since October 1981, helping them help their neighbors in need.

Christian Services is a proven ministry that networks local church ministries across denominations to help people in their community. Through Christian Services, churches and church volunteers are mobilized to work together, along with community organizations and government resources, to provide coordinated assistance to people in need.

Cumberland School Outreach

Cumberland Clothes Closet
The Cumberland Clothes Closet assists classroom teachers by providing clothing for the children of Cumberland Elementary School. Donations of new and gently used clothing in children’s sizes 4 thorugh 12 are gratefully accepted. Depending on the season, we collect shoes, boots, socks and underwear.

Cumberland Elementary School Volunteers
First U.M.C. has partnered with the teachers of Cumberland Elementary School to provide tutoring services to students K-3. Tutors are always needed. Contact the Church Office at office@lansingfirst.org for information about how you can get involved.