Mission 1025 is our local mission program that aims to reach 1,025 people with the love of Christ within 1.25 miles of the campus of Keller UMC. During the year there are opportunities to serve alongside your church family in various projects, with options both inside and outside the walls of Keller UMC. The fourth Sunday evening of most months all ages are invited to share a simple supper (free of charge but donations are accepted) at 5:30pm and afterward participate in a hands on mission activity in the Family Life Center. Children are welcome to participate and nursery will be provided for children under three. Youth will also join their entire church family at Mission 1025.
Backpack Food Ministry
Keller UMC partners with three Keller ISD elementary schools to serve students each weekend who otherwise wouldn’t have access to enough to eat. Each package includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack. We periodically package bags as a church family and collect funds and food to cover the cost of each bag so that the children in our community can experience Christ’s love.
Keller UMC partners with two local elementary schools for this mentoring program. Each student has a mentor whom they meet with weekly for one hour as well as a prayer partner who prays for the match behind the scenes. We think this is one of the best ways that we can share Christ’s love in the world around us and embody who Christ is.
Our mission work includes international trips to Haiti, Slovakia, Belize and Sierra Leone as well trips to various cities across the United States.
Community Partner Program
The Community Partner Program engages churches in providing opportunities for individuals who qualify for assistance such as SNAP, Medicaid and CHIP, to easily apply for and update benefits that will enable them to have a better quality of life. Volunteers from Keller serve as "navigators" that help applicants sign on to Your Texas Benefits and apply.
Keller UMC Resource Center - Opening Mid August 2018
Keller United Methodist Church is committed to serving and connecting our congregation and our neighbors in ways that build healthy communities. The Keller UMC Resource Center’s food pantry will be a food resource for individuals, families and the elderly (without zip code restrictions) who currently go unserved or underserved in our community. As we get to know clients of our food pantry, we can learn of other needs and connect them with resources we have or with partner agencies.
Helen Trimarchi Community Garden
Helen Trimarchi was a member of Keller United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. As a dedication to her memory and to express their gratitude for her heart of service, the United Methodist Women has inititated a community garden project bearing her name that benefits members of Keller UMC and the community.
Each Sunday children bring their offering during Children’s time for Heifer International. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Animals and other resources purchased with offerings provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.
Free the Girls
Keller UMC is a drop-off location for Free the Girls, a non-profit organization that helps provide job opportunities for survivors of sex trafficking. There is a container in the Church Offices for collecting gently used bras, including sports bras and camisoles. These items are shipped to women in Mozambique, El Salvador and Uganda, where they women can earn a living by selling secondhand clothing while going to school, getting healthier and caring for their families.
Arlington Life Shelter
The Arlington Life Shelter provides shelter and support services to help our neighbors who are homeless integrate into society and become self-sufficient, thriving contributors to the community. Each second Friday, small groups prepare sack lunches to be give out by the shelter on the following Saturday.
Habitat for Humanity
Our congregation has a long term relationship with Habitat for Humanity. In 2013, we sponsored a house build. We continue to send volunteers for days of service. We participated in the Carter Work Project in 2014 and received the Faith Partner Award from the Trinity Habitat for Humanity chapter.
Natural Disaster Relief
Our congregation provides financial support and sends both materials to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and mission teams to help recovery efforts in areas affected by natural disaster.
Sharing the Joy
Annual alternative gift and craft fair held in November. Sponsored by United Methodist Women.
The Community Storehouse
The Community Storehouse is a nonprofit organization that supports local families in times of need and crisis. Each year the congregation supports Community Storehouse through church wide drives for items like back to school supplies and holiday food. The Storehouse is always looking for volunteers, one time and ongoing.
United Community Centers
Our congregation has an ongoing relationship with UCC to help provide for the needs of underprivileged children and their families in Tarrant County through school supply and uniform collections in July, holiday food collection in the fall and volunteers on the fourth Saturday mobile food pantry. UCC is always looking for more volunteers for their after school Education Enrichment Programs, one time and ongoing.
For more information about any of these opportunities, please contact Janna Elliott.