Highlands United Methodist Church is passionate about Jesus’ call to serve the poor and hurting. We believe in the inherent dignity of those who are ignored by society, and we strive to see them as Christ does—as children of God. Our prayer is that they will also see themselves as His children. At the heart of our vision is the desire to "be a place where all people are welcome and can discover, develop, and use their gifts”. We believe that Serving Ministries is where this takes place in a very real and tangible way. Take a moment to explore these pages and see what ministries are already taking place. Say a prayer as we discern new directions and listen for God’s voice. Whether it is sharing stories over the breakfast table during Hospitality Hour, installing insulation at a Habitat for Humanity work day, equipping people for job readiness at Project ID, or helping an at-risk student with their homework, the love of Christ takes on many forms in Serving Ministries; we are always seeking to hear how God may be calling us in a new way. If you are looking for a place to share your gifts, we have room for you.
If you have any questions or would like to serve, please contact Deb Welsh.
Disaster Response Opportunities in Lee County:
The recovery for natural disasters is a long term process. Though the work has slowed down and people have returned to work or school, many families and communities in Lee County are still in need of help and are welcoming volunteers. Jon Davis, mission coordinator for Auburn FUMC sent the following info to us:
The latest update from the Lee Co EMA today is that the Volunteer Reception Centers will stay open through the end of March and will open on specific days (probably Saturdays) after that as needed. These centers allow any volunteer or group (14 is minimum age to serve) to just show up, register, do a brief safety training, and be assigned to a site. It makes the serving process easy! Here are the addresses:
Beauregard area - 8a-5p (central) - Windmill Acres 1258 Lee Rd 47 Opelika, AL 36804
Smith’s Station area – 8a-5p (eastern) - Smith’s Station Government Center, 2336 Lee Rd 430 Smith’s Station, AL 36877
These volunteer centers end daily operation since March 31st and will only be open on specific dates after that.
Alabama Rural Ministries’ Tuskegee Mission Hub is the other option for sending teams! They have been designated as UMCOR’s lead agency for the response. Teams can register using the links below depending on when the team wants to serve:
Serving now through end of May – www.arm-al.org/tornadoregistration
Serving June – July - www.arm-al.org/summermissions - this is open to teams of any age, not just youth
The Lee Co EMA is also in need of volunteers (age 14 and up):
Emergency Operations Center – 908 Ave B Opelika, AL 36801 – 8a-6p – Mon-Sat. – Volunteers needed for answering calls and being “runners” (requires a vehicle) – 334-749-8161 for details
Warehouse – 309 Williamson Ave Opelika, AL 36801 – 8a-5p, 7 days a week – Volunteers needed for sorting and organizing
Please let us know if you or your family are planning to serve. We’d love to hear about your experience. If you are interested in a Highlands Recovery team, please let Deb Welch know. As always, if you are unable to go but would like to contribute UMCOR is a great ministry that is first in/last out in recovery around the world. You can make a donation online www.umcor.org or through the church (make checks to HUMC with UMCOR in the memo line).