National/International MissionsNational/International Missions

     John Wesley said it best "All the world is my parish".  Our committee focuses on being open to the world around us by providing opportunities for mission experiences, sharing the mission story with others, communicating mission needs to our congregation, and exploring ways to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ. 

     The National and International Missions Committee meet on the 2nd Monday at 7:00 p.m. of each month in the Parlor at FUMC.  We welcome anyone to join in our monthly discussions.  

     Visit our missions blog! It is the best way for you to stay up-t-date with where our church is serving both nationally and internationally. 


October 2020 Monthly Mission Focus

Our October Mission Focus of the National / International Mission committee is UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) and the distribution depot at Sager Brown in Baldwin, LA. UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church, and their goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. 

Needed supplies stored at the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s Sager Brown Depot are being distributed to first responders in Louisiana as part of the agency’s effort to help fight the spread of the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. 

In normal times, United Methodists and friends of UMCOR make thousands of UMCOR relief supply kits. Now, some of these kit supplies are being used to support and protect first responders in Louisiana on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19. 

UMCOR and Sager Brown is also responding to the storms in the Gulf and wildfires in the West. 

Each year, First UMC – Valparaiso sends mission teams to volunteer at the relief-supply depots at Sager Brown. Mission Team Volunteers will assemble, verify, and pack relief-supply kits so that they can be sent to the areas where they are needed most. They also help with outreach programs in the depots’ local communities. 

At the UMCOR Sager Brown Depot each year, more than 2,000 volunteers prepare about $4 million in supplies for shipment from the Baldwin campus. Locally, UMCOR Sager Brown reaches out to Baldwin neighbors through food distribution and housing rehabilitation projects, engaging volunteers in these projects that help families and the elderly. 

The Sager Brown campus is a living, working monument to over a century of United Methodist mission. They are eager to welcome new mission team volunteers and add your name to a long list of missionaries who care enough to put their faith in action. The work, enthusiasm, and love shared during the mission experience will have a profound effect on the lives of the participants, and without a doubt volunteers will grow in their Christian love and experience spiritual enrichment.   

Call Jane Strayer (219-508-4685), Mission Team Leader, for more information on becoming a mission team member in January 2021.  

This year if the Sager Brown mission team is unable to complete their mission trip due to COVID-19 restrictions at Sager Brown, donations will be sent UMCOR to specifically support UMCOR’s U.S. disaster response ef­forts, at Advance 901670. 

Please contribute and support our mission teams through our October Mission Focus

You can learn more about Sager Brown by visiting their website:



Make health kits for UMCOR.   Volunteers go to Sager Brown and Midwest Mission Distribution Center each year.   They are always pleased to take items for the various kits that are gathered, checked, assembled and send out through UMCOR disaster relief.  The key is to follow the directions exactly.  

Good Samaritan Sewing Circle    If you can sew, press, cut, or knit, this group is for you.  They meet the 3rd Saturday morning in Tower Chapel from 8:00 - noon.