- Phone: (956) 686-3784
- Church Address:
4200 N. McColl Rd. McAllen, TX. 78504
- Sunday: 8:30am, 9:00am, 11:00am
We hope that you will join us and share your gifts of service, in God's name!
We have many ongoing and annual opportunities for service!
For information about any of these opportunities please contact Susan Hellums, (956)686-3784 or .
2021 MSP Week HAS BEEN CANCELLED due to COVID 19 Precautions! Look for US NEXT YEAR!
This Senior High Youth Mission is hosted at First UMC, McAllen. There are many opportunities to help us host this mission. The youth and their sponsors come to serve families in our surrounding communities. Servant volunteers are needed to help with paperwork, cook, serve meals, deliver snacks, decorating, make cookies, etc!
First UMC McAllen partners with Texas Ramp Project to build handicapped accessible ramps (ADA approved) for those in need in our community. This is typically a 4-6 hour endeavor and requires a team for 6-8 people. It is our goal to build 7 ramps per year. Typically, we have a church-wide call for servant volunteers to help at least once a year, in the Spring. Otherwise, these are done periodically as time allows.
First UMC S.O.S is another opportunity for us to serve in our community and invite others to join us! To be the church OUTSIDE our walls! SOS has developed into a year-long relationship with Escandon Elementary. It is our plan to continue this relationship in the future and perhaps develop others in our community! We have done several activities in the past for the students and faculty of this MISD School.
We have helped support a clothing and supply closet at this south McAllen School who also hosts the Regional School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (RSD). We have held breakfasts for Teachers Appreciation Week and have assisted in their fundraisers. Other opportunities to partner with this school are to host their RSD Students at Christmas time as they come to "Sign and Sing" Christmas Carols with us. We also support a breakfast for the Teachers during Teacher Appreciation.
There are other opportunities to read to children throughout the year at other MISD Elementary Schools. Let us know if you are interested in doing this!
Manna Food Pantry - During the COVID pandemic our Food Pantry has grown to serve over 735 families in our surrounding areas. We gather 4 times per month. Twice to assemble and prepare food for distribution, once to load trucks for distribution by four Community Center partnerships (serving 495 families), and once to distribute food at the church. Monthly emails are sent to our congregation so you can signup to serve. Servant volunteers are needed! If you have questions about this ministry just e-mail or call Susan Hellums or email Carol Dearth,
Emily's Meals - COVID has affected so much of what we do and how we do it. This is a ministry for the homeless in our area. Meals (often hot lunches) are served by First UMC the every other Thursday and one Saturday every month. They are then delivered to the homeless around the community. This ministry is sponsored by the Woven Women's group of our church, however anyone is welcome to serve! If you are interested in helping with this ministry please e-mail Peggy Trom at
MERCY CHEFS, Inc partners with First UMC and uses our kitchen to cook meals for those who are hungry in our midst and showing support of our community: the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center (immigrant/migrants), Emily's Meals (homeless), La Posada Providencia (shelter housing immigrants), and Customs and Border Patrol (Donna tent facility). Our Church family assists with cooking every Monday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
"In His Steps" Shoe Bank of McAllen - This ministry provides shoes to school-aged children in the McAllen ISD, with a pair of properly fitting shoes appropriate for school! If your gift of service is data entry and/or paperwork, here is a perfect way of serving! Since March 2020 this ministry has been affected by COVID. The schools have not been in session, in person and has affected it greatly. However, there is still paperwork to be done!
CarePortal - Our church partners with the CarePortal of Hidalgo County and child welfare! Child welfare workers uncover needs and CarePortal makes local churches aware, giving them a real-time opportunity to respond. CarePortal supports churches with a heart to help local children and families in crisis. Churches in the network own and sustain this work through time, prayer, and resources. Your help is needed!
Truck Ministry - We are often able to fulfill the needs of others by virtue of what we have been blessed with ourselves. The life and ministry of this church is no different in this respect. There are at times many opportunities where a truck is needed, such as hauling items for the respite center, Food Bank or Care Portal. If you have the blessing of owning a truck and want to assist in these opportunities and more, we are starting a truck ministry that will afford you another chance to bless others.
Disaster Response - When a natural disaster strikes, such as a hurricane, flood or wind event our Church family steps up to assist those affected in our community and beyond, if we are able and have not been affected ourselves. We assist with tarp, health/hygiene kit, and clean-up bucket assembly and distribution. Some of us that are trained, offer assistance in an Early Response Team. Members of our Church also serve on the RGV Long Term Disaster Response. If you are interested in any of this response, please let us know.
If you have a particular gift of service that you would like to share, please do not hesitate to CONTACT US!
There will various other opportunities for service throughout the year! Be sure and watch your church e-mails, call or e-mail Susan Hellums, 956-686-3784 or