We take good care of the members and friends of our faith family by providing encouragement, company, prayer support, a safe place for children and by giving a helping hand when two aren’t enough. We want Fremont UMC to be a safe place for people to be just who they are. But, we are also equally interested in the welfare of others, whatever their circumstances.
NE Portland Backpack Program (email)
A weekend meal program sponsored by FUMC in collaboration with community partners and businesses, which serves over 200 children through three area schools
The Backpack Program always needs food donations. Here’s a guide to recommended donations Food List
Healthy Smiles (email)
Weekend meals are augmented with adult and child-friendly toothbrushes and toothpaste
Northeast Emergency Food Bank (email)
FUMC collects and delivers over 2,000 pounds of food each year to this food-assistance program, and supplies manpower one Saturday each month to help distribute food to the needy in Northeast Portland. To volunteer contact Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
A Thank You to Fremont
from NE Emergency Food Program
We want to share a portion of the very warm thank you letter that Travis Nieman, the director of NEEFP, sent to Fremont:
“First I just want to thank you and your congregation for all the support you have shown to the Northeast Emergency Food Program over the years. We highly value our relationship with you! Fremont volunteers get us through our busiest days! And your support with the Christmas tree sales is much appreciated!
For our records, we show that Fremont UMC donated 1,057 pounds of food in 2017. That doesn’t include clothing or volunteer hours! This was a record year with more than 9,000 households receiving more than 3.6 million dollars’ worth of food! “
And…we can also extend a warm thank you to Jeff Michel, who coordinates the Fremont volunteers to NEEFP, and to Allan and Trina Leschber who take our local donations and help out in many other ways. May our Fremont community continue to be blessed by our participation in this wonderful program.
Community of Hope
A 4-month transitional housing program for single parents with children. It provides safe and stable housing while providing mentoring and job-search training and other services designed to prepare their residents for permanent housing.
Dignity Village is a city-recognized encampment of an estimated 60 homeless people in Portland. FUMC youth and adults assist with Village-defined projects and celebrate Thanksgiving Dinner with residents.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
All are invited to join Fremont’s Prayer Shawl Ministry for lunch and knitting/crocheting, and connecting following church; usually the third Sunday from September through May.
“Shawls…made for centuries universal and embracing, symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving, God. They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify. Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to fly above their troubles…”
– Janet Bristow
For more information (email) contact the church office.
Ecumenical Blood Drives
Ecumenical Blood Drives with American Red Cross are regularly scheduled at Fremont or a neighboring church. The next blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday, February 7 from 3 to 7 pm. Contact Neil (email) for more information or to join our list of donors for the next blood drive.
A group of some 30-plus individuals commit to pray for requests that are brought to our attention. We pray for members, friends, extended family and folks well beyond our congregation. Prayer partners are always welcome and can sign up by emailing the church office. Current requests
Interfaith Alliance on Poverty is an ecumenical group organized to fight poverty.Through participation in this group, Fremont strives to address the needs of people living in poverty in Portland. We are involved in four areas: Exploring needs, Informing the community, Advocating for policies that will reduce and eliminate poverty, working to help people Transition from homelessness to stability. Contact Joanne for more information. (email)
Fremont’s Congregational Life Committee
provides Care to our congregation through:
· Sunday hospitality with coffee and Bread for the Journey September through May.
· Caring Cooks provides meals for those in need following operations and births.
· Prayer Shawl Ministry meets monthly to knit/crochet prayer shawls over lunch. Shawls are available to present as gifts to anyone inside or outside the congregation.
· Pew Saints keep pews clean—Prayer Chain—Shut-Ins—Greeters—Birthday Cards—Contact with inactive members— Keeping attendance—Setting up Summer Hospitality.
· Providing food for Celebrations throughout the year, such as Auction and Advent Craft Festival.
One Day–One Time: a Series of Volunteering Events
Everyone likes to reach out to help others. Your Outreach committee realized that we needed an opportunity for you to volunteer on a One Day- One Time project. We are going to be planning a couple of opportunities each year so that everyone has a chance to participate.
Our first event was a NE Emergency Food Bank Clean-up on May 7.
Stay tuned for the next opportunity.