Welcome to the new website for Estero United Methodist Church!
We purchase backpacks and basic school supplies in bulk to be packed by volunteers in May. The backpacks go to elementary students in the Super Kids Summer Reading Club at our church and elsewhere in the area. Extra backpacks are made for other area students who need them in the fall. We typically assemble 250-400 backpacks each year.
Thanksgiving Food Build
We typically provide 300+ area families with basic Thanksgiving food supplies that include a turkey plus sides and dessert. Bags are made for both traditional and Latino taste preferences. We buy the food in bulk, then the congregation helps pack and distribute bags of food on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
Christmas Angel Tree
Christmas wish lists for area children in need are provided by trusted partners such as New Horizons, Wings of Shelter, Single Parent Ministries, etc. We typically provide 300+ unique gifts to the children. We also provide gift bags and cards to be distributed by trusted area ministries such as the Pregnancy Resource Center, Come As You Are homeless ministry, etc. During Advent, the congregation is invited to shop for gifts personally or donate money for volunteers to purchase on their behalf.
Migrant Food Ministry
A group of weekly volunteers procure and deliver staple food supplies (corn flour, potatoes, oil, etc.) during season to the Bonita Springs arm of the Redlands Christian Migrant Association, which operates child-care centers for migrant workers. Volunteers to shop for, organize, or deliver the food are welcome to help expand this ministry.
A member of our Missions team teaches the art of mosaic glass to guys and gals at Justin's Place, which is a coed, Christian-based recovery program incorporating the 12 Steps. Students make a beautiful work of art using broken pieces of glass, while learning to see how broken people are pieced together by God to be His beautiful masterpieces. Donated supplies, or volunteers to get involved with this outreach, are very welcome.