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Feb 1st, 2014
Community Outreach
For Immediate Release:
MDUMC has several on-going opportunities for service to the community


For many years the Soupmobile Ministry has been an integral part of the outreach mission of Memorial Drive UMC. Members of our congregation prepare and deliver sack lunches to hungry people throughout the community. Teams meet several times a week and prepare the lunches and then drivers deliver them to their destinations.

Helping Hands
Helping Hands is a ministry within MDUMC that responds to various needs within the MDUMC community. If you are in need of a “helping hand” around the house, please let us know. This group welcomes opportunities to serve as the hands and heart of Christ, and folks have helped out with everything from computer training to replacing air filters and power washing. Do you have a hammer? Can you teach someone new to computers how to use the Internet? Do you have a heart to help a senior adult or single person? If so, we need you! Or, if you are a senior adult or single or just need a hand, let us know and we can help!

Restorative Justice
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Movement, insisted that prison ministry was an inseparable ministry of the church. He championed the cause of prison reform and said that “There can be no religion by social religion. There can be no holiness but social holiness.” It is in the spirit of John Wesley that Memorial Drive UMC works to bring healing and restoration to offenders and victims.

You may find that you want to participate in or learn more about the following opportunities:
The incarcerated
  • Faith Sharing
  • Discipleship
  • Life Skill Development
  • Mentoring
  • Youth
  • Volunteer Chaplains
Families of the Incarcerated
  • Faith Sharing
  • Children’s Programs
  • Visitor Assistance
  • First Responder Relief
  • Offender Interaction
Releasees with After Care
  • Local church contact
  • Support groups
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Jobs

The vision at MDUMC is that all people impacted by crime would be restored by the love of Jesus Christ through Restorative Justice ministries.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
A prayer shawl is intended to be a physical reminder of God’s care. It offers comfort to the wearer while creating an awareness of God’s nearness. God knows the deepest needs of everyone and is always present to sustain us. Prayers shawls are given to individuals in times of crisis, illness, or celebration as a reminder of God’s abiding love and presence. They are given to members of this congregation as well as to those beyond our congregation. Hundreds of prayer shawls have been created as MDUMC members gather to knit and pray. While they may or may not know who will receive each shawl, with each stitch they offer prayers on behalf of that person. If you love to knit or would like to learn, please consider joining our morning or evening group.

Hollibrook Mentoring
MDUMC is celebrating its second year of mentoring at Hollibrook Elementary School in the Spring Branch school district. The Spring Branch ISD Mentoring Program has produced dramatic, tangible results which include higher student achievement and a better attitude, as well as an overall improved campus atmosphere and spirit. Caring mentors who meet once a week for 30–45 minutes with their “mentees” have made the difference. At-risk students have thrived with the attention they receive from their mentors and from the caring relationships that are forged.

As faithful disciples who feel called to do the work of Christ in the world, MDUMC members and friends of MDUMC have participated in training and made the commitment to make a difference in the life of a child. Hollibrook mentoring has become incredibly valuable to those who are mentored and to those who do the mentoring.

If you love children and are willing to be trained and obtain a security clearance, then you may want to consider becoming a part of such a joyful ministry.

Emergency Assistance

If you or someone you know is in need of emergency support, MDUMC is here to help with the hard times. A member of our clergy is always available to meet for counsel and prayer.

In addition, we also offer help with food, transportation and referrals to other community resources.
About the Company:
The MDUMC church family is intentional in its desire to to share its gifts through service to others. Within this church there are many groups evaluating and responding to needs throughout our neighborhood, community and the world. Our heartfelt desire is to be the hearts and hands of Christ to our neighbors, acknowledging that our neighbor is anyone, anywhere, who might need our help.

Whether responding to a natural disaster, preparing meals for the homeless within our city, delivering a prayer shawl to someone in need of God's loving touch, or participating in any of our numerous ministry programs, there is a place for you to share and serve.

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