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Serve Locally

Community Pantry

Community Pantry is a ministry of University Carillon that helps support local food pantries. Once a month, “Community Pantry” bags are handed out at service with the request to fill them with BOGO items (nonperishable) from supermarkets and return them the next weekend at service. The nonperishable food items donated to Community Pantry will be shared with local food pantries in need.

Next time you see one of the navy Community Pantry reusable bags, please participate in a way that gives back to those in need in our community. Thank you!

HOW IT WORKS:
Community Pantry bags will be available for pick up once a month. When you pick up the bag:
1. Take the Community Pantry bag with you and fill it with nonperishable food items.
2. Pray for those who may be receiving the food in the bag.
3. Drop the bag off at service next weekend.

Requested items: mac and cheese, canned raviolis/spaghettios, tuna or canned chicken, canned soup, canned beans, rice, ramen noodles, canned vegetables, peanut butter, cereal and pasta.

Community WORK Days

In addition to the “in-house” opportunities listed here, we sponsor “Community Launch” days where we tackle a number of activities that benefit our neighbors–yard clean-up, distribution of event information, minor home repairs, food collections and more. Watch for announcements about the next Community Launch day.

PASTOR CHRIS AKERS
Executive Pastor
chrisakers@universitycarillon.net
(407) 588-1715

Family Promise

Through Family Promise, we, and other area churches, help local homeless families to have food, lodging and assistance to get back on their feet. For information about helping out at a Family Promise Host Week.

Bonneville Elementary Reading Buddies

University Carillon has partnered with Bonneville Elementary over the years, serving in multiple capacities to assist the school, students, and teachers in their academic success. As the new school year begins, UC looks to expand its ministry in partnership with the leadership at Bonneville Elementary … and we need your help! Find a way—or two—to serve alongside teachers and students this school year.

Serve opportunities for the 2021-22 school year:

  • Purchasing school supplies (our goal is 125 kids at $25/kid)
  • Classroom Helper (reading with students, monitoring learning centers, helping kids with classwork, and providing support for teachers as needed; 1 hr/week)
  • All-Pro Dads (for men; engage in meaningful conversations and activities centered around a character-based curriculum; once a month)
  • Prayer Partner (we want to help in every step of the way by praying for the students, staff and community at Bonneville Elementary)
  • Media Center help
    • Shelve books/help students find “just right” books (M-F during school hours)
    • Read with an individual student in the Media Center (refer to classroom schedule for times for each grade level)
    • Assist librarian with Wednesday club, “Pawsative Power” (Wednesdays 8:00-8:30)
    • Help with Scholastic Book Fair (October 11-15, 9:00-11:25)

ELAINE MYERS
Ministry Assistant
elainemyers@universitycarillon.net
(407) 542–0774

UCF Football Games

Help cook and serve food during UCF football games and do other “no strings attached” outreach activities.

PASTOR CHRIS AKERS
Executive Pastor
chrisakers@universitycarillon.net
(407) 588-1715

HOPE Helps

HOPE Helps, Inc., is a local non-profit with a mission to assist individuals and families in crisis and prevent homelessness in our community, by providing basic needs such as food, clothing, and other assistance through case managements. They are always in need of volunteers and donations to their thrift store and food pantry.

HOPE Helps, Inc.
812 Eyrie Drive
Oviedo, FL 32765
(407) 366-3422
www.hopehelps.org

Choices Women’s Clinic

Choices Women’s Clinic exists to encourage and equip women and men to make informed pregnancy decisions. Choices does not benefit financially from any decision a patient makes and does not charge for services. Choices believe that women and men are capable of making their own choices when given accurate information.

Many patients did not plan on getting pregnant and they are facing difficult choices. Choices’ goal is for each patient to make her own decision after she has received all the resources and information applicable to her situation. If pregnant, some choose to parent, some choose to place for adoption, and some choose to end their pregnancy and have an abortion.

With over 30 years of experience providing free and confidential services to patients in Greater Orlando, Choices is here when you find yourself unsure of whether you are pregnant, and when you don’t know all of your options—a free and confidential space to have your questions answered.

ELAINE MYERS
Ministry Assistant
elainemyers@universitycarillon.net
(407) 542–0774

Inside Out Jail Ministry

ISO exists to assist and prepare incarcerated men and women, no matter their personal religious beliefs, to make a successful transition from jail back into their communities. The goal is to reduce recidivism by encouraging personal growth, rebuilding families, and strengthening communities.
ISO provides an educational experience inside the jail (addressing criminal and addictive behavior, building trust, setting goals, etc.) and works with residents who request assistance in formulating a plan to keep them on track once they are released. ISO’s overall strategy includes continuing education and spiritual development; training spiritual mentors and “pen pals”; communicating and coordinating with families for support during the transition period; providing clothing to those in need; connecting persons with local resources and recovery programs; and working with public defenders and social workers.

Inside Out Jail Ministries
P.O. Box 1164
Goldenrod, FL 32733
www.ISOJM.org

EPIC Missions

United Methodist Children’s Home

When there is a fifth Sunday in the month, we collect an offering for the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home in Enterprise.