Food Bank of Contra Costa County
A team gathers on alternate Fridays at the Food Bank warehouse to sort and box donated food. The congregation donates nonperishable items for distribution to emergency food programs. One-third of those served through these programs are children.
Meals are provided at scheduled times throughout the year for residents of Mountain View House, a shelter serving homeless families.
Sierra Service Project
Youth of Lafayette United Methodist Church eagerly anticipate the annual mission trip with Sierra Service Project. In the summer of 2010 twenty five youth and six adults worked at the Yurok Reservation in Klamath, Northern California.
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (VIM)
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission offer themselves in relationship and their skills in service to others. Previous Volunteers in Mission have served United Methodist mission in Colonet, Mexico, and the United Methodist Church in Winnemucca, Nevada.
Since 2008 LUMC Volunteers in Mission have served the El Cento Rural Metodista (Methodist Rural Center) in Quesada, Costa Rica. Missionaries are housed in dormitories at the Center. Work teams are sent out to serve at neighboring churches in the area. Mission work includes construction and Vacation Bible School.
El Centro Rural Metodista is a ministry of the Evangelical Methodist Church of Costa Rica. It was initiated with the support of Bishop George Miller, who served as pastor of the Lafayette Methodist Church from 1942 to 1948. Current church members are blessed to be continuing the rich legacy of Bishop Miller.
Several of our trips have been to Costa Rica. Missioners repaired homes, continued construction on church grounds, and led Bible school for children. Click here to view a slideshow of one of those trips.
Winter Nights is a rotating shelter for people seeking homes, hosted by various congregations in Contra Costa County. Lafayette United Methodist Church co-hosts the shelter with other congregations in the community, offering meals, children’s activities, and overnight supervision.
Additional Organizations are supported with our financial resources, facility use, and in-kind donations.