Interest Groups

United Methodist Women

Purpose: To know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the Church.

We invite all ladies to join us.   

Missions and Activities:
  • Birthday and sunshine cards for the congregation
  • Special Mission Recognition Awards
  • Backpacks for kids living in the local Homeless Shelter
  • Health Kits for UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief
  • Organization of the Abode Rapid Rehousing Program
  • Two Boutiques / year, which provide funds for local and global missions. In past years, the group has donated to East Timor Religious Outreach, SSP (a youth mission), LOV Newark, Tri-City Free Breakfast, Tri-City Volunteers and Creative Living Center.
  • UMW Reading Program, and annual opportunity to read books on spiritual growth, nuturing for community, social action and education for mission.
Local UMW Groups
  • Friendship Circle
    Meets in Rooms 7 & 8, 3rd Tuesday of every month, 10:15 am for fellowship and program.

We have a devotion time,  a program and refreshments.  The program usually is based on faith,  community concerns, elections, or any topic that may be of interest at the time.

All women in the church are invited!

  • Crafts Group
    Meets in Room 6 every Wednesday morning.
    10:00 a.m.

Purpose: To create and make items to sell at Church Boutiques and for themselves. All skills are welcome.

Palm Hill Men’s Fellowship

All of the men of First United Methodist Church are members of the Palm Hill Men’s Fellowship (PHMF). This informal organization gets together for breakfast in Cole Hall at 8 am on the first Saturday of most months and for a bar-b-cue dinner on a Thursday evening later in the month. (See the newsletter’s monthly calendar for details.) The bar-b-cue is held in the gazebo outside of the Ockerman Building when weather permits. All men and boys are welcome to attend. Both of these are very good opportunities to get acquainted with the other men in the congregation and to meet the men of the Unitarian-Universalist congregation which shares our property.

The men sponsor an annual Mother’s Day brunch for the women of the church where they are our guests.

The PHMF is also involved in a community service mission preparing and serving dinner at the Sunrise Village Homeless Shelter in Fremont every on the third Saturday of every other month (odd months). About a half-dozen volunteers plan a menu, shop for the ingredients, prepare the meal and serve it to the residents and join the residents in the dining room to eat with them after we have served them. We ask that the men contribute $10 per month to defray the costs of the meal.

For information about the PAMF’s activities contact John Holmes.

Garden Committee

The Garden Committee is made up of members from the Methodist Church and the Unitarian Universalists who do work in maintaining the grounds. We usually schedule work to be done the first Saturday of each month starting about 9 A.M. Anyone would be welcome to join and help out. We usually operate on the basis that people can do as much or as little work as they want to. If someone wants to help once a year, every month or anything in between, any amount of help will be welcome. The usual duties include pruning, weeding, edging, trimming, sweeping and cleaning up debris. The more help we get the better the grounds look.