In response to all God has done for us, we follow Christ’s example of serving others. We are a missions-minded congregation with a variety of outreach and service opportunities for all levels of involvement in the community, the country, and the world, as listed below.
The Delta Hope House, a food pantry at 440 SW 3rd street in Cooper, is run by community volunteers, including members of the First United Methodist Church. Groceries for the pantry are provided by the North Texas Food Bank and local donations.
Service hours are 9:00 am - 12:00 noon every Thursday, and from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm every fourth Tuesday. Qualified persons are allowed to pick up groceries once each month.
Families who desire service must first be qualified at the Hope House on any given Thursday morning by bringing (1) a copy of a recent utility bill, (2) the last 5 digits of the Social Security number for each member of the household, and (3) wage/income verification of all working people living in each household.
In addition, a representative of the North Texas Food Bank is available on the second Thursday of every month at the Hope House to help clients in processing SNAP, Medicaid, and TANF applications.
As the Salvation Army representative for Cooper, First United Methodist Church in Cooper has funds available to provide limited rent and utility assistance to qualified households. Individuals seeking assistance must provide (1) eviction notice or utility termination bill, (2) lease agreement or monthly bill, (3) proof of income for current and past month, (4) valid picture ID and SS cards for everyone in the household, (5) proof of all monthly financial responsibilities, (6) verifiable documentation showing a crisis or emergency, and (7) verifiable documentation that they will be able to resume payment of their rent or utility bill in a resonable amount of time.
Call the church office at 903-395-4263 for more information.
FUMC Cooper hosts a community dinner on Thanksgiving Day every year. Church members organize every phase of the annual event, preparing and serving traditional Thanksgiving foods in the Fellowship Hall, while other Church volunteers deliver Thanksgiving dinners to shut-ins in the community.
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