Church-wide Missions

Monthly Missions - June 2021

The churches of WARM direct a portion of contributions each month to various missions, as well as collecting monies and goods for various groups.

Parfreyville UMC - Bread Basket Meal Ministry

First UMC - Waupaca Area Food Pantry

Bread Basket

The Bread Basket Meal Ministry is an ecumenical meal program dedicated to serving the bodies and souls of all who enter with food, fellowship, and friendship. Guests may be families with young children, seniors, shut-ins, teens, single men and women or developmentally disabled individuals.

Now in its 24th year, the Breadbasket Ministry was originally conceived by parishioners at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, at first serving the last two days of the month at that church, with help from volunteers from other congregations. As the numbers grew, the frequency was changed to once a week, and larger quarters were needed. In 2004, the program moved to First United Methodist Church, and the group worked with the UW-Extension to do some strategic planning to help insure that the ministry would remain responsive to the needs of the community, and continue to be financially viable.

Bread Basket is staffed entirely by volunteers, and funds come from grants and donations from individuals, churches, organizations and businesses. Volunteers prepare and serve the weekly meal that is supervised by Board members. However, ever since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, meals are being provided as carry-outs only.

Prior to the pandemic, PUMC was preparing and serving a meal twice a year at the Breadbasket Ministry (April and October). Our plan is to resume this service activity once conditions allow. Mission donations during the month of June will help support this meaningful hometown ministry.

Waupaca Area Food Pantry

Checks for monetary donations should be made out to First UMC, with “Mission for the Month” written on the memo line of your check. These checks can be dropped off at, or mailed to, First UMC. Food items can be placed in the wooden Food Pantry bin that will be placed near the doors in the fellowship hall during regular office hours, or on Sundays.

Donations for the month of June will go to the Waupaca Area Food Pantry specifically collecting peanut butter.