Each month we focus on a particular cause or mission to support. 

Our mission focus for February is Tamarisk, Inc.

Many of us have had the honor and the responsibility for caring for a family member or a friend that is dying.  Handling that responsibility can often times become overwhelming. That’s when an organization like Tamarisk can become a rope to hang on to when you feel like you are hanging on by a thread. 

With the death of her father to cancer in 1983, Gretchen Hanson realized how unprepared she and her family were when facing with the emotional issues and the needs of a dying loved one.       

Committed to finding a way to help others going through similar circumstances, Gretchen decided to pursue a master’s degree in human development, with a concentration in the care of the dying.  Upon completing her studies, Gretchen founded Tamarisk in 1993.  Tamarisk’s mission is to create a safe haven for individuals facing a terminal illness, tending to their non-medical needs and also providing much-needed respite to caregivers.  Tamarisk matches volunteers to the interests and needs of the family. 

Tamarisk volunteers have provided over 45,000 hours of service to over 1,190 families and we are aware of several families at FUMC that have benefited from their services.  We all know how overwhelming life can get – especially while caring for a family member as they face the end of their lives.  If you have ever been in this situation, you know what a relief that extra help can be.  Please consider a donation to Tamarisk to continue the support they provide.

Please use the envelopes in the pew racks and make checks payable to FUMC.  Write “Tamarisk” in the memo line.  From the Missions Team, we continue to thank you for your generosity – any amount you can give will help.

Thank You,

The Mission Team



The Family Table is a free meal for those in need in the surrounding community.  It is held on the 4th Saturday of the month from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM.




Rainbow School and Daycare is a church owned ministry.  It was specifically created to be open to all children and respects persons of all faiths and those with no religious faith.  Provides DayCare to the public from infant through Pre-K.



United Methodist Women is a community of women whose purpose is 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. 

United Methodist Women at FUMC consists of a Board, three Circles and Members at Large. 

Naomi Friendship Circle meets the second Friday of the month at the Church at 9:30 AM.  They do things like make sandwiches for Dignity Center, cards for Shut-ins and other small projects.

Ruth Circle meets at the church the third Tuesday of the month at 1:00 PM.  They follow a study book.

Tabitha Circle does Service projects like Feed My Starving Children, making blankets for the homeless, collecting Cake Mixes and Frosting Mixes for Food Shelves and other worthwhile projects.  

We also have a Fall Gathering and Salad Luncheon in the Spring which are our major fundraisers for our mission projects. 

CONTACT: Dawn Bushnell
Phone: 763-755-0845




Drivers are always needed.   We drive one week per month during the lunch hour.  To volunteer contact  Janet Fossum @763-780-5694.



We serve at Feed My Starving Children. When we serve there we pack meals for children all over the world. This is a way you can make a difference for hungry kids. There are sitting jobs as well as standing jobs.



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The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more.



Our Missionaries, Gordon & Ardell Graner continue their mission in the Dominican Republic working on a new ministry with Solar Oven Partners out of Brookings, SD.  The Caribbean islands, with its year round source of sunshine make the use of solar ovens a practical and efficient use of energy.  The solar ovens allow people to turn away from destructive wood and charcoal sources of fuel and instead use the resources of the sun.  Those who receive a solar oven pay about $15, a small portion of the actual cost.  The price is affordable for some and a sacrifice for others.  The Graners are also supporting volunteer-in-mission teams that come to the Dominican Republic to work with them and their partner church, Iglesia Evangelica Dominicana.  The Graners also continue their ongoing service of supporting pastors and lay teachers in the area as they share the Good News with children, youth and adults.