Community soup bowl thanksgiving grocery bag drive

Sunday, November 5th shopping bags and lists will be available to pick up. The items on the list will help families served by the Community Soup Bowl prepare a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. Return the filled bag by Wednesday, November 15th to the church office and our volunteers will distribute them at the Soup Bowl.

Please include only non-refrigerated items and enough to feed a family of four:

-Instant mashed potatoes

-Canned sweet potatoes

-Canned cranberry sauce

-Canned green beans

-Canned corn

-Packaged dressing mix

-Can or package of gravy

-Pumpkin or fruit pie filling

-Pre-made pie crust

tree of bears 2017

Each year we partner with Tuscaloosa DHR by adopting foster children for Christmas. We're excited to announce we have 145 cards available this year! Sundays November 5th - 26th the cards will be outside of Traditions in the Great Hall and outside of the Bridge. Gifts may be returned wrapped or unwrapped (no used clothing is accepted.) Deadline to return gifts is Sunday, December 3rd. If you have any questions, please contact Morgan.

Upcoming mission trips

COSTA RICA: May 2018

Work with our missionary Fred Curry and his ministry, Rice and Beans. Contact Morgan at if you are interested in going on this trip.

Kitale, Kenya: June 2018

Work with our missionary Cheri Thompson at the Challenge Farm orphanage in Kitale, Kenya. This is a family-friendly trip! Contact Josh at or 345-7261 ext. 102 for more information.


First Church believes in the "priesthood of all believers." When we join the United Methodist Church, we promise to support the church with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness. 

We put these promises into action both inside and outside the doors of our church:

We care for each other in times of personal and family trial;

We work together to raise our children and youth as disciples of Jesus;

We serve food to the hungry at the Community Soup Bowl;

We help build houses and develop Christian communities around Tuscaloosa County;

We tutor at Central and Martin Luther King Elementary Schools;

We assist “neighbors in need” with a multitude of poverty related issues;

Bless Your Neighbor provides supplies for teachers in our local schools;

We help feed, clothe, and educate children locally, nationally, and globally;

We take medical/dental/optometry care to those that would otherwise go unseen both locally & internationally;

We help build new church congregations locally, nationally, and internationally;

We are the representatives of Jesus to a broken and downtrodden world;

We strive to be the “hands and feet” of the body of Christ.


The Global Outreach (GO) Ministries of First United Methodist Church Tuscaloosa are Biblically based in Acts 1:8. We believe we are commissioned to be the “hands and feet” of Jesus to a hurting and sometimes hopeless world.

We have three different areas that we participate in ministry to others:

1) Local GO Team

2) National GO Team

3) International GO Team

These are teams that meet twice a year to determine future missions projects, disperse funds to various ministries and missionaries, and help develop the overall direction of Global Outreach for FUMCT. To become more involved in any of these teams, please contact Director of Global Outreach, Joshua Davis at 205.345.7261, ext. 102.

Learn more about our different mission and outreach opportunities and register today!


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