United Methodist Men

The General Commission on United Methodist Men (UMMen) involves men in a growing relationship to Jesus Christ and his church and provides resources and support for programs of evangelism, stewardship and the needs of men.

First UMC Methodist Men

Thank You from Kelly E. Lawson, Director of Annual Giving
Methodist Children’s Home

Thank you for your generous gifts in support of the Methodist Children’s Home for the $500k Day. Your donations are a vital part of ensuring the daily needs of our children, youth and families will be met for the year. We are grateful for your participation in such an import giving opportunity.

Your gift, and every gift made for $500k day, will be used to provide for basic needs such as clothing, food, housing, and other essential childcare services. Because of your support, those we serve through residential and family outreach programs will hear about the love of God and experience it in tangible ways. Thank you for enabling us to offer a message of hope.

On behalf of the more than 5,000 children in Texas and New Mexico we serve each year, thank you for your care. We appreciate your generosity and the trust you place in this ministry!

With thanks,
Kelly E. Lawson
Director of Annual Giving
Methodist Children’s Home

Thank You From First UMC Methodist Men
June 29, 2020

“THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU to everyone who donated to the $500k Giving Day. We exceeded our goal of $2,500. We appreciate your generosity and your support for the kids at the Methodist Children’s Home.”

Methodist Children’s Home $500K Giving Day | Thank You!

Thanks to you, our matching challenge goal was not only reached, it was surpassed with gifts so far totaling $504,195. Your generosity today demonstrates your commitment to this ministry and heart for each young person and family in our care. We are grateful for your friendship and look forward to sharing how your support will transform lives throughout the year! If you’d still like to give, please visit MCH.org or text 500K to 71777.

Thank you again for your support yesterday for $500K Day! Hear this special word of thanks from MCH President Trey Oakley.

First UMC Methodist Men Support Methodist Children’s Home Annual Giving Day on June 30
June 16, 2020

“Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” John 3:18

This scripture inspires the Center, Texas First United Methodist Men to support the over 5,000 children and families of Methodist Children’s Home (MCH) as the men provide for their own children. The men often say “MCH kids are our kids too!” Each month, the Methodist Men cook a big breakfast for our congregation with all money donated going to MCH. COVID 19 stopped this. Needs MCH children continue. We thank the generosity of church members and people like you who support the vital MCH ministry.

Please join the First UMC Methodist Men with your donations for the annual 2020 Methodist Children’s Home $500K Giving Day
on June 30 by visiting the link https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/500K/MethodistMenOfCenterFUMC
or text 500K18 to 71777.

Methodist Children’s Home offers hope to children, youth and families through a nurturing, Christian community. MCH serves children through residential programs on the Waco Campus and Boys Ranch, and through foster care, transition services and a variety of outreach programs in 13 communities throughout Texas and New Mexico.

First UMC Methodist Men and Father’s Day
Save the Annual Giving Date
June 16, 2020

On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, 2020, the First UMC Methodist Men accepted donations for the Methodist Children’s Home in honor of or memory of fathers, grandfathers, and special friends. The children at the Methodist Children’s Home and the Boy’s Ranch have been in quarantine during the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. The donors list with honorary and memorial donations was emailed on Friday, June 26, 2020 and the copy is here. We appreciate your support of this important ministry. Thank you for your gracious donations!

First UMC Methodist Men
2020 Methodist Children’s Home $500K Giving Day

Save the date! Tuesday, June 30 is our annual matching gift challenge! This year, you have the opportunity to turn $250K into $500K! One hundred percent of donations on $500K Day will go towards direct childcare costs, not administrative, thus increasing your impact in the lives of the children, youth and families we serve. Kelly Lawson, director of annual giving, shares additional ways you can help us reach our goals this year, including a text-to-donate option. In a few days, we will provide a special link for you to register to become a fundraiser on your own or as part of a team, and special prizes will be awarded! Stay tuned for more information!

June 1, 2020
by Pastor Karen Jones

“I received word this morning and I am pleased to announce that Center First UMC has been recognized as the #1 top giving church in the Texas Annual Conference for 2019. You were the 3rd largest giving church throughout all 6 Annual Conferences in Texas and New Mexico! Way to go church!

Special thanks go out the Methodist Men for 3rd Sunday Coffee Fellowships with all monies collected going directly to this vital ministry of caring for the least and the lost and Loving All God’s Children well. You can continue to support this ministry by noting your directive in the memo line of your checks. (Yes, you beat Marvin, Highland Park and University Park as well as Houston’s Memorial Drive)

Remember, June 30 is MCH’s Annual Matching Fund Giving Day. They are praying for a miracle as the need has been affected this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.”


Center First United Methodist Church Methodist Men
June 30, 2019
By Mary Lynn Tinkle

John 3:18 says “Dear children let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

It is the actions of the Methodist Men and this congregation in its support of the children of the Methodist Children’s Home that has been a source of both pride and joy.

The pride when our church consistently ranks in the top 10 giving churches to the Methodist Children’s Home. This year out of 700 Methodist Churches in the Texas Conference, Center First United Methodist Church ranked number four. Out of approximately 1,000 Methodist Churches in the Texas/New Mexico district that the Methodist Children’s Home serves, Center First United Methodist Church ranked number 5 in giving.

We also were named to the Founder’s Club of the Methodist Children’s Home Circle of Friends Giving Levels.

The joy comes from knowing that the MCH receives no apportionments and relies on caring people like you who love children. Your donations have real results.

Because of your generosity, over 6,000 children that are served through the Methodist Children’s Home have a place to live, food to eat, clothes to wear, school supplies, all things we might take for granted but that these children would not have if it were not for your generous hearts.

We felt pride when our Methodist Children’s Home representative Don McAvoy thanked us for honoring Methodist Children’s Home seniors when we honored our church seniors. He said how much that was appreciated and they offered other churches the challenge of doing this as well.

The joy came when we head back how much it meant to the Methodist Children’s Home seniors to know they were being recognized and honored in our church. When Mr. McAvoy asked why we did this, Steve Tinkle replied “They are our kids, too!”

Methodist Children’s Home staff is most impressed that instead of relying on a few generous big donors, our entire congregation gets involved. That’s when the joy of giving comes. From the child who puts a dollar in the basket at Men’s Breakfast to those who generously donate in memory or honor of a loved one, to the Methodist Men who pay for breakfast so all money donated goes to Methodist Children’s Home to those who recently answered a challenge by Joe Bill Mettauer to donate on the $300K giving day on Friday, June 28, 2019 that resulted in over $6,000 from Center First United Methodist Church to Methodist Children’s Home.

Methodist Children’s Home staff always asks Methodist Men the same question each time they visit “What motivates you to do this?” The answer is always the same. “To take care of our kids because the children in the Methodist Children’s Home – they are our kids!”

The Methodist Men are also quick to add the credit does not belong to them, it belongs to the members of this church who so generously support the important ministry of Methodist Children’s Home.

We thank the Methodist Men too not only for cooking that wonderful breakfast that raises money for the Methodist Children’s Home, but also for the joy of Men’s Breakfast by giving us as a church something to look forward to – providing a time we can come together as a church family and share a meal, spend time with each other and just enjoy visiting. Steve calls the Methodist Men a well-oiled machine when everybody does their job.

In closing, I would like to read the last sentence in a letter to our congregation from our own high school senior graduate, Scarlett Shires, offering some advice “May the Lord bless you and keep you, keep love in your heart and never take Men’s Breakfast for granted!”

The Center First United Methodist Church members thank the Methodist Men for being men of action, for putting your money where your mouth is, and for being the hands and feet of Christ in your service to this church and to the children of Methodist Children’s Home.

The Center First United Methodist Church Men are Joe Bill Mettauer, Kenneth Hardy, Jimmy Strong, Jerry Pinkston, David Haley, Will Lucas, Alec Lucas, Clayton Paul Windham, C.J. Goings, Roy Blackshear, Guy Griffin, Bill Holt, and Steve Tinkle.