Missions and Outreach

Outreach to our local and global communities is at the heart of what we do and who we are at SUMC. Whether through ongoing projects supported by weekly efforts or through once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to step out of our comfort zones and be the hands and feet of Christ, we think outreach is a vital sign of following Jesus.

This past year since January 2023 our church has provided more than $18,000.00 to local organizations in and around Bell County, which has helped with food and fuel and lodging to those in need in Salado. In Addition, those funds have assisted Family Promise, Jail Ministry, Hope Pregnancy, Heart and Hands Ministry, Body of Christ, Salado Volunteer Fire Department, and Red Bird Missions. Our money also went across the globe in Belize and Africa to help fund educational, medical, and construction projects that are vital in those countries. 

There are so many ways you can take a risk with us and see your own life transformed through caring for the least of these in our village and our world. Scroll down to see how you can make a difference today. For any information regarding Salado United Methodist Church Outreach Programs please contact Rolly Correa, Outreach Director at 254/947-5482 or email him at rcorrea@saladoumc.org

Ongoing Projects

Family Promise

For the past 12 years Salado United Methodist Church has been a part of Family Promise of East Bell County. This organization helps families with children get their feet back on the ground by providing housing, food, and transportation for a period of time. It started many years ago when our church hosted multi families in the Sunday School rooms for seven days a week, four times a year. Members of our congregation donated their time cooking meals, driving vans, spending time working with kids on school projects, and even taking them to the Texas Rangers Game. Many things have changed since Covid, and we have had to adjust what we do to help the families. We did manage to raise thousands of dollars for Family Promise to help build their own facility in Temple. They no longer need our church facilities to house families anymore. In fact, their new facility does that and much more. They are always in need of volunteers to work with the families still providing meals, fellowship, and overnight lodging at their place instead of ours. If interested in helping serve on behalf of the Salado United Methodist Church, please contact our church office by calling 254/947-5482 and ask for Rolly Correa to answer any questions you may have.

Salado Food Pantry

This is our local pantry called Heart and Hands Ministry located near the Brookshire Brothers parking lot. This pantry serves families in need of food and clothing in Salado. Our church plays a big part in providing food and volunteers to keep the pantry going. Every week our congregation drops off food and supplies at our church and at times, donates money to the pantry to help defray the cost of running this very valuable operation. Andrea Heater is a member of our church and is on the board of directors and works closely with the board to ensure their needs are met.

Wheelchair Ramp Project

We want to start up this project again since Covid is now over. This project helps construct wheelchair ramps for the homes in need that have wheelchair bound people, giving them easy access in and out of their living quarters which in turn gives them more freedom to get out of the house. Our church has a portable building with all the supplies needed to construct ramps. We help provide some funding for construction and materials. Sometimes homeowners have money but need help with manpower. This work is generally completed in a day. We are looking for more volunteers to start up this very worthwhile project again.

I-H 35 Thanksgiving Meal Project

Volunteers and members from Salado UMC serve Thanksgiving meals at both rest stops south of town, north and southbound I-35 Bell County, and is offered to any travelers who stop by on Thanksgiving Day. This is an outreach that has been occurring for over a decade. Our I-35 Thanksgiving Meal serves hundreds of workers and travelers each year! Plan your calendar and volunteer to help serve next year on Thanksgiving Day 2023. Over 20 plus turkeys are served up with all the fixings at no cost to the travelers on the road. Your heart will be touched as you meet people travelling in the holidays as well as the intrastate commerce truckers that spend the time hauling our commerce. In some cases, due to restaurants being closed, our truckers plan their route so that they can share a meal and fellowship with our church family.

Wild Game Dinner

Our Wild Game Dinner is an annual fundraiser where all donations go to Salado UMC's Missions & Outreach in support of local, national, and international organizations and efforts. We have many BBQ pits and awesome wild game cooks giving our guests samples of wild game dishes like venison, bison, aoudad, wild hog, elk, quail, dove, pheasant, fish, armadillo, squirrel, rattlesnake, and more! Our SUMC members will provide home cooked sides and breads, salads, desserts, and beverages, too! Enjoy Live and Silent Auctions and a Kids Zone! The event is free, but we kindly take donations to help support our missions and outreach.