Mission & Serving Others

Jesus told us to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of the Reservoir United Methodist Church is our mission to the world. It begins in our own community, and spreads to every nation. Reservoir United Methodists are involved in a variety of ministries from prayer shawls to box top labels to supporting a missionary in Cambodia.  Here are a few of the active ministries that we support and are engaged in.

Food Pantries

As a church family, we collect food items for two food pantries.  The Olivebridge Food Pantry is located at the Olivebridge United Methodist Church in Olivebridge and the Reservoir Food Pantry is located in Boiceville.  A bin is located in the entry way of our church and individuals are encouraged to bring food items and non-perishable goods to help support families in need in our community.
food pantry

Operation Christmas Child

In November, we participate in a shoebox ministry called Operation Christmas Child.  Parishioners fill shoeboxes with gift items for children in need. The boxes are dedicated and prayed over before they are sent to a relay center.  From there, they are transported to their destination.  After receiving a shoe box, boys and girls are invited to participate in a voluntary Bible study course (in their own language) produced by Samaritan’s Purse .  The 12-lesson set guides children through a study of who Jesus Christ is, what it means to follow Him, and how to share this exciting message with others.  To help the children continue to grow in their faith, they are also given their own copies of the Greatest Gift of All New Testament which includes select Old Testament stories, a dictionary, and a section that encourages the children to memorize Scripture.   This mission project is not just about a child opening a box with something inside, but also finding something eternal inside.

United Methodist Committee on Relief

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by war, conflict or natural disaster. UMCOR provides humanitarian relief and disaster response to people in more than 80 countries, including the United States.  We work with UMCOR to help provide solutions to present day needs such as clean water, sanitation, hygiene, nutrition, etc.  


Our church supports Marilyn Chan who is a United Methodist Missionary in Cambodia.  We have been in a covenant relationship with her and her husband Joseph for several years.  To learn more about Marilyn, click here

Food Baskets

At Christmas and Thanksgiving we collect items to make up food baskets for families in need in our community.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer shawls are knitted together to give to people who hurt, those who are grieving, lonely, home bound or in physical need, within our church and beyond.  Anyone may give a prayer shawl.  Prayer shawls are in the narthex, just outside the Sanctuary. For more information, please see Janet Parker or Aslaug Ruvo.
prayer shawl

Box Tops for Education

We support our local schools by clipping Box Top labels.  There is a basket in the Narthex, just outside the Sanctuary, where you can place your labels.  For a list of products, click here

Prison Ministry

Members in our church are actively involved in Rising Hope, a prison ministry at Woodbourne Correctional Facility located in Sullivan County.  If you feel God’s calling to spread the Gospel and nurture disciples behind prison walls, please email  Sue Ulrich or Jim Ulrich
rising hope