First Methodist to Award Grants to Local and International Causes

Published : Monday, May 14, 2018 | 11:49 AM

On Sunday, May 27, 2018, at the 10:00 a.m. worship service, First United Methodist Church will award $115,000 in grant money to four charitable causes. Two local organizations are receiving funds: Friends in Deed and San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity. There are also two international organizations receiving funds: Give Ye Them To Eat, located in Puebla, Mexico, and the Muleji High School Project, which will use the funds to complete the construction of a high school in a village in the Southern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Representatives from the four organizations will be present in the service that day and will be available afterward to answer questions about their work.

These one-time grants are made possible because of a generous bequest recently received by the church. The grant money represents one-tenth of the funds, a tithe that the congregation has set aside for use beyond its own needs. “Being able to make a significant financial contribution to organizations doing transformative work here in Pasadena and around the world brings us great joy,” said Rev. Sandra Olewine, the church’s Senior Pastor. “These grants extend the legacy of those who gave the original gift beyond our doors.”

First United Methodist Church is located at 500 E. Colorado Blvd, in the Playhouse District of Pasadena. Off-street parking is available behind the church and may be accessed from Green Street (a one-way street that runs east; access from Los Robles Avenue).

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