Mission & Outreach

The author of James tells us that we "must be doers of the word and not only hearers," (James 1:22). At WGUMC we serve our community and share the love of God with all people.  Here are just a few of the projects we are currently involved in.  Read the Willow Word to find out the latest outreach opportunities.


Village House: Interfaith Shelter of Hope                  village house

Following our experience sheltering homeless women for 35 days in 2017, WGUMC is partnering with a number of faith communities to provide year-round shelter for 15 medically-fragile women.

Village House provides evening shelter and meals through the ministry of a number of different faith communities, each welcoming guests for one month.  Additionally, other churches will open their doors to provide a safe and secure daytime warming centers to safeguard the women from the elements.

You can find more information about Village House here.  

Willow Glen UMC will host the Village House from February 6 thru March 6 2019.  Sign up to volunteer at shelter.wgumc.org


Mexico Mission Trip: Summer 2019
July 27 - August 3

For one week, a number of adults and youth from WGUMC travels to Mexico to build two-room houses with Amor Ministries. We sleep in tents off the grid pitched in a basic campground, work full days in the Mexican sun and have showers warmed only by the sun. This trip changes lives as we get to know and fall in love with the people of Mexico who live in these conditions every day. Amor Ministries has been building in Mexico for over 30 years. Find out more about their work at www.amor.org

If you're interested in this summer's trip, please contact Pastor Susan ( ).  Informational forms can be found on the right side of this page.

Watch this extremely cool video of our four-day build in less than four minutes thanks to the magic of GoPro time lapse technology and a solar charger that made it all possible.



The Open Table Ministry

Do you want to do something different about Poverty?  With over 46 million people in the US living in poverty, the time has come for a new model!

"The Open Table" is a growing movement of faith communities seeking to refocus from poverty maintenance to poverty transformation.  Each table is composed of a group of volunteers that make a year commitment to act as a team of life specialists, encouragers, and advocates for impoverished Brothers, Sisters and families. The Table members, together with the individual or family being helped establish goals, accountability, develop an overall plan and implement it. Table members network in their congregations and the community for resources to support the plan.” (www.theopentable.org). You give your time and your specific gifts for one year to a family ready to move out of poverty. You use your connections in the community, listening skills, organizational skills and advocacy experience to help change a person’s financial, physical, emotional, spiritual and relational situation for the rest of their lives.