Jesus’ final words to his disciples, just before ascending into Heaven, were “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) The disciples were commissioned to spread the Gospel beginning in Jerusalem to the surrounding areas of Judea and Samaria and - ultimately - to the ends of the earth.
Our mission at BUMC is to continually SERVE those at home, in our community, and in the world.
Making Disciples for Jesus Christ
The sphere of influence of BUMC, Blacksburg, including Virginia Tech, and nearby places
Adult Sunday School Classes
Pairs and Spares
Different AA groups meet in our building six days per week
A program to assist a group of seniors (members and non-members) to develop skills to better cope with balance issues
Blacksburg Refugee Partnership
A local program to assist refugees currently from Afghanistan to become self-sufficient. BUMC has provided financial assistance and hosted a dinner for one family.
Church and Society
Involved in social justice issues, including fair trade sales at both campuses. In June they hosted a table on gun violence and safe storage, in Sept. they participated in a voter engagement project and in Oct. they held a children’s consignment sale.
Habitat for Humanity
Montgomery County Christmas Store
An all-volunteer, community-wide, non-profit organization begun 40 years ago by BUMC members of the Pairs & Spares SS Class. They assist 1450 low-income families during the Christmas season by providing a shopping experience characterized by choice and dignity. BUMC provides many volunteers but no $ support.
Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program
A nonprofit located in Christiansburg, VA, begun 47 years ago to serve the needs of residents in all of Montgomery County. A 100% volunteer organization to meet the immediate, emergency, and temporary needs of low-income, unemployed, elderly, and handicapped individuals and families. MCEAP helps these families with food, clothing, household items, and financial assistance where existing agencies cannot do so.
New River Community Action, Inc.
A nonprofit 501(C)(3), located in Radford, Virginia, begun 57 years ago to serve the needs of residents in the entire NRV. They hold the conviction that poverty and hunger are not acceptable conditions in our communities and believe that ending poverty is an attainable goal r through joint community efforts. This agency receives its core funding through the federal and state Community Services Block Grant. Other rrr federal and state grant funds, local government and private support provide additional program revenues. These three programs fall under their guidance.
Home to Stay
This program serves as a safety net for low-income persons about to lose their living quarters. It is currently on hold and Dick has solicited a proposal from New River Community Action to help with this program
Interfaith Food Pantry
A joint ministry of over 25 churches in Blacksburg providing food assistance to income-qualified individuals and families. This is a program of New River Community Action, to which we provide the building, food donations and volunteers.
To Our House
Cold weather homeless shelter hosted in our building for one-week in the winter. We provide financial and volunteer support to this program of New River Community Action.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
A group of women who meet monthly to knit shawls for women and lap robes for men who are on the prayer list & others. They also knit baby bonnets for the Montgomery County Christmas Store
operate a medical equipment closet, loaning such equipment as wheelchairs, walkers, etc.to BUMC members and the community- Donna Morgan They hope to oversee two Red Cross blood drives/year, and conduct a monthly worship service at Warm Hearth Village
a group which meets weekly at rotating homes of widow and widowers from BUMC and other churches, plus once a month at a restaurant for dinner
A group of community women desiring to lose weight who meet once per week in our building
United Women of Faith (formerly UMW)- Three Circles
support a variety of programs including, UMCOR school kits, hygiene kits and cleaning buckets, The Interfaith Food Pantry, The Women's Resource Center of the New River Valley, Fun 143, The Montgomery County Christmas Store, MCEAP, To Our House, Beeks Elem. (treats and book), BUMC Youth Program, BUMC Children's Program, Funeral Receptions for families and friends, Greeting cards to BUMC shut-ins, Support for BUMP.
A VT campus ministry, which has a student Missions minister who leads a team and active program, which includes: the weekly student food pantry and tutoring of Jr. and Sr. HS students at Fun 143. Once/year programs include providing 1300 cake mixes for Montgomery County Christmas Store, Spring break mission trip (they use the BUMC emergency trailer), Christmas Angel Tree, To Our House meals, and several social justice issues.
-New River Valley, SW VA, and other parts of Virginia