What in the World Are We Doing?

What in the World Are We Doing?

"Mission" means being sent by God into a world which needs us. Jesus set the examples of reaching out when he healed the blind, infirm, and ill; when he showed kindness to those of other races, the poor, and those shunned by society.

The Great Commission given by Jesus to his disciples at Galilee is claimed by the church in every age as our basis for mission:
"...Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you..."

We go to a world in need with the Good News about Jesus Christ.

What is the Missions Team?

The Missions area of our congregational life is one of the vital links in this chain of God's mission which extends around the world.

Throughout United Methodism are thousands of persons just like us who have accepted the challenge to inspire and educate their congregations in an awareness of the outreach of our church and to support it enthusiastically with their prayers, their concern, their time, their financial gifts and their service.

The Missions Team at Burlingame United Methodist Church meets quarterly throughout the year to plan for and check on progress in developing our congregational mission.

How Do We Provide Mission Opportunities For Our Congregation?

As suggested by the United Methodist Church, we try to:

  1. Develop a continuous, year-round program of mission education so that the congregation will be better informed, more knowledgeable, and strongly motivated to be supportive of the mission outreach of the church.
  2. Identify the needs of our community, country, and world, and engage the congregation in mission opportunities and service projects which seek to address these needs.
  3. Engage our congregation in hands-on Mission projects locally and around the world.
  4. Enlist and train volunteers for Hands-on Mission projects.
  5. Seek to expand the mission and benevolence budget of our local church and ensure that the congregation is provided every opportunity to participate financially in Gods mission through the church.

How Can I Help?

"The world is my parish." —John Wesley

Short-term and one-time hands-on projects include:

The Humanitarian Project: Monthly breakfast served to the homeless and lonely in our social hall on the last Saturday of every month. Cooks and servers (especially those willing to arrive EARLY in the morning!), as well as "support"-type folks who sit, eat and talk with our guests, are needed each month.

Blessing Of The Animals: Held on the first Sunday in October in our parking lot, this delightful community event is not only an opportunity to pray for animal companions and lift up the positive role they have in our lives; its also a place to meet, learn about, and appreciate local non-profit organizations such as the Humane Society, Homeless Cat Network, and SpiritCare. Volunteers needed for publicity, set up and clean up, and greeting visitors.

Holiday AIDS Dinner: We support the efforts of our community to minister to persons with AIDS and HIV and their families by providing food and toys for an annual holiday celebration, usually held on a weekday in December at noon. Help by bringing a hot dish (in non-metal container) or bringing new, unwrapped toys to the church for transport to the site.

Volunteers in Mission: International mission projects, doing construction and educational work. Several VIM trips are planned by our Annual Conference churches every year. For more information, contact the church office or the California Nevada Annual Conference Website, www.cnumc.org/vim.

BACKPACKPALOOZA: Our summertime outreach to families in need in our surrounding community.  We partner with the CALL Primrose Center, the King Center, Lions Club, and San Mateo Medical Center to identify children who would benefit from the gift of a new backpack and school supplies for the fall.  We collect donations of backpacks and supplies, assemble the works, and conduct a huge giveaway in a festive party atmosphere on a Saturday in August, with free food, face painting, and the music of our fabulous band! In the first two years we gave away over 1,000 backpacks! View photos

Look for more volunteer opportunities in our monthly newsletter, The Messenger.

Volunteers organizing donations

Toy donations gift wrapping

For more information...

If you'd like to get more information please email the office at info@burlumc.org.

Ongoing volunteer opportunities:

• Help run the computer during worship on Sunday mornings 9:30am and Friday nights 7:15pm.
• Help Sue and Steve Milwee with Godly Play from 9:30–10:30am on Sundays.
• Partner with our webmaster: We need someone willing to collect information from various teams, send that information and photos to our webmaster to keep our website current and fresh. If this is something that sparks an interest, email the church office.

Community Friday Night Dinner Cooks & Servers: Every Friday night we provide a warm meal in our social hall to 60-70 guests from all walks of life. It's a wonderful experience and a great way to give back to the community. We encourage organizations, family, and friends to cook and serve in our commercial kitchen. We'll take care of the coffee, tea & beverages. We have a budget for meals which we'll share with you when you contact us. Dinner is served at 6:30pm. Cooks generally arrive at about 4:30 or 5:00pm depending on the menu. If you're interested or you'd like more information, please contact JoJo Bernardo at jojogina08@yahoo.com.

CALL (Christian Action Lifeline) Primrose Center: CALL's mission is "to faithfully assist those in need on a path to self-sufficiency by providing direct aid and referral services." CALL is an ongoing outreach to those in need co-founded by Burlingame United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame, CALL (Christian Action Life Line) is located on our property and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Volunteers staff the office, sort food for a weekly giveaway to seniors, and sort toys for an annual toy giveaway in December. To volunteer call CALL at 650-342-2255. For more about CALL, visit their website, or e-mail at info@callprimrose.org.

SpiritCare Ministry to Seniors (formerly Convalescent Ministry): Providing non-denominational worship services at 33 local nursing homes. Volunteers welcome to help visit patients or "adopt" a lonely patient. To volunteer contact the Interim Chaplain at 650-348-3770.

Interfaith Hospitality Network: A rotating shelter for families for which we provide an evening meal and night time staffing once every two or three months at nearby St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Maple Street Shelter Dinners: The families of UMC Nursery School are partnering with BUMC to provide the Saturday evening meal for the shelter, which serves 60-75 adults, four times a year. Volunteers are needed to provide main dishes, salads, bread, desserts, and beverages, plus plates, cups, napkins and plastic utensils; other volunteers are needed to transport the food to the shelter. Volunteers are welcome to stay and eat and engage with the residents. Watch the News page for dates or contact the church office.

Opportunities To Give

Throughout the year our Missions Team organizes special offerings for worthy causes, including:


CALL (Christian Action Life Line)

Center for Prevention of Domestic Violence

Habitat for Humanity — Bay Area help in home building projects.

Shelter Network

SpiritCare Ministry to Seniors


Black Colleges Fund — Colleges in the U.S., all Methodist related.

Church World Service Blanket Fund — Annual drive to aid CWS in purchase & distribution of blankets where needed throughout the world.

Habitat For Humanity — World-wide and local projects.

Heifer Project — An international project of live-animal distribution to start-up economic aid to many countries.

UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) — A Methodist organization providing assistance throughout the world, quietly giving behind-the-scenes aid in disaster areas.