United Methodist Men (UMM)
Willowbrook Church had barely been created when Founding Pastor Al Wilson organized a Men’s Club. One of its first acts was to initiate monthly breakfast gatherings accompanied by presentations from a variety of community and religious leaders.
In short order, the men also were engaged in projects beneficial to the church and the world. One of the first was to sponsor a church rummage sale jointly with the women’s organization. This has become a community-wide event and a major source of revenue for charitable causes. In 1981, the men launched the “Luminaria” project, along with setting out nativity scenes, an annual Christmas tradition that is still observed. In addition, the men take on special assignments such as yard beautification, light painting and table set-ups.
From profits realized at the breakfast meetings, the men have contributed to a number of outreach projects including the Southwest Indian School, Claremont School of Theology, Interfaith Services, Habitat for Humanity, Cook College for Christian Training, Dysart Community Center, Westside Food Bank, Wesley Community Center, and United Methodist Outreach Ministries.
The stated mission of the UMM is: “Provide a Christian fellowship for the men of Willowbrook U. M. Church, to assist the church by undertaking various service projects, and to support worthy charities and organizations through the donation of funds and/or services.”
The United Methodist Men meet on the second Thursday of each month for lunch and a program at 11:45 am in Wilson Fellowship Hall. Cost is $4.00 and women are always welcome. For more information contact David Rutledge, President.