Mercy Ministries


Elmer’s Meal Kitchen

First St Cloud serves as the host site of Elmer’s Meal Kitchen, partnering with the St. Cloud Ministerial Association. Each Sunday at 2:00 pm in the Family Life Center, a free nutritious meal is served to the unemployed or underemployed by a different church or local group. Elmer’s Meal Kitchen Ministry got its name back in November 1999 when an anonymous man donated $25,000.00 for the sole purpose of providing a soup kitchen for the homeless, lonely elderly people, unemployed and under employed people in our community of St. Cloud and with the community churches working together to cook, serve and clean up after the meals. It was decided that the Family Life Center at the First United Methodist Church St. Cloud would be the location and Carol Boroski would be the coordinator who would get the churches involved and the needy people coming. On the first Sunday in January 2000 we served our first 5 people and with second helpings a total of 9 meals. Today we are serving between 50 to 60 people and serve 90 to 110 meals including second helpings and meals to go. First St Cloud serves every second and fifth Sunday of the month. Sign up in the church office to serve anytime.  

Bags Of Love Ministry

The Bags of Love Ministry serves bag lunches to the unemployed and underemployed of community during regular office hours. Volunteers prepare sack lunches with ready-to-eat non perishable food items. Service opportunities include bag preparation, and donations of drink boxes or pouches, snack crackers, easy-open ready to eat meals (pasta, beans and franks, vienna sausages, etc.)  Feel free to contact our church office for more information.  

Covenant House Homeless Outreach

First Church is home for the Covenant House Orlando Outreach Program in the city of St. Cloud. Covenant House services homeless and at-risk youth between the ages of 18-21 providing shelter, food, clothing, counseling, basic needs, showers, and many other needs. The Osceola outreach program meets every Wednesday at the Family Life Center from 12:30-5:00. Additional services include the opportunity for the youth to obtain their high school diploma and continue their education. A hot meal is also provided. Service opportunities include assistance with tutoring, meal preparation on Wednesdays, mentoring youth, and donation of clothes, shoes and meal items. Information about Covenant House and the services it provides can be reach by clicking here.  

Cold Night Shelter

First St Cloud becomes a Cold Night Shelter providing a warm place to sleep for the homeless of our community when temperatures drops below 40 degrees. This ministry not only provides a shelter for the night, but also showers, hot meals, blankets, coats, clothes, as well as prayer for those in need.  Service opportunities include overnight stay during cold nights, meal preparation, and donations.