Our church is engaged in several serving ministries within the local community.


Common Ground Free Store is “a place where everything is free—clothing, shoes, diapers and linens, to small appliances, books and toys. There are no income requirements, no questions and no scrutiny; only the support of people who care. God’s mercy does not come with a price tag. Common Ground Free Store Ministries is a partnership between Delaware County churches, business, civic organizations and caring citizens.”

Ways to Serve:

Serve on First Tuesday of each month. We will serve on January 8th. Join a group from Powell UMC to help build relationships and serve needy folks in Delaware County as you welcome customers, help them shop, sort donations, stock items or serve food. Volunteer for one Tuesday evening or more. For carpool, come to the church at 4:45pm on that day of serving. If you want to go straight to the free store, arrive there at 5:30pm. If you have any questions, contact
Volunteer Anytime as an individual or a group.

Donate gently used household items or seasonal clothing, paper products, or toiletries. These items may be left in the blue mission bin located near the curved stain class windows in the Main Hall or at the door near the kitchen entrance. These items as well as ready to serve food may also be taken to the store any time it is open. Learn more,


Provide and share a meal or spend an afternoon, morning or overnight with families at the Family Promise residence in downtown Delaware, OH. You will be a part of the Family Promise ministry helping homeless families achieve lasting independence.
The weeks when Powell UMC will serve in 2018:
  • December 16-23
Reflections from Karen Baesman, church member
For those of you who don’t know, PUMC one of those involved in getting Family Promise started and our continued support for this ministry is displayed through all who give your time, make donations, and hold the ministry in your prayers. I just left the house a couple of hours ago, thankful I have a car to drive and a house and family to come home to. But I am also thankful that I had the opportunity to read with some young children, to play with toddlers and to provide an ear for some young mothers. Family Promise continues to bless my life. It reminds me of the many ways I have been blessed. It connects me with people who may seem different than me in many ways, but who really are like me in the sense that they are trying to care for their families. And perhaps most importantly, it teaches me patience and faith as I wait to see if we will find enough volunteers!! I am sure that you will be blessed by your experience with Family Promise as well!
To serve call 614-847-3703 or email Betsy Effinger,
To learn more about Family Promise visit


The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio provides furniture to families in need. Many items are donated; tables, bed frames and chests of drawers are rarely donated. Teams of people meet these needs in a well-equipped and safe workshop at the Furniture Bank workshop. Group experiences are planned annually. For more information on the Furniture Bank and how you can donate or sign up as an individual or small group to serve visit
Serve at The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio Address: 118 South Yale Ave. Columbus, OH 43222 Dress: Wear warm clothing that you can get dirty or get paint on Shoes: Closed-toe shoes required; no heels, sandals, or flip-flops Activities may include any or all of painting, assembling furniture, or loading and unloading furniture. Parking: please park inside the fenced lot at the intersection of State St. and Yale Ave. and enter through the door on that side of the building that is labeled “employee entrance.” You may ask for me when you arrive.
Watch for future serving dates!

To sign up, contact


Ways to Serve:
  • Donate nonperishable food items, paper and laundry supplies for the Food Pantry. Place your donations in the blue mission bins. Look for the monthly items in the trifold. Take a tag from the Angel Tree to support families during Christmas season. In 2016 we provided gifts for eight families in Delaware county. In 2018 the Angel Tree will be up in the Main Hall in November.
  • Join the Holiday Clearing House Team in December. Many hands are needed to sort donations. Contact Terry Troutman to serve, or (740) 973-8908.
PIN Holiday Clearing House, Delaware County. Join Pastor Katya on Wednesday, December 5th, 9am-12pm, or pick a time that works for you, December 3rd-7th, 9am-3pm to sort through the gift items. The program provides new toys, gifts and food to Delaware County families with children and senior or disabled home bound residents. With questions about December 5th, contact and for the week of Dec 3rd-7th, contact Terry Troutman, with questions.
To be a part of serving in any of these ways contact For information about People In Need visit