First United Methodist Church

Your Church in Mexico Beach!

ERT Team and Missions


The Mission Trip to Slidell LA

The trip to work with Epworth center was an amazing blessing. The team had a lot of fun working to help Mrs. Helen and her family.  It was a labor of love and we look forward to our next trip.


Heavenly Hammers

Galations 6:10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith

Heavenly Hammers is a spiritual vision leading us to assist those in our community to live safely and independently in their homes. Some of the needs are to repair storm damage, freshening the yard and exterior or installing fixtures and/or ramps to make living at home safe.  If you or someone you know is in need of assistance please contact us.  Heavenly Hammers is always in need of additional volunteers.  If you feel led to volunteer contact Tom Gavorcik at 330-204-4884.  No special skills required.

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With the help of 18 volunteers, including snowbirds, Heavenly Hammers has worked on 3 projects since the last newsletter. The work was greatly appreciated by the recipients and the love in our church has been evident to those who witnessed the groups at work.

Thank you for making our ministry a success and helping us to minister to the beaches hand in hand as representatives of our church and our Lord.

If you are interested in joining our ministry or know of someone who needs our help to remain safely in their home please contact

Tom Gavorcik at or 330-204-8839

Stay tuned for upcoming projects!





by Lori Butler

As you know Hurricane season is always on our minds.  The Early Response Team would like to encourage everyone in the Church and our community to be prepared. You can find useful information for setting up your emergency kit on the website: . Also, be sure to have an evacuation plan keeping in mind special needs, medica-tions and pets.


The ERT and the Church have purchased an Early Response trailer so that we can readily respond to a disaster if needed. Team leaders are working with other agencies in the area to better serve the community. If you are interested in joining the effort please contact Carol Bonanno or Lori Butler. Training and certification are done around the area and you can find information on our district website:

We are currently unable to have services in our building due to Hurricane Michael.  Please check our Facebook page for updates on when and where we are having services.

May 26, 2019 Update: We are almost 8 months post Hurricane Michael.  Progress on repairing the church building is coming along but slowly.  We have been blessed to have volunteers come and help us put the church building back together.  We have a new roof, new windows and doors, and are working to get the insulation and drywall completed.  

We are blessed to be able to meet in a home for worship and have Bible study in another home.  We know that as believers we are the Church and that the building is just that.  We trust the Lord and the plan that He has for this local body of believers as we move forward.  Please keep us in your prayers as we go through the rebuilding process.  Our greatest desire is to do the Lord's will.   If you are in the area and would like to worship with us please do!  We would love to see you!

Do you have a special gifting or talent to use as a part of the body of Christ?  We want everyone to be involved in serving the Lord.  Please see Pastor Jerry for a form to fill out.  We are all a part of God's plan and we would love for you to be involved in ministry with us.

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Correctional Facility Ministries

by Pam Martin


In addition to her duties as Victim Advocate for the Salvation Army, and board member for the Gulf County Domestic Violence Task Force, Pam Martin teaches, through her faith based prison ministry, a victim’s awareness class at Gulf Correctional Institute (GCI) and Calhoun Correctional Institute (CCI). The attendees will receive a certificate of completion . The class covers crimes of all varieties to include domestic violence, violent crime, sexual assault, murder, child abuse, sexual abuse, drunk driving, and drugs and society. Discussions address the impact of these crimes on the victims; the perpetrators do not consider the overall impact on the victim and their family and friends. Pam forces them to think about the victim’s view of the crimes committed against them. Those participating enjoy the class and it gives them a voice.

Pam just completed a 6 month class at Gulf Correctional Institute with certificates being passed out on March 25. Another class will be starting right away

God surely blessed Pam with a unique talent and she in turn blesses those whose lives she touches. Let’s continue to pray and support Pam’s efforts for the Lord Jesus. Contact Pam at (850) 769-7989.

Homeless Identification Program

The HIP is a program that helps the homeless get vital documents that help them get jobs and services so that they can get off the street and have a better future.