This house of faith profile takes a closer look at Avenue United Methodist Church, which has served the Milford area for more than 200 years in various locations until the current sanctuary at 20 N. Church St. was built in 1939.
Avenue United Methodist Church was found in 1777 and became a full-fledged church in 1784, after its first annual conference with the Methodist Society, according to church leader Pastor Tom Pasmore. Avenue UMC has served the Milford area for more than 200 years in various locations until the current sanctuary at 20 N. Church St. was built in 1939. Fellowship Hall was added in 1951 and the education building was completed in 1996. The last major renovations took place in 2011.
“Avenue UMC is committed to connecting people to Christ and one another,” Pasmore said. “It’s a connected congregation that’s involved in a number of different things. I think our volunteers’ goal is to help make Milford a better community and I think they do a fantastic job with that, without really a lot of attention or fanfare. Their commitment is to show the love of Christ through helping to make this community better.”
Avenue UMC volunteers work with an in-house community food pantry. Two volunteer groups – Volunteers in Mission and the Fusion Youth Ministry – dedicate their time to a variety of projects and organizations in the Milford area. Volunteers work on building projects, local Habitat for Humanity projects, clean-ups, food giveaways and collaborate with state service centers to help people in need. One of the volunteer projects, the Matthew Project, collects items like household goods, furniture, bedding and other items for local residents who ask the church for help or are referred by outside organizations.
Seasonal fundraisers, like a summer yard sale and a Christmas bazaar, are the largest fundraisers for Avenue UMC. The summer yard sale solicits donations from the community and proceeds go to help mission projects. The Christmas bazaar, held every November, invites artisans and crafters from the congregation to showcase their creative skills, with baked goods and household items that are sold to raise money for mission projects. The church also hosts pancake breakfasts in Fellowship Hall in February, May and October to raise money for scholarships for local students.