The FreeStore is exactly what it sounds like. It is a store that has clothes, furniture, household items, shoes, toys and books, and it is all free. While serving or shopping at the FreeStore you experience their mission first hand: We believe that in God’s world there is enough for all people, and extend that abundance by freely giving clothing and household goods to all who come through the FreeStore doors. Through this tangible grace, we affirm the self-worth of every person by creating opportunities for all people to live in community with one another.
You quickly discover that there is more than just stuff at the FreeStore. It is about the connections you make with people—ordinary people like you, sharing God’s love over a cup of coffee or with a couple of bags of free clothes. Serving opportunities include assisting shoppers; bagging items; providing hospitality; sorting organizing, and shelving donated items; and sharing stories over a cup of coffee. There is something for everyone—children, youth, individuals, and families.
The FreeStore is open for shopping 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday; and donations are received 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday, and Saturday. On Wednesdays there is a community Bible study at noon followed by worship next door at Simpson UMC, and all are welcome!
You are invited to support this ministry by donating funds to help with its operation, by donating gently used or new clothing and household items, or by serving anytime it’s open. Members of FUMC serve together each fourth Saturday.
You can sign up to serve through the link on our website, www.fumcaustin.org/serving-at-the-freestore. To find out more about the FreeStore, contact Pastor Cathy at email@example.com or 512-478-5684 (ext. 215).
Donations may be left at the altar rail or sent to or brought by the church office during the month of May.