Connect UMC and our Missions team is partnering with Lazarus Community to help lift-up those experiencing homelessness. Every other month Connect will prepare and serve a meal (to approximately 30 - 40 individuals) plus assist at the facility for the afternoon. This may include helping others select clothing from the facility clothing bank, or directing to the shower ministry (1:00pm – 6:00pm.) You can volunteer to serve the entire afternoon, or as little as one hour.

We are also hosting one of the facility rooms/apartments to house a family who is transitioning from homelessness to independent living. This includes a monthly support payment (to cover costs of room, utilities, food) as well as providing furnishings and other assistance.  You may want to donate items or contribute financially.

We ask to you to prayerfully consider how your family might interact/support this as part of our ongoing pledge to “Connect to God / Connect to Others”.

Lazarus Community – Family Room, Items needed:

  • (No specific list at this time)

The facility can always use additional items, so please contact our missions team or Pastor Adam to see what items are needed.



APRIL 28, 2024 - MEAL SERVICE 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (on site time)

Connect will be providing a Ham dinner with all the sides as our April meal service for approximately 30-40 people at the facility.  Connect Missions will provide the cooked ham. We need the following food items donated in order to prepare the meal. (If you need your serving dish returned, please be sure to label it …we will return empty dishes/containers to Connect for you to pick up)

  • Carpool/Volunteers/Donations: Bring all food items to Connect by noon that day. Volunteers: Meet at Connect by 12:15 pm to carpool to Lazarus. (If driving separately, be at Lazarus by 12:45pm)
  • Where/Arrive by time: Lazarus Community at Clark Memorial UMC (12:45pm) 5808 NW 23rd St., Oklahoma City, OK 73127

Food Donations Needed:

  • Mashed potatoes (2 large aluminum pan size)
  • Baked macaroni and cheese (2 large aluminum pan size)
  • Green beans (6 cans or 1 large aluminum pan size)
  • Sweet corn (6 cans or 1 large aluminum pan size)
  • Mixed salad (1 large pan)
  • Ranch dressing (1 large bottle)
  • Italian dressing (1 large bottle)
  • 12 count Dinner rolls (4 packages)
  • 1 box/tub butter
  • 3 Dessert Cobblers (Peach, Apple, or Cherry)
  • 4 gallons unsweet tea – premade
  • 3 gallons Lemonade – premade

3-4 volunteers are needed to serve meals. All volunteers are welcome to remain for the 4:00 pm Lazarus House Worship

Sign-up Sheet in church hallway

Bring (cooked) food items with you to worship on April 28th or to church no later than 12:00pm. Carpool leaves for the facility at 12:15. If driving directly there, be there by 12:45pm



JANUARY 21, 2024 - MEAL SERVICE 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (on site time)

  • We provided a "Soups & Chili" meal this month.  Thank you to all who donated food and time to this event. We served meals to approximately 30 people and clothing/supply assistant to many more.


SEPTEMBER 24TH - MEAL SERVICE & CLOTHING DRIVE 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM (on site times)

  • We provided a taco dinner this month and served approximately 40 individuals.
  • We also collected new or gently used adult clothing, coats, & shoes for help stock Lazarus House open closet to have available as winter approaches.
  • Thank you to all who donated food and clothing as well as those who gave their time to go to the facility and serve that day.


We completed our very first service day on June 25th. This is part of our mission in reaching out to our community. Thank you to all who donated food, time, and money to our first event. It was a big success.

If you are able to donate any of the furnishing, or wish to financially help or assist with our meal-service days, please contact Pastor Adam Ricks by email, or talk to any of our Mission Team Leaders (Cheryl Maguire – Mission Team Chair, Wayne Sisk – Mission Team Member, Anais McClard – Mission Team Member). Please not drop items off at Lazarus House unless first coordinated with Connect UMC. Pastor Adam’s email:

Checks should be made out and delivered to Connect UMC with note “Lazarus Community Mission” donation in memo portion of your check. We also have an online giving option available. You can setup for a one time or reoccurring donation through our websites online "Giving" link. (Link below). Select "Missions Project - Lazarus Community" for donations specifically for this project.

Missions Project - Lazarus Community giving link here

Thank you!