The UMC is still big on "works." I think it is a good thing. I think it is what we are called to do. Looking at the UMC website, at a high level some of what Corporate skims from the individual churches funds goes to The Africa University Fund, The Black College Fund, The Episcopal Fund, The Interdenominational Cooperation Fund, The Ministerial Education Fund and the World Service Fund. As an aside (because our offerings go into these endeavors), the UMC also gets involved in things like "Social Justice" [racism is a sin, they say], global warming, international politics [peaceful transition of power], etc. This is not felt at the local level in the churches I was attending. I've never heard anything of any of it ever. The supra-Christian stuff is like some far off business unit we fund but never hear from. There are special financial drives for entities such as The Society of Saint Andrew, a cross-denominational organization focused on ending hunger that still goes out and does things like gleening fields to gather food for the needy. Locally, we put together clean-up kits (buckets full of supplies) to be sent to disaster areas in the states, we buy & assemble birthday party kits (small gift, balloons, cake mix & candles in a party bag) to take to the local food banks to hand out as needed, we help local families in need as-required when we hear about it. We bought a woman a new stove when we heard hers had crapped out, we've helped families recover from fires, stuff like that. On Shrove Tuesday (pre-COVID) we have a pancake/BINGO social and bring in the folks from the local special needs rehab program to join us. A few nearby UMC churches have pooled resources and done some Stop Hunger Now/Rise Against Hunger events, where we have bulk food brought in by the Stop Hunger Now people (rice, dried veggies, protein powder), and then they set up assembly lines where we portion the stuff out (each component by weight) into smaller servings in mylar bags and seal them, then send them out for distribution. They get stuffed into the boxes that the bulk food was delivered in, and the company that manages all this takes it away and distributes it. We did about 10,000 meal kits per hour...it went crazy fast. I think we did 30,000 meal kits (4 meals per pak, as I recall) that afternoon.