MISSIONS
Are you willing to serve on an UMCOR mission trip?
 
You are cordially invited to be part of the 2019 UMCOR west depot mission trip. Come meet some former UMCOR team attendees and learn more information about the trip, on October 15, 2018 at 2:00 P.M., in the SHUMC conference room.
 
Since 2010 SHUMC has sent 8 teams to Salt Lake City, Utah, to work at the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) West Depot warehouse. The rst team deposit is required to be submitted by mid-January 2019. Calvin and Karen Slaaen (Team Leaders) are collecting names of people that are interested in going. The 2019 trip to Utah is scheduled for October 13th thru the 19th.
 
Working together on fundraisers before the trip, sharing meals, working hard at the warehouse side by side, as well as devotions and relaxing together on the trip, leads to a lot of fun and fellowship and even new friends. Hard work and fellowship are the hallmarks of the UMCOR mission trip.
 
2017 SHUMC UMCOR Team
 
A Mighty Change of Heart
Mission Project for October
 
There are approximately 18,500 children in foster care in AZ. A Mighty Change of Heart was founded to help these children as they travel through the foster system. It is a basic right to own property, and yet it is the first thing lost when a child is removed from his/her home and enters foster care.
 
Too often, children enter the foster care system with no personal belongings or they come with a torn, black trash bag with the things they have managed to save. Often they come with the clothes on their backs, and once in the system, children are moved from placement to placement. Everything in their lives is borrowed, moms, dads, brothers, Sisters, clothing, toys, books, and the home. With your support, they can go to sleep in their own pajamas, shoes, toys, underwear and other items.
 
The main purpose of A Mighty Change of Heart is to provide as many of these children as possible with the basic necessities that we take for granted. The Mighty Change of Heart begins by providing a personalized duffle bag with the child’s name embroidered on it. Each bag contains gender and age appropriate clothing, shoes, pajamas, stuffed animals, bedding, school supplies and personal hygiene items.
The Mission Committee’s project for October is A Mighty Change of Heart and we need your help. Please consider giving a donation of money or other items to fill the bags. The Sew Happy group is busy sewing wonderful pajamas and clothing but with so many needy children, your support is needed, too. A monetary gift to buy duffle bags can be written to SHUMC with Mission Project in the memo field. Julie Calvert will send one check at the end of October. Other gifts will be used to fill these bags. A Mighty Change of Heart was able to give 1,700 filled duffle bags in 2017 and plans to give 2,500 filled duffle bags in 2018. As you can see, the need is great. Thank you for caring for foster children.
 
Mary Jane Banfield, Mission Chair 
 

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Coups for Troops is a government program set up to assist military families stationed overseas by providing them with manufacturers’ coupons that may be used in the base commissary or PI for up to 6 months from the coupon expiration date. For a number of years, the Visitor’ s Center in Sun City collected and mailed coupons to a base in Japan and another in Germany. Due to reorganization, the Visitor’s Center recently discontinued the program. The Shepherd of the Hills Mission Committee has assumed the responsibility of collecting and mailing the coupons as one of our outreach projects.coups-for-troops

Manufacturers’ coupons (no store coupons or rebates) must be neatly clipped and deposited in the basket located by the Church office. (If you are unable to do the clipping but would like to donate your unused coupons, please place them in the basket and one of our coupon clippers will take over.) Wednesday, February 1st, there will be a kick-off coupon clipping party/pot luck in Fellowship Hall at 10:00AM. Bring your coupons, scissors and your favorite dish to share for lunch.

Any questions, please call Mary Jane Banfield or Sand’ee Spears.

Communion Offerings – Nine months out of the year the gifts support the Special Days and Causes designated by our Annual Conference as special mission projects.

 Holiday Offerings – At Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, we receive a special offering which is sent directly to support mission ministries that bring healing and hope.

 Monthly Food Collection – As we are fed on Communion weekends with the bread and cup of Christ’s love, we seek to also feed others through the collection of non-perishable food items.  Boxes will be located at the church doors to receive your donation and will be donated to Valley View Food Bank. (valleyviewfoodbank.wordpress.com)

 Summer Collections – We want to be a blessing by collecting items for others, which includes the Conference Mission Project, UMOM Back to School Drive and Wesley Back to School Drive.

 Justa Center – A day resource center located in Phoenix which works with older homeless adults to obtain benefits and housing. (justacenter.org)

Work Trips – September 29-October 25, 2013, we traveled to Salt Lake City to work at the United Methodist Committee on Relief Depot (UMCOR).  We prepare supplies needed that allow the Church to respond to a disaster of any type anywhere in the world.  Our next trip is scheduled for October 5-11, 2014. (umcor.org)

 Imagine No Malaria – Every 60 seconds, malaria claims a life in Africa.  Imagine No Malaria is an effort of the people of The United Methodist Church to put our faith into action to end preventable deaths by malaria.  (imaginenomalaria.org/learn)

 UMOM (United Methodist Outreach Ministries) – Provides homeless families and individuals with safe shelter, housing and supportive services to assist them in reaching their greatest potential.  (umom.org)

 Wesley Community & Health Center– A United Methodist related center located in Phoenix that provides health, educational and recreational services to individuals and families. (wesleycenterphx.org)

Habitat for Humanity – A Christian-based organization that builds, renovates and repairs simple, affordable homes in partnership with families in need in central Arizona.  In April, 2013 the most recent home was completed and dedicated.  (habitat.org)

 Benevilla – Provides support for older adults, adults with intellectual disabilities, children and the families who care for them in the West Valley. (benevilla.org)

 Community Fund of Sun City West – Provides financial aid to Sun City West residents in temporary need of assistance. (communityfundsuncitywest.org)

 Salvation Army Crisis Intervention, West Valley – A consortium of agencies and churches that provide crisis intervention services.

 UMOM Watkins Shelter Dinner – On the 4th Tuesday of the month we go to UMOM to prepare and serve dinner for about 300 adults and children.  The meal is prepared by the UMOM Catering School.