MISSIONS
Special Invitation
 

The Mission Committee invites you to save Monday, November 20, 2017 for a special presentation by Desiree Segura-April, the Resource Person for Children-at- Risk-Ministries, for Iglesia Evangelica Metodista de Nicaragua, Her husband, Osias, serves as the Regional Coordinator of Curriculum and Small Group Leadership Development for Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala. They live in Nicaragua with their son, Nikko.

The Iglesia Metodista de Nicaragua is comprised of twenty small churches located mainly around the capitol city of Managua in poor neighborhoods. Global Ministries missionaries have served for decades in Nicaragua as leaders for development projects, but they are the first missionaries sent to work directly with the church in congregational and leadership development, focusing on children-at-risk- ministries and small group leadership development. The challenges are many since poverty deeply affects the people, and Nicaragua is the second poorest country in Latin America. The Segura-Aprils have an exciting, interesting story to share with you and others.

There will be a potluck lunch and plenty of time to ask questions. More information

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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.

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.

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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.