Once a month for the past few years, members and friends of Shepherd of the Hills Church have volunteered at St. Mary’s Food Bank. St. Mary’s distributes foods to hungry families in most of Arizona. In addition, St. Mary’s provides children’s feeding programs in schools and community centers and provides a training program so that adults can be successful in the food service industry.

The task of the SHUMC group is to open bags and boxes that have been donated by individuals and companies and then sort the food into bins by type, such as cans of vegetables, boxes of cereal, etc. We meet at the food bank, which is located at 13050 W. Elm Street in Surprise near the intersection of Bell and Dysart Roads, on the third Thursday of each month from 9:45 a.m. to noon. Heavy lifting is not required. More volunteers are needed. Please contact Becky F. at 623-584-2280.


We had another great year supporting the young people at the Dysart Community Center. Our gifts of jeans and t-shirts will brighten the faces of 63 youngsters. Thank you all for supporting this missions project.


Gail P. and Mary G.

Missions Committee




Sandwich Making for Justa Center

The peanut butter party (weekly sandwich making) will meet on Mondays, at 8:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall to make sandwiches for Justa Center. Masks are mandatory during sandwich making.

The sandwich crew is in need of big jars of creamy peanut butter. Walmart sells 4 lb. jars of peanut butter that are the most economical and easiest to work with. As for jelly, they prefer grape jelly, but we will take and use any flavor of jelly/jam. The squeezable containers are not worth the trouble. We are well stocked on baggies and gloves. Please bring your donations to the church office or leave them on the counter in the kitchen.

Please call the church office at 623-584-2280 and leave a message for Mary G. to sign up to help make sandwiches or if you have any questions. Everyone must wear a mask and we will socially distance. 

We continue to accept donations of peanut butter and jelly. Please bring them to the church.



Give hope to your neighbors in need. $1 helps provide enough

food for 7 meals. Your donation is 100% deductible and may

qualify for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit. 

For questions, or how to donate by phone,

call (602) 242-FOOD.

                                        For WAYS TO GIVE log on to the website below

DID YOU KNOW……? There is a metal rack in the hallway by the choir room that has calendars, notepads and cards for just about any occasion.

It has been organized nicely by Linda. If you find a few cards, or a calendar that you can use, please leave a small donation in the container on the shelf. The money collected supports the Missions Committee.


If your mailbox happens to be the recipient of cards and calendars and you do not want them, please do not throw them in the trash!


Bring them to the church and they will be organized into the boxes, ready for someone to use.
                                           LOVE TO KNIT OR CROCHET?


Now that we are able to visit people in the hospital and care homes, we are starting up our prayer shawl ministry again. We can use prayer shawls and lap covers. 

You can call 623-584-2280 (church office) & leave a message for Prayer Shawl Ministry if you have questions. Instructions for the knitting of the shawls and the lap coverings will be provided, if needed. Note: Lap coverings need to be big enough to cover the lap going down just over the knee. We have a variety of yarn that has been donated if you would like to use it.
Thank you for being a part of this ministry. 


Bibles Needed

UMOM Day Center need NEW BIBLES


UMOM have individuals and families requesting them. They pass out over 100 Bibles per month.

Bibles may be dropped off at the church office. Or you can make a MONETARY DONATION to purchase Bibles, please indicate on indicating on cash envelope or memo section of the check – UMOM Bibles.

Please help those who cannot afford a Bible to secure one. Thank you!


Christmas Missions Project Donation of T-Shirts and Jeans to students at Dysart Community Center
Thank You for your generous donation of Jeans & T-Shirts. They were delivered to Dysart Community Center just in time for Christmas.
 Circle the City
To receive more information on Circle the the City click on Link to Circle the City

Link to Circle the City

Circle the City Admin Office 
300 W. Clarendon Avenue
Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85013
(602) 776-0776

For donations, call: (623) 900-7671
To volunteer: call (602) 313-8643

Circle the City offers holistic integrated care for individuals experiencing homelessness, meeting the patient’s medical, social, emotional and spiritual needs.

Circle the City offers the only medical respite program for those experiencing homelessness in the state of Arizona and is a model for the country.

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 316580_183388051744843_103961606354155_387538_1163020512_n
as one of our outreach projects.

Manufacturers’ coupons (no store coupons or rebates) must be neatly clipped and deposited in the basket located in 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.)

Any questions, please call the church office (623) 584-2280 and leave a message for Mary Jane or Sand’ee.




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 (first Saturday and Sunday of the month) with the bread and cup of Christ’s love, we seek to also feed others through the collection of non-perishable food items.  Drop boxes/wagons are located in the Chapel on Saturdays and Sanctuary on Sundays. Donations are given 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)
UMCOR –  We travel 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. (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. (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.
Circle the City, Phoenix – Holistic, Compassionate Healthcare for the Homeless.