MISSIONS
REMINDER: BRING YOUR MONTHLY DONATION OF FOOD ITEMS
 
WEST VALLEY FOOD BANK DONATIONS ARE DOWN DURING
 THE SUMMER & HUNGER HAS NO SEASON, PLEASE DONATE.
 
 
PLEASE BRING YOUR DONATED FOOD ITEMS THE FIRST WEEKEND OF THE MONTH & PLACE THEM ON THE KIOSK OR BRING THEM TO THE OFFICE M-F FROM 8-4. YOUR GIFTS ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED AND HELP SO MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE IN NEED.
 
 

OCTOBER MISSION PROJECT—A MIGHTY CHANGE OF HEART

MONETARY DONATIONS NEEDED

When a child reaches their new foster home they are often sad and confused and need to know someone still cares about them. To add to this feeling of distress, they typically take very little with them in terms of possessions. And while the State does provide funding, there is often a gap of up to two weeks from the time a child enters a home before funding arrives. This means foster parents must either spend their own money, or the child goes without. At A Mighty Change of Heart, their core program is designed to fill that gap by providing personalized duffel bags overflowing with essentials. Foster parents and kindred can simply visit their website, fill out a short form with information about gender, age, sizes, and preferences and they will take it from there.  The team has the child’s first name embroidered on a brand new duffel bag that will go with them where ever life may take them. The bag is then filled to order with new clothes, shoes, hygiene items, toys, books, and more. Lastly, the duffel bags are hand delivered to the foster parents. In this effort the goal is to provide the child with something they can truly call their own at a time when everything else in life may be borrowed or temporary, and to feel that someone cares about them. We are asking for monetary donations. A container will be provided.

 
 
 
 

UMCOR

The 2019 UMCOR mission trip is excited about traveling to Salt Lake City to represent SHUMC, while serving our Lord and working at the UMCOR West Depot. We depart early on 10-13-19, returning on the 19th. We will be working with another group from Washington State. We wish to express our deepest appreciation to the congregation, Sew Happy group and all others that helped with donating material, cutting or sewing over 258 pairs of shorts which we will deliver to the local mission coordinator in SLC for distribution. We are blessed that the congregation donated money or helped support our fundraisers to allow us to send a team of 10 to SLC. Thanks again from the 2019 UMCOR Mission Trip Team for your support. Our prayers go with you for a safe , healthy & productive trip to Salt Lake City!

 
 

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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 10:00 a.m. 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 (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.