The mission of the Chandler United Methodist Church’s Missions Team is:
To transform faith into action as servants ministering to the needs of God’s people, both locally and throughout the world, through prayer, hands-on volunteer work, and donation of tangible and financial resources that positively change lives.
Each month the Missions team highlights a non-profit agency, a local need, or a group that needs help. The list is varied, with some mission efforts helping children, some helping women, some helping the homeless, some helping the armed forces, some helping the hungry, and others lending a hand to global needs. A variety of giving opportunities is offered so that you may choose where to give throughout the year. You don’t have to wait until the designated month to give. Some collections are ongoing. We appreciate all that you do to support our outreach efforts.
If you would like to join the Missions Team, please contact any member of the Team or the church office…or just show up at a meeting!
We usually meet at 11:05 AM on the second Sunday of each month.
MISSIONS MONTHLY FOCUS:
Support the students of Chandler Unified School District in July by donating school supplies and giving at our July Communion offering. Our offering will be given to Families in Transition, the branch of CUSD that assists students who are homeless and families facing homelessness.
CUSD has 291 Families in Transition. Sixty-six students are youth in the 9th to 12th grades who are living on their own. Thirty-five students graduated in May and two will graduate this Fall. Seven received scholarships for college, three are entering the military and two of these students graduated early.
A child who is homeless may be sharing a home with another family, sleeping at different locations, awaiting foster care placement, living in emergency shelter or motels, campgrounds or similar environments, or a child who is on his or her own. These children face many obstacles that can prevent academic success. FIT steps in to keep those obstacles to a minimum to insure students can meet the academic rigors of school, and continue to enjoy the fun activities and clubs offered at schools. FIT insures students have transportation to and from the school of their former residence, offers grants to students to be able to pay for fees associated with school programs, and offers financial assistance to families on the brink of homelessness.
In addition to helping FIT with our Communion Offering, we are collecting backpacks and school supplies to help start students off as they begin their school year.
Our mission focus for June is Justa Center, a day center for seniors who are experiencing homelessness. Aging can be a challenge for anyone, but people who have no home, no income and no health insurance struggle not only with meeting daily needs of food and shelter, but also with health issues experienced by many as we age.
Founded in 2006, Justa Center works with men and women ages 55 and older to meet their basic needs and procure housing and income where possible. Of the roughly 130 people who walk through Justa Center’s doors everyday, nearly 50 percent are veterans, and 42 percent of them are women.
Members are provided coffee, showers, phone, internet, lockers, laundry services and a library. Justa Center also cares for the spiritual needs of its members with weekday and weekend services.
In addition to our Communion offering, we are collecting items for members moving into homes. Seniors who are moving into housing after being homeless are starting over in more ways than one. They are proud of their new apartments and often need supplies that many of us might take for granted. Throughout the month, we are collecting any of the following items, which we will use to create buckets of love that are given to seniors as they move into apartments. Feel free to fill a bucket, or to donate supplies that can be used to fill other buckets. Needed items are:
All-Purpose Cleaner Glass Cleaner
Toilet Brush and Cleaner Sponges
A Broom and Dust Pan A Mop
If you have any questions, contact Penny Boese at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-862-3129. Thank you for your support of Justa Center!
The Missions Team is collecting items to help the Wesley Summer Youth Services Program get off to a great start. Please bring your items to the bin by the Gift Shop throughout May. A list of needed items if below. You can fill a backpack, or donate individual items. Thank you for your support!
Backpacks for boys and girls
Bottles Elmer’s Glue
Thick Crayola Markers
Thin Crayola Markers
Pack of Blue or Black Pens
Sunday School children and the youth of the church are supporting Heifer International on April 14 with a bake sale between first and second services. The Missions Team supports their efforts by designating April 7’s Communion offering to Heifer International.
Our Sunday School children learn a valuable lesson through their support of Heifer International. The children study and learn about world hunger, and how the cycle of poverty can be broken with the gift of livestock and seeds. One goat, for example, can feed a family and help children go to school. If you would like for information about Heifer International, please see Steve Gregory or visit the website at www.heifer.org.
The communion offering for March is designated for AZCEND. Also Chandler UMC will be filling the food bank pantry with necessary items such as:
- Cereal and cereal bowls
- Canned meat (tuna, chicken, Spam, etc.)
- Canned beans (pinto, black, kidney, refried, etc.)
- Canned fruit
- Easy Mac cups
- Hamburger Helper, etc.
- Peanut Butter
The Clothes Cabin of Chandler, AZ received the communion offering for their building fund. Also, church members brought in socks & undergarments for Chandler’s clothing bank.
The Missions Team is starting 2019 with the gift of reading!
We are donating new and gently used books for children ages 4 to 12 to UMOM’s Read to Me
program. UMOM children visit Read to Me every week to listen to an adult or peer read stories to them, and as the children leave, they take a book. The idea is to give the children enrolled in UMOM programs for homeless mothers and families a chance to start a little library for the day they move into a home of their own.
Popular titles and topics:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, Dork Diaries, Minecraft, I Spy,
Goosebumps, Disney princesses, Captain Underpants,
Lego Pokeman, dinosaurs, superheroes, comic books, graphic novels, Manga and popup books.
We are also supporting UMOM’s Youth Resource Center, formerly known as Tumbleweed, by collecting nonperishable food. Young
people who visit Tumbleweed are 18-25 and living on the street, so it’s important that donations are in individual serving sizes.
Needed items include: Nutri-grain Breakfast bars, mixed fruit or mandarin oranges in small cups, Cup of Noodles, Mac-n-Cheese in
individual servings, Top Ramen, beef jerky in individual servings, trail mix in individual servings. Gloves, hats and scarves are also welcome.