Border Crisis Relief
Our prayers continue to be with the children who are coming across the border seeking shelter.
Regardless of our politics, we are mindful that “Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me.”
As we receive these frightened, children the Southwest Texas Conference of the UMC is seeking to provide shelter and supplies.
We ask that you be in prayer for all involved in this situation. Here are some additional things that you can do at this time. We will keep you updated as other opportunities to help become available:
UMCOR Health Kits (CLICK HERE for instructions)
Bring completed health kits to the church.
Financial Donation to UMCOR (CLICK HERE to donate)
Please indicate "UMCOR Advance #901670 Immigration Crisis" in the notes of the on-line form or in the memo of the check. You can bring checks to the church, place them in the offering during worship.
Blood Drive through Carter Blood Care
Sunday, July 20th | 8:00am-1:00pm
Give the gift of life! You can sign up at the Missions Bulletin Board near the world map or at CLICK HERE. Giving takes about 45 minutes. If you have any questions, please contact Sue Walter at email@example.com.
We have two different opportunities during summer break to provide for the children in our area. Many of these children receive free or reduced lunch at school and during the summer budgets make it difficult for families to provide lunches. Take some time this summer to help these kids and families.
Frisco Family Services Summer Lunch Program
Thank you so much for all of the volunteers who helped make this program a success! We served over 2,100 meals during our two weeks of service.
Little Elm Area Kids Eat Free Program
June 9th-August 22nd
CLICK HERE to sign up to help!
Grace Avenue will be partnering with Button Memorial UMC to provide lunches for children from Little Elm ISD all summer. Button Memorial UMC is providing all of the food. Grace Avenue will help prepare/deliver lunches and participate in crafts/activities with the kids. Lunches will be delivered to the Preston on the Lake neighborhood. We need 2-5 volunteers each weekday to pick-up/deliver the lunches and to lead activities. We also need 5-6 volunteers to make lunches at Button Memorial UMC on Thursdays from 9:00-11:30am. You can volunteer for one day, multiple days, to deliver lunches, to make lunches, to help with a craft or activity, or all of it!
For more information, contact Laura Echols-Richter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Kit Ministry
The UMCOR Kit Ministry is an efficent, organized prepare in advance to respond to those affected by natural distasters and human tragedy. We will certainly make a call for these items in response to specific situations, but you can make a contribution at any time.
UMCOR Health Kits (CLICK HERE for instructions)
UMCOR Flood/Cleaning Buckets (CLICK HERE for instructions)
Financial Donation to UMCOR (CLICK HERE to donate)
Any time there is a disaster, the United Methodist Committe on Relief (UMCOR) will respond with aid that includes kits for cleaning up after the disaster as well as basic, but necessary hygiene products. This supplies are always in need and particularly need to be replished after one of these catastophic events. Please bring your donated kits to the Church and we will get them to the UMCOR distribution center.
LOCAL AND NATIONAL MISSIONS
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - CLICK HERE to Volunteer
As a group, we have designated the second Saturday of each month to work on Habitat projects. All volunteers are required to complete a one-hour orientation session prior to working on a habitat job site, which covers basic information about Habitat as well as job site safety. No experience is necessary, and youth (14 years and older) can participate with adult representation. If swinging a hammer or a paint brush isn’t your thing, then you might want to volunteer at the retail store in McKinney or help coordinate lunch for the work crew. Finally, we are starting the process of getting involved with habitat global builds, getting trained on the logistics of sending a team outside of the U.S. to work on a habitat project. Contact Matt McGhee at email@example.com or 469-964-6658.
GRACE AVENUE ESL CLASSES
Grace Avenue offers English as a Second Language classes for folks in the community needing to improve their English skills. The classes focus on grammar, vocabulary, reading, and conversation. Volunteers are needed to commit to assisting or teaching one night per week for either the fall or spring. Knowledge of a foreign language is not required nor is a teaching background. ESL curriculum and training is provided. Please contact Mary Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Grace Avenue is working to begin offering citizenship classes. These classes will help prepare people to take the citizenship exam so that they can become United States Citizens. If you are interested in email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRISCO FAMILY SERVICES
Grace Avenue supports many annual and ongoing service projects that are sponsored by Frisco Family Services.
- Angel Adoption
Each December, angels are available for adoption from Frisco Family Services for Christmas. Each angel represents a wish from a child, youth or senior adult. Contact Mary Martin at email@example.com.
- Back-to-School Apple Adoption
Each year apples are available from Frisco Family Services. Each apple represents a child who is waiting for one new school outfit with a pair of shoes. The generosity of our church adopts over 100 children each August. Contact Mary Martinat firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pantry Adoption Project
Grace Avenue adopts a shelf each month at Frisco Family Services. The next time you go grocery shopping please pick up extra items for families who are in need and live in our community. The collection baskets are located in the Learning Center Lobby by the elevator. Contact Betty Pfahler at Bpfah@aol.com.
- Summer Lunch Program
We partner with Frisco Family Services to provide lunches and fun activities for children in need during the summer. Contact Betty Pfahler at Bpfah@aol.com.
- Thanksgiving Box Project
Each year we collect items to fill Thanksgiving Boxes for Frisco Family Services. Contact Mary Martin at email@example.com.
Join us on the Bread Run! It is approximately a 2 hour commitment on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday morning. We have 7 donor sites that give us their stock overruns of bread and other items to take to area homeless shelters. Sign up for specific dates each month. For more information, contact Christen Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EARLY RESPONSE TEAM
Grace Avenue’s Early Response Team (ERT) is a group of specially trained individuals who assist people who have been devastated by natural disasters. The work varies from debris cleanup and removal to putting tarps on roofs. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry, or getting trained please contact Gordon Howell at email@example.com.
The “Cover Girls” are women of all ages who crochet, knit, quilt and sew to “cover” the babies born at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. We also make the white baby afghans that are given to the babies baptized at Grace Avenue. Our newest ministry is making scarves and caps for residents at local homeless shelters during the cold months, and we sometimes get involved in other fun projects. The Cover Girls normally meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm in the Learning Center. Contact Lisa McDonald at 972-335-8815 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Every minute of every day, someone needs blood. That blood can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who makes the choice to donate. There is no substitute for your donation. Please join us to maintain a safe and stable blood supply by signing up to give blood at one of the blood drives scheduled at Grace Avenue during the year. Contact Sue Walters at email@example.com.
PRAIRIE ESTATES MINISTRIES
Prairie Estates is a skilled nursing facility located near Grace Avenue on West Main in Frisco. Residents look forward to interaction with our members and are blessed by the many events and services provided. If you have a heart for elderly people, consider getting involved in this fantastic ministry. There are many opportunities listed below.
- Bingo every Saturday
Join us any Saturday morning at 9:00am as we play BINGO with the residents. This is a great opportunity for individuals and/or families to volunteer together. We are always in need of BINGO prize donations including hand lotion, socks/slippers, granola bars, sugar free candy, figurines or other dollar store items. A collection box for prizes and other donations is located in the Learning Center Lobby. Contact Kari Hardwick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Gift Shop Volunteers
Volunteers are needed daily from 10:30am - 12:00pm. You can also work on a craft or read a book / study while you wait for customers to stop by. You can choose one day, one day / week or month or more if you wish. Please contact Mary Martinat email@example.com.
- Nail Painting
Every Thursday from 9:30 - 11:00am. Supplies are provided. To volunteer, please contact Mary Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mother’s Day Tea and Donuts with Dad
Each year Grace Avenue hosts a Mothers’ Day Tea and Donuts with Dad for the residents of Prairie Estates. These two events occur on a Saturday morning before Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. To find out how you can become involved in these special events, contact Mary Martin at email@example.com.
RELAY FOR LIFE
Relay for Life is a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. It is a family event that brings our community together each May. We join our community in remembering those who have lost their lives to cancer and honoring those who continue to battle and are courageous survivors of the disease. It is an overnight event filled with music, food and fun. Team members raise money (minimum $100) to help find a cure for cancer and then join the fun at the actual event. Staying overnight is optional. Watch for opportunities to sign up to be a part of our team, to walk throughout the night or to make a donation. For more information, contact Joyce Sutherland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clothe-A-Child is a community project that works with Kohl’s to clothe underprivileged kids in Frisco and Little Elm. Each child is identified by the Frisco ISD/Little Elm ISD as someone who would benefit from this program. On a Saturday in October, the children and their families go to Kohl’s in Frisco where each child is given a voucher for $100 to be used towards clothing items. Each family is matched with a volunteer. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age or older to assist with the shopping. Many volunteers are needed to make this program a success. Contact Mary Martin at email@example.com.
Interested in organizing a Green Team to help Grace Avenue and its members focus on ways to be good stewards of God’s creation? Contact Mary Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUSAN G. KOMEN FOUNDATION - 3-DAY TEAM
The 3-Day Walk for the Cure benefiting the Foundation takes place in November. Grace Avenue has a team of walkers who participate in the 60 mile walk over three days. Participants train several weeks prior to the event. For more information on the walk or on how you can join the 3 Day Team, contact Laurie Hanson Roberts at 972-335-2882 ext. 510 or at email@example.com
Grace Avenue UMC is connected to the Czech Republic through our partner church Maranatha UMC located in Plzen. Every year, we send a mission team to share in ministry with our brothers and sisters in Christ at Holy Hill and our partner church. Our next Czech Republic Mission trip will be September 14-24, 2012. For more information contact Charles and Lisa Hampshire at Lisa@HampshireHouseProductions.com or 214-738-1256.
GOD'S CHILD PROJECT
We also sponsor the God’s Child Project in Guazapa, El Salvador which serves the children in this poverty stricken area and helps them find God’s hope in their midst. For info, contact Mary Martin firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our newest International Mission connects us with ZOE Ministry. ZOE’s Giving Hope Empowerment Project gives orphans the resources and support they need to break the cycle of poverty and dependency forever, while learning the love of Jesus Christ. Please contact Mary Martin at email@example.com for more information.
ADDITIONAL MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
Additional mission opportunities can be found through the United Methodist Church.
GAMMA FUND RAISING OPPORTUNITIES
Many of our church events are fund raisers for GAMMA (Grace Avenue Missions, Ministry and Assistance). These events are the Chili Cook-Off, Rummage Sale, Golf Tournament, Pie Auction, Pumpkin Patch, Holiday Bazaar and Fall Festival. For additional information about any of these events CLICK HERE. For more information on helping with GAMMA fundraising, please contact Laura Echols-Richter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PUMPKIN PATCH SCHOOL VISITS
Each October we sponsor Kindergarten field trips for area schools to visit our Pumpkin Patch. This is an educational opportunity for the school children. Volunteers are needed to lead sessions on science, math, social studies, art, storytime and a hayride. If you are interested in helping with the school visits, please contact Laura Echols-Richter at email@example.com.
GO ON A MISSION TRIP
We have mission trips planned throughout the year for disaster relief and other missions. If you would like information about trips that are coming up, please contact Mary Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions or additional information on mission/service opportunities, please contact
Mary Martin, Missions Minister, at email@example.com or 972.335.2882, ext. 503.