LOCAL AND NATIONAL MISSIONS
Support Your Czech Republic Team! (Want to Give On-Line? CLICK HERE)
A Grace Avenue Mission Team is helping to lead a teen camp for our sister church, Maranatha UMC in Pilzen, Czech Republic and need your investment to support our work! Stop by the Envelope Wall by the World Map during the month of July. Here’s how it works: pick the envelope of the amount you want to invest, take your invitation to our Celebration Dessert, leave your envelope (with your contribution inside) and contact information in the donation box, and pray for our work in Pilsen! Join us for our Celebration Dessert on September 11th to hear about the trip and how your investment made a difference! Contact Marcus Womack email@example.com with questions.
BlOOD DRIVE WITH CARTER BLOOD CARE (REGISTER)
Sunday, July 31st | 8:00am - 1:00pm
Give the Gift of Life! Register to reserve your time. Walk-in donors will be accepted at space permits. Contact Sue Walters at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
LITTLE ELM AREA KIDS EAT FREE PROGRAM (REGISTER)
June 6 - August 19, 2016
Grace Avenue is partnering with Button Memorial UMC for the 3rd summer to provide lunches for children from Little Elm ISD. Many of these children receive free or reduced lunch at school and during the summer, budgets make it difficult for families to provide lunches. Grace Avenue will help prepare/deliver lunches. Lunches will be delivered to the Preston on the Lake neighborhood in Little Elm. We need 2-3 volunteers each weekday to pick-up/deliver the lunches. We also need 5-6 volunteers to make lunches at Button Memorial UMC on Thursdays mornings.
You can volunteer for one day, multiple days, to deliver lunches, to make lunches or whatever works for you!
For more information, contact Mary Martin at email@example.com.
ONE + ONE READING PROGRAM with PRESTON ON THE LAKE (Little Elm)
Tuesdays from 10:00-11:00am During Summer Months (Sign up for Summer Edition HERE)
Tuesdays from 3:00-4:30pm During the School Year
As part of the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church’s One+One initiative, Grace Avenue is partnering with the Preston on the Lakes Community to for an afternoon reading program with children. Volunteers are needed!
Background check and Ministry Safe certification will be required. Please contact Mary Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping with this new and vital ministry.
FRISCO FAMILY SERVICES SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM (REGISTER)
For the 11th year, Grace Avenue is partnering with Frisco Family Services for a week to feed school aged children in Frisco. We need help each of the 5 days. Click the Register link above to see details about times and what in what areas you can serve. Contact Nancy Stengle at email@example.com with questions.
HABITAT FOR HUMNITY (REGISTER TO HELP!)
Grace Avenue has committed is committed to it's relationship with Habitat for Humanity. Grace Avenue provides volunteers on a consistent basis. If you are interested in helping, please REGISTER and we will be in contact with you about the next build date. If you have any questions, please contact Dave Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Kit Ministry
The UMCOR Kit Ministry is an efficient, organized prepare-in-advance to response to those affected by natural disasters 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.
FRISCO HELPERS: SENIORS HELPING SENIORS
Minor Home Maintenance and Repairs
Frisco Helpers is an organization of senior adult volunteers which is sponsored by local churches. The mission is to help senior and special needs citizens with minor home maintenance, with a key focus on safety. We are currently looking for senior adult volunteers who are interested in helping. Please contact David and Carol Coles at
email@example.com for more information.
If you or someone you know would like to request assistance from Frisco Helpers, CLICK HERE for more information or or to fill out an on-line servicer request from.
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.
These classes will help prepare people for the citizenship exam so that they can become United States Citizens. If you are interested taking the class or volunteering to assit teaching the class contact Mary Martin at email@example.com.
LITTLE ELM AREA KIDS EAT FREE PROGRAM
Grace Avenue partners with Button Memorial UMC to provide summer lunches for children in the Little Elm ISD. Grace Avenue helps prepare/deliver lunches Monday-Friday from June-August. Grace Avenue delivers to the Preston on the Lake Community in Little Elm. Contact Mary Martin: 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 Nancy Stengle at email@example.com with questions.
- Thanksgiving Box Project
Each year we collect items to fill Thanksgiving Boxes for Frisco Family Services. Contact Mary Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Nancy Stengle at email@example.com.
MEALS ON WHEELS
Meals on Wheels assists area seniors in remaining independent in their homes and promotes socialization. Grace Avenue delivers senior lunch meals in the Frisco area every week on Thursdays. Our assigned route takes about one to two hours to complete. Contact Nancy Stengle at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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.
BLOOD DRIVES (2016 Dates: 2/21, 5/22, 7/31, 10/9)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grace Avenue’s community garden promotes community involvement and provides fresh fruits and vegetables to our local food banks. The Community Garden behind the church has been mulched and has 12 raised garden beds and 2 rows that can be adopted by a group or an individual. Contact Mary Martin at email@example.com with questions.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 1:00pm (In the Bride's Room)
The Prayer Shawl ministry shares God’s love by creating and blessing hand-made items such as shawls, lap blankets, chemo caps, and scarves for people in the community and within the Church. The group prays, knits, crochets, and shares in a time of fellowship. New members are warmly welcomed. Free lessons, as well as hooks, needles and yarn are always available. Contact Linda Vanek at Vanekrl@aol.com or 214-705-0646 for more information.
WESLEY RANKIN COMMUNITY CENTER
Wesley Rankin Community Center is transforming the West Dallas Community through education, support services and nurturing of a multigenerational community. Grace Avenue volunteers throughout the year with varies programs. Contact Jenny Graham: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. For more information contact Marcus Womack at email@example.com.
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.