Looking for ways to respond to the devistation cased by the Earthquake in Nepal or the Spring Storms across Texas and the United States? You can support UMCOR in these ways:
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.
LOCAL AND NATIONAL MISSIONS
RELAY FOR LIFE
Friday, May 29th | 6:00pm-1:00am
Wakeland High School
Join the Team HERE!
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. This 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. For more information, contact Kristen McDonald at Kristenhmcdonald@yahoo.com or Shannon Benefeld at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little Elm Area Kids Eat Free Program (Sign Up!)
June 8th-August 21st
Grace Avenue will be partnering with Button Memorial UMC for the 2nd summer to provide lunches for children from Little Elm ISD all summer. Grace Avenue will help prepare/deliver lunches. Lunches will be delivered to the Preston on the Lake neighborhood in Little Elm. We need 2-5 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!
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 their families.
Questions? Contact Mary Martin at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 469-964-6658.
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.
CITIZENSHIP CLASSESto take
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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 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 Christen Marshall at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- 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. This 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 Kristen McDonald at Kristenhmcdonald@yahoo.com or Shannon Benefeld 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.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Meets 2nd 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.
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.
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 (2015 Trip Planned for Jan. 18-24)
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
For questions or additional information on mission/service opportunities, please contact
Mary Martin, Missions Minister, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972.335.2882, ext. 503.