LOCAL AND NATIONAL MISSIONS
5th Sunday Missions - April 29th & 30th
During April’s 5th Sunday Missions, we are focusing on Living by the Spirit. We have multiple opportunities to allow the fruits of the spirit to guide us into the world:
Sharing Peace: Frisco Global Village (More Information)
Saturday, April 29th | 11am-6pm in Frisco Square
Global Village Frisco 2017 is a multicultural festival to celebrate the diversity of our unique Frisco community. The festival will include food, traditional dance, music and unique artifacts from various cultures/countries. AND fun for kids with bounce houses and more. Plan to attend and celebrate our diverse community and world!
Sharing Kindness: Blood Drive with Carter Blood Care (Reserve Your Time)
Sunday, April 30th | 8:00am-1:00pm
Give the gift of life!
Sharing Generosity: Feed the Hungry
Through Hands-On Mission
We will be setting up stations to make sandwiches before and after worship all weekend. Sandwiches will be delivered to and handed ou to the homeless at Austin Street Shelter to benefit the homeless. Contact Mary Martin at email@example.com with questions.
Sign up HERE to help hand out sandwiches to the homeless at Austin Street Shelter on Sunday afternoon (4/30/17).
Donations Needed for sandwiches! Please bring them to the Missions Bulletin or the Church Office by April 28th:
Sliced Sandwich Bread
Bags of Cookies (no peanuts!)
Pre-packaged Sliced Ham, Turkey or Bologna (Not from Deli Counter)
Pre-packaged Sliced Cheese
Bags of Baby Carrots
Share Love: Support Relay for Life (More Information)
The Grace Avenue Relay for Life Team will be available both weekends of 4/22-23 and 4/29-30. You can purchase a Luminary or Footstep in memory or honor of a loved one who has been affected by cancer. Proceeds will benefit cancer research. For more information about Relay for Life, please contact Tricia Fay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Relay for Life
Wakeland High School
Friday, May 5th | 6:00-11:30pm
Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. It brings communities together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to fund research and make a global impact on cancer. For more information, to join the Grace Avenue team, or to make a donation CLICK HERE. Email Tricia Fay at MyFayFamily@me.com to find out all of the ways you can become involved with Relay for Life.
Schedule of Events from Relay for Life 2017:
Opening Ceremony: 6:00 p.m.
We'll kick off the event by celebrating everyone who's been affected by cancer. Whether someone's been diagnosed for 10 days or been cancer-free for 10 years, they gather together for the crowd to cheer them on.
Survivors Lap: 6:15 p.m.
Survivors define courage and inspire those facing a cancer diagnosis. Their strength is honored with each step they take around the first lap. If you know anyone who's overcome cancer, invite them to join.
Caregivers Lap: 6:30 p.m.
Caring for others is such a selfless act, which is why we honor caregivers with a lap. They often walk with the person they've supported.
Luminaria Ceremony: 9:30 p.m.
Each Luminaria bag represents a loved one lost to cancer, brings support to those affected by it, and honors survivors. This powerful moment gives people the opportunity to grieve but also offers hope and comfort.
Closing Ceremony: 10:30 p.m.
We celebrate all that we've accomplished together and remember those we've lost. Together, we commit to take action and help end the pain and suffering of cancer.
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.
ONE + ONE READING PROGRAM with PRESTON ON THE LAKE (Little Elm)
Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00pm 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 email@example.com if you are interested in helping with this new and vital ministry.
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 daveroberts1107@gmail.
GRACE AVENUE ESL CLASSES
Spring 2017 Registration is January 19th from 6:30-8:00pm at Grace Avenue UMC
Classes Begins on Tuesday January 24th from 7-8:30pm
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.
Spring 2017 Registration is January 19th from 6:30-8:00pm at Grace Avenue UMC
Classes Begins on Tuesday January 24th from 7-8:30pm
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 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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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: 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 Nancy Stengle at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
- 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 Nancy Stengle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
BLOOD DRIVES (2017 dates are January 29, April 30, July 30, October 29 and December 31)
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.
KAIROS PRISON MINISTRY
The Kairos Prison Ministry was introduced to Grace Avenue in 2014 with many assisting with cookies and signing our prayer chain. We would like to continue spreading the knowledge of this ministry so others can have the opportunity to serve as stated in Matthew 25:36.
The mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to bring Christ's love and forgiveness to all incarcerated individuals, their families and those who work with them, and to assist in the transition of becoming a productive citizen. Volunteers are needed throughout the year to provide service, prayers, cookies, agape and/or financial support.
Your can get more information about the Kairos Prison Ministry HERE. Two particularly informational videos are "Kairos Cookies Save Lives" and "Kairos Changes Lives." The next 4-day Coffield Unit event is April 27-30, 2017 and team formation meetings are beginning in March, we would love to have you on the team. Please contact Jim & Sue Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-488-7130 with questions.
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.