Mary Martin

Missions Minister
[email protected]
972-335-2882 ext. 503

Local and National Missions

Summer Lunch Programs

Grace Avenue helps to feed kids in Frisco and Little Elm during the summer months with school is not in session. We always need volunteers.

Contact Mary Martin at [email protected] with questions.

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UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)

UMCOR is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more.

Often, in the wake of a natural or human disaster, Grace Avenue will look to make financial contributions to UMCOR or collect supplies for the UMCOR Kit Ministry. The Kit Ministry is an efficient, organized prepare-in-advance response to those affected by natural disasters and human tragedy.

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One + One Reading Program with Preston on the Lake (Little Elm)

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!

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Habitat for Humanity

Grace Avenue has committed is committed to it's relationship with Habitat for Humanity. Grace Avenue provides volunteers on a consistent basis.

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Grace Avenue ESL & Citizenship Classes

Grace Avenue offers English as a Second Language classes for folks in the community needing to improve their English skills.

These classes will help prepare people for the citizenship exam so that they can become United States citizens.

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Frisco Helpers: Seniors Helping Seniors

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.

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Frisco Family Services

Grace Avenue supports many annual and ongoing service projects that are sponsored by Frisco Family Services.

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Additional Mission Opportunities

Bread Run

Join us on the Bread Run! It is approximately a 2-hour commitment on a Tuesday 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 protected].

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.

Bread Run

Lancaster Tornado Mission Response

If you are interested in learning more about this ministry, or getting trained please contact Gordon Howell at [email protected].

Blood Drives

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 Mary Martin at [email protected].

Kairos Prison Ministry

The Kairos Prison Ministry was introduced to Grace Avenue in 2014 with many assisting with cookies and signing our prayer chain.

Kairos Prison Ministry

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.” Kairos 4-day events at the Coffield Unit are each April and October with team meetings starting in March and September. We would love to have you join us on a team. Please contact Jim & Sue Miller at [email protected] or 817-488-7130 with questions.

Community Garden

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 a number of raised beds and rows to be adopted by a group or an individual. Contact Mary Martin at [email protected] with questions.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

2nd & 4th Tuesdays from 1:00-3:00pm in Room 219
1st & 3rd Thursdays in the evening from 6:30-8:00pm in Room 217

Join us in making prayer shawls, pocket prayer cloths, chemo caps and other items for those going through a difficult time. In addition to what we make, we support other groups with the items we make like the VA in Bonham, Threads of Love, Journey of Hope, Journey of Recovery, and Making Memories. Together we knit, crochet, use fleece and quilt and all of us pray! We’ll teach you and provide the yarn, needles or hooks.

Contact Lisa McDonald at [email protected] or 214.356.2950 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 multi-generational community. Grace Avenue volunteers throughout the year with varies programs. Contact Jenny Graham at [email protected].

International Missions

Czech Republic

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 Mary Martin at [email protected].

Czech Republic Mission Trip

Czech Republic Mission Trip

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 more information, contact Mary Martin at [email protected].

Guatemala Mission Trip

Guatemala Mission Trip

ZOE Ministry

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 protected] for more information.

Additional Mission Opportunities

GAMMA Fundraising Opportunities

Throughout the year, Grace Avenue hosts a variety of events, like a Pie Auction, Golf Tournament and Chili Cook-Off, which also function as fund raisers for GAMMA (Grace Avenue Missions, Ministry and Assistance). If you are interested in helping with these or any fundraising project, please contact Laura Echols-Richter at [email protected].

Mission Trips

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 protected].

For questions or additional information on mission/service opportunities, please contact Mary Martin, Missions Minister, at [email protected] or 972-335-2882 ext. 503.