2014 Christmas Missions Offering
We invite you to give generously this Christmas season. At PVUMC, we have a special missions offering at Christmas to three different missions: The Wesley Community Center, which began in 1950; UMOM/Next Step Housing, the largest homeless shelter in the state that just celebrated its 50-year anniversary; and the PVUMC Emergency Relief Fund, that helps both individuals and local organizations. When you come to worship on Christmas Eve, we invite you to give to one or more of these deserving missions. An envelope will be included in the bulletin you receive at the door. May blessings be yours this Christmas season, and may you feel the joy of giving to others less fortunate at this time of year. Together, we are God’s love in action.
Wesley Community Center
Wesley Community Center, Inc. (WCC) is a National Mission Institution of the United Methodist Church and a Primary Partner of the Valley of the Sun United Way. WCC provides programs and services with and among a primarily Hispanic population in south-central and west Phoenix (Maryvale) at three sites: Wesley Community & Health Center, Amigos Center, and, as of May 1, 2014, the Golden Gate Community Center. In addition to Family and Youth Services, Community Development, and Adult Education, the Health Center provides comprehensive Family Practice healthcare (insured/uninsured) with 4 full-time physicians and providers caring for 6,000 unduplicated patients annually.
UMOM/Next Step Housing
The Next Step Housing Program at UMOM New Day Centers focuses on finding affordable, permanent housing for families who have lived in the Emergency and Transitional Shelters at UMOM as well as families from the community who are at-risk for homelessness. Programs and services include assistance with housing applications, moving expenses and move-in kits.
The PVUMC Emergency Relief Fund
The PVUMC Emergency Relief Fund exists to help individuals and organizations provide services to varying populations with urgent needs. In 2014, disbursements were made to: several individuals in need of emergency relief, including a possible Open Table candidate; two struggling congregations in urban settings, one serving Ethiopian refugees; Helping Hands for Single Moms, to provide college scholarships to moms; and Sojourner Center, one of the largest domestic violence shelters in the United States, serving over 2,900 women and children annually. The Missions team anticipates additional requests from struggling individuals and organizations in 2015.
We also invite you to give an end-of-year gift to PVUMC that supports much more than the three missions above. Click here to read more.