PVUMC is a place to do missions. During the month of September, the church rallied together to support UMOM with our first-Sunday-of-the-month food drive and about 40 participants joined Team PVUMC to walk at the UMOM Walk for Homeless Families and Youth at the Phoenix Zoo on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

The generosity of this congregation also included donations on Sunday, September 10, 2017, to two smaller food banks when we were asked to participate in a multifaith 9-11 food drive. This interfaith endeavor included working with the Islamic Speakers Bureau Arizona and several partner churches, synagogues, and mosques.

When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston and other areas in Texas, PVUMC responded with donations to UMCOR. And in the wake of Hurricane Irma, and other disasters, PVUMC has also stepped up. As part of Change the World Day this year, the CTWD Committee recently decided to add UMCOR Disaster Relief Kits to the Snack and Pack event in the Fellowship Center. In addition to packing 225 Thanksgiving food boxes for needy families served by UMOM, we also plan to make 150 hygiene relief kits for storm disaster victims.

Don Wall, chair of the PVUMC Missions Ministry Team, recently shared this comprehensive list of mission projects:

Hurricane relief
Donations to UMCOR for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and can be made at umcor.org/donate, U.S. Disaster Response, Advance #90160. Donations can also be made to PVUMC, with a notation of UMCOR hurricane relief. In addition, donations can be made through the Desert Southwest Conference at www.dscumc.org/hurricane-harvey-response. Help will be needed for many months for those suffering the devastation of these hurricanes.

Change the World Day
PVUMC’s fourth annual Change the World Day of service will be Sunday, November 12. After a short worship service, the congregation will disperse to many service projects, both on and off campus, from painting to sewing to packing Thanksgiving food boxes, including projects for the entire family. This year, the committee is serving breakfast BEFORE we go serve, so you can grab your breakfast burrito and coffee (The Paradise Perk will be open!), chat with others during registration and get excited about your morning of service with your “tribe.” Invite your friends and neighbors to join you for this unique, once-a-year, special day where we can all feel like we’ve changed the world for the better. Sign-ups and donations of food and UMCOR items begin on October 22. Look for a Sign-Up Genius form to be available online soon after that.

Feed My Starving Children
Volunteers will pack meals at the Feed My Starving Children Mesa facility on Saturdays, Oct. 14 and Nov. 18 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. In addition, there will be a large packing event at the Phoenix Convention Center over the Dec. 1-3 weekend. Contact Jim Bateman, jnbateman@aol.com or 480-361-9371 to sign up.

UMOM monthly food drive
Food donations on the first Sunday of each month benefit UMOM. The remaining food drive days this year are Oct. 1, Nov. 5 & Dec. 3.

UMOM meal servers
Volunteers serve meals both at the main UMOM facility and at the new Halle Center. Contact Dave Hepburn, dhepburn@umom.org or Elaine Heredia at emhere@cox.net to sign up.

St. Mary’s Food Bank
St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance distributes 250,000 meals per day, with the help of volunteers who pack emergency food boxes and help with on-site food organization and distribution. Volunteers will depart from the PVUMC parking lot at 8 am and return at 1 pm on the following Wednesdays: Oct. 11, Nov. 8 & Dec. 13, and on Tues., Nov. 21, 2017. Contact Tony Book, jimbook73@gmail.com or 602-361-8605 to sign up.

Project C.U.R.E.
Project C.U.R.E. is the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world. Volunteers, who will help organize and pack supplies and equipment, will depart from the PVUMC parking lot at 8:00 am and return at 1:00 pm on the following Wednesdays: Oct. 18, Nov. 15 & Dec. 13, 2017. Contact Tony Book, jimbook73@gmail.com or 602-361-8605 to sign up.

Faithworks mission projects
Faithworks is sponsoring a medical/dental mission trip to Agua Prieta, Mexico on Nov. 9-12. If interested, contact Glen Allen at glenallen@faithworks4us.org or 928-774-0504.

Habitat for Humanity
PVUMC will once again be part of the Mighty Methodist Coalition and participate in building a home this winter. The work will be on Saturdays, with the dates yet to be determined. To volunteer, contact Don Wall at Donald.wall@squirepb.com or 602-321-0253.

Christmas adopt-a-family
We will once again have the opportunity to “adopt” families, seniors, teens, and children from UMOM and Wesley Community Center by purchasing Christmas presents for them. Sign-ups will begin Sunday, Nov. 5 and gifts must be brought to the church by the first week of December.

Navajo Christmas party
We will provide Christmas gifts and household items for families and children on the Navajo reservation, and can attend the Christmas party in Leupp, Az on Saturday, Dec. 2. Gifts and donations will be collected throughout November.

Sidewalk Sunday School Christmas Bags
Help reach children served by the Desert Southwest Conference’s Sunday School outreach program provided by many churches to children in needy areas of the community. The church goes to them! PVUMC is partnering with Globe United Methodist Church program to provide Christmas gift bags for the children they serve. The bags to be filled with gifts with a suggested gift list will be handed out on Sunday, October 29. The bags are due back to the church by November 30, 2017. You may drop them off in the office or with your child’s Sunday School teacher.

International mission trips
PVUMC will send a construction/VBS team to Costa Rica from March 3-12, 2018. Contact Kent Heltne, kheltne@cox.net or 480-659-7874, if interested. A medical/VBS team will be going to Guatemala from March 10-18, 2018. Contact Don Wall, Donald.wall@squirepb.com or 602-321-0253 if interested. A box for donating eye glasses for Guatemala is in the church office. If you would like to learn more, or are planning on joining the international mission teams for the 2018 missions, please join leaders and other interested participants on Sunday, October 15 at 12 noon in the church library, G2.

The church also has a RAFT (Refugee Assistance and Friendship Teams) program, offering refugees support and friendship as they transition to their new home in America. The church hosted the Syrian Sweets Exchange 5.0 on Sunday, October 1, 2017, to help Syrian refugees through a mutual love of sweets. Read More.


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