Include a Dedication in the Christmas Bulletin
We invite you to give generously this Christmas season, both to the Christmas General Fund Offering to support our ministries at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church and to the church’s Christmas Missions Offering, which support three local missions: the Wesley Community Center, which began in 1950; UMOM, the largest homeless shelter in the state; and the PVUMC Emergency Relief Fund, which helps both individuals and local organizations.
You can donate online: Click Here and choose “Christmas-General Fund” or “Christmas Missions” from the drop-down menu. If you would like to designate to just one or two of the missions, please type your designations in the comments section, or leave as is so we can divide your gift evenly among all three mission organizations.
This year, you’re also invited to remember or honor loved ones with a donation to the Christmas General Fund Offering. Look for a dedication form in the Looking Ahead, the weekly bulletin announcements insert in the Sunday bulletin, OR donate online, including your dedications in the “Comments” section. The dedications you submit with your payment of $20 each will be printed in the Christmas Eve bulletin. Dedications must be received no later than Sunday, December 9 to be included in the Christmas Eve bulletin special insert.
The Christmas Eve bulletins will also include special offering envelopes for your Christmas offering or you can find an envelope in one of the pew pockets. Donate through the end of the year.
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 2017, disbursements were made to: Helping Hands for Single Moms, to provide college scholarships to moms; Justa Center, a day center for homeless near downtown Phoenix; Sojourner Center, one of the largest domestic violence shelters in the United States, helping nearly 10,000 individuals, mostly women and children, in the community each year; Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development; Mingus Camp Scholarships for children at UMOM; hurricane relief through UMCOR; grocery cards for needy youth aging out of foster care, and Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry. The Missions team anticipates additional requests from struggling individuals and organizations in 2019.
UMOM Holiday Tribute Cards
Holiday Tribute Cards from UMOM are another way to support the state’s homeless individuals and families who are served by UMOM New Day Centers. You may purchase holiday cards, which give the gift of shelter, at the church office during the week and on Sundays, December 2, 9 and 16. The cards come in different denominations and help pay for a night of shelter ($15); a day of shelter, food, and childcare for a child ($50); a week of shelter ($100); or a month of shelter ($360) for a homeless child or an adult at UMOM New Day Centers. Stop by the patio table after worship on the designated Sundays or come to the office during the week to buy a card or two to give to family and friends as we remember the birth of a child needing shelter so long ago.