Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry

United Methodist Women and the Missions Team are working together on Operation Christmas Child, often called The Shoebox Ministry, which is organized by Franklin Graham’s charity, Samaritan’s Purse. They distribute shoeboxes filled with small gifts for children all over the world who are affected by poverty, disease, war, and natural disasters.  Besides delighting the children, the boxes often open the door for the children and their families to hear the Good News about Jesus Christ.

Here’s what you would do to participate:

  • Pick up a preprinted shoebox after Worship on October  11th or 18th, or in the office (M-W-F mornings)
  • Decide what gender and age your box will be for (Girl or Boy, Age 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14)*
  • Read the instructions and suggested gift lists that are included in each box
  • Fill the box with small gifts (plus a personal note and your photo, if desired)
  • Write the gender and age on a sticky note on the top of your box
  • Return it to the Narthex or office no later than November 16th
    * You are welcome to take a dress or wooden car for your box, until our supplies run out

And here’s what we’ll do:

  • Provide boxes, dresses, and wooden cars
  • Attach the official Operation Christmas Child labels
  • Hold the boxes closed with large rubber bands
  • Pay the requested $9.00 per box shipping fee
  • Deliver the boxes to the local drop-off location

Additional note:  If you prefer to donate cash for this project, we will be happy to do the shopping for you.  If you provide a personal note and a photo, we will include it in your box. 

Pinecliff Camp Retreat

Pinecliff Camp Retreat

For over 55 years Pinecliff Camp and Retreat Center has provided a safe, wholesome environment away from our noisy, scattered world, where people, especially our children, can have fun, learn and grow.

Our children have the power to change the world. You have the power to help them by donating to Pinecliff.

Backpacks for Kids

Backpacks for Kids

Backpacks for Kids Fundraiser

Each year our goal is to provide backpacks filled with school supplies to disadvantaged children. Our needs are growing annually, to over 800 packs. We project that 1000 packs will be needed in the near future. Donations and volunteers are welcomed.

One of the ways Backpacks for Kids raise funds is by raffling off baskets filled with goodies and a silent auction for higher ticket items at our fundraiser dinner.

We request donations for these baskets and silent auction items. Adult baskets have included, soaps, candy, wine, wine glasses, items for a date night at home or a home meal, movie tickets, popcorn, gift cards or certificates to restaurants, hiking or biking accessories, jewelry, decorative vases, massages, car washes, pedicures/manicures, and of course we need empty wicker baskets to put these all in. Children’s baskets have included, crayons, coloring books, stuffed toys, puzzles.

Silent auction items have included, helicopter rides, tickets to Kayenta, leather jackets and lamps. We appreciate your continued support.

SHUMC’s Investment in Pinecliff is Growing

SHUMC’s Investment in Pinecliff is Growing

On April 28th and again on May 5, 2019, SHUMC took a special offering for Pinecliff Camp and Retreat Center. That offering was designated to defray the cost of planting trees at Pinecliff. We collected $1,315.00 towards that effort. Your generous donations exceeded our initial expectations and the cost of planting the trees by several hundred dollars. The excess has been applied towards buying a Golf/Utility Cart for Pinecliff, which will assist the camp caretaker in the performance of his duties and allow those campers who are less ambulatory to become more mobile and enjoy the camp more. We thank all those who donated to this cause and for their extreme generosity.

On May 9th through May 15, 2019, SHUMC planted thirty-three trees (31 Quaking Aspen and 2 Colorado Blue Spruce) at Pinecliff, installed deer block protection around them and a drip irrigation system to water them. This was a long and arduous project; however, the trees will add much beauty and provide needed shade to the RV Park Area at Pinecliff. We want to thank those dedicated individuals who worked on this project.

Hope for Haiti

Hope Village Global is a medical group that is planning a trip to Haiti in April 2019 in order to serve a village and orphanage there. On their last trip they provided medical care for over 800 people. 

For an upcoming trip, Hope Village Global is seeking donations of new, unopened over-the-counter medication. Sadly, the people that they serve in Haiti do not have resources to obtain basic medications, such as Tylenol or vitamins, for themselves. Parents have been known to feign illness to obtain medicine for their children.

For people willing to assist, the Missions Team has placed a basket in the Narthex to collect donated medicine. There are small handouts attached to the basket identifying what types of medication(s) are needed. We will be collecting donations through the first week in April, at which time the basket (or baskets!) will be delivered to Hope Village Global to support their medical outreach. 

For information or to help with this mission, contact Greg or Toni through the church office.