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.

Help the Salvation Army 2020

Help the Salvation Army 2020

The Salvation Army Needs Our Help

2020 has been an incredibly difficult year for us all, with government mandated shutdowns of the service industry, school closures, cancellation of sports and entertainment activities,  and even the closure of houses of worship due to Covid-19 concerns.

Throughout this time, the Salvation Army has kept its doors open.  In 2019, the local Outpost served over 3,400 individuals in our community by providing 5,100 daily bread items, 1,800 food boxes, 6,600 clothing items, and $7,700.00 in individualized services such as medical, optical, or dental care.  $19,000.00 was spent on providing transportation for the homeless, and over $6,000.00 was spent on emergency hotel vouchers.  In total, the local Salvation Army spent over $108,000.00 in assisting those in need in Washington County.  According to Lt. Saul Smoak, the data for 2020 has not been tabulated yet, but he estimates that the Covid crisis has resulted in at least a 50% increase in goods and services provided over this past year.

How can we help make a difference?

The Kettle Campaign

This year, due to social distancing and statewide mandates, the holiday Kettle Campaign will be significantly reduced.  A small red kettle has been placed in the Narthex at church, and this will provide us with the ability to make donations directly to our local outpost.  Any contributions will be put to good use—and greatly appreciated.  (Note:  If you are unable to attend church, but would like to donate via the kettle, please contact Gregg or Toni and we’ll bring the kettle to you during the week!)

Donate – Donations can also be made on line at

Be a Volunteer Bell Ringer

If you would like to volunteer for a two-hour shift as a Salvation Army bell ringer, please contact Gregg or Toni Freeman at through the form on our Volunteer Opportunities page.  We are looking at bell ringing the two Fridays following Thanksgiving (December 4th and 11th), but if enough people are interested, we may add additional days.  Please contact Gregg or Toni if you have any questions.

Help Count the Buckets

We will be helping Lts. Saul and Crystal Smoak with counting the red bucket donations weekday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m., from now through Christmas.  If you are interested in volunteering to help count, please contact Toni Freeman through the form on the Volunteer Oportunities page.

Many people experience God’s love only through the actions and example of Christian volunteers.  Thousands of our peers in Washington County are struggling with unemployment, poverty, and hunger during this holiday season.  Jesus said “If you love me, feed my sheep.”  We have an opportunity to feed his flock—both spiritually, and literally by helping them get back on their feet during these difficult times.

We are blessed—let’s do our best this season, and always, to be a blessing to others.

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. 

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.