Welcome to the
Sedona United Methodist Church
Missions Team


Mission Statement:  Loving our neighbors with glad and sincere hearts and praising God while making a difference and offering hope to all humanity.


SUMC Mission Projects Supported

Our Missions Team supports others through our church missions budget, special offerings, fund-raisers and hands-on projects.

Missions This Month

NAVAJO CHRISTMAS PROJECT THROUGH FAITHWORKS

The Missions team would like to thank all who contributed to the Navajo Christmas gift collection. Well done SUMC! If you would like to attend the party and help hand out the gifts and food on Dec. 4 in Leupp, contact Amy Casali of Faithworks in Flagstaff at 928-699-8138.

Our current Christmas missions are gifts requested by area seniors through the Verde Valley Caregivers, and $25 Walmart gift cards for NAOMI House Navajo foster children. Simply take a tag with a senior or child’s name from the tree in the Narthex and return the gift or gift card with the name attached by Sunday, December 12th but no later than December 19.

Watch for collection boxes starting the first week in November. Toys need to be dropped off by December 8th.

PROJECT FILL THE NEED
Project Fill the Need was formed to help those families in the Verde Valley and in the Village of Oak Creek. Drop off locations for food are located at Chase Bank at Verde Valley School Road and Snap Fitness in The Collective. Distribution days happen at the Big Park Community School on the last Saturday of every month, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact information: Project Fill the Need, PO Box 20801, Sedona, AZ 86341.


BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION _ MCCURDY SCHOOL
For several years Sedona UMC has collected Box Tops for McCurdy Ministries where each top was a 10 cent donation to help fund the school. Recently, changes have been made to how these box tops are recorded. Instead of clipping the icon on each item, you can bring your receipt into the church and we can scan it using the latest state of the art technology. It is necessary for you to bring in your receipts within 14 days of your purchase.
Some of the Brands included in this program include Fiber One, General Mills, Nature Valley, Paper Mate, Pillsbury, Totinos, Yoplait, and Select Lysol.
A complete list of items is on the bulletin board in the narthex. Thank you to Ray Strom who has organized this for so long and for the new information.

SAGAP
Missions continues to help with SAGAP (Sedona Area Gap Assist Program). We are using funds raised this summer, as well as donations received to provide hygiene and cleaning products to the Sedona Food Bank once a month. Your continued donations will be much appreciated. The items being supplied are as follows: diapers, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, shampoo and conditioner, body lotion, bar soap, laundry detergent, dish liquid, paper towels, and toilet paper. There is a container by the church office for collections. And cash donations are welcome too!

SEDONA FOOD BANK
Our Shopping Cart for the Sedona Food Bank is located on the 2nd floor by the stairwell and non-perishable items are still being be collected and taken to the Food Bank. Here is a list of items always in need (also look for individual servings for their School Back Pack Program):

Regularly Needed Food Supplies
On your next shopping trip, why not pick up a few things for the Sedona Community Food Bank and you can use your Bashas Card too!
 Jar of Peanut Butter/Jam
 Canned Vegetables
 Canned Soups
 Canned Beans
 Canned or Dried Fruits
 Applesauce
 Baby Food
 Juice
 Spaghetti Sauce
 Cereal: Hot or Cold
 Coffee and Tea
 Rice
 Paper Products
 Macaroni/Pasta: Box or Bag
 Staples: Flour, Sugar, Cooking Oil
 Canned Meat or Tuna
 Toiletries – Soap, Shampoo, Toothpaste, Feminine Products

Ongoing Local

Sedona Food Bank – food and funds

Yavapai Food Council weekend food backpacks for kids – funds and packing

Verde Valley Sanctuary – domestic abuse – donation

Verde Valley Caregivers – homebound support – donation

Rainbow Acres – residence for developmentally impaired – financial support for one of the residents

NAMI Sedona – mental health – donation

St. Andrews community dinner – twice purchasing food, preparing and serving

FaithWorks membership and participation in several mission trips

Desert Southwest Conference

United Methodist Outreach Ministries – homeless shelter – donation

District Conference drive

National

McCurdy Ministries, Espanola NM – monetary donation; ongoing collection of Campbell’s

Labels for Education and General Mills Boxtops 4 Education

Children’s clothing mission in Willow, Alaska – financial support

International

1st year of 3-year covenant support of honor of missionary in Puebla, Mexico

Contribution to the District’s Imagine No Malaria campaign

Co-sponsor with UMW of Operation Christmas Child

Co-sponsor with Christian Ed of a dinner – proceeds to Heifer International

United Methodist Special Sunday Offerings

The United Methodist General Conference years ago created six Special Sundays with offerings to help congregations work with communities, rebuild shattered lives, strengthen self-sufficiency, encourage partnerships, nurture Native American ministries, model peace and justice, provide scholarships and loans for United Methodist students, and much more. This year, SUMC will observe all six Sundays. In March we observed One Great Hour of Sharing which goes to UMCOR’s administrative costs, thus allowing 100% of all special emergency relief offerings to go toward the specific disaster relief.

The remaining five offerings are:

Native American Ministries Sunday: nurtures outreach with persons of all ages and provides scholarships for United Methodist Native American seminarians.

Peace with Justice Sunday: helps United Methodist worldwide work with people to advocate for human rights, buy fair-trade products, care for the environment, demonstrate for a cause, eradicate poverty, feed hungry people, mediate conflict, provide health care, seek affordable housing and model nonviolence.

World Communion Sunday: provides scholarships for U.S. and international racial- and ethnic-minority students, on both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

United Methodist Student Day: provides scholarships and loans for students attending United Methodist-related and other accredited colleges and universities.

Human Relations Day: This day is usually observed in January, but will be observed at a later date this year. The offering helps church-based community developers work in racial- and ethnic-minority communities in the United States and Puerto Rico.

“Serving Christ through our
United Methodist Connectional Giving”