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

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR BACK PACK PROGRAM

Once again we will be involved in packing the weekend food bags for the at-risk students at the Sedona Elementary School. We will be looking for two people per week starting the end of August through the month of September. Watch for the sign up board in the Narthex! Hours are Thursdays from 8:30-10a.m. at the Sedona Food Bank.

FAITHWORKS NAVAJO WELL UPDATE

Back in our May SUM Good News, we made you aware of the mission through FaithWorks to provide clean and safe water for the Navajo Nation by repairing the well at The Church of God Holiness that is a source of water in Leupp. Nearly 40% of Navajo Nation have no access to running water in their homes so the loss of the well is devastating. The cost to refurbish the well is less than digging a new one and the goal is to raise $43,000 toward the initial cost to extend the depth of the well and provide extending the casing and minor repairs to the old well. So far the fundraising has raised $24,000 of the $43,000 goal. But there is much more to do! Will you be apart of this mission to help provide a source of water for those who need it so badly? You can make your donations to Sedona UMC with a note for the “Navajo Well Project” or contact FaithWorks directly at 928-774-0504. They have also opened up a Thrift Store in Flagstaff on Fourth Street where the proceeds help fund the well.

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”