English Camp in the Czech Republic Suncreek travels to the Czech Republic every July to conduct English Camps. A team from Suncreek UMC went to the Czech Republic in August 2005. Following the trip, we formed an official partner church relationship with St. Lukas UMC in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. The church's pastor and his family visited Suncreek in 2006. In 2007, a team from Suncreek returned to Karlovy Vary. Suncreek will be taking their 7th annual mission trip to the Czech Republic to host an English Camp in late July. If you are interested in learning more about the trip please contact Janet Hunt at or 972-390-1695. If you have airline miles that you would be willing to donate to help the team please let us know.
ZOE Ministry -FINAL REPORT Click Here (PDF) Every 14 seconds a child is orphaned in Africa due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. As a result, many orphaned children are raising their brothers and sisters. In response, ZOE Ministry shares the Love of Christ and gives hope to vulnerable children in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, and Rwanda through the Giving Hope Empowerment Project. This program includes training in farming, animal husbandry, vocational skills, income-generating activities, HIV/AIDS education, health and hygiene. With in 2-3 years, this program frees these orphans from poverty and dependency. The core focus of Giving Hope is to empower orphans and child-led families to become self sufficient so they will not require lifelong assistance from outside relief programs. This program centers around Community-Building and Empowering Lives in order to bring the children back into both their local communities and into the loving, nurturing body of Christ. Suncreek United Methodist Church began partnering with the ZOE ministry in July 2010 by sponsoring a working group through the Giving Hope Empowerment Project. If you would like to learn how you can get involved in our partnership with this ministry please contact Janet Hunt at . Click here to visit the blog.
Proyecto Abrigo Suncreek UMC has been involved in the ministry of Proyecto Abrigo in Mexico since 2002. In that time we have taken numerous youth, college, adult and family trips to build over forty five homes. Proyecto Abrigo means project shelter. The teams build cinder block homes to replace the cardboard and wood pallet homes that families are using for shelter. The project was started by Reverend Jose Luis Portillo. This is a life changing ministry for the families that receive the homes and the team members that have the honor to bless them with their new home. Each home costs $3,000. Your support of this ministry through donations, prayers and service is greatly appreciated. Watch the Video Get more information at www.proyectoabrigo.org
Bread Run Every morning, bread run volunteers pick up donations from a local grocery store and deliver them to nearby shelters and food pantries. To volunteer, please send an e-mail message to
Allen Food Pantry In the narthex mission collection bins, we collect canned and other non-perishable food items for distribution by the Allen Food Pantry. The Food Pantry is a program of the Allen Ministerial Alliance and is located at St. Jude Catholic Church. Allen Community Outreach assists by screening persons who are in need and sending them with a voucher to the Food Pantry if their needs include food. Your donations reach families who have great need.
Shoes for Ophan Souls Shoes for Orphan Souls, a ministry of Buckner International, has distributed more than 1.8 million pairs of new shoes to at-risk children in the United States and to orphans in 68 countries around the world. For more information about this ministry you can visit. www.shoesfororphansouls.org. For more information or to volunteer for this event please contact Janet Hunt in the church office or email .
New Hope Ministries A ministry of Suncreek United Methodist Church that seeks to provide gently used furniture and household items for survivors of domestic abuse, poverty, or other struggles. If you would like to participate by donating items or with the collection and delivery of items please send an email to email@example.com or by calling Janet Hunt at Suncreek United Methodist Church. Click here to learn more about New Hope.
Boyd Elementary Summer Lunch Program The Boyd Summer Lunch program brings the churches of Allen together to help the students and families that live near Boyd Elementary have a healthy lunch during the summer months. The ministry was started through the Allen Ministerial Alliance. Through this ministry the churches provide lunch for the families along with crafts, games, and fellowship. Boyd Elementary has 80% of their students on free or reduced lunches. These families would struggle during the summer months to provide nutritious meals for their children. The program also provides a way for churches to reach out to this community and provide the children with fun activities and events the can look forward to throughout the summer. Each of the churches who participate chose a week in the summer to have a wonderful and rewarding time playing and eating with the families.
Cell Phones for Soldiers Suncreek missions collect used cell phones to help support our American soldiers through the ministry of Cell Phones for Soldiers. Please recycle your cell phones by bringing them to the mission bins located in the church narthex. Cell phones for Soldiers sell your used phones and then use the money to purchase phone cards for our troops. To a military family, a phone call home is priceless. Cell Phones for Soldiers addresses an everyday emotional need that everyone has experienced: the need to call home, to hear a familiar voice while far away. Please help our troops stay connected by donating your used cell phones today.
Hope's Door Hope's Door Dinner Angels deliver dinner on the first Monday of every month. The dinners are for a group of women who have identified problems with family violence but have not lived in the Hope's Door shelter. They come for counseling and support on Monday evenings. To volunteer, send an e-mail message to
Allen Senior Citizen Luncheon: Suncreek will be providing food for the Allen Senior Luncheon on Tuesday, September 11th. We need volunteers to help serve and also to cook Chicken Spaghetti. If you would like to volunteer please contact Janet Hunt in the church office.
Max's Used Book Drive In the summer of 2000, Max, a former Suncreek child, started this church-wide collection of books for other children. We continue this tradition by collecting new and gently used books in the kindergarten through sixth grade reading levels. To date, the drives have collected over 9,000 books.
Project Transformation Project Transformation is a program to connect young energy and leadership, North Texas conference churches and institutions, and urban congregations in a meaningful program by providing dedicated interns to urban churches. Suncreek volunteers work with youth participating in the summer reading program and provide a weeknight dinners for the interns. To volunteer, send an e-mail message to Suncreek also financially supports a summer intern each year. July 2, 3 & 5, 2012
School Supply Drive In June and July, through a partnership with Trinity River Mission, we collect school supplies for impoverished West Dallas students. Pick an item from the list and return your purchase to the church, or make a financial contribution and we'll purchase the supplies. Each August we have a back to school party at Trinity River Mission where the children do crafts, eat together and receive their school supplies.
Adult Mission Trips to Mexico Between 2002 and mid-2009, over 380 people have participated in one of our adult, family, college, or Sr. High Mission Trips to Tierra Nueva, Mexico. We have built over 60 homes. Please contact Janet Hunt at for more information and mission trip dates.
Family Spring Break Mission Trip
Suncreek is planning a combined youth and family mission trip for missions and skiing over Spring Break 2012. More details to come soon. .If you would be interested in participating in this mission trip with your family or as an individual please contact Janet Hunt at the church office.
Ramp Building Twice a year, Suncreek UMC Volunteers, in association with The Dallas Ramp Project of the Kiwanis Club of Richardson, build access ramps onto the homes of those who would otherwise be homebound. This enormously satisfying work meets a huge need and is a lot of fun for men, women and older youth. Projects are complete in a few hours, providing a huge sense of accomplishment. Our next ramp building project is Saturday, September 8, To volunteer, send an e-mail message to .
Alternative Gift Fair Come enjoy delicious refreshments while you begin your Christmas shopping. You can choose from Fair Trade crafts or donations that support local, national or global ministries. We provide you with special gift cards for each gift you purchase. November 11th from 9:00 am -12:30 pm
Trinity River Mission Christmas Project Suncreek's special Christmas Missions project this year is the Trinity River Mission Christmas Family Connection. This program benefits impoverished families at Trinity River Mission. We will be partnering with families and bringing gifts to a large Christmas party on Saturday, December 1 from 9am-3pm. We will enjoy games, food and fellowship with the families. Please contact Janet Huntat if you are interested in participating or if you would like to volunteer to help with the party.
Suncreek UMC Missions: Community Agencies Suncreek UMC supports a wide-variety of agencies that aid persons in need. Some of the agencies that we work with most frequently with are listed below.
Allen Community Outreach ACO provides a wide range of services to persons in need, including rent, utilities, food and clothing assistance.
Trinity River Mission Trinity River Mission is a community center that works to aid children in reaching their potential through after-school programs, tutoring, and summer activities that encourage high academic achievement. It also seeks to encourage strong and healthy families where children and adults experience love and support.
Wesley-Rankin Community Center Wesley-Rankin is a community center in West Dallas that provides support, education, and hope to the West Dallas community. It was founded in 1902 by women from six Methodist churches.
Collin County Children's Advocacy Center The mission of Collin County Children's Advocacy Center is to identify, protect and improve the lives of abused and neglected children in Collin County. We take bread weekly from Kroger to help the staff. Suncreek also provides homebaked treats to support the staff the first Tuesday of each month. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, please contact Janet Hunt in the church office.
UMCOR Responds to the Earthquake in Haiti A major earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti on January 12, causing widespread destruction. Millions of people are affected and thousands are feared dead. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has close ties with the Methodist Church in Haiti and is responding to the devastating earthquake with funding, material resources and prayers. UMCOR executive, Melissa Crutchfield says, “We are working with our partners on the ground to provide immediate relief to the people in Haiti. UMCOR has worked in Haiti for many years. We anticipate that there will be years of rebuilding needed and are prepared to work with the people to help them through that process.” Working with partners, Action by Churches Together, Church World Service, Global Medic and the Methodist Church, UMCOR is channeling its resources to respond effectively to the people most in need. In a statement to Global Ministries staff, the General Secretary said, “Events such as these can challenge both our faith and sense of security. As a church we know that the heart of our ministry is continuing and extending Jesus Christ’s ministry of outreaching love.”