Holiday Challenge 2016

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This holiday season, FUMC Allen has assembled a variety of mission opportunities by which you can Change The World. We’re calling on everyone to accept our Change the World Holiday Challenge, which officially begins on Sunday, November 6. Registration is now underway for many of the challenge projects.

HELPERS IN SCHOOL (H.I.S.)

Helpers in School (H.I.S.) has partnered with Boyd Elementary to provide gifts for their Holiday Store, a place where children can shop for presents to give to their families. You can help by donating new or slightly used gift bags, tape, small boxes, wrapping paper, bows, scented body lotions, cologne, gloves, scarves, wraps, ties, jewelry, headwear, purses, wallets, board games, tech items, or picture frames. We also need people to help with the store, which will be open during school hour December 5-15. Contact Trish Moreheard.

ACO TOYS FOR TOTS HOLIDAY ADOPTION PROGRAM: Oct 15-Dec 12

Each year, ACO asks the community to donate new, unwrapped toys, OR to “adopt” a child, teen, or senior for Christmas. Those who adopt are provided the person’s wish list with clothing sizes and much-needed items. As the donor, you are asked to make someone’s holiday a little happier by purchasing new clothes and needs AND maybe a special item from their wish list. Can you help? Click here to learn more about the Holiday Adoption Program.

MILITARY SUPPORT GROUP: Oct 16-Nov 6soldiers851x315

MISSION ACCEPTED: On November 6, volunteers packaged tubs of donations collected in October into individual Christmas stockings for the Military Support Group’s Annual Stockings for Soldiers, a big part of FUMC Allen’s Holiday Challenge. On Monday, MSG leaders shipped 31 boxes filled to the top with 376 stockings. They anticipate sending another box of 30 stockings this weekend. Thanks to everyone who helped support this special event. We know our active military will feel our care and support this holiday season because of your generosity and love.   

On Sunday, November 6, we’ll be assembling and packaging Christmas STOCKINGS FOR SOLDIERS. Many thanks to everyone who has donated items and cash so far. If you want to volunteer to assemble on Sunday, November 6 at 12:15pm in the gym, visit the table in the gathering area through October 30. For more information, contact project coordinators  Betty Matthews and Debbie Wilson.

KIDS AGAINST HUNGER: Oct 23-Nov 6

MISSION ACCEPTED! On Sunday, November 6, 115 volunteers worked 180 hours after Sunday worship to package 21,816 meals for the children of Honduras. Thanks to everyone who gave of their Sunday afternoon and for accepting one of the first of our holiday challenges in such a tremendous way. 

On Sunday, November 6, FUMC Allen hosts packaging event in the gym from 12:00pm-3:00pm for Kids Against Hunger. Volunteers assemble packages of highly nutritious vitamin-fortified meals that will be shipped to children in Honduras. We need volunteers of all ages to help package food in the gym. Or you can make donation to help feed the hungry. For example, a $10 donation feeds 40 children while $50 buys a box of food. For more information, contact Sharon Brian.

habitat2016HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Nov 19 & Dec 17

MISSION ACCEPTED: FUMC Allen was well represented at the wall raising for our latest Habitat build in McKinney!! Work continues through January 28 and new volunteers are always welcome.

North Collin County Habitat for Humanity and FUMC Allen are pleased to announce the 2016 Methodist build in Collin County in McKinney, Texas,  in support of the Perkins family. FUMC Allen serves as the build host on the following dates: Saturday, November 19, 2016 and Saturday, December 17, 2016.  Build schedules are tentative due to weather, inspection, and delivery delays, so tasks may change. For more information about FUMC Allen’s host days, contact our Build Coordinator  Michael Anderson.

SEND HOPE  Nov 27-Dec 18

Pick up a Ziploc bag from a Christmas box at church entrances and fill with Christmas gifts for the children of Honduras. Return to the Send Hope box by Sunday, December 18. For more information contact Tom Brian, 972.965.6534 or Marilyn Tucker, 214.734.4675.

aco2016ACO HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE: Nov 1-Nov 21

MISSION ACCEPTED: ACO volunteers and packed and lined up 750 thanksgiving dinners with 200 of those meals to be delivered to Branch families on Tuesday. The remaining 550 meals will be picked up by Allen-Lucas-Fairview families on Monday. Along the north wall of the gym are 550 meals to be distributed with the Christmas pickup in December. Thank you Janis Christie and all the ACO volunteers who spent the week sorting, stacking, and packing these meals for our neighbors in need.

During the holiday months, the need for emergency assistance to families tends to increase. Community support through donations and volunteer time that we make possible 1,000 Holiday bags of groceries to fight hunger during Thanksgiving and Christmas.Learn more about the Holiday Food Drive if you can help collect food or want to donate food. ACO also needs volunteers to sort and box the food for families on November 19-21. Current ACO volunteers need to contact Janis Christie, 972.727.9131, to be put on the volunteer schedule for this program. New volunteers may complete an Online Volunteer Application.

COLLIN COUNTY MEALS ON WHEELS: Nov 6-Nov 24

MISSION ACCEPTED: This year, FUMC Allen volunteers prepared and packaged 975 Thanksgiving meals. They were delivered by local police departments, including those from Allen, Plano, McKinney, and Collin County.

On Thanksgiving Day, volunteers will gather at FUMC Allen to prepare and package meals for Collin County Meals on Wheels. Sign up on Sunday, November 6, 13, or 20 to bring food for the event or volunteer to work one or more of three available shifts.  For more information, contact Teresa Gray.

UNITED METHODIST MEN SMOKE OUT Nov 20-Dec 11

Our UMM are smoking meat just in time for Christmas dinner. Choose sausage, pork shoulder, chicken, and brisket. Orders can be delivered warm off the smoker or frozen. All proceeds benefit college scholarships. Place your order on Sundays, November 20, November 27, or December 4. You can also order online. PIckup is Sunday December 11. To learn more, email UMM@fumcallen.org.

RozellesJUNTOS SERVIMOS: Nov 27-Dec 25

MISSION ACCEPTED: In January, Margie and Robyn Rozelle traveled to Los Fresnos, Tx, to deliver 78 blankets for Casa Bugambilia. Larry Cox was there to accept delivery.

Donate blankets for Juntos Servimos/Casa Bugambilia in Mexico. Collection boxes will be available throughout the church from Sunday, November 27 through Sunday, December 25. If you have questions, contact Margie Rozelle, 972.370.6542.

 SHARE A BEAR, BEAR A CARE: Nov 27-Dec 18

MISSION ACCEPTED: This Christmas, 157 bears were distributed to children at the Cathedral of Hope’s BACH and to children who encounter the Plano Police Department in crisis situations.

During the Advent season, help children in crisis by leaving a new 6″-18″ stuffed non-musical teddy bear in the pew. Bears are distributed during and after the Christmas holidays.

 CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS OR GIFT OF FOOD Nov 27-Dec 18

Help us adorn our altar with poinsettias and food donations on Christmas Eve. Orders taken November 27 through December 18 in honor or memory of a loved one. Contact Teresa Gray.