Missions at Santa Clarita UMC
Santa Clarita UMC supports many local service agencies. From collecting donations, serving in their facilities and hosting families in our facility we are a busy bunch. Please take a look below and sign up to serve alongside the rest of us as we become the hands and feet of Jesus in our community.
Blanket Brigade – On the second Saturday of every month from 9-11 am, members gather to make blankets. The blankets are knitted, crocheted or made from fleece. Some of the blankets are given to local children when they first enter into foster care, others are made into baby blankets and sent to the children of soldiers at Camp Pendleton. Some blankets are given to the Veteran’s hospital and at Christmas, some blankets are given as presents to the clients of the county mental health dept. Everyone is invited to come and help. Donations of yarn, crochet thread and fleece are gladly accepted.
Family Promise of Santa Clarita – The Family Promise Network Program brings shelter, meals, and support services to families without homes. Family Promise Networks are a cost-efficient, effective, and replicable community response to family homelessness. We, as a church family, host families in our facility one week every quarter. Servants from the congregation provide meals, donate food for breakfasts and lunches, host families before the over-night chaperones arrive and also spend the night with the families. It’s a great way to get involved with changing lives in our valley. Updated information is regularly included in the worship bulletins or you can contact Chuck Everhart to get more information on the next week we house the homeless. Call the church office for contact information for Chuck.
Monday Evening Tutoring – Most Mondays that school is in session, Santa Clarita UMC offers free tutoring for local elementary students. Adults and older teens work directly with students to provide extra instruction that promotes proficiency in academics. It’s a fun and productive evening that benefits the tutors and students alike. All adults and older teens are invited to come and make a difference in the lives of the children who come for help with their schoolwork. Candy Holsenbeck-Smith is the contact on Monday evening tutoring, call the church office to leave a message for Candy.
Santa Clarita Food Pantry – Santa Clarita UMC supports the local Food Pantry. A barrel is located in the lobby of the sanctuary and an updated needs list is included in each weekly bulletin. We also ask for donations of food to be kept in the office for people who come in seeking immediate assistance. You are welcome to bring food in anytime and leave it in the barrel or bring it to the office during the week. The office is open Monday through Thursday 8:30-1:30 and 2:30-4:30.
Santa Clarita Shelter – The homeless shelter is open December 1 through March 15 and Santa Clarita UMC provides the evening meal for 7 nights in one week each season. The week is determined sometime in the fall by the shelter staff. Announcements are made in the weekly bulletin a couple of months before our week and everybody has the chance to sign up to be on a team that cooks, delivers and serves an evening meal. The shelter fed, on the average, 70 people each night in the 2011-2012 shelter season. Everybody is encouraged to join, whip up your favorite recipe and help someone get a filling meal. Chuck Everhart and Pam Coe are the contact persons and can be reached by calling the church office for contact information.
Military Boxes – Every year in November members of Santa Clarita UMC collect, pack and send care packages to members of the military. Packing day this year is November 11. The packages are shipped in time for military personnel to receive them by Christmas/New Year. Socks, books, games and snacks are just few of the items collected. Information is available in the fall and the date of the packing day announced early enough for everyone to be involved. Candy Holsenbeck-Smith is the contact person and can be reached at the church.
Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita – The Committee on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) supports the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita with fundraising and supplies. All women are encouraged to be a part of COSROW and join in the support of this very important agency. Janet Napoli and Diana Rae are the contacts for this group. Call the church office to get further information or to get in touch with Janet and Diana.
Christmas Gifts for Foster Children – Each year during the holiday season members of Santa Clarita UMC provide gifts for local foster children from the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services. A table is set up in the lobby and information about the children and what they would like is available. There is a deadline to get the gifts back to the church in time for distribution. Information is in the worship bulletin and the Circuit Rider in November and December. Jayme Allsman is the contact person, call the church office to get a message to her.
Million Meals Marathon – Santa Clarita UMC participated with nineteen other faith communities in the Santa Clarita Valley’s second annual Million Meals Marathon to package and provide food for the hungry. In April of 2012, members packaged the ingredients for 6000 meals that would be distributed throughout the world by Children of the Nations and collected twenty six boxes of canned food that was distributed to the Help the Children Food Pantry and the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry. 500,000 meals were packaged and 500,000 cans of food were collectively gathered by all nineteen faith communities. Information on this wonderful event is available beginning in February and Santa Clarita UMC will participate in 2013. Contact the church office for more information.
Have a Heart to Help Campaign – A food and supply drive is conducted every year from late January through February to provide much needed supplies and materials for several social service agencies in the Santa Clarita Valley. Everything from paper products for the homeless shelter to art supplies for the children of the Domestic Violence Center is collected. The drive collected over 2000 different items in 2012. Information on this drive is available in the month of January, please call the church office for any additional information.