This umbrella team supports and provides supplemental funding for all Local Missions Ministries as needed, as well as supports special requests from the pastor and church staff for youth, and education and outreach programs and projects. Financial support is appreciated and can be made through the church office or designated in church service donation envelopes.
CLICK HERE to contact respective Mission Team Coordinators directly.
You can also call Colette Bos, Local Missions Team Chair, (480)695-2109 or the Church Office (480)982-3776.
In October our Angel Team begins a two-month Christmas Mission that provides children with 5 wrapped items that include clothing, shoes, socks and a toy; and adults with a gift card. In addition, the family receives a family food box and Basha’s gift card. Clients and partners who are referred to us are from: Project Help, Hope Women’s Center, GCUMC Food Bank, and Sidewalk Sunday School families.
Citrus Gleaning for Area Food Banks
Each January through March volunteer pickers are needed/invited to pick citrus fruit at local area groves. Accumulated citrus (2-4 tons each week) is distributed to GCUMC Food Bank, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, and United Food Bank. For updates please watch the weekly Church Bulletin or contact Terry Parsons via the Church Office.
The GCUMC Food Bank is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am – Noon, and has been providing non-perishable foods, as well as frozen meat, bread, pastries, hygiene items and pet food to those in need for more than 24 years. Each family receives emergency bags of groceries, depending on their family size. We do not impose any geographical limitations, and all client information is kept confidential.
Through October of this year we provided emergency food to over 8,400 individuals. Donations to the Food Bank are accepted from 8:30am – 4:00pm during the week, on Sunday mornings, and during special events and concerts. Those interested in volunteering their time by working one or more days are invited to contact the GCUMC Food Bank via the Church Office. The Gold Canyon UMC Food Bank is an equal opportunity provider.
Members from Gold Canyon UMC provide assistance in preparing delicious hot meals and support to the Genesis Project. The Project offers clothing, shower vouchers a hot meal and a to-go meal to the hungry and homeless in the Apache Junction and Gold Canyon area. The Genesis Project is located at 564 N. Idaho Rd. in Apache Junction, and is open Monday through Friday, noon to 2:00pm. Those interested in volunteering, donating or providing financial support for this extremely important local mission are encouraged to contact Mid Carlozzi via or calling the Church Office.
Habitat for Humanity Project
At Habitat for Humanity we believe that everyone, everywhere, should have a healthy, affordable place to call home. Purchasing a Habitat house helps families break the cycle of poverty and build long-term financial security. With an affordable, stable home, families have more to spend on food, medicine, child care, education and other essentials. We are always looking for volunteers to assist in the renovation, in providing lunches, and cash gifts in any amount to support this special ministry. For more details and information, please contact Joe and Maureen Morton at 602-284-2826.
Honey Do Ministry
Need help? Ask us! We have a dedicated volunteer handyman team who provide skilled handyman services at no cost! Contact John and Nancy Hill today at firstname.lastname@example.org or (907)232-8203.
Open Books – Open Hearts
Enriching children’s lives from toddler to teen by giving them books of their own. In conjunction with the GCUMC Food Bank, children of Food Bank clients are invited to take a new children’s book home with them at no charge. The selection includes everything from toddler picture books, to easy reader, chapter books and youth novels. Our teacher volunteers purchase books with funds donated by church. This ministry also provides a book for each child referred to us through the Christmas Angel Tree ministry. Financial donations to this ministry can be made at the Church Office.
St. Andrew’s Clinic
This “Clinic of Love” is a volunteer-driven health clinic located at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Nogales, Arizona. Every month, the clinic opens its doors for one day, during which volunteer physicians of all specialties treat 200-250 patients. Twice each year, members from Gold Canyon UMC caravan to the clinic in Nogales, carrying donations from GCUMC members to the clinic—so many that the vehicles are often “packed to the rafters!” Donations for St. Andrew’s Clinic are accepted year round in the church office. Those who would like to inquire about making donations or transporting donations to the clinic in Nogales are welcome to contact Gail Crawford (480)268-0918.
School Supplies for Needy Children
Each year, Gold Canyon UMC collects backpacks and school supplies for both Wesley Community Center and our own Sidewalk Sunday School Ministry. Donations for both ministries are typically collected during the months of July and August.
This vital community outreach ministry is designed to reach un-churched children and their families and introduce them to the love of Christ. Using lessons that encourage life-giving values, our Sidewalk volunteers help children and their parents learn that there are better alternatives to dealing with stress and conflict through the power of the Holy Spirit. Sidewalk meets from 10:30am-11:30am every Saturday during the months of October through April. Donations to this important ministry are welcome year round. In addition, backpacks and school supplies for the children attending Sidewalk are also collected during the months of July and August. To find out how to make a donation, and/or volunteer as a teacher, helper or driver, please call the Church Office.
Do you know someone who could use a hand getting back on their feet again? The Sofie’s Start team can provide emergency household needs (some furniture and home interior items) and long term mentoring to help families get back on their feet. Contact Diana Linton (480)229-0706 or Earl Beasley (602)384-3074.
This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month at 9am to make quilts and afghans for adults in skilled nursing facilities, Angel Tree Ministry families, children at St. Andrew’s Clinic in Nogales, the Apache Junction Child Crisis Care Center, and lap robes for residents of local nursing homes. Anyone interested in joining others in this ministry are invited to come. For more info, contact the Church Office.