March 19, 2020
Staying connected is more important than ever. We are all learning how to better use technology to maintain these connections and will keep you updated with new offerings, but it's also a great time to pick up the phone and check in with friends and see how they're doing through all of this. Click here for a list of ways to stay connected with Dayspring.

First, we will continue to worship together online. The service is live at 9:00am and may be viewed at any time following. We are also exploring additional worship opportunities. We will return to in-person worship as soon as it is safe to do so.

While the physical church office will remain closed until future notice, Dayspring will have virtual office hours Monday -Thursday from 10:00am - 2:00pm during which time you can expect a quick response to your email or phone call (480) 838-1446.

Our courtyard will be open Monday -Thursday from 1:00-5:00pm, so you can access the Lenten Prayer Stations and Labyrinth. If there are others present, please follow the standard practices of maintaining a safe distance, covering coughs, etc.
Justa Center is the only place where seniors in homelessness can find safety, support, and isolation from the streets. The COVID-19 crisis doesn’t change the need for that. Justa Center is remaining open to our seniors, and effective Thursday, March 19, we are moving all seating outside to their fenced parking lot to allow for better social distancing. As a result, they are in need of six pop-up awnings to use for the next 6-8 weeks as well as bottled water, toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and canned foods. Donations can be dropped off directly to Justa Center between 10am to 12pm or we can coordinate dropoff. Please reply to this email and we can make arrangements.
All UMOM volunteering is suspended immediately until further notice. When safe to do so, existing meal service schedules will resume . After much consideration and with social respect for the community, UMOM has decided to change spring fundraising events in an effort to help stem the tide in this ever-changing environment. The 12th Annual Walk the Walk to End Homelessness has been rescheduled for September 19, 2020.
This Sunday is UMCOR Sunday. One of six churchwide special offerings, UMCOR Sunday (formerly called “One Great Hour of Sharing”) supports the work of the United Methodist Committee on Relief, the denomination’s humanitarian relief and development organization.

The special offering underwrites UMCOR’s “costs of doing business.” While many non profit agencies charge 35 cents for each dollar raised, your support through this offering ensures 100% of gifts to UMCOR help those who need it most. UMCOR focuses on disaster preparedness, recovery and response as well as migration and sustainable development in both the United States and around the world.

If you are able to donate, you may do so through our secure giving site here . Please be sure to select UMCOR in the dropdown Fund section. Thank you!
On Tuesday, March 17, Nan Lawson delivered a Dayspring check for $1,720.82 to the Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA) to help with emergency food needs in our community. This money was raised from the children's Souper Bowl Sunday offering, weekly food baskets, and the Staff-Parish committee's Chili Cookoff. Thanks to all of you who contributed, Dayspring was able to respond quickly to help those affected by food shortages and loss of employment.

Below is a list of services that TCAA is able to bring to the Tempe community:

Tempe Community Action Agency   is offering a drive-through meal to go service Monday through Friday from March 16-27. This service is available to currently enrolled seniors. Meals to go will be distributed at the North Tempe Multigenerational Center, 1555 N Bridalwreath St, Tempe, AZ 85281 at the south entrance from 10 to 11 a.m. Seniors who are not enrolled should call 480-858-6511 for meals to go or call the Area Agency on Aging’s senior helpline at 602-264-4357 to register for home-delivered meals.

TCAA has stopped taking seniors to the grocery store during this time but will bring food boxes to enrolled seniors.

TCAA is continuing to provide emergency food boxes to Tempe households at its food pantry, 2146 E. Apache Blvd, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon with additional hours on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:40-6:30 p.m.
Tempe Community Action Agency is continuing to offer emergency rent for eligible households experiencing a financial crisis. Details

TCAA is continuing to operate the I-HELP Emergency Shelter program in partnership with Tempe-area faith organizations and other partners for currently enrolled adults in need of emergency shelter.
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