Dear Suncreek family,


One of the things I have been most impressed with since coming to be your pastor in 2016 is the congregation’s commitment to mission and service. We support a diverse array of missions, both local and global, that touch people’s lives in ways that make a difference both spiritually and in the day to day challenges of life. Food. Clothing. Shoes. School supplies and backpacks. Scholarships. Signs of affirmation to others who serve our community well. Holiday joy. The list goes on and on. It is amazing the difference a group of people can make when they are willing to invest both their money and their time in the service of others.


Mike McAloon and his team of mission leads have led us well. Throughout this year you have remained steadfast in your commitment. I know that I am proud of you, and I know God is well pleased with you. Enjoy these highlights of mission and service in 2022.


With an expectant heart,

Pastor Barry

A look back at Suncreek Missions 2022

Suncreek has been in partnership with Operacion Abrigo in Juarez, Mexico for over 22 years. During that time, Suncreek UMC has built over 150 concrete block home for families living in cardboard and chicken-wire shacks. In 2022, Suncreek sent teams in March, May, & October to build three new homes. The cost of each home is $3600.


Suncreek also provides funds to support other needs in the Operacion Abrigo Community. This year, Suncreek sponsored 5 students to attend school (plus additional funds for supplies, uniforms, etc.) and also provided funds for the Saturday Feed Program and a special Christmas Dinner for the Sublime Grace and the New Covenant Congregations. Christmas Dinner Funds were raised through our annual Juarez Bake Sale that took place during the Fair Trade Market & Children's Christmas Pageant.


Below are the totals for Operacion Abrigo this year:

Home Builds - $10,800

Scholarships - $4,000

Saturday Feed - $3,242.00

Christmas Dinner - $1858.67


Suncreek is ready to continue this mission in 2023. To find how to participate, please contact missions@suncreekumc.org and check out the Operacion Abrigo website: https://www.operacionabrigo.org/

New Hope is one of the most active, year-round missions at Suncreek. We have volunteers working every week on soliciting for donations, picking up donations around the community, organizing our storage units (over 2,000 sq. of space) and teams of volunteers who deliver most Saturdays to families in need.

 

Since the beginning of New Hope in 2012, New Hope has helped nearly 500 families.


In 2022, New Hope served 37 families (Deliveries are made on Saturdays, so that’s over 70% of the Saturdays of this year that a delivery has been made to a family in need). 


Over 300 volunteers have helped us with our Saturday morning deliveries. This number doesn’t include the numerous numbers of volunteers that assist us with furniture pick-ups that happen 3-4 times per month.


To learn more or to volunteer, visit https://suncreekumc.org/newhopeministries

Austin Street Center provides safe shelter and meets the basic needs of the most vulnerable homeless.


Austin Street Center is one of the largest low barrier shelters in Dallas that has served men, ages 45 and older, and women, ages 18 and older, since 1983.


In 2022 Suncreek served lunch at Austin Street Center three times, serving approximately 200 people each visit.

 

Over 43 volunteers participated in serving the meals and our Suncreek Bakers baked total of 1668 cookies this year!


To learn more, please contact Sharon Sehon at sehon2@peoplescom.net

 

Wesley-Rankin Community Center is a United Methodist Ministry that identifies and bridges gaps in education, health and skills development by providing multigenerational programs that empower families to access their full potential.


Suncreek partners with the senior adult program, Casa Feliz, to adopt and provide Christmas gifts. This year, it was a multigenerational effort partnering Suncreek Kids Preschool, Suncreek Youth, and our own Glory Bees.


This year, Suncreek was able to deliver the 65 Christmas bags & gift cards on a day when Casa Feliz was meeting for lunch and social time. It was truly a heartwarming experience!


To learn more, please contact missions@suncreekumc.org

The Men of Suncreek seek to build the deep, meaningful friendships that come from being "brothers in Christ." The Men of Suncreek are active in a variety of ways.



The Men of Suncreek Spring Smoke was conducted to raise funds for new furniture for the new building. Approximately $1500 was committed to that fund.

 

In August, the Men of Suncreek hosted Evan Jones from My Possibilities for the Second Saturday Breakfast event and committed a $1000 donation to My Possibilities.

 

In September, the Men of Suncreek held the 20th Annual Golf for Children event, supporting City House and ZOE. $5488 was raised for the event and The Men of Suncreek donated $2744 to both City House and ZOE.

 

In October, the Men of Suncreek Meat Smoke was conducted raising funds to support the Veterans Day event. The event raised funds for the Patriot Paws charity. 

 

In December, the Men of Suncreek took a 'Road Trip Breakfast' to visit the Patriot Paws facility in Rockwall, taking in a demonstration of the training they provide for dogs and a tour of their grounds. As part of this event, the Men of Suncreek presented a $2000 donation to Patriot Paws as part of the funds raised from our October Meat Smoke event. 


To learn more about the Men of Suncreek, please contact men@suncreekumc.org

The Allen Shoe ministry partners with local Allen ISD schools to provide shoes for kids and families in need.


This fall Suncreek distributed over 80 pairs of shoes. Each child received a new pair of tennis shoes and two pairs of socks.


The families were very grateful for the extra help this year. One mother said that she had been thinking about how she would be able to get new shoes for her boys because money was tight. She hadn’t prayed about it yet, but the next day the school contacted her about

the shoe ministry. She said it was such a blessing for them!


To learn more about the Allen Shoe Ministry, please contact stefeni.green@sbcglobal.net

Christmas Family Connection is an amazing ministry that connects Suncreek with the Boys & Grils Club of Dallas and brings the true meaning of Christmas into our families and busy lives.


Christmas Family Connection takes place near the beginning of December each year. Members of the congregation are partnered with a family and are given a list of items each family member needs for Christmas.


The families at the Boys and Girls Club of Dallas (formerly Trinity River Mission) have performed numerous service hours in order to participate in this ministry.


This year, Suncreek adopted 34 families (165 people) and delivered 5 carloads of gifts!


To learn more about Christmas Family Connection, please contact stefeni.green@sbcglobal.net

Send Hope supports and assists over 1,000 children in the remote area of La Moskitia, Honduras through the House of Hope children’s’ home, Katrina Engle Memorial Nourishment Program, and other community outreach initiatives.


Send Hope partners with Kids Against Hunger to package and distribute rice that contains 21 vitamins and minerals to fortify and strengthen malnourished bodies.


This summer, over 80 Suncreek members packed 97 boxes or 20,952 meals to send to Honduras and Ukraine. We also donated the $5,238 to cover the cost of the meals.


To find out more information on Send Hope and how to sign up to pack meals with Kids Against Hunger, please visit https://www.send-hope.org/

In addition to Youth and Children specific events, our congregation also hosted a SOUPer Bowl food drive, a Thanksgiving food drive, and a school supply/backpack drive. Through these generous donations Suncreek has continued its tradition of helping meet the needs of our neighbors in the surrounding communities.

Suncreek Youth and Children's Ministries work year round on mission projects.


Youth packed protein rich snack packs and provided sandwhiches and other items for People Who Love People multiple times this year.


Our kids, youth, and adults spent VBS week collecting and putting together the following packs:


211 Allen Summer Lunches

169 People Who Love People Toiletry Kits

150 Protein Packs

197 UMCOR Hygiene Kits

172 Friendship Bags


This summer our Youth & Cantate served churches and missions in three cities working with the homeless and marginalized.



St. Louis, Missouri

Little Rock, AR

Baton Rouge, LA


Our Children's Ministry baked goodies and hosted the annual Juarez Scholarship Bake Sale in December. This event, which partners with Operacion Abrigo, raises money to send children to school in Juarez, Mexico. This year our bakes sales raised a total of $1,828.67.

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. 


Suncreek began a partnership with Zoe Empowers in 2010. Suncreek currently supports a group (2022-2024) with yearly commitment of $9,000. To learn more about our new empowerment group, click on the link below.


Meet Suncreek's New Group


If you are interested in learning more about the Zoe mission, please email missions@suncreekumc.org

Suncreek UMC will conduct its 11th annual Cross Cultural Camps (formerly English Camps) in the Czech Republic in July 2023. Through 40 years of Communism, the Czech Republic lost its Christian heritage and is now considered to be the most atheistic country in the world.


A team from Suncreek goes to develop relationships, friendships, and to share the love of Christ with people of all ages through English Camp. This year our Cross Culture Camp will resume and partner with the Maranatha Church in Pilzen.


If you are interested in learning more about the trip please email missions@suncreekumc.org

On Sunday, November 13th Suncreek's Fair Trade Market returned in person for the first time in three years.


The Fair Trade Market supports the many missions and ministries of Suncreek by providing ways for the community to gift loved ones while helping support local and global nonprofits such as:


Operacion Abrigo

New Hope

Zoe Empowers

Suncreek Music Ministries

Christmas Family Connection

Czech Cross Culture Camp

Jarez Christmas Dinner

Paper for Water

Pegs Mayan Jewelry

Artruism


This year, Suncreek's Fair Trade Market raised over $7500 for our partnering missions!


If you would like to find out more about our Fair Trade Market, please contact catherinefruit@att.net


Suncreek Bread Run is an ongoing minsitry that helps deliver bread and other baked items from grocery stores to the ACO (All Community Outreach) and Samaritan Inn.


The bread run ministry happens every day, 365 days of the year. It is


We are always looking for more volunteers to take a day of the week or fill in as a sub.


To learn more or to volunteer to help, please contact missions@suncreekumc.org

Suncreek Missions has a baking ministry that provides treats for the staff at Boyd Elementary, a Title 1 school in Allen, the first Tuesday of each month during the school year.


The team also provides cakes and other treats for Austin Street Center, Allen Sr Luncheon and other ministries as needed. 


SIGN UP TO H ELP HERE:

Suncreek Baker SignUp

The mission of Hope’s Door New Beginning Center is to offer intervention and prevention solutions to individuals and families affected by intimate partner and family violence and to provide education programs that enhance the community’s capacity to respond.


We need volunteers that will help provide dinner for the clients at the Hope's Door women's shelter in Plano on the 1st Monday of every month.


Please click on Sign Up below for available dates and more information. Contact: cateysmith@att.net



SIGN UP TO HELP HERE:

Hopes Door Dinners

Twice a year, Suncreek UMC Volunteers, in association with The Texas Ramp Project, 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. (Volunteers must be at least 16 to participate.)


Projects are complete in a few hours, providing a huge sense of accomplishment. 


To learn more, please contact Jwilliams@arbor.com

The mission of Project Transformation is to transform communities by engaging children, college-age young adults, and churches in purposeful relationships.


Project Transformation provides two key services:


  • Leadership development and ministry exploration opportunities for college-age young adults through summer and one-year service internships.


  • Community-oriented after-school and summer day camp programming for children and youth.


Suncreek has partnered with Project Transformation for over 15 years. This year, Suncreek partnered with St. Philips UMC in Garland to provide Reading Buddy volunteers and also cover the cost ($3000) of a week's worth of dinners for the Project Transformation North Texas Americorps Volunteers!


Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways to get involved in Suncreek UMC missions. Below are just a few of our upcoming needs/events. To volunteer or to learn more, please click on the slides below or contact missions@suncreekumc.org

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