Center for Missional Outreach News
North Texas Disaster Recovery Case Managers at Work in Rowlett Office
Macy Crone, Recovery Office Case Manager
Since February 2016, North Texas Conference staff have been working in a new office out of First UMC in Rowlett. The first case manager hired was Macy Crone, a member of Tyler Street UMC. After attending two days of intensive training by UMCOR in Corpus Christi, Macy helped us to open the new office and started seeing clients right away.
Demand has been so great that in recent weeks we have had to tell new clients that they would have to wait because we didn't have the capacity to open any more cases.
Susan Dollar, Recovery Office Case Manager
As of June 13, 2016, a new case manager was hired to assist in this office, Susan Dollar, RN, BSN, CLNC. Susan is a member of Christ UMC in Plano and will be working alongside Macy. Susan was told "your job is to work yourself out of a job" assisting clients financially to overcome the disasters that have hurt many in Rowlett, Garland and Wylie.
If you know of any homeowners who are having great difficulty repairing their homes, please refer them to our Recovery Office.
- 469-243-1008 or 469-243-6906
Hours of Operation:
- Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
- Sunday, 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
- Monday, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
The Zip Code Connection's new website is a resource for all
The Zip Code Connection is bearing witness to Christ's love as we work to reinvigorate two once-thriving communities in North Texas by 2025. At the North Texas Annual Conference held June 5-7, 2016, Rev. Dr. Larry George, Director of Missional Outreach, called on us to be the hands and feet of Christ in our community, and the Zip Code Connection is here to walk alongside you on your journey.
We have launched a new and improved website, www.zipcodeconnection.org, where we tell stories of transformation, provide opportunities to serve, and share insight into our strategies and our progress. With our missions growing, we wanted to make our website a resource for all to come together and find ways to learn, connect, give and volunteer with us.
Also, we invite you to join with us in prayer and discovery by downloading a 7-day preview of our devotional guide, "Walking Together: A week in the shoes of the Zip Code Connection."
A full, 30-day guide will be available as a resource for churches this fall.
Join us in DFW for a Helping Without Hurting Weekend!
October 21-22, 2016
Through When Helping Hurts, the Chalmers Center has shaped the way more than 360,000 church and ministry leaders approach poverty. Now, join Chalmers for Rethink Poverty: A Helping Without Hurting Weekend, a two-day learning experience designed to transform your understanding of poverty alleviation.
What to Expect
Led by Brian Fikkert, Rethink Poverty will equip you with a biblical framework for effective poverty alleviation. Through times of worship, prayer, small group discussion, and interactive breakout sessions, this event will reshape the way you view the materially poor.
Ready to build momentum in your church, community, and city to help without hurting? Gather your ministry networks and join us at Rethink: Poverty on October 21-22, 2016, at Fellowship Bible Church Dallas.
Mary Escobar is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as director of a day care center for young children in a poor neighborhood of Asunción, Paraguay. Mary Escobar is a missionary from Tyler Street United Methodist Church, Dallas.
Mary Escobar shares an update below.
New multi-purpose building opens! A new teacher, a new class!
Mary Jo Phillips Methodist Daycare Learning Center has now opened an after-school club for students from when they graduate from the day care to second grade. Result? We now serve 35 students in the day care and around 9 in the after-school club.
We have also renovated a building that is now our MULTI-PURPOSE center. It houses the centers for our day care students to play and learn, as well as our nap time. The Trinidad church also uses it as an expanded place for the congregation.
So what's been happening?
Connecting the day care, the church and the community
Daily our students learn letters, the calendar, numbers, shapes, colors, and stories and sometimes get to watch educational and Biblical videos. They also have fun playing on our colorful playground, with tricycles on the “road” around it, and with educational toys.
The children of Mary Jo Phillips Methodist Daycare Learning Center get a special outing to the mall.
The objective of our learning center is to expand the Kingdom of God though not only educating the students, but joining with the local church and loving the whole family. One way we are doing this is by having monthly classes for the parents teaching them how to educate their children in the ways of God, taught by the pastor of our local Methodist church. Another way has been by having monthly chapel services for the students in the sanctuary of Trinidad church led by our local student pastor.
Dreams? Can they really come true?
Please dream with me!
My dream is to have a retractable roof above our playground that is made of a beautiful material like plastic that folds and opens easily. I also would love to have plastic siding that is also retractable that we can pull down when it is raining. My dreams seem to be expensive because the professional company where I got the estimate has put a price tag of over $4,000. We already have received a few donations thanks to some very generous churches and individuals.
So what else do I dream about? Books! Our day care has barely one shelf of a bookcase full of books. I can purchase books here, I just need you to partner financially with me to make this dream into a reality.
Donate to Day Care Center
If you would like to donate to the day care please click here: Daycare ADVANCE #3022038.
You can also give a check or cash to your local United Methodist church office or United Methodist Women's group. Just supply them with the day care’s ADVANCE number 3022038 and they can take care of the rest for you.
If you want to specify your donation you will have to email me to let me know your wishes: MEscobar@umcMission.org. No designations can be made online.
More dreams? Of course! We are in desperate need of tricycles! We purchased several last year, but with so many students using them, they have worn out fast! Tools! If we had our own drill, electric saw, soldering iron, etc., we could quickly fix our own maintenance issues that seem to always be staring us in the face! Again, these tools are available here, I just need you to dream with me!
So how is your day care funded? Glad you asked!
Our day care is funded strictly by generous people like yourself. There are churches and individuals that have donated in the past. I would love for you to open your heart and touch us again.
The parents are required to pay a minimal fee according to their income. We need people like yourself to help scholarship these students on a monthly basis. Daily we provide breakfast, lunch, as well as a healthy snack.
Most of all I cherish your prayers. All things are possible with our Lord!
Global Ministries Missionary
An Arkansas Volunteer In Mission Construction team will build seminary housing for the Seminario Evangelico Metodista in Havana on January 19-30, 2017. Applications are now being accepted for a maximum 12-member team. Experience one of our closest and most intriguing neighbors traveling on a religious visa by invitation of the Methodist Bishop of Cuba.
Experienced or inexperienced welcome; all skill levels will find a job. We work along-side skilled locals. An important part of the mission is building relationships and supporting our Methodist brothers and sisters. On Sundays, we will worship in their churches and witness the Cuban Methodist revival. On Saturdays and the evenings, we see the sights of Havana and experience Cuban culture. Travel requires an overnight in Miami.
A translator and chauffeur will be provided. Lodging is in the safe, comfortable Mission Center of the Methodist Church of Cuba and meals are healthy and plentiful. Cost is just under $2,500 per person, including travel, visa, meals, and lodging; everything but snacks and souvenirs. Applications are available and a $500 non-refundable deposit will secure you a place.
If you have any questions, you can contact team leader Nechi Fullerton.
Fullerton has been on five Methodist missions to Cuba; construction missions to Camaguey, October 2012 with Louisiana VIM and Pinar Del Rio, and April 2013 with Missouri VIM. Leading the recent Arkansas Seminary housing construction mission. Individual mission October 2012 to strengthen and maintain relationships in Havana and Camaguey. Most recently in March 2015, an individual mission in children’s ministry, bilingual and small group Bible study to to the Holguin District.
United Methodist General Conference Affirms Next Global Health Initiative: Abundant Health: Our Promise to Children
In May 2016, during the United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Oregon, the denomination affirmed Abundant Health: Our Promise to Children as the next step in its global health initiative. Through it, the church commits itself to reach 1 million children with lifesaving interventions by 2020.
According to Global Ministries leaders, the motivation to launch the initiative emerged in part from an extensive survey of people in 59 countries. Survey results showed that the top global health challenges are maternal and child health, water and sanitation, hunger and nutrition, and access to health care.
Abundant Health: Our Promise to Children will be The United Methodist Church’s primary global health initiative for the next four years. It will focus on four core areas impacting the health of children throughout the world. The initiative aims to:
- Ensure safe births
- Address nutritional challenges and promote breastfeeding
- Advance prevention and treatment of childhood diseases
- Promote children’s health and wholeness
The program also will engage at least 10,000 churches in the United States to develop support systems for treatment, education, and disease prevention in their neighborhoods. Global Ministries will encourage churches to promote physical activities, promote a healthy diet and nutrition, provide education for tobacco- and drug-free living, and promote mental health education.
Sponsor a Group of ZOE Orphans for Half the Cost until June 15, 2016
One of the most powerful ways to get involved with ZOE is by becoming a Hope Companion to a working group of orphans and vulnerable children. Rather than helping just one child, you can partner with a group of 60-100 children, walking with them during their three-year journey to empowerment. Many churches, groups and families come together to make this happen, with a group in the US partnering with a group in a ZOE program country. When you become a Hope Companion, you are invited on a Trip of Hope to visit with the children in their home communities.
“What I actually experienced [on my trip] far outweighed any expectations. To see the friendly, smiling faces, to hear
their testimonies, to see their bankbooks, my heart welled with pride for what these children had accomplished with
my financial support. I cried with pride for them.”
– Hope Companion and Trip of Hope Team Member
ZOE has been blessed by an individual wanting to enroll more children into ZOE’s empowerment program so that they will never need charity again. For a limited time, ZOE is able to facilitate matching funding for anyone able to fund half the cost of a three-year Hope Companion partnership with 60 to 100 children. Although ZOE must receive commitments by June 15, 2016, the first year of funding is not due until January 15 of 2017. (However, groups start the work on empowerment in 2016 and sending in funding earlier helps offset costs more directly.)
Here is how it works: if a church, Sunday school class, individual or any other group can commit to funding a half of a partnership in Kenya, Rwanda, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, or India at $3,750 per year for three years, then ZOE will provide the matching funds either through the ZOE match or a shared partnership. This opportunity is also available for Guatemala partnerships but the cost would be $8,250 per year for three years due to greater in-country costs. ZOE is also eager to facilitate funding partnerships between youth groups or children’s ministries from various churches so that they might have the opportunity to connect with ZOE working groups and each other.
ZOE can guarantee single working group partnerships. However, if you would like to explore funding multiple groups, we would love to hear from you and will do our best to find appropriate funding partners.
Episcopal-UMC Dialogue participants in Charlotte, North Carolina, April 24-27, 2016. ocuir.org
Episcopalians and United Methodists met in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the third session of their Dialogue on Full Communion (April 25-27, 2016). The ten committee members, along with staff from each church, shared in conversation, meals, prayer, and a celebration of the Eucharist. It was a time for building relationships between representatives of two sibling churches that have long desired to grow closer in common witness to the gospel of Christ and in mission for the healing of God's world.
The dialogue session made substantive progress towards a proposal for full communion between The Episcopal Church and The United Methodist Church. Committee members continued to learn about the history, beliefs, practices, and ways of living as church that are found in each tradition. Many are shared in common by both traditions. Dialogue participants also discussed and appreciated our distinctiveness. Among these are the ways our churches have shaped their institutions and approaches to ministry appropriate to their particular missional contexts.
Dialogue participants shared their own questions with one another and began developing FAQs. Sharing answers to these queries will assist both churches as we grow closer in relationship with one another.
The next session will be held in October 2016.
Alongside their work as a Dialogue Committee, participants, noting the recent passage of House Bill 2 in the State Legislature of North Carolina, found themselves confronted with an example of the common challenges faced by all Christians as they work to faithfully give witness to the sacred dignity of all people. The Committee, in recognition of the harmful effects of the bill, stands with our Episcopal and United Methodist bishops in North Carolina, calling upon the legislature to repeal this discriminatory law.
The central point of Episcopalians and United Methodists working to strengthen their relationship with each other is faithfully and effectively to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and to work for the healing of a divided and suffering world.
Our gratitude goes to Rev. James Howell and Myers Park United Methodist Church for their gracious hospitality.
- Bishop Frank Brookhart
- Bishop Gregory Palmer
- Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey
- The Rev. Jordan Haynie Ware
- Dr. Deirdre Good (guest)
- Rev. Dr. Robert J. Williams
- Bishop David Rice
- Rev. Patricia Farris
- The Rev. Dr. Tom Ferguson
- Bishop Mary Ann Swenson
- Rev. James Howell
Staff: Dr. Glen Alton Messer, Ms. Jeanette Nunez, The Rev. Margaret Rose
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