Missions News

Missions is one of the key distinctives of Custer Road UMC. We invest finance, time, and labor to helping people know the love of Jesus, both in our neighborhoods and around the world. To learn more about our missions programs, visit our Missions page.

This blog will be updated often, and will contain the most current information about our missions activities. The most recent post is below, and further down is an archive with earlier posts.

 

Most Recent Post

  • 2018 Summer Lunch Program Wrap-up

    By SLP Assistant Coordinator Duncan McCollum

    Custer Road completed the 7th year of its Summer Lunch Program in early August. This year we were able to serve over 7100 lunches, 235 back to school back packs, and provide sponsorships to multiple families in need.

    The program ran for just over two months and served approximately 150 lunches a day, although there was a great deal of variability in how many people showed up. Excluding the pizza party, we held on our final day, our busiest day had 255 people at the park. These lunches and the safe environment we create provide an easy to access, yet valuable opportunity for disadvantaged members of our community. There is one family of five who have been a part of the program since its debut. This year the mother informed us that in the last year alone the program had saved them over $2000 in terms of food and childcare. With this saved money, the father was able to complete his education and improve his career opportunities.

    This year we were so lucky to have the return of our 2017 coordinator, Elizabeth Greer. Her return played a crucial role in building trust with the kids and parents, and fostering a true sense of community. Within just a few weeks she established a strong bond with all members of the program and they would not hesitate to come share their joys and concerns. One reason they would come to her is because they knew she would take action, whether it be contacting one of our clergy or seeking out support. The strong sense of fellowship also helped us to get program members into the church. We had several people join us for Sunday worship and the youth programs. Getting involved with the church also allowed them to access other resources such as Bed Start which provided furniture for a family of 6 who just moved from California.

    We were blessed to have so much support from our congregants, Sunday school classes, and local businesses. Their support took multiple forms. Every day we had eight+ volunteers join us at the park helping load and unload, serve lunches, and playing with the kids. We had V8 juices, popsicles, and sports equipment donated which saved the program a great deal of money. We also had over 7500 water bottles donated to us by Nestle. Later in the summer we were concerned about a family who wasstruggling financially and were going to have a hard time getting school supplies and athletic equipment. Our Director of Missions, Stephanie Mills, put out a call for support to our Sunday school classes and received an overwhelming display of generosity. With the donations we received we were able to provide numerous families with assistance. This helped provide a sense of stability during the stresses of the back to school season.

    Given the success and strength of the program we are very hopeful for the future. We have started exploring potential options for expanding what we are able to do at the park. There is a large number of young at-risk athletes in the program who would benefit from having more good role models. To address this, we have started discussing a potential collaboration with a non-profit which provides coaches who could fill this role and offer more activities at the park. Custer Road’s unwavering support has made this such an effective program and has given it the momentum to continue to grow and increase its engagement with the community.


Missions News Archives


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    2018 Summer Lunch Program Wrap-up
    August 14, 2018
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    Project Transformation Reading -- Save the Date!
    June 8, 2018
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    School Shoe Ministry -- June Communion Offering
    June 1, 2018
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    Love Where You Live Spring 2018 Workday
    May 29, 2018
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    More Ways to Help with Christmas in Peru
    May 4, 2018
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    Bring Christmas Joy to Peru!
    April 6, 2018
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    You're Invited to a Baby Shower for the PISD School-aged Program!
    March 5, 2018
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    Bed Start Pillow Project
    February 9, 2018
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    S.O.U.L. Church Collection
    January 25, 2018
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    Mission Connection Corners
    January 19, 2018
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    Local School Ministry - Mentors Needed!
    January 11, 2018
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    Agape Resource & Assistance Center Collection
    January 4, 2018
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    2017 Alternative Gift Market for Missions Results
    November 29, 2017
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    In Bed By Christmas Eve
    November 23, 2017
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    United Methodist Church Giving Tuesday
    November 23, 2017
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    Head Start Sweat Suit Collection Results
    November 16, 2017
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    Living Water International Mission Trip Report
    November 16, 2017
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    Head Start Family Sponsorships
    October 12, 2017
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    Fall 2017 Plano CARES Project
    September 21, 2017
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    Bed Start-Story of 3 Boys
    August 7, 2017
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    School Shoe Ministry
    June 12, 2017
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    Love Where You Live Workday Wrap-up
    May 1, 2017
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    2017 Esperanza 5K/Eggsperanza Family Fun Festival
    April 20, 2017
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    Merry Christmas from Peru!
    April 6, 2017
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    You're Invited to a Baby Shower for PISD School-Aged Parents!
    March 9, 2017
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    2017 Living Water International Mission Trip
    March 8, 2017
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    Mexico Mission Trip Report
    February 8, 2017
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    Mexico Mission Trip Report
    February 8, 2017
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    Helping the Homeless of Dallas with S.O.U.L. Church
    February 2, 2017
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    Bed Start -- Pillow Project
    January 18, 2017
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    Christmas Joy in Peru Mission Trip
    January 10, 2017
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    Mission Open House 2017
    January 2, 2017
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    2016 Alternative Gift Market for Missions Results
    December 6, 2016
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    In Bed By Christmas Eve
    November 17, 2016
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    "May the world always be as wonderful for you, as you are for others"
    October 19, 2016
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    Juntos Servimos Juarez Mexico Mission Trip
    October 17, 2016
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    Love Where You Live Fall Workday Wrap-up
    October 10, 2016
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    Are you the one we are looking for?
    September 23, 2016
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    Plano ISD Needs Your Help!
    September 8, 2016
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    2016 Summer Lunch Program Wrap-up
    September 1, 2016
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    Helping Children in Need Through the School Shoe Ministry
    June 3, 2016
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    Project Transformation is Changing Lives this Summer and You Can Too!
    June 1, 2016
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    Love Where You Live Spring Work Day
    May 23, 2016
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    Meet the NEW Summer Lunch Program Coordinator, Tyler Kirkman, this Sunday in Fellowship Hall!
    May 19, 2016
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    Every Saturday We Serve a Need!
    May 19, 2016
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    "How did they know exactly what I wanted?"
    May 3, 2016
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    Esperanza 5K & Eggsperanza 2016
    April 5, 2016
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    Bed Start Pillow Project
    April 4, 2016
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    Don't Miss the PISD School Age Baby Shower!
    March 14, 2016
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    Esperanza and Food Drive - Coming up!
    March 10, 2016
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    The 2016 CRUMC Book Sale is Coming...
    March 8, 2016
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    Meals on Wheels Info Session
    February 23, 2016
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    Juntos Servimos Mission Trip Summary
    February 23, 2016