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The Storehouse of Collin County Storehouse of Collin County Volunteers Jacob Thompson, Jackson Moore, David Huerta, and Kate Little

 

Support the transformative work of The Storehouse of Collin County, help Collin County residents facing hardship, and be a part of the largest community-wide giving event in the nation 

David Huerta, 17, and a junior at Plano West, came with his parents Amital and Sorangel to Plano in 2016. They left the economic and political hardships they faced in Venezuela to start a new life in Texas. Before David's father could secure employment, David's family depended on The Storehouse of Collin County for support from the Seven Loaves Food Pantry and Joseph's Coat Clothing Closet. David has now transitioned from a client to a volunteer serving each week at the food pantry on Wednesdays to help with set-up and on Thursdays as a Spanish translator.  

“It was hard to be in a new country with a new language I didn’t know,” said David Huerta. “We had nothing and had to start a new life. At the beginning we found the Storehouse. I wanted to give back what I got, and I love volunteering and helping people. The volunteers at The Storehouse care about me even though I’m not fluent, and I care about them. At the Storehouse you always see someone smiling, and they are thankful. That really is the thing that keeps me going back. It feels like home.”

“David's journey from neighbor in need, to a self-sufficient member of our community, and finally to a volunteer serving others represents the mission of The Storehouse fulfilled,” said Candace Winslow, executive director, The Storehouse. “The Huerta Family is only one of the over 1,000 families we serve monthly. Your gift of $20 feeds a family, like the Huertas, for almost two weeks based on the food The Storehouse of Collin County is able to provide.”

Over 65,000 Collin County residents (6 percent) live in poverty; 1 out of 5 children (18.4 percent) in Collin County face food insecurity daily; and women ages 18-44 (23 percent) make up the largest demographic living in poverty.

“The number of those needing a helping hand in Collin County is more significant than most imagine and is on the rise,” added Winslow. “The Storehouse saw these needs when we opened our doors ten years ago. With your help we can continue our mission to serve the community by providing food through Seven loaves food pantry, clothing for families through Joseph’s Coat, and counseling and mentoring to women in crisis through Project Hope.”

Last year on North Texas Giving Day, Communities Foundation of Texas brought together 2,700 organizations and raised $48 million across DFW. The Storehouse raised a record-breaking $100,392 and has set a goal of $115,000 for 2019.

In 2018, funds raised on North Texas Giving Day helped The Storehouse feed 11,795 families, which equated to over 2 million pounds of food served; distribute 36,331 articles of clothing to our neighbors; and support 235 families in an ongoing relationship with counseling, financial benevolence and referrals to other agencies in the community.

The Storehouse’s Seven Loaves Food Pantry is the largest distributor for North Texas Food Bank in Collin County and serves over 1,000 families a month, providing over 75,000 meals. Joseph Coat Clothing Closet distributes over 4,000 garments a month, all at no cost, and provides professional attire and winter coats for families. The Storehouse’s Project Home program is a relational program tailored to support each individual woman who has been negatively impacted by generational poverty and violence.

On Thursday, September 19, 2019, visit https://www.northtexasgivingday.org, give to The Storehouse of Collin County, help those in Collin County affected by poverty, and be a part of the largest community-wide giving event in the nation.

The Storehouse of Collin County, a nonprofit organization housed within St. Andrew United Methodist Church, provides short-term assistance and long-term transformation to residents of Collin County in need. The Storehouse provides support through its three programs: the Seven Loaves Food Pantry, serving 1,000 families a month; Joseph’s Coat Clothing Closet, providing an average of 4,000 garments each month; and Project Hope, a mentoring program supporting women in crisis. The organization first began in 2009 under the name of Seven Loaves which provided only food pantry staples and grew over the years to meet a variety of needs. An estimated 130,000 people in Collin County live below the poverty level, more than half of which are children.  In September 2018, The Storehouse received the North Texas Food Bank’s Partner Agency of the Year Excellence in Impact Award in recognition of its life changing services, meeting multiple needs for each family served. Visit https://www.thestorehousecc.org and watch this video https://vimeo.com/205134857.

Watch the Huerta Family story: https://vimeo.com/308094795, and see how the family used their newfound stability and gifts to help others facing similar hardships.

 

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Instrument Petting Zoo for Kids - 3:15 p.m. This will take place at 3:15 p.m. in the Narthex of St. Andrew UMC just prior to the concert in the sanctuary at 4 p.m.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra selects St. Andrew as a location for its popular DSO on the GO series, reaching audiences in the Plano and Collin County area

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has selected St. Andrew United Methodist Church as a location for its DSO on the GO series and will hold its first concert in the sanctuary on Sunday, September 8, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. (including a 20-minute intermission), at 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano.  This concert will feature Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.

Additionally, a child-friendly, interactive prelude, including some orchestra instruments kids may play will take place at 3:15 p.m. in the Narthex.  Also, at 2:30 p.m. in the sanctuary, attendees are invited to an interactive, multi-generational pre-concert lecture regarding the music the symphony will perform, hosted by Jamie Allen, director of education, Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  

DSO on the GO is a series started in 2012 that brings the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to communities around the Metroplex and beyond the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The series has stretched from Mansfield to Terrell, from Duncanville to Frisco and from Oak Cliff to Highland Park.

“The Dallas Symphony is delighted to bring the DSO on the GO series to Plano’s St. Andrew United Methodist Church on Sunday, September 8,” said Kim Noltemy, President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. “The concert pairs two versions of The Four Seasons together: the beloved, traditional version by Vivaldi and a tango-infused version by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla. DSO Associate Concertmaster Eunice Keem will lead the Vivaldi, and Co-Concertmaster Nathan Olson will lead the Piazzolla. Prior to this performance, audiences can enjoy a Performance Prelude and Instrument Petting Zoo, activities for the entire family.”

“We are incredibly excited about our upcoming collaborations with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra,” said Taylor Davis, director of music and worship arts, St. Andrew UMC. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Plano families to enjoy the extraordinary talents of the DSO close to home. We hope to see you at the first DSO on the Go event at St. Andrew on September 8.”

General Admission tickets are $19 and student tickets are $5. Visit mydso.com to purchase tickets.

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St. Andrew United Methodist Church began 32 years ago in the spirit of its namesake, a disciple of Jesus. The life of the Apostle Andrew embodies the church's mission, which is to invite the Christian-ish and the unchurched to become passionate servants of Christ. The congregation of St. Andrew follows Jesus, lives in relationship, serves others, and takes risks in faith. Worship includes four services each weekend on a 21.2-acre campus at the corner of Plano Parkway and Mira Vista in Plano, Texas, where more than 2,000 people gather each weekend. Recent renovation allows the Sanctuary to host worship in both Traditional style, with the classic pipe organ, and Contemporary style, with a new LED center screen and lighting technology. Small groups and Bible studies gather on campus and throughout the region every day of the week. Mission opportunities serve our local area, neighboring regions, and global communities. The church has been repeatedly selected as a "Best Place to Worship in Plano” by the readers of the Plano Star Courier. St. Andrew United Methodist Church is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093. Visit www.standrewumc.org; call 972-380-8001.

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St. Andrew Mission Trip Mark Brubaker installs insulation on a Tiny Home at Pivot, Inc. The nonprofit recently began construction on a Tiny Home Community, which provides individual homes for youth who have aged out of Oklahoma's foster care system.

“Be Bold,” the theme of this year's trip, inspired students and adults to boldly step out in their faith as well as participate in St. Andrew’s new Kindling Ministry by implementing simple random acts of love at each worksite

“Be Bold, step out in your faith, and watch God boldly change lives,” said Michael Agnew, student ministry director, at the start of the 2019 St. Andrew United Methodist Church Mission Trip. As the group received t-shirts with the theme “BE BOLD” (based on the Book of Acts) and loaded the 18 passenger vans headed to Oklahoma City on June 9, little did they know the impact those two words would have on their lives and the lives of those they would serve throughout the week.

This year, 202 students and adults worked at 17 different worksites, coordinated through Heartwork Missions. Sites included Habitat for Humanity, Operation Paint Brush (a federally funded program helping families in need with code violations by providing paint and supplies for volunteers), Reaching Our City (a nonprofit ministry providing community services), Pivot (an organization that helps people, ages 12-21, with overwhelming barriers in their lives and no resources to overcome them), the Boys and Girls Club, a food bank and a homeless shelter.

Each day following morning worship, teams arrived at their worksites by 9 a.m. and worked until late afternoon. While there, groups were inspired by St. Andrew’s new Kindling Ministry to find additional ways they could serve through random acts of kindness. Looking for projects that were small but immeasurable in impact, groups were encouraged to act in the moment, and St. Andrew would reimburse projects up to $200. Kindling projects were implemented at each worksite and included purchasing 50+ pairs of summer shoes for kids in the Pivot program; paying for the towing and repairs for a single mother’s car; purchasing supplies for a Vacation Bible School program; providing lunches for construction crews; mowing yards of neighbors near a worksite; providing solar panel lights for a wheelchair accessible ramp; and completing new landscaping for an elderly woman.

“It was powerful to see the middle schoolers serve lunch to residents of the homeless shelter and help others shop for groceries and load them into cars at the food pantry,” said Holly Blais, student ministry associate director. “At the Boys and Girls Club, I loved seeing both the middle school team and high school team making great connections with the elementary students. Additionally, our group serving at Pivot joined youths in the program for lunch and a tour of the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. It was great to see all of the kids discover how much they had in common.”

Not only did the students serve others, they were also served by others. At the Operation Paint Brush worksites in Midwest City, two groups scraped and painted two houses and replaced rotting wood. The code officer, who checked on them to make sure they had enough supplies, told the city manager that this was the most efficient and hardest working group of students he had ever seen.  A resident who owned a snow cone business stopped by and was amazed to learn the group came from Texas to help. He called the city to tell them what a great job they were doing and brought a snow cone trailer with free snow cones for all.  Additionally, Midwest City Mayor Matt Dukes and City Manager J. Guy Hansen came over to personally thank everyone for giving up a week of their summer to help others in need and presented each student with a nylon bag with the words, "Neighbors helping Neighbors.”

For Regan Chapman, 18, who worked at the Midwest City sites, this was her eighth mission trip, and she shared that it was just as incredible as all the others. “Mission trip allows me to serve others in different communities, putting them before myself and serving like Jesus did. On this trip we had the unique opportunity to meet and pray for one of the families we were helping. I would not be where I am today without my faith walk or, quite honestly, feel as deeply about my St. Andrew church community if I had never experienced mission trips.”

At another site in Oklahoma City, a group worked at the home of Jacquelyn Dubose, an elderly resident. They painted the inside of her home and landscaped the outside. She was overcome with joy and loved getting to know the students, who were also very fond of her.

“I enjoyed working with my friends on Ms. Dubose’s home,” said Ben Judkins, 18. “She was a very spiritual and comforting woman who gave it all to God.”

Others who worked at the sites shared their faith journeys with the students. A food pantry manager shared how his life was transformed from drug addiction into 16 months of sobriety. A staff member from the Boys and Girls Club joined the group on their final night of worship sharing the wisdom he gained after his freshman year in college nearly destroyed his faith.

 “Seeing God working through people in their darkest times impacted me the most,” said Bryce Farnham, 18. “We always need to act and stand up for the faith we believe in. On mission trips you not only learn more about God in your small groups, you also get to know new people as you work together. Mission trips have allowed me to have amazing friendships with five guys who have shaped me into the person I am today.”

 “Of all the things I volunteer for as a parent, Mission Trip is my favorite and the most impactful,” said Diane Farnham, leader of a group at an Operation Paint Brush site. Getting a group of high school students from different schools and grades to work together and accomplish a goal with joy is incredible. You can see God’s love exuding from each of them every day. They motivate, encourage, and appreciate one another always making sure no one is left out or behind. In this day and age, it is a rare thing to see.” 

“St. Andrew’s annual mission trip is so much more than hammers, saws or paint,” said Agnew.  “We had full days of serving, worshipping, laughing and singing in fellowship with one another. With boldness in mind, we heard of many students, staff and volunteers praying for strangers in and around work sites. In all of this, we came to understand that each of these moments are God moments. They may not all appear as miracles to us, but we know God is there and gives us the power to be bold.”

St. Andrew is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano. Visit standrewumc.org or call 972-380-8001 for more information.

 

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Mark Your Calendar for a Star-Spangled Celebration Kids will enjoy the patriotic parade! Bring your family for this patriotic concert on June 30 to kick off your July 4th celebration.

 

The chancel choirs of St. Andrew UMC and Custer Road UMC combine for a star-spangled spectacular,

including Imperial Brass, a patriotic children’s parade, a salute to the armed forces, and free snow cones

 

St. Andrew United Methodist Church will host “Stars and Stripes at St. Andrew,” an inaugural July 4th celebration for the community, on Sunday, June 30, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the sanctuary, 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano. More than 100 voices of the combined chancel choirs of St. Andrew and Custer Road United Methodist Church will fill the sanctuary with patriotic music including hymns and songs, accompanied by Imperial Brass and Dr. Jonathan Gregoire on St. Andrew’s Letourneau organ. This event is open to the public and there is no admission charge.

Small American flags will be provided to children who wish to participate in a patriotic parade throughout the sanctuary during the program. The event will also include a special salute to the armed forces and free snow cones for everyone.

“We are thrilled to partner with Tim Morrison, Assoc. Minister of Music and Worship at Custer Road United Methodist Church, and the Custer Road UMC Chancel Choir for this new patriotic celebration at St. Andrew,” said Taylor Davis, Director of Music and Worship Arts, St. Andrew UMC. “Without question, this will be an extraordinary event for the entire community. Dress casually, bring your family and friends, and come experience a delightful afternoon of patriotic music and fun!”

“The Chancel Choir of Custer Road UMC is excited to participate in Stars and Stripes at St. Andrew along with the wonderful musicians of St. Andrew and Imperial Brass,” said Tim Morrison. “The repertoire is grand, exhilarating and exciting! The fellowship of uniting with other talented and gifted musicians creates a unique and meaningful bond which we will celebrate long after this special event.” 

For event information, call 214-291-8037, email tdavis@standrewumc.org or visit www.standrewumc.org.

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St. Andrew United Methodist Church began 32 years ago in the spirit of its namesake, a disciple of Jesus. The life of the Apostle Andrew embodies the church's mission, which is to invite the Christian-ish and the unchurched to become passionate servants of Christ. The congregation of St. Andrew follows Jesus, lives in relationship, serves others, and takes risks in faith. Worship includes four services each weekend on a 21.2-acre campus at the corner of Plano Parkway and Mira Vista in Plano, Texas, where more than 2,000 people gather each weekend. Recent renovation allows the Sanctuary to host worship in both Traditional style, with the classic pipe organ, and Contemporary style, with a new LED center screen and lighting technology. Small groups and Bible studies gather on campus and throughout the region every day of the week. Mission opportunities serve our local area, neighboring regions, and global communities. The church has been repeatedly selected as a "Best Place to Worship in Plano” by the readers of the Plano Star Courier. St. Andrew United Methodist Church is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093. Visit www.standrewumc.org; call 972-380-8001.

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St. Andrew UMC Traditional Worship

As Lent draws to a close, worshipers turn their thoughts to Jesus' final days before his resurrection on Easter Sunday. For Christians who observe it, Holy Week is a solemn time of worship. But at the end of it comes Easter Sunday — the celebration of Jesus' rebirth and defeat of death. This week of mourning tells a story of immense loss, but it leaves worshipers with the message of hope and Easter’s joyful celebration.

SERVICE TIMES AND CHILDCARE

Maundy Thursday | April 18 | 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary
We remember the Last Supper with bread and cup. Begin reflecting on Jesus' path to the cross, and see our Salt & Light Youth Choir students serve in a mighty capacity, leading us in worship.


Good Friday | April 19 | 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary

We remember the sacrifice on the cross with a service of darkness. We will interweave musical compositions from our worship directors with spoken meditations prepared by our pastoral leadership to illustrate the anguish of Jesus' crucifixion.


EASTER WEEKEND | April 20–April 21

April 20

5:30 p.m., Traditional, Sanctuary

April 21

Sunrise | 7:00 a.m., Meditation Garden | Led by the youth of the St. Andrew Students Department

Traditional | 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary

Contemporary | 9:30 a.m., Smith Worship Center | 11:10 a.m., 12:10 p.m., Sanctuary

ˆChildcare is available for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and all Easter services except sunrise.
 


STATIONS OF THE CROSS

In the Parlor, Maundy Thursday through Easter Sunday | Prayerfully reflect upon Jesus' suffering, death, and resurrection through this powerful experience. Use your senses and imagination at each of 14 stations that illustrate Christ's unconditional love for us.


We hope you will come celebrate this very special week at St. Andrew United Methodist Church. Join us!

CHURCH LOCATION AND PARKING MAP  Visit: https://www.standrewumc.org/news/HolyWeek

St. Andrew United Methodist Church
5801 W. Plano Pkwy
Plano, TX 75093

For services in the Sanctuary, use the West entrance (W on the map). For Smith Worship Center, use the East entrance (E).

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St. Andrew UMC Easter Egg Hunt Over 5,000 treat filled eggs!

DON'T MISS THIS FUN FAMILY EVENT!  Over 5,000 treat-filled eggs, a bounce house midway, large petting zoo, pony rides, balloon animals, crafts and the Easter Bunny! 

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 (rain or shine), west parking lot, 5801 W. Plano Parkway.  Last year more than 500 children and their families participated in the event. The Egg Hunt begins at 11:55 a.m.

“We love to give children from the community a wonderful Easter memory,” said Kim Meyers, Associate Pastor, Family Ministries.  “For the younger children it’s often their first Easter experience!   St. Andrew’s Mom to Mom group does a wonderful job creating a fun day for families.”

The event is $5 per child with a $20 maximum per family, and open to the public.  Registration can be made online at https://onrealm.org/standrewumc/PublicRegistrations/Event?linkString=MTEzMDAwNjktZjIzZC00OGM1LWIxZTItYTlkZTAxM2QxMzY3

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt is organized by the St. Andrew Mom to Mom group. Mom to Mom is now in its 26th year at St. Andrew. Nearly 100 women in Mom to Mom are participating in the organization of this year’s egg hunt.  Membership at St. Andrew is not required to participate in the group.

St. Andrew United Methodist Church is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas, 75093. Call 972-380-8001 for more information.

St. Andrew United Methodist Church began 32 years ago in the spirit of its namesake, a disciple of Jesus. The life of the Apostle Andrew embodies the church's mission, which is to invite the Christian-ish and the unchurched to become passionate servants of Christ. The congregation of St. Andrew follows Jesus, lives in relationship, serves others, and takes risks in faith. Worship includes four services each weekend on a 21.2-acre campus at the corner of Plano Parkway and Mira Vista in Plano, Texas, where more than 2,000 people gather each weekend. Recent renovation allows the Sanctuary to host worship in both Traditional style, with the classic pipe organ, and Contemporary style, with a new LED center screen and lighting technology. Small groups and Bible studies gather on campus and throughout the region every day of the week. Mission opportunities serve our local area, neighboring regions, and global communities. The church has been repeatedly selected as a "Best Place to Worship in Plano” by the readers of the Plano Star Courier. St. Andrew United Methodist Church is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093. Visit www.standrewumc.org; call 972-380-8001.

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Selecting accessories!

St. Andrew United Methodist Church is Hosting the 11th Annual PROM CLOSET (no cost and open to any girl from anywhere!) on Feb. 19, 20, 21, and 23, and there are multiple 2-hour volunteers spots still available that need to be filled.

Would you enjoy helping a girl select the prom dress of her dreams or helping her accessorize it with a selection of jewelry? How about helping her select that perfect wrap or handbag or pair of shoes? Yes, you can be a fairy godmother as a volunteer at the Prom Closet. Do you have a talent with sewing or mending? We are still in need of volunteers in a variety of positions throughout the run of the Prom Closet:

Volunteers may choose from the 6 specific areas to work:  

a) Check In  

b) Shopping Area Greeter  

c) Dressing Room Assistant / Re-assembly / Runner / DR Stage Assistant - volunteers must be able to walk up / down steps  

d) Accessory Area Assistant  

e) Check Out

f) Mending.  

All available positions and instructions as well as sign-up via Sign-Up Genius are on the St. Andrew website.  Go to http://www.standrewumc.org/promcloset and select volunteering to review open positions and sign up. 

Volunteering at Prom Closet is a joyful experience and one that you will not forget. Watch the attached prom closet video! And if you know of anyone who needs a dress for prom, please spread the word!

 

Here are more details on the 11th Annual St. Andrew Prom Closet:

WHAT:  St. Andrew United Methodist Church is hosting the 11th Annual Prom Closet, which has grown from serving 35 young ladies in 2009 to 1,207 in 2018. (2018 shoppers represented 76 school districts and 204 schools.) Girls from ANYWHERE in need of a prom dress are invited to come select a dress and accessories, all at no cost. There are 4,000 dresses, sized 0 to 28, available to choose from, many of which have never been worn. The only requirement is that girls must be present to select their dresses/ accessories. Additionally there are 4,000 pieces of jewelry, 150 handbags, and 400 pairs of shoes.

Church and community members, businesses, organizations, and local groups donate dresses, shoes, wraps, jewelry, handbags, and other accessories for this annual event, organized and operated by The St. Andrew United Methodist Women.  The Prom Closet was created to provide a unique shopping experience for young ladies who because of finances would be unable to attend prom.  Area school counselors have been provided information on their campuses. Prom Closet organizers and volunteers confirm that not only is the need great, but the impact the dress makes on the girl and her family is immeasurable.

St. Andrew needs donations of dress sizes, 0-2 and 12 and up.  All donations of dresses and accessories such as jewelry, handbags, shoes, and wraps, may be brought to Room 133 at St. Andrew (east side of church, M-Th, 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.) Tax receipts are available. A link on Amazon is available for purchasing items shipped directly to church: https://tinyurl.com/PromClosetWishList


Hotline: 469-385-1810
PROM CLOSET INFORMATION:

Website: www.standrewumc.org/promcloset

Email: standrewpromcloset@gmail.com

Facebook: PromCloset:St.AndrewUMC

Instagram: promcloset.standrewumc

Twitter: @promclosetsaumc

Video for donations: https://www.vimeo.com/285139252

Promo video: https://www.vimeo.com/285139116

PHOTOS from 2018: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rlqsexfg99zci6m/AACLwDBIa1rB9BWDeTRfrMd_a?dl=0

Special thanks to our PROM CLOSET partners:  Chico’s and Ulta for providing shopping bags, Dry Clean Super Center/Signature Garment Care and Macy's for garment dress bags; and Market Street for food and water donations.

WHEN:  Feb. 19, 20, 21 (Tues.-Thurs., 4-8 p.m.) and Feb. 23 (Saturday, 9 a.m. – noon)

Note: Prom Closet is closed on Friday, Feb. 22.

WHERE:  St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, TX, 75093, in Smith Worship Center. (Please look for Prom Closet directional signs due to construction.)

St. Andrew United Methodist Church began 32 years ago in the spirit of its namesake, a disciple of Jesus. The life of the Apostle Andrew embodies the church's mission, which is to invite the Christian-ish and the unchurched to become passionate servants of Christ. St. Andrew is a congregation of people who follow Jesus, live in relationship, serve others, and take risks in faith. Worship includes 4 services each weekend on a 21.2-acre campus at the corner of Plano Parkway and Mira Vista in Plano, Texas, where around 2,000 people gather each weekend. The church has been repeatedly selected as a "Best Place to Worship in Plano” by the readers of the Plano Star Courier. Groups gather on campus and throughout the region seven days a week, including small group and Bible studies; a renowned music ministry; service through missions such as The Storehouse of Collin County, providing services to qualifying Collin County residents to help escape the poverty cycle; 4 Corners Global Outreach, reaching remote villages needing medical care; Career Care, a workforce assistance program; and more. St. Andrew United Methodist Church is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093. Visit www.standrewumc.org; call 972-380-8001.

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St. Andrew UMC Prom Closet

 

The Prom Closet has grown from serving 35 young ladies in 2009 to 1,207 in 2018 

St. Andrew United Methodist Church is hosting the 11th Annual Prom Closet, Feb. 19, 20, 21 (Tues.-Thurs., 4-8 p.m.) and Feb. 23 (Saturday, 9 a.m. – noon), in the Smith Worship Center at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, 75093. (The Prom Closet is closed on Friday, Feb. 22.) Girls from ANYWHERE in need of a prom dress are invited to come select a dress and accessories, all at no cost. This year there are 3,500 available dresses ranging in sizes from 0 to 28, many of which have never been worn. The only requirement is that girls must be present to select their dresses/accessories. Community members, businesses, organizations, and local groups donate dresses, and accessories for this annual event, organized and operated by The St. Andrew United Methodist Women.

“Last year we served 1,207 shoppers from 76 school districts and 204 schools,” said Devra Helffrich, an original organizer of the Prom Closet. “Obviously, we could not do this without the support and donations from the community and our wonderful volunteers. We collect dresses, shoes, jewelry, wraps, handbags, and other accessories year ‘round, and we can’t thank the community enough for helping so many girls’ prom dreams come true. The Prom Closet has grown to be an extraordinary way to reach out and help the community.”

St. Andrew is asking the community to drop off donations of dresses and accessories such as jewelry, handbags, shoes, and wraps at 1401 Mira Vista (east side of the church) in Room 133, Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. A link on Amazon is available for anyone that would like to help by purchasing items, which will be shipped directly to the church. To review items available for purchase,https://tinyurl.com/PromClosetWishList

The Prom Closet was created to provide a unique shopping experience for young ladies who because of finances would be unable to attend prom.   Prom Closet organizers and volunteers confirm that not only is the need great, but the impact the dress makes on the girl and her family is immeasurable.  Visit www.standrewumc.org/promcloset, email standrewpromcloset@gmail.com, or call 469-385-1810 for more information.

“Every year, the Prom Closet results in so many stories of appreciation from girls who received dresses, and many are quite unique,” added Helffrich. “This year the Prom Closet worked with a group of girls from the McKinney High School Girl Empowerment Program, a program which was created to help young ladies learn the art of being able to lift each other up instead of pulling each other down.  Upon the completion of the program’s weekly projects during the school year, a ball is held to showcase their accomplishments and honor those who helped. The girls needed long dresses for the ball, and the Prom Closet volunteers worked with each girl to find the perfect dress.”

“We are all so appreciative of the Prom Closet and the wonderful ladies that not only helped the girls find a dress but also made them look and feel beautiful,” said Natasha Hayden, CIS Site Coordinator for McKinney High School. “The girls had to learn a waltz for the ball, where they were escorted by positive male role models including several members of the McKinney Police Department.  The Prom Closet was a wonderful example to the girls of what it means to be a team player.”

Area school counselors have been provided information about the annual Prom Closet on their campuses.  Students must be present to shop for selection of dress and accessories. Shopping will take place at the church, in the Smith Worship Center, at St. Andrew UMC, 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano. Park in the west parking lot off Plano Parkway. The church buildings are currently under renovation so please look for the Prom Closet directional signs.

 

St. Andrew PROM CLOSET 

 

Website: www.standrewumc.org/promcloset

Hotline: 469-385-1810

Email: standrewpromcloset@gmail.com

Facebook: Prom Closet: St. Andrew UMC

Instagram: promcloset.standrewumc

Twitter:  @StAndrewUMC

Videos:

2019 Prom Closet Donations - https://vimeo.com/285139252

2019 Prom Closet Promo - https://vimeo.com/285139116

Photos from 2018: by Chris Derrett https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rlqsexfg99zci6m/AACLwDBIa1rB9BWDeTRfrMd_a?dl=0

 

 

St. Andrew United Methodist Church began 32 years ago in the spirit of its namesake, a disciple of Jesus. The life of the Apostle Andrew embodies the church's mission, which is to invite the Christian-ish and the unchurched to become passionate servants of Christ. St. Andrew is a congregation of people who follow Jesus, live in relationship, serve others, and take risks in faith. Worship includes 4 services each weekend on a 21.2-acre campus at the corner of Plano Parkway and Mira Vista in Plano, Texas, where around 2,000 people gather each weekend. The church has been repeatedly selected as a "Best Place to Worship in Plano” by the readers of the Plano Star Courier. Groups gather on campus and throughout the region seven days a week, including small group and Bible studies; a renowned music ministry; service through missions such as The Storehouse of Collin County, providing services to qualifying Collin County residents to help escape the poverty cycle; 4 Corners Global Outreach, reaching remote villages needing medical care; Career Care, a workforce assistance program; and more. St. Andrew United Methodist Church is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093. Visit www.standrewumc.org; call 972-380-8001.
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Rev. Arthur Jones, Bishop Scott Jones Come hear this dynamic father and son duo discuss their new book together. FREE!

 

Bishop Scott J. Jones and his son Rev. Arthur Jones discuss their second book together:

Scripture and the Wesleyan Way: A Bible Study on Real Christianity

Bishop Scott J. Jones, bishop of the Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, and his son, Rev. Arthur Jones, a fifth generation Methodist minister and senior associate pastor at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, have co-authored their second book, Scripture & the Wesleyan Way: A Bible Study on Real Christianity. The community is invited to a discussion about the book at “A Night with the Authors: Wesleyan Way,” on Sunday, January 13, at 5:30 p.m. in Smith Worship Center, St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano.  Admission is free.

“This book helps us to rediscover a way of following Jesus taught by 18th century English pastors John and Charles Wesley, which is itself a return to methods used by the earliest Christians after Jesus’ ascension,” said Bishop Scott Jones.  “This way holds the key to unlocking a renewed and vibrant church, and is our best hope for healing the division in our culture today.”

The Bible was central to John Wesley’s faith and the Christian movement he founded. Scripture and the Wesleyan Way provides a Wesleyan approach to the Bible and the Christian life through a Bible study using Wesley’s own words. In this study, authors Scott and Arthur Jones use John Wesley’s sermons to illuminate the Bible passages at the heart of Wesley’s understanding of what it means to be a real Christian. Each chapter explores a key Scripture text and one of Wesley’s sermons on it. Bishop Jones and his son Arthur show how the teachings of Wesley address questions that many of us in the 21st century still struggle with today.

“John Wesley discovered a challenging yet hopeful message in the Bible, which profoundly shaped his personal life and the Methodist movement he founded,” added Rev. Arthur Jones.  “As you study the Bible with John Wesley, you will hear his call to live a real Christian life and will be inspired to respond to this call with faith and boldness. We hope you can join us on January 13.”

Rev. Jones is a graduate of Duke Divinity School, and Bishop Jones previously served on the faculty at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University as well as pastor of three congregations in North Texas. Their first book together, published in 2015, was titled ASK – Faith Questions in a Skeptical Age. Bishop Jones is the author of several previous books including The Evangelistic Love of God & Neighbor, Staying at the Table, and Wesley and the Quadrilateral, also published by Abingdon Press.  

Bishop Scott Jones stands in a line of Methodist ministers stretching back to his maternal great-grandfather.  His father, Jameson Jones, was a national United Methodist leader and served as dean of Duke Divinity School, as would Bishop Jones’ younger brother, L. Gregory Jones.  His son Arthur Jones joined the staff of St. Andrew UMC in 2010 as an associate pastor.

Following the discussion, there will be a Q&A session.  Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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Join us for Christmas Eve! St. Andrew United Methodist Church is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway.
St. Andrew United Methodist Church announces multiple Christmas Eve Services as well as a special travelers' service for those who will be out of town over the holidays.
 
St. Andrew is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano Texas 75093. 
 
We invite you and your family to join us! Merry Christmas! 

 

Christmas Eve Services

SERVICES FROM NOON TO 11 P.M.


Wednesday, December 19
*
7:00 p.m. | Travelers Service, Sanctuary


Monday, December 24

*12:00 p.m., Casual Family Service, Sanctuary | Arthur Jones
*2:00 p.m., Children's Service, Sanctuary | Arthur Jones
*4:00 p.m., Contemporary Service, Sanctuary | Arthur Jones
*6:00 p.m., Traditional Service, Sanctuary | Robert Hasley
7:00 p.m., Contemporary Service, Smith Worship Center | Allison Jean
8:00 p.m., Traditional Service, Sanctuary | Jimmy Decker
11:00 p.m., Traditional Communion Service, Sanctuary | Arthur Jones
 

*CHILDCARE AVAILABLE FOR THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:

Wednesday, December 19, Travelers Service
Monday, December 24, for 2 years and younger at 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Monday, December 24, for 5 years and younger at 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.


DECEMBER 30 SERVICE

10:00 a.m. | Combined Service in Sanctuary

**On Sunday, December 30, we will have one combined service in the Sanctuary at 10 a.m. We will not have a 9:30 a.m. Traditional, 9:30 Contemporary, or 11:00 Contemporary service.
 
*Childcare Available 
 
 
St. Andrew United Methodist Church began 32 years ago in the spirit of its namesake, a disciple of Jesus. The life of the Apostle Andrew embodies the church's mission, which is to invite the Christian-ish and the unchurched to become passionate servants of Christ. St. Andrew is a congregation of people who follow Jesus, live in relationship, serve others, and take risks in faith. Worship includes 4 services each weekend on a 21.2-acre campus at the corner of Plano Parkway and Mira Vista in Plano, Texas, where around 2,000 people gather each weekend. The church has been repeatedly selected as a "Best Place to Worship in Plano” by the readers of the Plano Star Courier. Groups gather on campus and throughout the region seven days a week, including small group and Bible studies; a renowned music ministry; service through missions such as The Storehouse of Collin County, providing services to qualifying Collin County residents to help escape the poverty cycle; 4 Corners Global Outreach, reaching remote villages needing medical care; Career Care, a workforce assistance program; and more. St. Andrew United Methodist Church is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas  75093. Visit www.standrewumc.org; call 972-380-8001.