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St. Andrew's Prom Closet-registration required Over 3,000 dresses available to choose from - at no cost! Register today to secure your time slot to shop!

Donations of dresses, jewelry, shoes, handbags, and wraps are requested

St. Andrew United Methodist Church announces Prom Closet 2022 will take place over a two-week period: February 15, 16, 17 & 19 and 21 – 26 in Smith Worship Center, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, with advance registration required. Each year, Prom Closet provides prom attire to more than 1,000 high school girls from anywhere at no cost and is a service of the St. Andrew United Methodist Women. This year advance registration is required to improve the overall shopping experience and minimize wait times for the shoppers. To register for a 1.5-hour time slot, visit www.standrewumc.org/promcloset.

The Prom Closet is accepting donations of dresses (sizes 0-30), jewelry, shoes, handbags, and wraps. All donations may be dropped off at St. Andrew, through February 25, in Room 121, Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday 8:30 - 1 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; and Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Use North entry door located off north parking lot, 1401 Mira Vista.

“We are overjoyed to announce we will host Prom Closet this year and are excited to try advance registration, eliminating long lines and providing plenty of space for each shopper to select her perfect dress and accessories,” said Devra Helffrich, an original organizer of 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. This will be the 13th year we have held Prom Closet, which has grown to be an extraordinary way to reach out and help the community.”

Area school counselors have been provided information about the annual Prom Closet on their campuses. 

Each shopper must be present to select her own dress and accessories and may have one guest, age 16 or older, with them. A personal shopper volunteer will assist each shopper throughout the process. There will be 20 shopping slots per each 1.5-hour time frame.

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 promcloset@standrewumc.org, or call 469-385-1810 for more information.

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St. Andrew PROM CLOSET 

Website and Registration: www.standrewumc.org/promcloset

Hotline: 469-385-1810

Email: promcloset@standrewumc.org

Facebook: Prom Closet: St. Andrew UMC

Instagram: promcloset.standrewumc

Twitter:  @StAndrewUMC

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St. Andrew United Methodist Church began in 1986 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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Scarves for Christmas Organizers Elizabeth Thomas and Patti Hoff, members of St. Andrew United Methodist Church

A year-long labor of love, providing warmth and comfort to those coming for assistance at The Storehouse of Collin County 

In January, a group of ladies who enjoy knitting and crocheting joined together to form a group called “Scarves for Christmas” to benefit neighbors of The Storehouse of Collin County during the holiday season. Organizers Elizabeth Thomas and Patti Hoff, who are members of St. Andrew United Methodist Church, recruited a group of 40 women from all over DFW including some who were outside of Texas. Because of the pandemic, the group connected over Zoom for the first half of the year to share crocheting and knitting techniques while working on the scarves. They knitted and crocheted a grand total of 621 scarves – each taking about 4-6 hours to craft.

Once all were completed, the scarves were sorted, individually wrapped, and tied with a bow. Each packaged scarf also included a Christmas card with a prayer of encouragement in English and Spanish. On November 10, the group came together for a special blessing of the scarves, led by St. Andrew Pastor Jennifer Arnold.

During The Storehouse of Collin County’s food distribution on Dec. 2 and 4, the ladies placed one scarf on each food cart to give to each family. St. Andrew’s music department provided Christmas carolers, adding to the merriment of the event.

The volunteers who took the food carts out to the neighbors’ cars returned with many stories of gratitude and joy. Many neighbors became very emotional as they received their special hand-crafted gift. According to organizers, one woman teared up and said that wrapping up in the scarf would bring her much comfort and warmth. A man who received a red and green Christmas scarf immediately opened it, put it on and expressed so much joy in this gift that it was infectious to all around him! 

These 40 ladies gave the gift of hope, love, warmth, and joy. Organizers Patti Hoff and Elizabeth Thomas cannot express into words how wonderful this experience was, nor can they adequately express their gratitude to all who spent many hours crafting the scarves. The group plans to organize another Scarves for Christmas project for distribution in 2023!

 

Blessing of the Prayer Scarves

We remember all those who will receive these scarves:

Those who are lonely and need to know they are loved

Those who are ill and yearn for healing of body, mind and spirit,

Those who face challenging decisions and search for guidance,

Those who are grieving and welcome comforting words and actions,

Those who are celebrating newness of life and rejoice in the warmth and richness surrounding them.

May they find comfort

from all that appears too much to bear at this moment

from all that feels as if it might be the breaking point

from all that seems to threaten their peace of heart.

May this prayer scarf be

A shelter for time of overwhelming grief

A shade in times of sorrow too deep for words

A shield from times of unimaginable loss

May they be sustained

By the presence of those who love and support them

By faith in the eternal Loving One

By the memories of what they hold most dear.

Prayer of Blessing:

May God’s grace be upon this scarf,

Warming, comforting, enfolding and embracing.

May it be a safe haven…a sacred place of security and well-being

Sustaining and embracing in good times as well as difficult ones.

May the one who received this scarf be cradled in hope.

Kept in joy, graced with peace, and wrapped in love.

 

The Storehouse of Collin County provides short-term assistance and long-term transformation to residents of Collin County in need through the Seven Loaves Food Pantry, Joseph’s Coat Clothing Closet, and Project Hope. The nonprofit was founded in 2009 under the name of Seven Loaves Community which provided only food pantry staples and grew over the years to meet a variety of needs. Over 2,000 families on average access the Seven Loaves Food Pantry each month. The Storehouse also provides an opportunity to receive clothing at no cost through Joseph’s Coat as well as holistic assessment, counseling, goal setting, and referrals to community resources through the Project Hope relational program. Visit www.thestorehousecc.org

 

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Christmas Festival of Music Two Performances: featuring choirs, symphony brass, and organ - no cost

Celebrate the joy of the Christmas season with music and worship at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, 5801 W. Plano Parkway. Enjoy a Sunday morning Christmas Festival of Music on December 12 with favorite carols, choirs, symphony brass, sing-a-longs; three distinctive evenings of Christmas Concerts by the Pond, December 18-20; and multiple Christmas Candlelight Services, December 23-24.

On Sunday, December 12, St. Andrew will present a Christmas Festival of Music, during the 9:30 and 11 a.m. worship services in the sanctuary, open to all at no cost. Enjoy favorite carols through stunning arrangements for all choirs (children, youth, and chancel) and congregational singing accompanied by symphony brass and organ.

From Saturday, December 18 to Monday, December 20, St. Andrew presents three distinctive evenings of music at Christmas Concerts by the Pond, each beginning at 7 p.m. Five food trucks will be on site each evening. In case of inclement weather, concerts will move into St. Andrew’s sanctuary. Admission for each outdoor concert is $5, benefiting Beacon of Light, St. Andrew’s community mental health ministry.

On December 18, the St. Andrew Band, featuring Josh and Krista Miller, presents “A Rockin’ Christmas,” a night of Christmas classics, complete with special guests.

On December 19, St. Andrew partners with Dallas Theater Center to present, “A Rhythm and Blues Christmas,” featuring Liz Mikel and Alex Organ, both members of the Dee and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company of the Tony Award winning Dallas Theater Center. Mikel, a Broadway and film/TV star, is widely known for her portrayal of Corinna "Mama" Williams, mother of star running back Brian "Smash" Williams, on the NBC television series Friday Night Lights. Organ, artistic director of Second Thought Theatre, has many local and regional theater credits with film/TV experience including Law & Order: SVU. The duo will present an entertaining evening of Christmas music with a Motown flair.

On December 20, Imperial Brass presents “A Jazzy Christmas,” featuring jazzy holiday favorites for the whole family.

 On December 23-24, join St. Andrew online or in person for beautiful worship at the Christmas Candlelight Services that will conclude with the traditional lighting of the candles and singing “Silent Night” together.

“We are so looking forward to welcoming the community during this Christmas season and are excited to announce all of the programs for this year’s Christmas at St. Andrew,” said Rev. Arthur Jones, senior pastor. “The Christmas Festival of Music will bring carols to life for all ages, and, as a follow up to our highly successful Journey of Lights program last Christmas, we are excited to offer the three evenings of unique musical experiences at the pond. Choose from one of our multiple Christmas Candlelight services, and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our Savior. There’s so much for everyone to enjoy this season at St. Andrew.”

Visit standrewumc.org/Christmas for information about all events and to purchase tickets for the Christmas Concerts at the Pond.

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St. Andrew United Methodist Church began in 1986 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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Groundbreaking for the Hasley Chapel at St. Andrew Plano Mayor John Muns presents a proclamation to Rev. Robert Hasley declaring November 7 as "Robert Hasley Day" in Plano.

Plano Mayor John Muns presented a proclamation to declare November 7 “Robert Hasley Day” in the City of Plano 

On Sunday, November 7, hundreds gathered at the northwest corner of the St. Andrew United Methodist Church parking lot to honor beloved Founding Pastor Rev. Robert Hasley at a ceremonial groundbreaking of the Hasley Chapel. Five years ago, when the church developed its 30-year master plan, there was discussion of the addition of a chapel, which was designed by Hasley to overlook the pond and natural beauty of the woods. The chapel, while not included in this master plan, was something the church hoped to build a few years later.

This past summer, after 35 years of leading St. Andrew, Rev. Hasley passed the baton to now Senior Pastor Rev. Arthur Jones, and Hasley’s title changed to founding pastor. Almost immediately, Rev. Jones received multiple inquiries from the congregation wanting a special way to honor Hasley for his legacy and ministry. Within just a few weeks, Rev. Hasley was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. The chapel, named in his honor, was determined to be the perfect way to honor his legacy at St. Andrew. The building committee met, leadership was organized, and to date over $9.1 million of the needed $10 million has been raised. Construction will begin in April 2022 with a targeted completion in 12 months. Drawings of the chapel may be seen here.

As a surprise for Rev. Hasley, Plano Mayor John Muns read a proclamation declaring November 7 “Robert Hasley Day” in Plano.

Rev. Hasley was born on January 2, 1952, in Hope, Arkansas, to Carlton and Jean Hasley. Upon graduating from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, he earned a master’s in theology followed by a doctorate in ministry from Perkins Theological Seminary.  On June 26, 1999, Rev. Hasley married Sharon, and between them they have five adult children and four grandchildren. He served as associate pastor of Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas prior to helping to found St. Andrew United Methodist Church of Plano in 1986 and is currently serving as founding pastor as he rounds out his 35th year with St. Andrew. Under his leadership, St. Andrew generously provided funding and volunteers to build over 20 Habitat for Humanity homes in the Douglass Community, secured housing for over 300 Hurricane Katrina victims, founded the Seven Loaves Food Pantry that provides critical resources to underserved families in our community, and members of all ages have been inspired to volunteer year-round with local non-profits, disaster relief groups, and a variety of mission endeavors locally and beyond. He has served on various boards such as the Methodist Hospital System, Perkins School of Theology at SMU, various committees with the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, and with Plano Independent School District related to strategic vision planning and diversity.

As Mayor Muns concluded the proclamation, declaring November 7, 2021, as Robert Hasley Day in Plano, Texas, he encouraged all citizens to join him and the Plano City Council in honoring Rev. Hasley for “faithfully fulfilling his divine call to servant leadership where he has made a positive impact in countless lives.”

In addition to Plano Mayor John Muns, attendees included Bishop Mike McKee, of the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church; Senior Pastor Arthur Jones; Chapel Fundraising Campaign Co-Chairs Debbie and Dave Rader and Laura and Tom Morris; Sally Hamilton, whose husband was the first building committee chairman of St. Andrew; Kathy King, 2022 Chair of the Executive Committee of St. Andrew and who attended the first service 35 years ago at Shepton High School as a teacher and coach; members of St. Andrew; and many of Rev. Hasley’s friends and family members.

“This was a triumphant day in the life of St. Andrew United Methodist Church,” said Sr. Pastor Rev. Arthur Jones. “Out of all the joys that came from Sunday, my favorite recollection is of Robert laughing with his family and many friends. I can still hear Robert’s contagious laugh and see his smile as he visited with so many who have been a part of St. Andrew over the last 35 years. This is a reminder that the life that we live together is intended to live on – from generation to generation until all the generations are gathered at the foot of the throne with laughter and joy.”

The Hasley Chapel will honor the legacy and ministry of Rev. Robert Hasley and will serve as the home for multiple worship services, weddings, memorial services, conference center, and additional ministry opportunities.

St. Andrew United Methodist Church began in 1986 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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Kim Meyers-author of Parenting with Perspective "Parenting is hard – and especially these days! My main purpose for this book is to help families be the best they can be and realize they are capable parents, and they can do this!"

Parenting is hard. There are many demands and expectations families face—but what if there was a way to see things differently and rise above the daily grind?

Rev. Kim Meyers, family ministry and community outreach pastor at St. Andrew United Methodist Church; mother of two teenage boys, host of “Lift: A Parenting Podcast,” and a seasoned teacher of parenting classes, has released her first book, titled Parenting with Perspective – a unique parenting resource she always wished she had. With humor and hope, this book gives parents rearing children of any age a new companion on the journey through parenthood.

The first part of the book focuses on the parent, not the child; the second part focuses on who the child is, not whom the parent wants them to be; and the final part focuses on how the parent and child work together. Each chapter begins with a Bible verse, includes a perspective piece written by others in the community, and ends with a prayer.

“There are already plenty of parenting style books on the shelves,” said Rev. Meyers. “Parenting with Perspective is like a friend you can go to in the middle of the night. You will mess up, but it’s important to give yourself grace and move forward. Parenting during COVID-19 has created tremendous pressure on families, but if we can parent with perspective, it makes a huge difference. And, it’s OK to not like your children some days. We’ve all been there. This book talks about things parents experience that other books do not.”

“By providing the wisdom of other experts such as retired teachers and counselors, the book gives yet another helpful point of view,” added Meyers. “Parenting is hard, and it is my hope to help parents take a breath, step back and gain new perspective, and then move on! It’s also important for parents to take care of themselves.”

Rev. Meyers spent each Friday of the pandemic working on her book and was surprised at how easily the book came together. Below are a few parenting tips from Meyers:

  • Perspective is important – I am a believer in the 5-5-5 rule.   So, in the moment when things feel big, take a minute, and reflect:  In 5 days will this decision feel the same way, and what about in 5 weeks, 5 months?
  • Each child is different. It’s important to understand whom you are talking to:  a toddler can typically only process one emotion at a time, and a teenager is pushing toward independence without a fully developed brain. Giving them respect and boundaries will help you both in the journey of parenting.
  • I don’t think we can say this enough - but taking care of yourself is critical.  Chapter 4 focuses on self-care, through rest, exercise, counseling, fun. Do what you need to do to be your best self.

“I have thought about writing a book for a long time, and I have no doubt that the Holy Spirit had a hand in my ability to do so – every step of the way,” added Meyers. “Many don’t know that I’m dyslexic, which presents some challenges – especially when writing a book! I have such a strong desire to help families be the best they can be, and I pray this resource will help parents know they are good enough and to keep fighting the fight!”

Rev. Meyers has a Master of Arts in Ministry from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and a Bachelor of Science in Deaf Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She has a background in family and children's ministry and is a former middle and elementary school public school teacher. She also serves on the board of directors for Wesley Rankin Community Center and The Warren Center. Rev. Meyers has been married to her husband Dan for 21 years and has two children, ages 15 and 17, and two dogs. The family resides in Frisco, Texas.

“Rev. Meyers is an expert in her field and a deeply faithful person with an optimistic outlook on life,” said Rev. Arthur Jones, senior pastor, St. Andrew United Methodist Church. “I, along with many others, have told her that she needs to write a book because, after all, she is the one we all go to for parenting advice! I love seeing how she inspires parents and children daily while keeping it real. With two small children of my own, I know many challenges of parenting, and I appreciate her perspective and encouragement that we as parents are capable and equipped for the task.”

In 2019, Rev. Meyers launched “Lift: A Parenting Podcast” to help parents navigate the challenges of raising children of all ages in today’s world. LIFT podcasts have tackled many additional timely, tough subjects including mass shootings, grief and suicide, the challenges of COVID-19, and race, featuring community leaders, church members and other experts as guests. It is available for free on https://liftparentingpodcast.buzzsprout.com/. Meyers also enjoys speaking to groups on parenting and is developing a Bible study companion to the book that can be used in small groups. Visit kimmeyers.org for more information. Parenting with Perspective is now available, from $17.99 to $22.99. To pre-order, visit https://store.inviteresources.com/product/parenting-with-perspective/

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St. Andrew United Methodist Church began in 1986 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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Project Hope Relational Program Maria visits with Project Hope Director Jackie Welchman.

Engagement, empathy, and encouragement, combined with holistic assessment, referrals, counseling, and goal setting, move families in crisis to freedom and independence

Maria, 39, and her two daughters, ages 1 and 3, first came to The Storehouse of Collin County during the 2020 Thanksgiving Distribution.  Seeking asylum from Venezuela, where she had a successful career as a journalist working at a local newspaper and producing her own radio show, Maria left her country and family in February 2019 in search of a better life. Her brother had already come to Texas due to the political unrest, and she was ready to do the same. Since her arrival, she learned a new language and has endured many challenges, including domestic violence, but has come out stronger on the other side with the help of The Storehouse’s Project Hope program. On September 20 she begins a new job and a new start for her family.

“I remember the first day I met Maria,” said Jackie Welchman, director of The Storehouse’s Project Hope Program. “She was the last person in line for food and had a 2-year-old clinging to her leg and 6-month-old in her arms. I knew she was facing challenges. I, too, am a mother of two young daughters and immediately put myself into her shoes. Maria needed help beyond food and clothing. Her situation was complex, and while she was living with her brother and his family, she had no money and no one to ‘show her the way’ and help her get on her feet.”

Through Project Hope, Maria was provided with referrals, including one to Dallas Catholic Charities who assisted her with obtaining social security cards for herself and her oldest daughter, born in Venezuela. In August she obtained a permit to work. Upon her initial arrival in the U.S., she had worked temporary jobs with a catering company, but after overcoming abuse and trauma, she had been searching for a more stable position. Maria meets twice a month with Welchman, whom she refers to as her “angel.” Welchman provides a listening ear helping her navigate the challenges of supporting her family in a new country while working on goal setting, planning, employment, and housing.

“That day I was waiting for food at The Storehouse and saw the flyer on Project Hope was a grace day in my life, and I know it was not a coincidence that it was on Thanksgiving,” added Maria, recounting her first visit with Welchman. “God has been with me. Through Project Hope I also had the opportunity to attend a special event called ‘Evening of Empowerment,’ where I met another angel who helped me find my new job.”

"It does not matter where you are in life, you need someone to walk with you and encourage you,” added Welchman. “You need someone to say, ‘I believe in you, and I see those abilities in you.’ For Maria, I know that she is a wonderful mother and caregiver. I’ve reminded her of the importance of self-care and allowing others to encourage and support her. The biggest change I have seen in her is her confidence and her perspective on her ‘story.’ Before she got involved with Project Hope, she saw herself as a victim, and today she sees herself as a survivor.” 

“As an immigrant with two little ones in a new country, I am so blessed to have found Project Hope and Jackie, who gives me the confidence and the courage I need to face the challenges ahead,” added Maria. “What Jackie is doing with me positively impacts my children and my family. Project Hope is a treasure. Project Hope is more than just a program of The Storehouse. For me, it is the center.”

“Our entire Storehouse team speaks often about the essence of Project Hope,” said Candace Winslow, executive director, The Storehouse of Collin County.  “Our mission is to feed, clothe and care as neighbors in one community, and Project Hope represents the ‘care’ component of what we do. It starts with how we greet our neighbors at the pantry and at our clothing closet, and it extends to how we actively listen for additional needs and take time to care holistically for our neighbors.”

In the last fiscal year (July 2020-June 2021), The Storehouse of Collin County served 1,534,048 meals through the Seven Loaves food pantry, distributed 33,802 articles of clothing through the Joseph’s Coat clothing closet, and gave support to 703 neighbors in one-on-one conversations through the empowerment-based, transformational program, Project Hope.

“Please remember when you give to The Storehouse on North Texas Giving Day, your donation allows us to serve each neighbor holistically, not only meeting their food and clothing needs, but also serving as a ‘conduit of care’ to help with the other aspects of their lives with the ultimate goal of long-term transformation,” added Winslow. “When you give, you are not giving to a program, you are giving to people – people just like Maria.  You are giving them a new start on life, and you are enabling them to care for themselves and their families.”

On September 23, visit https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/thestorehousecc and give to The Storehouse of Collin County. Help those in Collin County seeking short-term assistance and long-term transformation and be a part of the largest community-wide giving event in the nation.

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The Storehouse of Collin County provides short-term assistance and long-term transformation to residents of Collin County in need through the Seven Loaves Food Pantry, Joseph’s Coat Clothing Closet, and Project Hope. The nonprofit was founded in 2009 under the name of Seven Loaves Community which provided only food pantry staples and grew over the years to meet a variety of needs. Over 1,600 families on average access the Seven Loaves Food Pantry each month. The Storehouse also provides an opportunity to receive clothing at no cost through Joseph’s Coat as well as holistic assessment, counseling, goal setting, and referrals to community resources through the Project Hope relational program. Visit www.thestorehousecc.org. The Storehouse EIN: 27-1883333

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Join us for Lunch with the Author! Most people are waiting to live their best life. The right way to understand life is through the ancient idea of the soul, which includes every part of a person, both now and in the future.Learn how to live in such a way to grow your soul. Registration is $25 per family and includes one hardcover copy of Solid Souls as well as lunch for all family members and child care.

In Solid Souls, Rev. Jones shows the reader how to see life with eternal eyes; love more fully; and make everyday choices that reflect values, goals, and faith - leading to a more solid soul 

In a bold new work titled Solid Souls, St. Andrew United Methodist Church Senior Pastor Rev. Arthur Jones presents a simple, powerful, and thought-provoking message, “Your small, everyday choices have eternal effect.” While some feel like the state of our souls comes down to one big spiritual decision in life, Jones explains that our soul is shaped by life’s everyday decisions, not just a few big ones.  On August 8, at noon, the community is invited to a lively discussion and Q&A by Rev. Arthur Jones at a “Lunch with the Author,” in Smith Worship Center at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, at 5801 W. Plano Parkway. The event, which is open to the public, includes free lunch and child care. The purchase of one book per family is required to attend.

In Solid Souls, Rev. Jones weaves together Scripture, history, theology, and pop culture to reclaim the ancient concept of a soul. Each chapter is intended to help the reader understand the immediate and eternal consequences of daily choices, increase awareness and insight, care more deeply, love more fully, and think in new ways about relationships and the choices that define them.

“A soul is not afterlife vapor but something very real and very specific: the resurrection of the body,” said Jones. “Jesus’ message is that the kingdom of heaven is here now. The choices that we make in every moment lead us toward heaven or away from it. In Solid Souls, it is my hope to help people see their lives and the lives of others with eternal eyes, love more fully, and make everyday choices that reflect individual values, goals, and faith – making their souls more solid.”

A fifth generation Methodist Minister, Rev. Jones grew up in churches across North Texas and recently became the second senior pastor in St. Andrew’s 35-year history, following in the footsteps of his beloved friend and mentor, Rev. Robert Hasley. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas and Duke Divinity School and the co-author of Ask: Faith Questions in a Skeptical Age. Arthur is married to Becky, and they are the parents of two children.

“As we look toward the future, this is a book to help guide us in choosing a trajectory in life that makes our souls more solid, and in the process, helps us to live our best lives and, ultimately, become better people,” added Jones.

Registration is $25 per family and includes one hardcover copy of Solid Souls as well as lunch for all family members and child care. To register for a “Lunch with the Author,” visit https://invte.pub/JonesLunch. Solid Souls is a new release by Invite Press.

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Completed Joseph's Coat Donation Shed Jeff Morton, director of operations, The Storehouse of Collin County; Dillard Leeds; Christi Ferrell, director of Joseph's Coat, a program of The Storehouse of Collin County

The new, walk-in shed provides more room for clothing donations and easy cart access

When Dillard Leeds, 15, a freshman at Trinity Christian Academy and member of Boy Scout Troop 815, learned that The Storehouse of Collin County had outgrown its Joseph’s Coat Donation Shed, which receives more than 5,000 donations a month, he knew he wanted his Eagle Scout project to provide a new one!

Leeds, along with his father Jason and 17 other scouts, built the shed in two full days with an additional full day for painting. A concrete foundation was poured a month before building began. Planning for the project started in July of 2020, and the shed was completed in April 2021.  

The new donation shed’s design is much larger which will allow for the collection and storing of more clothing and shoes. It also includes full-height double doors in the back allowing for rolling receptacles inside to catch clothing donations, preventing them from falling on the floor. Also, new hinges on the hatch drop-off door keep the door open while donors deposit their items.

“Our most heartfelt thanks go to Dillard and his team of helpers for investing in The Storehouse and our mission to ‘feed, clothe, and care as neighbors in one community!’” said Christi Ferrell, director of Joseph’s Coat Clothing Closet, a program of The Storehouse of Collin County. “With the expansion of Joseph’s Coat, we had outgrown the previous donation shed, and the wood had rotted allowing rain and critters inside. Additionally, the height of the new shed prevents us from hitting our heads and the placement of rolling carts inside prevents us from having to lift heavy bags, making the process much safer for volunteers and staff when collecting the items.”

Joseph’s Coat was closed between March and July in 2020 during COVID-19. Staff worked to reopen the program in August of 2020 using an appointment-only model to keep neighbors and volunteers safe. The appointment model has continued as it provides neighbors a peaceful and organized shopping experience without making them feel rushed. Anyone in Collin County in need of clothing can visit www.thestorehousecc.org/josephs-coat to schedule an appointment. Joseph’s Coat distributes approximately 4,000 clothing items each month.

“Dillard’s initiative and hard work has made a remarkable difference in the safety and efficiency of our collection process, the cleanliness of our clothing and updated the aesthetic look of our parking lot as well,” added Ferrell. “His hard work and generosity will benefit our community, our neighbors, and our mission for many years to come.”

“When I heard how many donations Joseph’s Coat receives each month, I knew that I could help by making a new shed that would make it easier to collect clothes and possibly allow The Storehouse to donate more clothes and help more people,” said Dillard Leeds. “Now that the shed is completed, I feel accomplished and proud of all the work we did to build a shed that will help many people.”

Donations of clothing and shoes may be dropped into the Joseph's Coat Donation Shed, located in the parking lot next to The Storehouse of Collin County, 1401 Mira Vista Boulevard, Plano, 75093  

The Storehouse of Collin County provides short-term assistance and long-term transformation to residents of Collin County in need through the Seven Loaves Food PantryJoseph’s Coat Clothing Closet, and Project Hope. The nonprofit was founded in 2009 under the name of Seven Loaves Community which provided only food pantry staples and grew over the years to meet a variety of needs. Over 1,600 families on average access the Seven Loaves Food Pantry each month. The Storehouse also provides an opportunity to receive clothing at Joseph’s Coat as well as referrals to community resources through the Project Hope relational program. Visit www.thestorehousecc.org. 

Here's some information about Joseph's Coat

 

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Camp Impact Photo by Chris Derrett

From vacation bible school to an on-site mission trip and a multi-day sleepaway camp, summer programs offer fun and engaging activities for those in Pre-K to Grade 12 

St. Andrew United Methodist Church invites children and youths to participate in its summer programming, including Vacation Bible School, June 22-25; an on-site mission trip, June 7-12; and the annual Camp Impact, a sleepaway camp, July 21-25.

“It’s been a long, tough year for everyone, and St. Andrew is looking forward to safely hosting children and youths for our summer fun 2021 programming,” said Rev. Kim Meyers, associate pastor, Family Ministries. “Additionally, if you are someone who would like to serve as a volunteer, we would love your help in our Vacation Bible School program, which will enable us to expand the number of participants. Please look at all that we are offering this summer and join us!”

“Treasured,” this year’s Vacation Bible School, June 22-25, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., on the campus of St. Andrew UMC, is for children in Pre-K (entering kindergarten in fall 2022) through Grade 5 (completing Grade 4 in June 2021), and there is no cost. Kids will discover that they are God’s greatest treasure while participating in Bible-learning activities, singing songs, participating in teamwork-building games, enjoying treats and much more. Registration ends June 11. For those wanting to volunteer, contact Alicia Erickson at aerickson@standrewumc.org. Childcare is available for volunteers. To register to participate in VBS, visit https://www.standrewumc.org/News/vbs

“Serving Begins at Home,” this year’s mission trip, June 7-12, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., on the campus of St. Andrew UMC, is for students entering Grade 6 to outgoing seniors. Cost is $150. Registration ends June 1. Projects include building a tiny home and shed for City House, a nonprofit which supports at-risk youth and young adults; hosting a day camp for elementary students served by The Storehouse of Collin County; working in The Storehouse’s Seven Loaves Food Pantry and Joseph’s Coat Clothing Closet; and touring the North Texas Food Bank. Service projects during the day will be followed by dinner and worship as well as small groups. Students will be dismissed at 8 p.m. to go home each night. Sign up at https://www.standrewumc.org/students-trips

“After a year of being isolated and distanced from each other, we are so excited to come back together and re-establish the community that this ministry is known for,” said Michael Agnew, student ministry director, St. Andrew.  “This year’s mission trip will provide a wide-range of fun and engaging opportunities for students right here at home.”

Camp Impact, July 21-25, at Collin County Adventure Camp located in Anna, is an experience unlike any other, including games, team competitions, worship, great messages, community, bonfire, paddle boarding, mud, fishing, and great food. A registration link for Camp Impact will be posted by the end of May at https://www.standrewumc.org/students-trips  The registration deadline will be July 11.

“Camp Impact is a great way to cap off the summer and get our students spiritually charged and ready to go back to school,” added Agnew.  “Our staff members believe that lessons learned about life in Jesus and Christian community at this camp can have an eternal impact on students' lives.”

St. Andrew United Methodist Church began in 1986 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.

The Storehouse of Collin County provides short-term assistance and long-term transformation to residents of Collin County in need through the Seven Loaves Food PantryJoseph’s Coat Clothing Closet, and Project Hope. The nonprofit was founded in 2009 under the name of Seven Loaves Community which provided only food pantry staples and grew over the years to meet a variety of needs. Over 1,600 families on average access the Seven Loaves Food Pantry each month. The Storehouse also provides an opportunity to receive clothing at Joseph’s Coat as well as referrals to community resources through the Project Hope relational program. Visit www.thestorehousecc.org. The Storehouse EIN: 27-1883333

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Delivering the shoes to The Storehouse When Jake Kubehl heard that some children can't participate in summer activities because they don't have athletic shoes, he knew he wanted to do something. Inspired to meet the need in his community, he invited his YMSL Chapter to join him in organizing a shoe drive.

Jake Kubehl, 17, a junior at Plano West, and his fellow members from the Plano Chapter of Young Men's Service League - YMSL, along with some additional volunteers, collected and delivered 172 pairs of new and gently used athletic shoes to Joseph’s Coat, a program of The Storehouse of Collin County in Plano.

Kubehl was inspired to conduct the shoe drive after attending a Zoom presentation on the impact of poverty and food insecurity in Collin County by Ben Skye, director of communications and culture at The Storehouse. During the meeting, Kubehl and his YMSL group learned about each of The Storehouse programs, including Joseph’s Coat, a clothing closet which provides new and gently used clothing for job interviews, school, and special events. The clothing items are donated by families within the community and cleaned and organized by staff and volunteers before being distributed.

Kubehl was struck by the fact that many Plano students are unable to participate in summer and outdoor activities because they do not have the right shoes. Inspired to meet the need in his community, he invited his YMSL Chapter to join him in organizing a shoe drive. He reached out to the student councils, NHS, and other clubs to help spread the word amongst Plano ISD students. He also used social media to market this drive and set up an Instagram and promoted it by giving students the opportunity to receive service hours. Jake set up an additional drop-off location for the shoes at Elite Care in West Plano. There were 65 total participants in the effort, which included 25 YMSL boys. The original goal of collecting 100 pairs of shoes was surpassed as the total reached 172.

“The Storehouse of Collin County is grateful to Jake Kubehl for his wonderful initiative to put shoes on the feet of children who need them so desperately,” said Christi Ferrell, director, Joseph’s Coat, a program of The Storehouse of Collin County. “Unlike adults, kids can outgrow their shoes in a few months, and poor-fitting shoes can lead to safety issues on the playground or sports field and even affect the health of their growing feet. Additionally, well-fitting footwear can boost self-confidence in the school hallway, on the gym floor and in the classroom.”

“I have been selling and collecting sneakers for the past six years, and during that time I have noticed a huge divide in the shoes people wear,” added Jake Kubehl. “While I often see sought-after shoes on someone’s feet, I have become more aware of those wearing ill-fitting shoes or shoes with holes in them. Shoes are so important, and I am thrilled by the participation in this effort. I’m excited that the shoes we collected will help kids in need, and I hope to conduct another drive near the start of the school year.”

Donations of clothing and shoes may be dropped into the Joseph's Coat Donation Shed, located next to The Storehouse of Collin County, 1401 Mira Vista Boulevard, Plano, 75093. Currently, there is a huge need for children's clothing and shoes for all ages.  

 

The Storehouse of Collin County provides short-term assistance and long-term transformation to residents of Collin County in need through the Seven Loaves Food PantryJoseph’s Coat Clothing Closet, and Project Hope. The nonprofit was founded in 2009 under the name of Seven Loaves Community which provided only food pantry staples and grew over the years to meet a variety of needs. Over 1,600 families on average access the Seven Loaves Food Pantry each month. The Storehouse also provides an opportunity to receive clothing at Joseph’s Coat as well as referrals to community resources through the Project Hope relational program. Visit www.thestorehousecc.org

Anyone in Collin County in need of clothing may sign up for an appointment time at Joseph’s Coat at https://www.thestorehousecc.org/josephs-coat

Watch this short video to learn more.