How YOU Can Get Involved...
ACO Fill the Bus
It's hard to believe, but July is the beginning of Back to School. ACO will begin sending a bus around the Allen community to collect backpacks and school supplies. This year, ACO will also give out $25 gift cards to each student registered with them. Our communion offering for July 1st will be used to purchase gift cards for ACO to distribute. On August 11th, Creekwood will join with First United Methodist Church of Allen to distribute the backpacks, school supplies, and gift cards. If you wish to give to this effort or be involved on August 11th, please contact Dave, LaKrisha or Michael Ruch. For more information on the ACO Fill the Bus campaign, please visit ACO.
Harper Apple Tree of Wishes
The Apple Tree will be in the Gathering Area July 15th through July 29th. Please stop by and pick up an "apple" (or two) for a Harper Elementary teacher. These items are requested by the teachers to assist them in teaching the children in their classes. The deadline for returning items is August 5th. For more information, please contact Jen Still.
North Texas Conference Hurricane Harvey Trip :: Victoria, Texas
September 17-21 :: We have an opportunity to extend our Mission and join the NTX Conference disaster recovery mission trip to areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Those able to be part of the undertaking will come away awesomely blessed by what Christ does through and to you. Want to join?
Trip fee: $90 (covers nine meals and snacks & $10 per night per person facilities lodging fee).
Registration: Registration Deadline is August 25th.
- Participants MUST pass a background check via Creekwood
- Participants MUST be current on Ministry Safe online training, as per Conference policy
Lodging: First United Methodist Church, Victoria (407 N. Bridge St 77901; fumcvictoria.com); dedicated rooms in the church for cots & air mattresses; six available showers; full sized commercial kitchen & dining/meeting facilities. A very good set up for teams. The Mission will take a full time Chief Cook. The Team will eat well! Persons with special dietary needs will be accommodated.
Anticipated types of work: A combination of early response type work (roof tarping or stabilization, sheet rock tear out and mold mitigation, perhaps some chainsaw work) and rebuild/ new construction work (basic carpentry, sheet rock installation, taping & bedding, painting, perhaps some flooring installation).
Transportation: The trip fee does not cover transportation costs as the team’s travel will be by private vehicles carpooling and caravaning both to and from the work location from potentially several locales.
- We will hold a team pre-trip meeting for purposes of orientation, organization and team building.
How Do I Sign Up: click link here to register, view packing list, FAQ, waiver & forms.
- Once Registered, email Christina Shepard or Enter your name on Sign Up Genius to be updated on next steps.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We hope you will consider this great adventure. Be praying for this trip, its team, and the many future undertakings and trips of our conference to the people and areas still impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
August 11 9:00am-12:00pm: ACO Fill the Bus distribution to students at First United Methodist Church, Allen
September 9-16: Family Promise Hosting
September 17-21: North Texas Conference Hurricane Harvey Trip to Victoria, Texas
December 9-16: Family Promise Hosting
Ongoing Serving Opportunities
Allen Community Outreach
Warehouse located at 2 Butler Circle, Allen:
Need help sorting food. MWF 10:00am-1:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm; Tu/Th 1:00pm-4:00pm (5-10 volunteers. Must be at least 16 to volunteer at warehouse.)
Treasure Chest located at 301 W Boyd Drive, Allen:
M-F 9:00am-12:00pm (4 volunteers.); Treasure Chest Sales 1st and 3rd Th-Sat of each month. (4 volunteers needed on Th/Fri 8:00am-3:00pm and Sat 8:00am-5:00pm.)
Resale Shop located at 801 E Main Street, Allen:
M-F 10:00am-6:00pm (2 volunteers.)
All volunteers are required to complete ACO volunteer application. Under 18 need to complete Part 1 only. Minimum age to volunteer is 12 with a parent. High school students can volunteer without parental supervision. Contact Michael Ruch for more information.
Creekwood UMC, in partnership with Harper Elementary in Princeton, TX, has established Harper's Helpers, a program to train and match Creekwood members with students pre-K through 5th grade to provide tutoring, mentoring, breakfast buddies and lunch volunteers throughout the school year.
Contact Jen Still for more information.