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Serving others and spreading the good news of Jesus Christ is a fundamental action of who we are called to be as followers. Jesus’ example leads us to love our neighbors, bring hope to the marginalized, and work for justice. You are invited to participate, living out God’s call, through various opportunities as our faith community continues to meet the practical and spiritual needs of those in our neighborhood, our city, and the surrounding area.

 
 

 

LOCAL MISSION

 

 

 

Amity People's Garden

Doyle Hartman | dandsindustrialproducts@gmail.com

The Amity People’s Garden began as a USDA People’s Garden. It supplies thousands of pounds of fresh produce to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. Garden volunteer workers enjoy planting, weeding, picking and socializing as they work to help provide healthy produce for food insecure people in our community. It is a great place to meet and get to know new people while doing one of Christ’s callings to feed the hungry.


 

Baby Needs

Jean Britton | bbritton7@msn.com

One in three families in Idaho struggle to afford diapers for their children. The Baby Needs Ministry supplies struggling families with diapers, wipes, & formula for their infants and small children. The closet is open every Monday and Wednesday from 1-4:30pm, and families can receive assistance once every three weeks. To receive diapers, we need identification for the parent/guardian and a form of identification for each child (birth certificate, vaccination record, etc.) Thanks to the generous support from the congregation, the Baby Needs Ministry serves over 85 babies in need every month! If you designate your offering for the “Baby Needs Closet,” our partnership with the Idaho Diaper Bank will turn a small donation of $10 into a month’s supply of diapers for a family in need!


FaithWork

Cindy Todeschi | ctodeschi@boisefumc.org

Throughout the year you will find a variety of opportunities to serve our community in the areas of hunger, housing and healthcare. You can choose FaithWork projects that take place on the church campus or out in the community. These projects are pre-planned opportunities which require nothing of you except a desire to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Most projects are suitable for all ages, and typically last between two and four hours. Check the events calendar for upcoming opportunities to serve.


Friendship Feast

Cynthia Yee Wallace | cynthiayee@hotmail.com

Every Sunday at 1pm and on the third Thursday of each month at 6pm, we host a meal for about 100 food insecure neighbors, utilizing volunteer cooks, donations from our partners, and produce from the Amity People’s Garden and Downtown Teaching Farm. All are welcome to come, eat, and offer hospitality to our guests.

It takes six to eight volunteers for each meal to help prepare food, serve the meal, and clean up. Children 6 years and older are welcome to help along with their parents or group leaders, and with a little notice we can put a larger group to work preparing an extra special meal. To serve on third Thursdays, sign up here! To serve on Sundays, sign up here!


Food Pantry Lunch Bags

Cindy Todeschi | ctodeschi@boisefumc.org

Jennifer Gerlach | jenniferferl@gmail.com

In addition to the Friendship Feast, we’ve found a daily need for a light sack lunch to hand out to our guests. Lunches are available every day, and we distribute about 100 bags each week. Lunch bags are distributed from 11:30am-1pm seven days a week. 

We send out the empty bags with our church on the last Sunday of the month to be filled and brought back the next week. All food is sorted and made into complete lunches. Volunteers are needed on occasion to sort and fill lunches, so if you'd like to join the team, let us know!

Items needed for Lunch Bags:

  • Vienna Sausage or Pork & Beans– pop top, single serving (4)
  • Tuna 2.5oz foil pouch (4)
  • Fruit or Applesauce cups (4 pack)
  • Pudding cups (Non perishable) (4 pack)
  • Granola Bars (low sugar preferred) (4)

Contents of this list will fill four lunch bags. Large quantities of indiviual items are appreciated, particulary protein items (beans, sausage & tuna). All items can be found at local grocery and dollar stores. 

We serve over 5,000 lunches per year!

Please return filled bags and extra food items to the Hospitality Desk where they will be sorted and distributed daily. 


Good Sam Days

Cindy Todeschi | ctodeschi@boisefumc.org

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday afternoon we serve our neighbors in need. We offer transportation assistance in the form of stored value local bus passes, and also offer toiletry items, baby supplies, and home-baked treats. Bus passes are given in a lottery-based system that can be entered between 1:30 and 1:55pm for a 2pm drawing.

If you are feeling called to serve, there are several ways you can help with the Good Sam Ministry: bring travel-size toiletry items, feminine hygiene products, home-baked cookies, or diapers and wipes for our Baby Needs closet. Or you can join us from 1:30-3pm every 1st and 3rd Wednesday to visit and pray with our guests.


Habitat for Humanity

Ken Wood | wood5x@hotmail.com

For several years we’ve been partnering with Habitat for Humanity to help provide affordable housing in the Treasure Valley. Once a year, Crossroads Missions helps us frame up two houses in one morning, at the Amity campus, with an army of volunteers of all ages. Then we continue work on those homes out at the Habitat site by sending teams of 10-12 people to volunteer on designated Saturdays. No experience is necessary to serve on these teams. Donations are gratefully accepted throughout the year and particularly as a part of our Christmas Eve offering, to cover the costs of framing these homes. If you have a heart for construction or talent for organizing an event of this type, please contact Cindy Todeschi to assist in this exciting and life-changing mission opportunity each year.


 

Mirror Image

Kelsey Koberg | Mirror.image.id@gmail.com

The mission of Mirror Image is to provide hygiene products to homeless or otherwise disadvantaged students in the Treasure Valley. Providing these items aids the student's effort to sustain hygiene and supports their self image, academic performance, and social membership. Positive body image is incredibly important for children of all ages, especially teens. We cover elementary, junior high, and high school students that are referred by their school nurse or counselor.  Here is a list of current supply needs.

Refugee Assistance Programs

Cindy Todeschi | ctodeschi@boisefumc.org

CONVERSATION PARTNERS are meeting at churches and businesses throughout the community.  Conversation Partners offer English language support to refugees and immigrants who want to improve their confidence in speaking, reading and writing.  As a Conversation Partner, you will enjoy helping someone grow in their use of the English language and build trust and friendship in the process.  

FIRST HOME SET UP teams set up apartments for refugee families.  Partnering with International Rescue Committee, volunteers shop for household items with IRC funds, and then set up the first home on lease-signing day.  It is a wonderful way to be the hands and feet of Christ in welcoming people to our country. 

FAMILY MENTOR TEAMS are made up of eight people and are matched by Glocal Community Partners with refugee families who are new to Boise.  The team will walk alongside a refugee family for three months until they are better established in our community.  Teams receive training and interact with the family at least once a week as they help them understand our culture and the opportunity for a successful future. 

HILLSIDE READING PARTNERS meet each Tuesday for one hour after school at Hillside Junior High with a group of students who are new to the country.  Volunteers meet in the school library from 2:45pm to 3:45pm and enjoy a time to read with one or two students for several weeks at a time.  More volunteers and substitutes are always needed in this growing program.

 

 

 

 

 

GLOBAL MISSION

 


Imagine No Malaria - Faster Than The Pastor

Cindy Todeschi | ctodeschi@boisefumc.org

Each year we partner with Imagine No Malaria, preventing thousands of deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa. With fundraisers like Faster Than The Pastor, we can gather together as a community in an attempt to beat Malaria once and for all. Run with us this year in Faster than the Pastor! Hundreds of people participate in the 5K each year and we have raised a total of $63,593.50 to send to Imagine No Malaria. Plan now to take part in this community event on April 28, 2019.

 


Mision Fronteras of Peru & Bolivia

Cindy Todeschi | ctodeschi@boisefumc.org

For many years, we’ve been sending teams to Peru and Bolivia, providing medical, educational, and humanitarian support through various projects with the Methodist Church of Peru and in the Lake Titicaca Peru/Bolivia Border Ministry.

The United Methodist Church has developed a list of goals and objectives based off the needs listed by the people of Peru:

  • Evangelize and grow the local Methodist churches
  • Train pastors and lay pastors
  • Promote international exchanges and interaction between church communities, individuals, and leaders of the Methodist churches of Peru and Bolivia
  • Improve the level of health in the Lake Titicaca region of Peru and Bolivia
  • Assist in the stability of the community through construction and structural needs

 


 

Tijuana Christian Mission

Cindy Todeschi | ctodeschi@boisefumc.org

The Tijuana Christian Mission serves God through serving the needy children of Mexico – children who come to them from broken homes or from no home at all, who have learned to make a life for themselves on the streets. Mission teams from the Cathedral have assisted with on-site maintenance and construction, as well as off-site construction of new homes for families in need.

Upcoming Mission Trips to Tijuana Christian Mission

Estimated cost per team member – $600


UMCOR

Cindy Todeschi | ctodeschi@boisefumc.org

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more. The Cathedral of the Rockies partners with UMCOR in order to provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.