Mission Opportunities

Love God, Love Neighbor, Change the World

Pulaski Heights has a rich history of reaching beyond our walls to serve those with whom Jesus called us to be in ministry: the poor, the hungry, the sick, the oppressed, the marginalized, and those in prison.

Here are opportunities for you to serve Christ in the community and world.

Food Ministries

Cooking Matters A program to empower children and families to purchase and prepare healthy snacks and meals. Volunteers needed.

Contact – Kathy Roberts or Beverly Villines, bvillines@phumc.com

PH Food Pantry stocks non-perishable foods supplied. Donate food in a church collection receptacle or volunteer to package food.

Contact – Crata Castleberry, cratalcastelberry@gmail.com

Wakefield Elementary School Pantry (see Community Partnerships below for more info.)

Pulaski Heights – St. Luke UMC Meals Volunteers help organize meals Thursday meals at the St. Luke campus to feed children and families. A food pantry is also offered twice monthly on Thursdays.

Contact – Rev. Andrea’ Cummings, andrea.cummings@arumc.org, or Monica at Stluke6@att.net.

Feed My Starving Children/Tacos for Life  Annual food packing event lasting two hours to provide thousands of meals to children around the world who are living in hunger. Great project for families.

Contact – Rev. Betsy Snyder, bssnyder@phumc.com

 

Wholeness for Children and Families

Family Promise provides housing in our main building, meals, and support for families with children who are seeking jobs and permanent housing. A week-long family-friendly mission held four times a year.

Contact – Rev. Singleton Snyder, bssnyder@phumc.com, or 664-3600

For the Love of a Child Cooperates with agencies that provide physical, emotional, and material support for foster children, adoptive and foster parents and homeless youth who have aged out of foster care.

Contact – Kim McDonough 501-831-4820, kbmoody@comcast.net, or Dale Fiske 501-837-5306, dandpb@sbcglobal.net

St. Luke Learning Center Provides early childhood learning environment housed at St. Luke UMC, PHUMC’s second campus. The learning center serves lower income working parents who need quality childcare for children 0-3 years. Gifts for the endowment and donations for supplies and volunteers needed.

Contact – Courtney Carlee, ccarlee@phumc.com, 664-3600.

Diaper Drive/Bank – Outreach that assists families in need by providing free diapers.

Contact – Erin Newbolt-Hawley at hawleyerine@gmail.com.

Book Drives – Help collect books for low-income student in LRSD to be shared among local schools,

Contact – Rev. Singleton Snyder, bssnyder@phumc.com

 

Prison Ministry

MIWatch  Seeks to build and maintain the relationship between mothers and their children. Occurs the third Saturday of the month. Volunteers drive children to visit their mother in prison. Must be over 18 years of age to drive the church vehicle.

Contact – Gwen Efird – (501) 666-8446 or gwenefird@att.net

Arkansas Dept. of Community Correction Ministry to incarcerated men, including Bible study, visitation, donations, and Christmas Eve Worship.

Contact – Jane Schwartz, janie72211@yahoo.com, 501-223-2462.

 

Community Partnerships

PHUMC Rings the Bell at Christmas.  Partner with the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign to help with donations for Christmas one Sunday each year.

Contact—Susan Wood, susanbrockwood@gmail.com, or Nancy Archer, nlarcher@yahoo.com

Wakefield Elementary School There are several ways to support PHUMC’s partner school:

  • Give a Kid a Chance Give school supplies, backpacks, and uniforms for nearly 400 children.  Help order, unload, and sort  supplies. Contact—Natalie Graumann, 501-920-9380 or nataliegraumann@gmail.com
  • Tutoring Much needed tutors assist students with reading and homework. Contact—Judy Goss, judyanngoss@sbcglobal.net
  • Food Pantry— More than 99% of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunches; hunger is a real problem. Help bag food and/or deliver to the school. Contact—Jamie Goss Dempsey, jamiegossdempsey@gmail.com
  • Christmas — Sponsor one of 250 children for Christmas. Contact— Nancy Delacerda, ndelacerda@comcast.net

Hall High School – Hygiene products are needed for youth, including shampoo, body wash, feminine products and deodorant.

Contact – Lupita Chavarria 501-240-6816, chavarrialupita@gmail.com

Pet Ministry – Therapy dog classes twice a year for service in the community, at schools, rehab and nursing care facilities, etc. (Handlers and animals take an examination through Therapy Dogs International at end of 8 weeks.)

Blessing of the Animals, donations to areas shelters and pet organizations, grief support and prayers for pets and their humans.

Contact – Gayle Fiser, 501-766-3810, gaylefiser100@gmail.com

United Methodist Women Small Groups  – Join a community of women who are committed to knowing God, developing fellowship, expanding concepts of mission.

Contact – Bev Villines, 501-350-5053 or bvillines@phumc.com.

Arkansas Ingathering  – Join the annual November event in which churches “gather in”  and help bag supplies, such as potatoes and beans for pantries.

Contact – Rev. Snyder, bssnyder@phumc.com, 664-3600

New Mac-N-Cheez Mania Food Festival – A church-wide event at War Memorial in which all are invited to participate in hosting pro and homestyle chefs who offer samples of their best mac-and-cheese, with the proceeds going to five nonprofit, partner organizations. Volunteers needed.

Contact -Rev. Snyder, bssnyder@phumc.com

 

Social Justice Ministries

Martin Luther King, Jr. Marade –  Church members and guests are encouraged to ride as a group through the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Marade, part parade, part march. The event supports racial diversity and harmony in greater Little Rock.  Wrapped candy donations always needed.

Contact – Rev. Betsy Snyder, bssnyder@phumc.com, or 664-3600.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service  An opportunity to collaborate with other non-profits and volunteer for several hours for a “day on” in honor of Dr. King, while serving, instead of a “day off.”  On-site at St. Luke,Campus of PHUMC.

Contact -Rev. Betsy Snyder, bssnyder@phumc.com, or 664-3600.

Latino Ministries  Supporting organizations and outreach events, such as Dia Del Ninos (The Day of the Child) and Dia de Muertos (The Day of the Dead) and other Latina affiliated UMC congregations.

Contact – Lupita Chavarria 501-240-6816, chavarrialupita@gmail.com

Peace with Justice League  A group of PHUMC Methodists who are concerned with social justice and peace-making. This group participates in local events and works toward unjust policies. Rev. Betsy Snyder, bssnyder@phumc.com

 

Disaster Relief and Home Repair

ERT (Early Response Teams) Disaster Relief  The Arkansas Conference Disaster Coordinators train Early Response Teams in times of need in areas flooded, hit by storms and other disasters.

Contact – Byron and Janice Mann, Conference Coordinators, vim@arumc.org

Volunteers in Mission  Teams of volunteers from churches work together on storm clean-up, home repairs, etc. for those in need.

Contact – vim@arumc.org

International Collaboration/Partners

Moscow Seminary  Educating future pastors in the Methodist Church of Russia, annual scholarship.

Contact – Freddie Nixon, foxnixon@comcast.net, 501-590-1223

Guatemala Summer Medical Mission Trips. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and PHyouth helpers travel to the highlands of Southwest Guatemala providing medical care  and support to native Mayan people who have limited access to health care.

Contact – Denise Johnson, (501) 912-9236 or pgirlsmom@sbcglobal.net; or Emily Erkel, emily.erkel@yahoo.com

Honduras Medical Mission  Medical mission trip in January to serve families and people without access to quality healthcare.

Contact – Nancy and Lee Archer, 501-912-7706, nlarcher@yahoo.com

Tanzania  Support for education and family ministries in Tanzania through UMC Missionary, Rev. Eric Soard.

Contact Rev. Betsy Snyder at bssnyder@phumc.com or 664-3600.

 

Children’s Ministry Mission Opportunities

Vacation Bible School  Children will be asked to bring donations each day for Our House.  The rising 5th and 6th graders will participate in missions in the community each morning.

PEEPS (Pulaski Heights UMC Evening Excursion for Parents of children with Special Needs). Youth and adult volunteers are needed to host this special evening on Saturdays from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. 3-4 times a year.

 Easter Egg Hunt. Collection of canned goods for PHUMC Food Pantry

 Breakfast in Bethlehem. Homemade cards for home bound members made by our children and donations collected for a non-profit.

 Friends at Methodist Family Health are invited to all major children’s events-van drivers and hosts needed and welcomed.

 

Youth Mission Opportunities

Jr. High Ozark Mission Project  Ozark Mission Project actively teaches youth how to get involved in their own communities and give back to others by providing them with firsthand experience at camp. Join teams of other youth from around the state helping neighbors in the community. Contact — phyouth office, 501-978-0540

Sr. High Ozark Mission Project  Ozark Mission Project actively teaches youth how to get involved in their own communities and give back to others by providing them with firsthand experience at camp. Join teams of other youth from around the state helping neighbors in the community. Contact — phyouth office, 501-978-0540

Local Mission Week  Spend 1 day or the whole week working with different local organizations around Little Rock.  Some days are hands-on work and some days are more educational — phyouth office, 501-978-0540

Guatemala Medical Mission Trip – Each year, we send a phyouth team with our medical mission team.  Phyouth who go must have completed other mission criteria and an application.  Priority given to graduates and those interested in the medical field.  A great intergenerational mission — phyouth office, 501-978-0540

Youth Prison Ministry— The third Sunday of each month, high school phyouth members go to lead worship at the Alexander youth facility — phyouth office, 501-978-0540

Miracle League Buddy— Two Saturdays each year (April/October), phyouth goes to Miracle League Field to support and be a buddy to young people with special needs playing baseball.  Spend the day getting to know these kids and filling them with encouragement — phyouth office, 501-978-0540