In 2000, Mission del Sol was one of the first Southeast Valley congregations to work with Family Promise, a nonprofit providing multi-faceted support to temporarily homeless families with children. Approximately four times a year, participating churches set up bedrooms in Sunday school rooms and provide hot meals for the visiting families. Family Promise is another program drawing church-wide support. As his Eagle Scout project, one young MdS member even constructed a shower for our Family Promise guests. Underscoring the value and vibrancy of this program, a Mission del Sol leader was quoted in an Arizona Republic article:
“I feel very blessed to be able to help,” said deacon Janie Parks of Awhatukee.
“I like people, and this way I spend one week every few months helping others.”
Coty Dolores Miranda, “SE Valley Churches Step Up to Help Homeless Families”, Arizona Republic (March 9, 2012).
MdS’ commitment to mission comes alive through Deacons’ projects. Along with the church-wide projects they organize and lead (e.g., Family Promise and the Super Flea), the Deacons participate in the Meals on Wheels programs; prepare bag lunches for the East Valley Men’s Center; collect food for the Guadalupe food pantry and hygiene supplies for the Kyrene Resource Center.
The Deacons also collect several special offerings throughout the year. Recent offerings include donations of several hundred dollars per quarter to “Feed My Starving Children” and raffle proceeds being collected for a king-size quilt donated by the Peace by Piece Quilting group. Meeting the first Thursday of each month in Mission Hall, the Peace by Piece group donates each of its professionally created quilts to charity. For more information, see their website here.
Food Sunday supports Guadalupe Presbyterian Church
Food Sunday, the first Sunday of each month, is when our members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to support the Guadalupe Presbyterian Church food pantry. Items are picked up the following morning by a staff member of the Guadalupe Presbyterian Church and delivered to the food bank.
East Valley Men’s Center
Everyone pitches in to make the difference in the quality of life in our community. One of those ways is to provide lunches for the men who are staying at the East Valley Men’s Center. Once a month Mission del Sol provides sack lunches for the guys that are based at the center. As they clean up and get a job they need food to take with them each day to work or to interviews. One more of the little things that make a great difference in the lives of those who are making a come back, getting back on their feet. The time of fellowship of making the lunches is very rewarding and happens on the second Sunday during the sunday school hour starting at 10:15am. Come join us in Mission Hall for this fun and helpful project!
Habitat for Humanity
Mission del Sol Presbyterian has been and is an avid supporter of Habitat for Humanity. Past support includes dollars and many hours by MdS members helping on Habitat home builds in Mesa, Chandler, Tempe, Guadalupe and Glendale. Mission del Sol is a participating church in the East Valley Presbyterian Coalition. The coalition partners with Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona to bring a group of churches together to pay for the material for a house and provide volunteers to build it. Habitat for Humanity oversees the project and provides the land and selects the family.
Meals on Wheels
If you have not had a chance to serve our homebound friends through the Meals on Wheels program, you are missing out on one of life’s little miracles. Mission del Sol’s Deacons head up taking meals to those who need a helping hand. Everyone in the congregation is invited to join this project as the need is great and the rewards are even greater! Speak to Paula Armenta or another of the Deacons for more information.
Thew Books & Cooks Club
Thew Books & Cooks Club is a literacy program run by MdS member and Thew Elementary School reading specialist, Cynthia Giroux. Students and their families attend a monthly meeting after school where they each receive a book and cook a snack that goes with the theme, gaining literacy skills along the way. The church supports the program financially and members of the congregation serve as volunteers.
CPES Foster Loving Hearts Foster Care
CPES licenses and trains individuals and families to provide regular foster care to children ages 0-17. Foster families may choose to provide emergency foster care, respite (short term) or foster care to adoption. In addition, they serve the community by providing child care through the Child Developmental Homes, Therapeutic Foster Homes, Adult Developmental Homes, and adoption certificates as well.
Our congregation pick cards off of a tree each year with children’s info and their gift list for Christmas. Then we buy gifts and wrap them up! The Deacons provide an annual Christmas party and dinner for the foster families in Mission Hall. Even Santa and his Elf join us!
And a child shall lead them. . .
Led by example, we are inspired by Mission del Sol’s young people, by their energy, commitment and courage.
Pennies for Mission
Each Sunday during worship the children are encouraged to bring their pennies during the Children’s Talk and colorful baskets are passed in the pews to collect spare change. The money goes to support local organizations such as, Feed My Starving Children, Lost My Home Pet Rescue, and the Kyrene Foundation.
Are you looking for a mission to join or an activity to be a part of? Check out the link and come join us! We would LOVE to have YOU!