Service to Others

UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church, and our goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We believe all people have God-given worth and dignity. 
Please click this link to make a donation to this important work.
 
And Two Fishes Soup Kitchen
A group of volunteers provides food, clothing, and fellowship to homeless men and women each week on Thursday night.  We rely on the generous gifts of church members and members of our local community to make a nutritious dinner, as well as a sack lunch for the next day.  We invite you to participate in this ministry, working on meal preparation from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm and meal service from 5:00 pm until 6:15 pm. Contact the church for volunteer details.
Cable Outreach Foundation
Since June of 2012, the United Methodist Church of Vista has been able to provide grants to 100 charities for a total of more than $1.2 million.  We have been blessed with this opportunity to serve others thanks to the generous gift of approximately $12 million from the George Cable Trust.  After retiring the building mortgage, paying legal fees, establishing a reserve account, and providing benevolent gifts to Operation Hope and scholarships to Africa University, the Cable Foundation was formed to begin a process of evaluating annual grant requests.  A fund of more than $8 million is used to provide the source of these grants, which uphold the social principles of the United Methodist Church. We engage in a process of discernment to ensure that grant requests further our vision of “Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World”.
SCRIP
Last year we earned more than $3,000 from the sale of more than $80,000 in gift cards. These profits are designated to capital expenditures for our children and youth. For example, the play structure, all of the furniture in the children and youth rooms, as well as half of the classroom video systems were purchased with SCRIP funds.  We buy these gift cards at a discount from the merchants, and the difference is used to fund this important aspect of our ministry.
Click on this link to view our Forms and SCRIP Report for more information and to order your gift cards.
 
The UMC Vista Foundation
This foundation receives gifts, often in the form of trust or will bequests, to benefit spiritual growth at the UMC Vista.  During 2017 we have served two primary projects.
More than $2,600 was awarded for District Summer Camp Scholarships.  These camps are week-long, overnight, Christian-based camps where our children engage in worship, small group and large group activities and games. At summer camp, children grow in their faith, learn leadership skills, grow their self-esteem, develop inter-personal skills with peers and adults, make life-long friendships and have fun.
The foundation also has awarded more than $3,000 in Academic Scholarships for the 2017/2018 school year to active members of UMC Vista or their family members.  These scholarships are for attendance at an accredited college, trade school or other training program.
The Stephen Ministry

The Stephen Ministry is Christ caring for people through people. Stephen Ministers at UMC Vista have been trained to listen, to support and to pray with other members of the congregation. If you are hurting, discouraged, or stressed over circumstances in your life, a Stephen Minister will come alongside to listen, to assist, to discover God’s will for you and to pray with you. This is a ministry that is confidential; just you and the Stephen Minister.

Stephen Ministry Prayer Corner (located in the narthex): A Stephen Minister will be available after the first service to offer prayers, support, or a compassionate listening ear to anyone who may feel the need.