Service to Others
Work Team to United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR)
A work team is being organized to travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, from (from September 22-28, 2019 for a week of assembling and checking UMCOR relief kits and other chores which can save lives in the days and weeks following a catastrophe. This not only changes those receiving the help, but those helping find a closer connection to God while working to help others. This is all inside, non-strenous work that everyone can participate in.
For questions or more information, please contact Phyllis Buvel.
Communion Sunday, Sept. 1 The Communion Offering for September will provide for a United Methodist outreach in Brazil, a country where 8.9 million people live on less than $1.90 a day. Shade and Fresh Water (an expression in Brazil that means a place where you can have a good time and are safe) is an after-school network of programs in United Methodist Churches in Brazil for at-risk youth ages 6-14. The children are served lunch, helped with school work and have sports activities. Gordon Greathouse, a retired UMC missionary who worked with Shade and Fresh Water for 40 years says, “The purpose of the program is to help children develop healthy values and to think not only of a better life for themselves, but also ways they can contribute to make a better community and world.” The program began in 2000. It provides positive alternatives to the destructive choices youth are presented with when faced with poverty, drugs and unstable home lives. When you google Shade and Fresh Water on the internet you will find several articles about the project. -Jacque Howard, World Missions
X-tra Mile Ministry Giving for September Our X-tra Mile Ministry Giving for September will benefit Get on the Bus. This organization provides coordination and transport by bus for family members who want to visit a loved one who is incarcerated in one of California’s prisons. Often times, this once yearly trip is their only opportunity to visit their family member. Chaperones go along with the families and we can provide needed gift cards for food and also arts, crafts, books or games for the children to have on the long bus ride. A list of most needed items are found in the narthex. -Loretta Pierce
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.
The UMC Vista Foundation
This foundation receives gifts, often in the form of trust or will bequests, to remember special people in our lives and to benefit spiritual growth at the UMC Vista.  During 2017 we have served two primary projects.
The foundation 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. 
In addition, $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.
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.
Second Saturdays is Days for Girls Workshop in Escondido. Days for Girls is a charitable foundation that makes it possible for young girls around the world to attend school every day. If you can sew, cut, stack, quality control, you can help 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is our next date. Gather at our church to carpool at 8:15 a.m. Please contact Barbara Mitchell, 760.726.0442 for more information.
Church and Society Committee’s Helping Hands Outreach
Church and Society is proud to announce our UMC Helping Hands Outreach is ready! If you would like to see our shelves, see a member of Church and Society who will gladly show you! A list of available items is posted.
We have been working on this project for several months and that work has paid off! We have simple and basic necessities of life available for the homeless as well as the working poor. Volunteers will be available Thursday evenings between 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. to attend to the project. Additional hours will be added at a later date.
We are in need of new or gently used sun hats or caps. If you have any hats you’d like to donate, please drop them in the designated box in the Narthex. For more information,
please contact Sherry Johnston, 760.726.0442.
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.
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 $1.6 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, 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 $8.5 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”.