Service to Others
Communion offering for April 8 (second Sunday of April) will help the Mama Lynn Center in the Congo.  The Mama Lynn Center in the UMC East Congo Conference is well on its way to being completed.  It will become a life-changing place of hope for women who have been used as pawns in the wars that have ravaged the region.  The local church will bring physical, psychosocial and spiritual support for these women, and the center will house the women and teach income-generating skills such as cooking, sewing, midwifery, and child care to provide long-term sustainability.  Youth in the East Congo Conference have helped make the bricks for the building  and now we need to help complete the furnishings.  For more information, please call Sue Humphrey, 760.726.0442. 
*Our X-tra Mile Ministry Giving for April will go to Stand Up for Kids, a national volunteer organization with an Oceanside Chapter, has as its mission the elimination of youth homelessness. They serve at-risk youth under the age of 21 and have an outreach and drop-in center staffed by volunteers providing a place for youth to come in off the streets. The center provides showers, a mailing address, internet, e-mail and telephones for the youth. In addition, Stand Up for Kids provides meal packs, and when available, blankets, sleeping bags and small tents. As a final part of the program, Stand Up for Kids will help youth acquire birth certificates, social security numbers, jobs, transportation and places to live. Stand Up for Kids accepts donations of money, food, clothing and hygiene products. For  more information, please call Karen Felien, 760.726.0442.
Hansens Attend International Relief Team
 On February 24th, Scott, Stella and I joined the International Relief Team to build a house in a day for a family outside of Tijuana. We had our required passports, global entry cards and a willingness to work.  We arrived at their headquarters at 5:30 AM, greeted with fresh donuts and coffee and were soon off on a very nice charter bus to begin our adventure.  We enjoyed the scenery as we arrived to our work site, an area we had never been before.  We got settled and met the young family, the mom choked with emotion.  Right away we were provided with building supplies and away we worked.  Stella and I painted and Scott worked with the framers.  The air was fresh and the surroundings very beautiful even though there were very modest homes in this area.  We were amazed with the team work and hard work of the other volunteers and how nicely organized everything was. As we worked we were able to chat with the family as they worked along side us to build their home.  Both the mom and the dad work in nearby factories and make about $600 a month combined. In about six hours the home was complete.  Even though it was a simple home with a concrete floor, plywood walls, a couple windows, a loft, it had a door that locked so they could keep their things secure. This was a huge step up from their very small, one room home with dirt floors and leaky roof.  They were beyond grateful.  Knowing how much we made a difference for this family with two young kids felt amazing!! Before we even boarded the bus to head home Stella was asking when she could participate in the next build.  The next morning Scott woke up and said “I want to build another house today!”  This experience really warmed our hearts.  Needless to say, we are signed up for the next build in April.
           
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.
 
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.
 
 
 
 
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”.