At the Annual Conference in June, Bishop
Sally Dyck exhorted North Texas United
Methodist churches to become “The
Church of Go!” And we seem to be off to
a jack rabbit start on doing just that this
summer. Here are some examples of
the church on wheels.
Rolling Out NTC’s Mission Truck
There is a brightly colored truck parked at
the NTC Ministry Center in Plano, thanks to
the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
“UMCOR grant money provided for the
truck and the eye-catching artwork. It is such
a great advertising tool,” said Marji Bishir Hill,
associate director of the Center for MissionalOutreach. “Its main purpose is for disaster
response. During normal times, the truck will
be used to haul NTC churches’ donations of
health kits, flood buckets, birthing kits, school
kits and bedding kits to the UMCOR Depot at
But when disasters occur, “that is the
time when we can accept donations of tarps,
lumber and sheetrock. We can also accept
large loads of disaster supplies back from
UMCOR to help our own people,” she said.
The truck is also a collection site for
UMCOR kits. “I probably get asked once
a week where churches can drop off their
UMCOR kits” said Bishir Hill. “Aldersgate UMC
has already dropped off health kits here,
which is probably one of the most popular
kits our churches like to assemble.”
But let her know (972-526-5000, ext.
220, or email@example.com) if you’re coming
with donations so someone is available to
load them onto the truck.
The truck travels to churches, too. “It is
going to Hamilton Park UMC for the Metro
District UMW meeting in September. They are
assembling UMCOR birthing kits that day.”
Over 1,000 Show Up for Food Truck Event
Food trucks just may be the newest
First UMC Coppell hosted four “rolling
cafes” of Ruthie’s Food Trucks and drew
over 1,000 people on a Wednesday night.
Senior Pastor Tommy Palmer said the
church “saturated the neighborhood and
used social media to reach out,” even getting
a mention in D Magazine.
The church also had bounce houses on
the children’s playground, free snow cones
and a screening of The Sound of Music.
(“The event was to end around 9, but people
wanted to stay and finish watching the
movie,” said Evangelism Minister Alan Hitt.)
For adults, there were drawings for gift
cards and an iPad.
As part of the church’s summer series
“Forty Days of Prayer,” there was a prayer
station to write notes of encouragement to
Many of those who came had not visited
the church previously. And, with the event
held across from the construction site of
First Coppell’s new Ministry Center, it was
a chance to highlight the congregation’s
“This event exceeded our expectations.
The trucks ran out of food,” Hitt said. And,
as they left, many wanted to know when the
next food truck event would be.
Walnut Hill Children Get On Board with Meals on Wheels
Children from Walnut Hill UMC
in Dallas were the hands and feet of
Christ at Meals on Big Wheels. The
children served Meals on Wheels to
over 30 clients, singing “Happy
Birthday” to two appreciative
ladies. They made the deliveries using
the Locomotion party bus through Wee Volunteer, which connects children and
families to the needs of the community.
The projects serve six areas of
need: hunger, homelessness, underprivileged
children, the elderly, animals
and the environment.
Walnut Hill UMC was thrilled to
partner with Wee Volunteer founder
Michelle Chase and her two girls as
its families strive to serve community
together. Susan Attel coordinated the
event, with help from adults the Rev.
Alexandra Robinson, Liz Day, Laird
Shapley, and Claire Rathbun.