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A portion of your ministry dollars at work

by | Oct 1, 2015 | Communications

It’s true that apportionments are ministry dollars, that work similar to taxes. That’s not a bad thing. We pay income tax and those monies fund things like healthcare, social security, natural resources, and veteran’s benefits. United Methodist churches give a calculated share of their Sunday gifts to help fund ministry and education both locally and around the world. Through our collective giving, we can address tragedy, poverty, and justice issues. Golden Gate Community Center, a new addition to the Wesley Center in Phoenix, is partially funded by apportionments. Here’s one example of how your ministry dollars are impacting the quality of life for children and families in the Desert Southwest Conference.

Back to School Health and Safety Fair
by Betty Mathis

Golden Gate Community Center hosted their annual “Back-to-School” Health and Safety Fair on Saturday, July 18. This annual event is a collaborative endeavor with United Health Care and is staffed by over 150 volunteers. As part of their mission to encourage healthy and active lifestyles for Arizona youth, 1,251 Phoenix area children and their families were able to take advantage of onsite, no-cost services like:

  • immunizationsPhoto courtesy of Golden Gate Community Center
  • physicals
  • dental exams and fluoride varnish
  • glucose screening
  • skin cancer screening
  • pregnancy testing
  • HIV testing
  • hearing screening

In addition, the first 800 children received free backpacks with school supplies as well as free bike helmets and hair-cuts. Thirty community agencies provided health and wellness information on a variety of topics including:

  • Photo courtesy of Golden Gate Community Centeraccess to health care
  • organ donation
  • tobacco prevention
  • drug and alcohol awareness
  • teen pregnancy prevention
  • child support enforcement
  • water safety
  • lead hazard
  • nutrition
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • voter registration
  • and a host of others

The Community Health program at Golden Gate is proud to continue their commitment to encourage the ongoing practice of healthy living and preventative behaviors.

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