How to Help
Ways You Can Help Those Impacted by COVID-19
Even though our building is closed, the church is NOT closed, because we are the church. God is still at work in the world and God is working through us to care for one another. As Rev. Dr. Russ Peterman said, "In this crisis, we have an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ in new ways."
"In this crisis, we have an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ in new ways."
We have been, and will continue to be in touch with community partners, social service agencies, FWISD, and the city to learn how we can best serve those in need. Keep reading to learn how you can serve from home and in our community at this time.
Volunteer Interest Form
Social distancing protocols are in place, but we are working on opportunities within those guidelines for you to help where you can. If you are interested in helping out, please fill out our Volunteer Interest Form and we will contact you when/if we can put you to work.
Ways You Can Serve
Presbyterian Night Shelter Sandwich Prep
University Christian Church is extending its commitment to the Presbyterian Night Shelter and we will continue to provide 300+ sack lunches every week through the end of August. However, there is a slight change in how we will do this moving forward:For the month of August we will start making sandwiches at the church. We are so grateful for our committed group of home sandwich makers and we hope to provide a little respite for this month.
- Two separate small groups of 7 people will meet on Thursday afternoons to make the sandwiches (3-4:30pm shift) and assemble the sack lunches (5-6:15pm shift).
If you are making sandwiches at home you need to purchase two loaves of bread, deli meat and cheese, pick up a sanitation kit at the church, make your sandwiches at home following the sanitation instructions and deliver the sandwiches to the church on Thursday afternoons from 4:30-5:30pm. You will receive an email reminder the Monday of the week you sign up to make sandwiches.
A small group (7 people) will assemble the sack lunches at the church on Thursdays from 5-6:30pm.
We will also need individuals to stuff sandwiches into the prepared sack lunches on Fridays from 9-9:45am, and drivers to deliver sandwiches to the Presbyterian Night Shelter on Friday mornings.
When you sign up for a slot, please make sure all family members who will be serving are signed up for their own slot.
You can sign up for multiple slots at a time.
Anyone serving at the church will be required to wear a face mask and practice social distancing. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.
To sign up to serve
Make Masks at Home
Supplies and instructions provided!
Thank you to Chandry Manzke for donating 800 face masks at our most recent Donation Drive-Through! Her family business, Victory Awning, is currently sewing masks and have donated over 2,000 masks to Safe Haven, James L. West, FWISD, and more. They have also provided pre-cut materials and instructions for us to distribute so you can make masks from home. If you would like to receive a mask-making kit, or if you have questions, contact Carolyn Critz by email or at (682)-888-4638.
Kits will also be available for pick-up at the church on Thursday from 4:30-5:30pm.
Provide Meals for Emergency Shelter Staff
Emergency shelter staff are working around the clock to serve those experiencing homelessness. Sign up to provide meals for emergency shelter staff.
Give Directly to University Christian Church
We ask that you continue to make financial gifts and fulfill your pledges to the church so we can support our community partners and care for those around the world. Your generosity changes lives. When you make your financial gift, you may select “Emergency Response Fund” to help feed families, healthcare workers, those experiencing homelessness and other needs that arise because of the pandemic.
This week, we encourage you to continue praying for the students, their families, educators and the district employees who are working hard to adapt to a new way of teaching and caring. We ask that you pray for administrators who have had to make difficult choices, knowing that school is sometimes the only place many of these students receive a meal and a place where they are safe. Pray for our health professionals who are working hard to care for those in our community and around the world. Pray for families who are separated, because of disease, violence, or those whose loved ones are working hard to keep communities functioning. Pray for those who are hungry and are worried where their next meal might come from. Pray for those who don’t know where their next check will come from. And pray for our state and national leadership…that they may work swiftly to care for our communities.
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Let us know you're available to volunteer
Social distancing protocols are in place, but we are working on opportunities within those guidelines for you to help where you can. If you are interested in helping out, let us know and we will contact you when/if we can put you to work.