Change The World Holiday Challenge

Allen • Fairview • Lucas



Celebrate the Holidays 2017 in Service to Others

First United Methodist Church Allen

Change the World Allen to offer children, teens, and adults the opportunity to pay if forward right here in our home community with different ways to serve others. We invite you and your family to take part in the Holiday Challenge as we partner with the following organizations:

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Military Support Group
  • Helpers in Schools (H.I.S.)
  • Meals on Wheels (Collin County)
  • Allen Community Outreach
  • Kids Against Hunger
  • United Methodist Men
  • Toys for Tots
  • Heifer International
  • Send Hope
  • Juntos Servimos
  • Boyd Elementary

Through these efforts, we will feed the hungry, build a home for a deserving family, serve those in crisis, provide scholarships for college students, express our appreciation to our military personnel, offer comfort to those who are hurting, and so much more. We hope you will accept the challenge!

May God’s grace fill you to overflowing this holiday season! If you have any questions about any of these projects, contact Rev. Jessica Wright.

SEP 9, OCT 4,  & DEC 2

First United Methodist Church of Allen has partnered with North Collin County Habitat for Humanity and other local United Methodist churches to build a home for a deserving family. The 2017 Methodist build in Collin County is already underway as we build on our site in McKinney. Build schedules are tentative due to weather, inspection, and delivery delays, so tasks may change. For more information about our build days, to volunteer to help, or to offer lunch for the team, contact our build chair, Michael Anderson.

OCT 22-NOV 12

Volunteers collect items for our annual Stockings for Soldiers campaign. On Sunday, November 12, 12:15pm, we assemble and package those stockings in the FUMC Allen gym and prepare them for shipment. We can send stockings to your military loved one if we receive their name and address by November 9. For more information, contact project coördinator Debbie Wilson. Drop your donations at the church through November 5 and sign up to serve on November 12 at

NOV 5-NOV 26

FUMC Allen’s H.I.S. has partnered with Boyd Elementary to provide gifts in their holiday store where students can shop for presents for their adult family members. Last year, the Holiday Store provided more than 2,000 wrapped gifts. You can help by donating new or gently used gifts* or signing up to work a shift in the store. You can leave items in baskets found at church entrances through November 26. Contact Trish Morehead, 972.727.8261, x313, for more information on donations or volunteering at the Holiday Store.

Women’s Gifts
Lotions, purses, perfume, makeup, scarves, gloves, jewelry, picture frames, books
Men’s Gifts
Books, watches, ties, gloves, scarves, office trinkets, key chains, tools
Household Items
Pictures, knick-knacks, towels, small kitchen items (no sharp objects please)
Store Supplies
Tissue paper,  tape (need at least 50 yards), small boxes, generic gift bags, gift tags, gift bows, wrapping paper

NOV 5-NOV 23

On Thanksgiving Day, FUMC Allen packages more than 1,000 meals to be delivered by area police officers to Collin County Meals on Wheels clients. We need your help in preparing mashed potatoes, dressing, pie and cranberry sauce or cooking and carving turkeys. Register at the church on Sundays, November 5-November 19. You can also sign up to volunteer on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, to assemble meals, work in the kitchen, and carry meals to officers outside the gym for delivery. Three shifts are available: 6:45am, 9:00am, and 11:00am. Contact Teresa Gray, or register online.

NOV 5-NOV 17

Again this year, Allen Community Outreach is planning to make the holidays a little happier for the families facing hardships with their Holiday Food Drive and Christmas Adoption Program, but they need our help! For the Holiday Food Drive, ACO is collecting food items through November 10 to donate to families during Thanksgiving and Christmas times. The list of needed food items can be found HERE. Please drop your food donations at the ACO office.

If you’d like to volunteer on November 15-17 to sort and bag food items for Thanksgiving distribution to our neighbors in need, please sign up by completing a volunteer form at, or if you are a current ACO volunteer, email Janis Christie at

NOV 9-Dec 11

You can make the holidays brighter for a child or teen through ACO’s Christmas Adoption Program by donating new clothes and shoes. Visit the Christmas Adoption Program link to complete an online Donor Adopt Form. Once you submit your online form, ACO staff will contact you to provide all the information you need to shop for a child/teen’s clothing needs. Your donations will help a child feel special and warm this Christmas!

NOV 12

Volunteer to serve when First United Methodist Church of Allen hosts a packaging event in the gym from 12:00pm-3:30 pm for Kids Against Hunger. Volunteers of all ages assemble packages of highly nutritious vitamin-fortified meals for children in Honduras as well as “Latin rice” packages to feed local families as well as those living in areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey. We need volunteers of all ages to help package. You can also donate money to help feed the hungry. A $10 donation feeds 40 children while $50 buys a box of food. For more information, contact Sharon Brian, or sign up to serve at

NOV 20-DEC 10

The United Methodist Men are smoking meat just in time for your Christmas celebrations. Choose from sausage, pork shoulder, chicken, and brisket. Request your items warm off the smoker or frozen. All proceeds benefit the UMM college scholarship fund. Place your order Sundays, November 26, December 3, and December 10 or purchase online at beginning November 20. Pickup is Sunday, December 17, from 8:00am-12:00pm. To learn more, email

Sausage $9/lb
Pork Shoulder $40/6-8 lbs
Whole Chicken $15/4 lbs
Brisket $80/10 lbs
Half Brisket $45/ 5 lbs

NOV 24-DEC 10

NEW this year is ACO’s partnership with the Collin County TOYS FOR TOTS. Toys for Tots will be the main distributor of toys in our community, allowing ACO to concentrate on providing families in need with vital, basic services during the holidays, such as food and clothing for children ages 0-18. All toys that the Allen fire stations and ACO collect from the community will be passed on to Toys for Tots of Collin County and their distribution program.

A major event is the TOYS FOR TOTS DONATION DRIVE on Thursday, December 7, from 5:00pm-10:00pm, at the Allen Event Center. This event is in partnership with the Allen Event Center, Allen Community Outreach, Allen Economic Development Corporation, Allen Fairview Chamber of Commerce, Allen ISD, and the City of Allen. Members of the U.S. Maring Corps Reserve will be onsite to collect the donations. For more information, visit You may also drop off new, unwrapped toys at all Allen fire stations from November 24 through December 10.

DEC 3, DEC 10, DEC 17

Would you like to buy a gift for family or friends that helps to change the world? Consider shopping our Mission Market on Sundays, December 3, 10, and 17, 10:30-11:00am in Base Camp on the second floor at FUMC Allen. You can make a local impact by supporting the work of North Collin County Habitat for Humanity to put God’s love into action by building homes and communities. Or you can make a global impact by buying animals or making other donations to Heifer International, whose mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. We’ll have gift cards available to share your donation with loved ones.

NOV 26-DEC 17

Pick up a Ziploc bag from a Christmas box at church entrances and fill with Christmas gifts for the children of Honduras. Return your full bag under the Christmas tree in the North hallway by the Playday office by Sunday, December 17. For more information, contact Tom Brian, 972.965.6534 or Marilyn Tucker, 214.734.4675.

NOV 26-DEC 31

Help our neighbors in Mexico by giving the gift of a new or gently used blanket for Juntos Servimos (We Serve Together). For more than 10 years, this project has provided more than 100 blankets each year to give warmth on cold winter nights. Collection runs Sunday, November 26 until Sunday, December 31.  Juntos Servimos supports poor families by providing health care, education, and shelter to those served by the Casa Bugambilia community center in Matamoros, Mexico, as well as those living in nearby fishing villages. To learn more, visit or contact Margie Rozelle, 972.370.6542.

DEC 3-17

Help us adorn our sanctuary with poinsettias on Christmas Eve with a dedication in honor or memory of a loved one. Proceeds benefit Allen Community Outreach Food Pantry. Dedications taken December 3-17. Envelopes provided in pew backs and Sunday bulletins.

DEC 3-24

During the Advent season, bring a new 6″-18″ stuffed non-musical teddy bear with you to worship and leave it in the pew. Our congregation fills the bears with love during Advent worship. They’ll be shared with our sponsored school, Boyd Elementary, at a special pajama story time in the spring. We also need volunteers to help make pajamas for this special event. If you would like to help with or learn more about the Boyd pajama project, contact Mary Freeman, 972.727.8261, x311.