College Ministry

Lenten Offering Impact and Celebration

You may know that here at Argyle UMC, our mission is to grow together as disciples, working with God, to transform the world one life at a time.  Over the last seven weeks of the Lenten season, we raised money each week to go to specific missions of our church, all with the intent to transform the world one life at a time.  As the Wired 4 Service team collected statistics on your generous contributions to these missions each week during Lent, we thought that it would be fun to share some other statistics.  Typically, we track donations and lives transformed...but what if we told you exactly how many grains of rice your donations contributed to?

Lenten Offering Infographic

Week 1 of Lenten Offerings provided a meal catered by Babe's for the first responders in our community.  In total, we fed 47 very hungry and very appreciative fire fighters, EMS, and police officers.  Did you know that 47 hungry first responders can tackle twenty three and a half pounds of mashed potatoes?!

Week 2 of Lenten Offerings provided college care packs for 70 of our church youth.  With our college students attending college from coast to coast, our college care packs traveled over 12,375 miles!

Week 3 of Lenten Offerings benefited the Shiloh and Argyle Food Banks in our community.  Over four thousand pounds of food were donated, which means we were able to feed over seven thousand meals to the hungry.

Week 4 of Lenten Offerings allowed Argyle UMC to host our annual dinner for the widows and widowers of our church.  Our youth helped to love on 39 of these sweet men and women.

Week 5 of Lenten Offerings will help thirty of our church youth attend mission trips this year.  We are estimating that this also equals approximately 150 "Are we there yet?' from the youth as they travel this summer.  Craig & Carla - does that sounds about right?

Week 6 of Lenten Offerings will provide transportation for 55 economically disadvantaged kids to attend UP Summer Camps at Argyle UMC.  The wheels on the bus will go round and round for 138 miles that week!  Through your generosity, we were also able to donate two bicycles to Borman Elementary to be presented to two students that achieve perfect attendance, which we know will bring endless hours of childhood joy.

Week 7 of Lenten Offerings will help Argyle UMC host Rise Against Hunger for our annual Worship Without Walls event.  Our goal is to provide 20,000 nutrient-rich meals that will feed approximately 700 families.  As we alluded to earlier, if your wondering how many grains of rice that is...don't worry, we did the math.  There are 48 grains of rice in one gram.  There are 200 grams of rice in one meal.  There are 9,600 grains of rice in one meal.  There are 192,000,000 grains of rice in 20,000 meals.  Come to Worship Without Walls on April 29 and help us package those 2 million grains of rice!

College Ministry as an Intergenerational Community

By Haley Feuerbacher,
Campus Minister at The Denton Wesley Foundation

At the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, student intern Katrina Krauss and I sat down to discuss the Denton Wesley Foundation's budget for the Shiloh food pantry ministry. We knew the statistics: nearly 60% of all college students face food insecurity, and Shiloh provides free groceries to several hundred students each month. But we also realized that we could not spend what we were used to putting into the food pantry. If we did not have the money in our budget to stock the food pantry, how would we help the hundreds of students who frequent Shiloh?

"This is God's ministry, not ours," we decided, "and God sees the need and will provide."

The very next day, a woman named Sue Herring walked into the Wesley.

"I was wondering how my husband and I and our church can help support your food pantry," said Sue, who had felt led to serve at Shiloh for months.

God does indeed provide.

Since then, Paul and Sue Herring of Argyle United Methodist Church have gathered 30 volunteers to cook and serve lunch to over 100 students on Thursdays and to staff the Shiloh Food Pantry. Each week, they collect donations, purchase additional food for the pantry, and help keep our property clean and organized. They greet students and give them tips on how to prepare certain foods or just general advice about adulting. This month, Argyle United Methodist Church has raised money and nearly 700 pounds of food for Shiloh Food Pantry, organized a work day to clean the Wesley, and put together a huge care package for our students!

Argyle's involvement in our college ministry represents an intentional move at the Denton Wesley Foundation to form intergenerational relationships and partnerships. We are striving to put our students into contact with those outside the campus community so that they can reciprocally use their gifts and experiences to enhance one another's lives and relationships with God.

In addition to Argyle's work with our students, we have also been blessed by people like Kent Carpenter of First United Methodist Church who is leading a Bible Study at the Wesley and like Clay Thurmond, Jonathan Perry, Chuck and Cynthia Rives, Russell Van Hoose, Beth Barnhouse, and Krystal Stroud who, with our students, have formed a group called Intersect. They gather twice a month to study the Bible and work for social justice with one another. Together, this intergenerational cohort has worked on initiatives such as DACA education, Denton Women's March, Title IX, and Take Back the Night. It is currently planning a #ChurchToo conference to help churches recognize, prevent, and address sexual misconduct.

Finally, the Denton Wesley Foundation is looking to connect with younger generations. We will be planning and hosting a Youth Worship Night at the Wesley for UMC youth groups in the area in April. Our students have much to give to and much to learn from these youth, and we are eager to form relationships with them.

Far from being just a ministry to college students, the Denton Wesley Foundation is a community in which many generations join together, passionate about each other's lives in Christ and compassionate towards one another. We call this a Com/Passionate Community, and we are thankful for those who make this possible.