Online Giving is Sunday, December 4-25
In person on the patio on December 4 from 9:30-12:30
The ministries below represent ways to spread God's love to those in need and make a real difference in the lives of people in our community and in the world beyond.
Gifts may be made directly to the represented ministry or you can give your gifts in the name of a family member or friend. Gift cards are available.
Look through the organizations below and see where your gifts can do the most good.
Click the 'Donate/Pay' button on the left of this page and under "Additional notes about this payment," you can indicate which group you are donating towards. Then, fill out the rest of the form.
This linked file with optional gift tags that you can provide to your giftee.
TO GIVE TO MULTIPLE ORGANIZATIONS
Either fill out the giving form multiple times, OR write the names of the other organizations you would like to give to in the 'additional notes' field and be clear about how much is supposed to go to each group.
Ministry Descriptions for Foothills Christmas Marketplace 2022
Common Ground is a collaborative of three churches- Foothills, Shepherd of the Valley, and Santa Sophia, working in support of elementary schools in the Spring Valley community for more than 20 years. We provide a wide variety of services including Christmas gifts, food boxes, clothing and hygiene supplies, books for home libraries, bikes, and school supplies. We also help with emergency needs as they arise. Your contributions support our mission and make a real difference in the lives of the students and families in our community.
Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit agency serving the community since 1960 and is committed to assisting elderly or disabled persons to live independently in their own homes. Foothills provides volunteers for two routes-one in El Cajon and one in Spring Valley/Lemon Grove, serving over 100 clients. Volunteers deliver nutritious meals Monday through Saturday and offer much needed social interaction for the clients. Your gift ensures wholesome meals will continue to be provided to those in need.
Interfaith Shelter is a collaborative effort run by local congregations and human services agencies to provide shelter for individuals and families with children who find themselves homeless. This program is run with volunteers that act as overnight hosts, provide meals, take our guests to the laundry, and drive their possessions from one church to the next as they move on in their quest to find work and permanent housing. Your contribution helps pay for some of the pressing needs of our homeless guests (bus passes, gas cards, laundry). Our Interfaith Shelter will be at the Good Shepherd Ministry Center from Jan 21st through February 4th.
The Spencer Topham Foundation was created to encourage and promote youth and youth programs that seek to create safer, more harmonious communities full of informed and compassionate people. The foundation's namesake was a youth leader and camp counselor who lived to serve others and always sought a way to better interpersonal relationships, the local community and the planet. The foundation in his name provides camperships to local high schoolers, so they can attend Camp Cedar Glen, and it also provides college scholarships to local United Methodist Youth, who have shown an interest in positive social change.
El Nido is a transitional living program for survivors of domestic abuse and their children. El Nido provides housing and rehabilitation to those who find themselves homeless after fleeing their situation. FUMY will use your generous donations to purchase Christmas trees, decorations and gifts for each family member.
EarthCare Ministry is a group ministry dedicated to educate and inform the community on environmental issues. We engage in promoting active and healthy involvement in our community, families and church. Your donations will allow us to establish more community gardens and be able to educate our community on how we can all make a difference if we work together to address climate change. We are dedicated to serving our community and providing opportunities to learn more about sustainability and the benefits of caring for God’s gifts.
Foothills United Women In Faith "Turning faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth around the world." is the vision of the United Methodist Women organization. Foothills’ UWF raises funds for local missions including The Good Shepherd Ministry Center, Good Neighbor Centers, and Calexico Neighborhood House; and supports worldwide mission projects in more than 100 countries.
Prayer Quilt Ministry provides comfort in the tangible form of a quilt tied with knots to represent prayers lifted for the recipient. Quilt requests from Foothills UMC members are available to anyone.
Volunteers in Medicine San Diego is a free clinic established in 2003 to care for the uninsured. We are located in a modular building on the premises of Chapel of the Valley UMC, at 1457 East Madison, El Cajon. Donations are critical to our mission: Ensuring that residents of San Diego County can access healthcare services and support. We are able to provide medical visits and treatments, diagnostic tests and imaging with donor support.Currently we have close to 100 volunteers, ranging from medical providers and registered nurses to support staff.
Calexico Neighborhood House is a product of the Global Ministries of the United Methodist Women. Calexico Neighborhood House provides a comprehensive array of direct services in the areas of childcare for working parents, case management, parent education, shelter for homeless women and children, emergency food and utility assistance, micro business support, and provides meals to children under the age of 18 throughout the year.
Heifer International is sponsored by Kids Connect. Purchase a gift of a farm animal to give in the name of a loved one and help children and families around the world receive training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant.
Guatemala Mission Project
Your donations go to support mission teams traveling to Guatemala. These teams focus on the construction and installation of fuel efficient stoves in individual homes. These stoves provide a much safer environment for the families.
The Good Shepherd Ministry Center
The Good Shepherd Ministry Center’s mission is to create an environment where we can provide spiritual connection, physical wellness, and emotional stability using resources provided by church and community partners. Please see below for all of the ways we are living out our mission at the extension of our campus in El Cajon.
Bethlehem Food Pantry
Every Saturday morning, the Bethlehem Food Pantry welcomes more than 250 families experiencing food insecurity by providing a selection of fresh produce, milk, eggs, and non-perishable food items in the market style setting. To meet the growing need, we have formed partnerships with other area churches, Feeding San Diego, San Diego Food Bank, and local grocery stores, to supplement the generosity of the Foothills UMC congregation.
Little Lambs Diaper Program
The need for diapers goes hand in hand with food insecurity. Parents or grandparents receive free diapers on Saturday mornings through the Little Lambs Diaper Program. The need for adult diapers is growing, as well.
Good Shepherd Gentle Yoga Classes
Complimentary yoga classes with a certified instructor are for everyone regardless of ability. Guests of the GSMC can enjoy the benefits of gentle stretching and mindfulness in the newest addition to the programming at the peace-filled ministry center.
Good Shepherd’s Community Learning Garden
GSMC neighbors are growing their own produce in the new learning garden. Time in the garden promotes healthful eating as well as fellowship with other gardeners.
This clothing ministry at Good Shepherd Ministry Center opens its doors on Saturday mornings to provide a boutique experience for those in need of free clothing. Donations of lightly used and new clothing are always welcome. Also, your monetary donations go a long way in keeping vital, basic clothing items in stock.
Participants learn to prepare nutritious meals using the food they receive from the pantry on Saturday mornings. The program includes nutrition education, cooking demonstrations, recipes (in multiple languages), and samples to encourage the creation of healthful and delicious meals at home.