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Serving others and spreading the good news of Jesus Christ is a fundamental action of who we are called to be as followers. Jesus’ example leads us to love our neighbors, bring hope to the marginalized, and work for justice. You are invited to participate, living out God’s call, through various opportunities as our faith community continues to meet the practical and spiritual needs of those in our neighborhood, our city, and the surrounding area.

 
 

 

LOCAL MISSION

 

 

Amity People's Garden

Doyle Hartman | dandsindustrialproducts@gmail.com

The Amity People’s Garden began as a USDA People’s Garden. It supplies thousands of pounds of fresh produce to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. Garden volunteer workers enjoy planting, weeding, picking and socializing as they work to help provide healthy produce for communities with food insecurity. It is a great place to meet and get to know new people while doing one of Christ’s callings to feed the hungry.


 

Baby Needs

Dedra Swanstrom | tswanstrom@cableone.net

One in three families in Idaho struggle to afford diapers for their children. The Baby Needs Ministry supplies families with diapers and wipes for their infants and small children. Distribution days are every Monday and Wednesday from 1:00-4:30 pm.  Families can receive assistance once a month for up to two children.  To receive diapers, a parent/guardian needs to provide identification for themselves and identification for each child (birth certificate, vaccination record, etc.). Thanks to the generous support from the congregation, the Baby Needs Ministry in 2019 served on average 135 families each month!  By designating your giving for the “Baby Needs Ministry,” our partnership with the Idaho Diaper Bank will turn a small donation of $10 into a month’s supply of diapers for a family in need!


#LOVEBOISE

If you want more love in the world, put it there. Every day, the people of the Cathedral are attempting to do just that, be it through Habitat for Humanity house builds, feeding those experiencing homelessness and food insecurity, providing reading and conversation partners for refugee families, standing on the Capitol steps in support of our LGBTQ community, or simply by holding the door with open arms, warm smile, and accepting heart.

Help us to put more love in the world.

Be kind to yourself. Buy a coffee for someone in line behind you. Pick up litter from the street or park. Let someone merge in front of you in rush hour traffic. Write a kind note on a napkin and leave it for the next person to use the table. Plant a tree. Compliment a stranger. Or join us for any of the following mission projects we'll be holding throughout the year. Put more love into the world. 

January 16 – Idaho Foodbank sorting session

February 22 – Idaho Foodbank sorting session

March 26 – Idaho Foodbank sorting session

April (date TBA) – Releaf Boise: a tree planting event

May – Planting flowers at the Ronald McDonald House

June 6 – Framing a house for Habitat for Humanity at the Amity Campus

July – All-church effort to collect food for our lunch bag ministry

August 20 – Idaho Foodbank sorting session

September (date TBA) – Back to School BBQ for Boise High School students and staff

October 22 – Idaho Foodbank sorting session

November 25 – Boise Rescue Mission Thanksgiving Feast (downtown campus of COTR)

December 12 – Christmas Food Box delivery

December 18 – Boise Rescue Missions Christmas Banquet (downtown campus of COTR)


Friendship Feast

Cynthia Yee Wallace | cynthiayee@hotmail.com

Every Sunday at 1pm and on the third Thursday of each month at 5pm, we host a meal for about 100 food insecure neighbors, utilizing volunteer cooks, donations from our partners, and produce from the Amity People’s Garden and Downtown Teaching Farm. All are welcome to come, eat, and offer hospitality to our guests.

It takes six to eight volunteers for each meal to help prepare food, serve the meal, and clean up. Children 6 years and older are welcome to help along with their parents or group leaders, and with a little notice we can put a larger group to work preparing an extra special meal. To serve on third Thursdays, sign up here! To serve on Sundays, sign up here!


Food Pantry Lunch Bags

Cindy Todeschi | ctodeschi@boisefumc.org

Jennifer Gerlach | jenniferferl@gmail.com

In addition to the Friendship Feast, we’ve found a daily need for a light sack lunch to hand out to our guests. Lunches are available every day, and we distribute about 100 bags each week. Lunch bags are distributed from 11:30am-1pm seven days a week. 

We send out the empty bags with our church on the last Sunday of the month to be filled and brought back the next week. All food is sorted and made into complete lunches. Volunteers are needed on occasion to sort and fill lunches, so if you'd like to join the team, let us know!

Items needed for Lunch Bags:

  • Vienna Sausage or Pork & Beans– pop top, single serving (4)
  • Tuna 2.5oz foil pouch (4)
  • Fruit or Applesauce cups (4 pack)
  • Pudding cups (Non perishable) (4 pack)
  • Granola Bars (low sugar preferred) (4)

Contents of this list will fill four lunch bags. Large quantities of individual items are appreciated, particularly protein items (beans, sausage & tuna). All items can be found at local grocery and dollar stores. 

We serve over 5,000 lunches per year!

Please return filled bags and extra food items to the Hospitality Desk where they will be sorted and distributed daily. 


Good Sam Days

Cindy Todeschi | ctodeschi@boisefumc.org

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday afternoon we serve our neighbors in need. We offer transportation assistance in the form of stored value local bus passes, and also offer toiletry items, baby supplies, and home-baked treats. Bus passes are given in a lottery-based system that can be entered between 1:30 and 1:55pm for a 2pm drawing.

If you are feeling called to serve, there are several ways you can help with the Good Sam Ministry: bring travel-size toiletry items, feminine hygiene products, home-baked cookies, or diapers and wipes for our Baby Needs closet. Or you can join us from 1:30-3pm every 1st and 3rd Wednesday to visit and pray with our guests.


Habitat for Humanity

Cindy Todeschi | ctodeschi@boisefumc.org

For several years we’ve been partnering with Habitat for Humanity to help provide affordable housing in the Treasure Valley. Once a year, Crossroads Missions helps us frame up two houses in one morning, at the Amity campus, with an army of volunteers of all ages. Then we continue work on those homes out at the Habitat site by sending teams of 10-12 people to volunteer on designated Saturdays. No experience is necessary to serve on these teams. Donations are gratefully accepted throughout the year and particularly as a part of our Christmas Eve offering, to cover the costs of framing these homes. If you have a heart for construction or talent for organizing an event of this type, please contact Cindy Todeschi to assist in this exciting and life-changing mission opportunity each year.

When:  Saturday, August 8th

Time:  9am to 11am until 50 people are signed up and then we will open an afternoon shift from 1-3pm

How:  Serve on a crew, or as a crew leader, or on the Friday cut crew

Where:  The Amity Campus

What you need to know: Small teams with a crew leader will frame wall segments. Walls will will be moved to the foundation of the home off Glenwood Road in Boise to be completed during the year.  Bring your own sunscreen, gloves and water.  

COVID-19 Precautions:  We strongly encourage you to form your own team made up of family and others you are living or comfortable working with. Please sign up together!  If you are coming as an individual, we will place you on a team.  Temperatures will be taken at registration and crews will be spaced an appropriate distance apart.  Pre-packaged snacks and bottled water will be available.

Sign up here!  https://crossroadsmissions.breezechms.com/form/COTR20


Mirror Image

Elizabeth Popish | Mirror.image.id@gmail.com

The mission of Mirror Image is to provide hygiene products to homeless or otherwise disadvantaged students in the Treasure Valley. Providing these items aids the student's effort to sustain hygiene and supports their self image, academic performance, and social membership. Positive body image is incredibly important for children of all ages, especially teens. We cover elementary, junior high, and high school students that are referred by their school nurse or counselor.  Here is a list of current supply needs.

Refugee Assistance Programs

Cindy Todeschi | ctodeschi@boisefumc.org

FAMILY MENTOR TEAMS are made up of eight people and are matched by Glocal Community Partners with refugee families who are new to Boise.  The team will walk alongside a refugee family for three months until they are better established in our community.  Teams receive training and interact with the family at least once a week as they help them understand our culture and the opportunity for a successful future. 

HILLSIDE READING PARTNERS meet Tuesday from 1:50pm to 2:40pm in the new Hillside Junior High cafeteria with English Language learners. Volunteers enjoy a time to read and visit with the same one or two students each week. More volunteers and substitutes are always needed to read with these awesome 50 students. 

 

 

 

 

 

GLOBAL MISSION

 

 


Mision Fronteras of Peru & Bolivia

Cindy Todeschi | ctodeschi@boisefumc.org

For many years, we’ve been sending teams to Peru and Bolivia, providing medical, educational, and humanitarian support through various projects with the Methodist Church of Peru and in the Lake Titicaca Peru/Bolivia Border Ministry.

The United Methodist Church has developed a list of goals and objectives based off the needs listed by the people of Peru:

  • Evangelize and grow the local Methodist churches
  • Train pastors and lay pastors
  • Promote international exchanges and interaction between church communities, individuals, and leaders of the Methodist churches of Peru and Bolivia
  • Improve the level of health in the Lake Titicaca region of Peru and Bolivia
  • Assist in the stability of the community through construction and structural needs

 


 

Tijuana Christian Mission

Cindy Todeschi | ctodeschi@boisefumc.org

The Tijuana Christian Mission serves God through serving the needy children of Mexico – children who come to them from broken homes or from no home at all, who have learned to make a life for themselves on the streets. Mission teams from the Cathedral have assisted with on-site maintenance and construction, as well as off-site construction of new homes for families in need.

Upcoming Mission Trips to Tijuana Christian Mission | May 24-27 2019 | Contact pastor@boisefumc.org for more information.

Estimated cost per team member – $600


UMCOR

Cindy Todeschi | ctodeschi@boisefumc.org

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more. The Cathedral of the Rockies partners with UMCOR in order to provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.