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Ministries

Look at all we do...

St. Francis is active in the surrounding community and beyond. Explore our ministries: Supportive, Social Justice, Refugee, Social Services and International. If you need help from any of these ministries or would like to volunteer, please fill out the following form:
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Also, check out our Hunger Ministries at Community Outreach.
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Supportive Ministries
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Our ministry is to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support.

 

We've received at least 50 hours of special training to provide one-on-one "conversational care" to those who are experiencing life's challenges (Like grief, loneliness, divorce/separation, chronic illness, disability, debilitation, occupational challenges, and other life changes). 

 

Our services are donated - without charge and without obligation - ever!

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The Care
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There are times in our life when we need a little extra help, whether it's illness, accident, or aging issues.  At St. Francis, we have a small team of volunteers that help our congregation when going through these difficult times.

What we do: call to converse with those who need a friendly voice, visit with them in their homes, give rides to service, and prepare and deliver meals to those in the congregation who have temporary health issues.  You can help! It only takes thirty minutes to a couple of hours a week to help out.

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In 2015, St. Francis created a Mental Health Ministry. It focuses on three areas:

 

  • Education to reduce the stigma of mental illness.  

  • Assistance with resources for those with mental illness and their loved ones.

  • Advocacy for more mental health programs and treatments. 

 

We know that people with mental illness are not strangers. They are our family members, our co-workers, our faith companions and sometimes, ourselves. Statistics indicate that nearly one half of all Americans will develop mental illness during their lifetimes, and most will not seek or receive the help they need.  St. Francis hopes to change that. 

Become a Stephen Minister

“All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own!”

 

Each Stephen Minister sends goodwill, compassion, and agape love into the life of another and receives so much more in return. If you could just give an hour or so each week to one person who could use someone to talk to, who needs a friend, and/or someone to share their spiritual journey with please consider looking into becoming a Stephen Minister. Training provided! 

 

It’s easy to take the first step . . . just call Joyce Leissring (520)404-1691 or Nancy Stevenson (520) 609-5858. Let’s talk! No obligation to learnmore! Stephen Ministry at St. Francis needs someone like you!

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Social Justice Ministries
Reconciling Ministries Network

St. Francis was one of the first churches in Tucson to establish a reconciling ministry.  We are reconciling in our intention of welcoming all people: gay or straight.  For over 30 years, we have worked for equality for all. We have been and always will be open, affirming and inclusive.

TIHAN Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network

Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network offers our hearts and hands to provide compassionate and non-judgmental service to those affected by HIV/AIDS.

 

Through education and support, we - as individuals and faith communities - work to build bridges, reduce stigma and sustain hope.  The monthly POZ Cafe (complimentary luncheon) is held in the St. Francis Community Center monthly.

For more information, visit their website Tihan.org.

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Refugee Ministries
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The Inn of Southern Arizona  provides a caring ministry for migrants passing through the U.S. / Mexico border. St. Francis volunteers distribute meals, play with children, drive to the airport and bus station, care for vulnerable people by providing tender, loving care. For more information, visit their website www.theinnofsa.org

Arizona Justice for our Neighbors

AZJFON offers a hospitality ministry that welcomes immigrants by providing affordable, high-quality immigration legal services to low-income immigrants, engaging in advocacy for immigrant rights, and offering education to communities of faith and to the public.

Iskashitaa Refugee Network

Iskashitaa Refugee Network is a grass roots organization that helps rebuild refugee lives through our partnerships with volunteers and local organizations. Staff and volunteers unite refugees and the community through unique programs designed to empower the refugees.

 

Programs emphasize community connections, sharing, and English language practice. 

 

Iskashitaa harvests and distributes 100,000 pounds of unwanted produce from local homes and farms each year. This food goes to refugees and their families, food banks, and Iskashitaa's partner organizations instead of ending up in landfills.

 

 

These harvests, among other programs, are an opportunity for refugees and Tucson locals to interact, creating community and lasting friendships. 

 

Iskashitaa serves refugees from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, The Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Russia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Syria. 

Visit Iskashitaa.

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Social Service Ministries
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ICS is a nonprofit, social services agency serving Pima County, Arizona, including metropolitan Tucson.

 

For three decades, ICS has shown what a caring community can do. Today, with support from diverse faith partners, compassionate volunteers and hundreds of community friends, ICS fills critical gaps in human services. We help those less fortunate meet basic living requirements.

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Interfaith

PCI is intentionally comprised of many religious beliefs, political philosophies, ethnicities and economic levels. PCI's strength is in our broad-based, relational commitment to take action on issues that impact our families at the local and regional levels. PCI will take strong stands on issues affecting families and communities, but remains politically non-partisan. St. Francis is an active participant with PCI.

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International Ministry
School for Abul

Located in Southern Sudan, the School for Abul had its genesis at St. Francis. Inspired by the vision and fire of John Akuar, one of the Sudanese "Lost Boys", the congregation took up the challenge of building a school along with fresh water wells for the people of Abul. 

 

 

To date, classrooms have been built for 250 children, and five fresh water wells have been established around the school and the village, providing villagers with clean water. 

But there is so much more that needs to be done. Four teachers, "lost boys" who decided to stay and make a difference, teach the children. They do not get paid because there is no money to pay them with. The school itself has no electricity or plumbing, and school supplies are constantly needed. 

If you would like to find out more about John Akuar and the School for Abul, John has written a book about his journey (Run John, Run ... And Don't Come Back). The books are $25.00 each with proceeds benefiting the school, and can be purchased through St. Francis in the Foothills.

 

St. Francis also accepts donations for the school. Call 299-9063 for more information. 

For questions or comments, please call 520-299-9063 or email Melissa at mmitchell@stfrancisumc.org.

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