Ministries

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.

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.

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St. Francis has a rich history of supporting the sanctuary movement.  Most recently we hosted Francisco Perez Cordova for nearly 4 months.  We work closely with the local non-profit Keep Tucson Together in advocacy for immigration reform. 

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. 

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.

Celebration Team

The Celebration Team is made up of a group of creative individuals who plan our Sunday Services from Sunday morning greeters to alter decorations to orders of worship. Their time and dedication make

St. Francis services possible.

Mental
Health
Ministry

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!

To learn how to become a Stephen Minister - or receive care from one - contact the St. Francis office, Pastor Jim Wiltbank, or any Stephen Minister or Leader.

Casa Maria Soup Kitchen

Since 1981, the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen in South Tucson has been providing daily meals to people living with food insecurity. St. Francis has been part of this hunger ministry from the beginning. Every four weeks, on a Saturday morning, volunteers from our community cook up pots of nutritious chili and serve it to those in need.

 

For information about volunteering, call the church office at 299-9063.

 

Casa Maria is located at 352 E. 25th Street and is open everyday from 8:30 am to 11:30 am.

Katie Kans

In Memory of Katie Clark - change for change. 

 

Katie ​Kans are collected the first Sunday of every month at our 9:00 and 10:45 am celebrations. Kans may also be dropped off at the church office during business hours (M-Th 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Fri. 8:30 am - noon). All money collected goes to the St. Francis Food Pantry, the Community Food Bank and the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen.

The St. Francis Food Pantry works to help alleviate hunger in Tucson. Bags of non-perishable food items are available to the hungry and homeless. All the food given out comes entirely from donations from our congregation. 

Snak Pak

Here at St Francis, we have a history of partnering with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona to help feed hungry people in Tucson. Last spring at the request of the food bank, we transitioned our traditional Snack Pack program to a new one called School Pantry.   Our team of volunteers distributes food to hungry families at Prince Elementary School on the first Friday of each month during the school year. Families come to the school to pick up food and take it home.  Items are in grocery store quantities suitable for feeding whole families.  We typically have over 100 families come to Prince for food on School Pantry day!

If this work speaks to your heart, please contact the church office at 299-9063 for details.

       Food Bags
for the Hungry

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Market On the Move

Market On the Move (MOM) is a program which works with produce companies in Mexico to distribute produce that would otherwise go to waste. St. Francis is a distribution host once per month on the third Saturday Morning.  This program is offered in the fall/winter/spring seasons only. Volunteers are always needed.

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Health

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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. 

The Care
Team
For a complete list of ministries and teams, and more information on any of these programs, contact us at 299-9063 or fill out the following form:
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