Abundant Grace Free Store – was founded by volunteers from Peralta Memorial United Methodist Church & is located at 203 Rio Communities Blvd in Rio Communities. The Free Store gives clothing and household items to families in need, doing what Jesus Christ calls us to do while also sharing the love of Christ through prayer, devotionals, and actions. The Free Store is always in need of volunteers of all kinds to help with administration, greeting shoppers, and sorting donated items. The Free Store has now become an independent non-profit organization serving thousands of families from Valencia County and beyond. Hours of operation – Tuesday from 10-11:30 am for senior citizens and 12:00 noon to 2:00 for everyone; Saturdays open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm for everyone.
Food Pantry – Peralta Memorial UMC Food Pantry is located at the church, 25 Wesley Road and is an all-volunteer ministry. The Food Pantry is open most Mondays from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. (we rarely close!) There is a dedicated crew of about 12-15 people who help distribute food boxes to about 50-75 families each week. Those wishing to receive a food box must bring an ID, and proof of their residence which must be in Isleta, Peralta, Bosque Farms, or Los Lunas (village or unincorporated). Additionally, the Food Pantry hosts two food drops each year to feed 100 families (the 1st Wednesday of the month in March and October). The Food Pantry always needs volunteers to help out – contact the church office for more information.
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GriefShare Ministry – This group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 6:00 pm in room #103 of the Community Building.
Salvation Army – Peralta Memorial UMC volunteers ring the Salvation Army bells around businesses in Los Lunas, to remind people of God’s love during the Christmas season. All money collected in the Salvation Army kettles supports the Food Pantry at Peralta Memorial UMC. We welcome volunteers to sign up (in late October/early November) to spend a couple of hours sharing God’s hope while collecting money donations that will feed the hungry in our community.
Threads of Love –this group makes baby blankets and sends them to new little ones along with a prayer. They meet the second Saturday of each month from 10:30 AM to noon in the Fellowship Hall. Each year the group makes about 120 blankets, that are distributed to Presbyterian Rust Hospital, the Valencia County Domestic Violence Shelter, CareNet, the Abundant Grace Free Store, and anyone who requests a blanket for a baby.
United Methodist Men – meet for breakfast, fellowship, and a Christian men’s study on the second and fourth Sundays each month at 7:00 AM. Members of the UMM are active in ministry throughout the community and the United Methodist Men raise money for scholarships supporting graduating seniors from Peralta Memorial UMC, community ministries such as CareNet (LINK http://www.pregnanthelponline.com), and other church ministries such as LOGOS. Through active service and financial support, the United Methodist Men help share the love of Christ with others within the church and throughout the community.
United Methodist Women – Mary Circle – meets the second Tuesday of the month from 9:30 to 11:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall (except in July). The emphasis of the Mary Circle is prayer. During the meetings, mission concerns taken from the official Prayer Calendar are distributed, local prayer concerns are added and all concerns are prayed for at the meetings and taken home for continual prayer. Our special prayer mission currently is for the children’s ministry & LOGOS here at our church. The UMW supports the following local missions: CareNet (link to CareNet website), McCurdy School, Methodist Children’s Home, Compassion Child, Gifts to our graduates, Christmas Party at the Women’s Recovery Academy, and Special Projects. Additionally, through conference-level giving and support, the Peralta UMW supports Alpine Community Center, Alpine, Texas, Houchen Community Center, El Paso, Texas, McCurdy School, Espanola, New Mexico, Navajo United Methodist Center, Shiprock, New Mexico, Prayer and Self-denial, World Thank Offering.
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