National / Global Service

CROP Hunger Walk – This October

Sunday, October 21 

Sign up between services on October 7 and 14

Kingswood United Methodist Church

Southminster’s efforts to stop hunger continue this October! Hunger is one of the greatest injustices facing our world, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Ending hunger is in our lifetime, and you can help make it happen. SPC helps end hunger locally by donating to Wheeling Township Food Pantry and delivering Meals on Wheels in August. The annual CROP Hunger Walk gives us a chance to help end hunger worldwide! So please join us to walk on a beautiful fall day to stomp out hunger worldwide. This year’s CROP Hunger Walk is Sunday, October 21, at Kingswood United Methodist Church, 401 W. Dundee Road, Buffalo Grove. Sign up between services on October 7 and 14 to walk with us! Or go online to and click “donate” to help raise funds for our SPC team.

What’s the CROP Hunger Walk all about?

CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.

  • Stand with neighbors in your community who rely on food assistance program
  • Partner with parents worldwide as they ensure a bright future for their children
  • Support those struggling with poverty and open up new opportunities for them

If you have questions or need more information, please email Sandy Pifer at To read more about the CROP Hunger Walk, visit

Southminster Furnishes Chapel in Guatemala


When Rev. Linda McCarty, former resident of Arlington Heights and CEO of the nonprofit Faith in Practice, asked for help from Southminster Presbyterian Church to furnish a chapel at the Hospital Hilario Galindo Hospital in Retalhuleu, Guatemala, our Mission Team jumped at the chance.

Recently, Faith in Practice renovated the Hospital Hilario Galindo, adding an attached chapel where patients and their families could worship and pray. Southminster members provided the funds for Guatemalan artisans to build pews and a pulpit, riser, communion table and cross.

Rev. McCarty served as an associate at Southminster before joining Faith in Practice. For years, the church has supported the organization’s mission to improve the physical, spiritual, and economic conditions of the poor in Guatemala through short-term surgical, medical, and dental mission trips and health-related educational programs. Last year, more than 1,200 U.S. volunteers worked beside 900 Guatemalan volunteers to serve more than 25,000 Guatemalan patients.

National Service Volunteer Opportunities

We take Southminster’s service beyond Arlington Heights’ borders. We volunteer with Chicago groups like Kidz Korna, which works against youth violence and child abuse, and Starfish, which offers children homework help, recreation, art projects and moral teaching.

We travelled to Washington, Ill., to help the town recover from its tornado, to Florida to deliver relief, and to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

None of this can happen without people like you. Let us know how we can help you help others.

International Service Volunteer Opportunities

Southminster sends people, dollars, food, aid kits – even shoes – around the globe:

  • Several of us have joined medical teams as nurses that flew to Guatemala to perform free surgeries.
  • Some at Southminster have come up with their own ideas for a mission trip. We gave them grants to make it happen. They have traveled to Uganda, the Dominican Republic, and elsewhere.
  • We assemble rice-and-bean packs for Feed My Starving Children.
  • We make hygiene kits for Church World Service.
  • Our Share Your Soles shoe drive collects over 300 pairs every year.

What kind of volunteering calls to you? We’d like to hear your ideas and have you join us.