We are getting ready for Thanksgiving at Mission Arlington® We invite you to watch this 2+ minute video produced by our friends at the City of Arlington to hear Executive Director Tillie Burgin share her heart about this season. You will see for yourself the “hustle and bustle” of activity created when a generous community gives itself to make things better for other people.
We are so grateful for each of you. Thank you so much for your support. We hope you enjoy the video.
We hope you enjoy this 3:20 second video of the Fall Festival from another year.
Fall means Fall Festivals at Mission Arlington®, and we are so excited. No one can say exactly when our Fall Festival began, because it didn’t begin as one big event like it is today, but as several smaller events across our community led by individual Mission Arlington® Bible studies and Congregations.
Until several years ago, the scattered and smaller events made more sense. As the number of individual events grew, along with the attendance at those events, it seemed best to create one large Festival located centrally in Arlington. And that is just what we did. Take a few minutes to view the video above, and you’ll get a sense of how much fun this event is for every one.
Now, we have almost 3 thousand children (with their families) attend each year. Though it isn’t required, many of the children dress in creative and colorful (not scary) costumes. Parents get to spend an afternoon with their children in the outdoors, away from the TV and other forms of technological entertainment. This is one of the most FUN events of the year.
Here are the details for this year’s festival:
When: Saturday, October 26th, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.;
Where: 1514 Cherry Lane, near the intersection of Fielder & Pioneer Drive (303);
What: Food, Carnival Games, Bouncy Houses, Fire Trucks, and a giant Hay Ride; The children play carnival games (bowling, fishing, miniature golf, bean-bag toss, face painting, and so much more), and win fun prizes. There are two sets of bouncy houses outside which require some climbing and sliding ability. They hay ride may be the most popular attraction at the Festival each year. Children load into a wagon filled with seats made of hay bales, and they are carried twice around a huge field in a trailer pulled along by giant tractors. At the end of the day, as long as their isn’t an active fire anywhere else, the children get to meet firefighters and tour their truck.
How Much? Everything we do is FREE.
How You Can Help
- Individually Wrapped Bags of Candy are needed. Please bring the candy to the Mission offices anytime up to the start of the Festival on the 27th.
- Volunteers are needed to help with carnival booths, serve food, staff the bouncy houses, and to set up or clean up. If you (and/or your team) want to volunteer, give us a call at 817-277-6620, and we’ll get you set up.
Last year, nearly 3,000 children (with their families) enjoyed this event, most of them dressed in creative and colorful costumes. Come join us, won’t you?
“First Mondays” are an important day for the Mission Arlington® family. For many people, of course, “First Monday” refers to Canton, Texas, and their famous trading zone which happens on the first Monday of each month. It means something completely different here.
Our Initial Approach
Many years ago, a patient could gain access to the Allan Saxe dental clinic any given day on a “first-come/”first serve” basis. Yet, the need was so great, that many people waited all day without getting in to see one of our volunteer dentists. People were understandably frustrated, and we were too.
Our Second Attempt
At that point, we decided to take another approach. Anyone who fit the parameters of our care who needed to see a dentist could sign up at any time when they came through our “front room.” The need for dental care was so great, unfortunately, that those “front room” appointments began to be a year to 18 months, and sometimes even two years out. We found ourselves saying to adults experiencing dental pain that they could see our dentist, but not for a long time. We were doing our best, but it didn’t feel good to anyone.
At 8:30 a.m., on the first Monday of every month, potential patients of the dental clinic can call our dental hot line number (817-860-4474). We take as many new patients as possible each month. We have nearly 60 dentists who volunteer with us each year at varying levels of frequency. In 2018, we treated more than 1,300 patients over 3,600 times, so we have a strong and active clinic. Even so, the number of people trying to get through on those First Mondays is way more than the number of slots we have available.
As you pray for the Mission, would you remember to pray for the Lord to prompt more volunteer dentists to come and serve. The family of dentists in and around our community who provide support are amazing, generous, and dedicated. They work long hours in their own profession, then donate their time and skill to help the lest fortunate through our clinic. With each new volunteer, however, we are able to help so many more people. Please join us in asking the Lord for more dentists, hygienists, and other volunteers.
Spread the Word
If you are a dentist with some potential extra time coming up, please give us a call. Debbie M. at 817-704-6141 can help get you connected. If you know someone you think would be a great help to the people here, please spread the word about our clinic. You never know how the Lord can use your voice to make a difference.
We are grateful for the privilege we have of serving with each of you in this community.
[Originally published in February 2019]
Starting tomorrow, September 21st, from 10 to noon, Mission Arlington® will be playing baseball again. We love the Fall, and so do the children who come out to learn the art, skill, hard work, and great fun of the baseball experience. The academy will continue for three more Saturdays after tomorrow – September 28th, October 5th, and 12th.
Bible study leaders scour the community, picking up children and taking them to Hunter’s Field. The elementary-aged young people meet our volunteer coaches there, led by former AISD Superintendent and head coach Jerry McCullough.
The students practice their skills by throwing and catching the ball for a while, running bases, catching fly balls hit by the coaches, then playing a few games against each other.
Each week, the children will get to experience a devotional thought from the Bible, led by Jerry or one of his coaches. There are always many smiles and a lot of laughter all around.
This event continues through the next couple of Saturdays, then picks up again in the Spring.
Every ministry of Mission Arlington® is free of charge.
We are always so grateful for your support.
The North Texas Giving Day happens again on Thursday, September 19th. This is a special day for participating Non-Profits in the DFW region, and it is powered by the good people at the Communities Foundation of Texas. Mission Arlington® / Mission Metroplex® has been pleased to participate in this experience for the last several years.
The 2019 “Day of Giving” happens over an 18 hour window, between 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 19th. When you contribute to us through the North Texas Giving Day LINK, the Communities Foundation of Texas will add to your gift, multiplying its impact. This means that your gift goes farther than it would with a direct contribution here.
If you are going to be “out of pocket” for some reason on September 19th, you can schedule your donation in advance starting September 9th – through the same LINK. Between September 9th and September 18th, you can go to NorthTexasGivingDay.org to schedule your donation. The donation will be processed on the morning of September 19th.
Your Gift Will Go Farther & Make A Difference
- Our administrative overhead continues to be very low – this year, at 1.7 percent. This means that more than 98 cents of every dollar ministers directly to people in need.
- Between 500 – 600 people a day come through our front doors for help six days each week. We provide emergency services for families in crisis, including food, clothes, furniture, and emergency financial assistance. Our medical and dental clinics treat hundreds of people each month, and we do a great deal of work with children & youth all year long.
- You can discover more about our services , our “hours of operation,” and/or our contact information at the corresponding links.
Grateful for You
Your gifts on this day through the past few years have been an encouragement to us, and also have made a significant difference in the lives of the people we serve every day. We are grateful for you.
To Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Football League, the Dallas Cowboys and the City of Arlington have created the “Mayor’s Hometown Huddle, a “joint day of community service in the hometowns of the Dallas Cowboys.”
Mission Arlington® is honored to be one of the service opportunity sites selected to part of the team for this day of service. Volunteers are encouraged to spend a minimum of 100 minutes over the course of the day – Saturday, September 7th – giving their time and energy to make a difference in their community. Several teams of people have already signed up to come. As we are every week, we will be open September 7th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
If you and your family would like to volunteer on this important day of celebration, just come on down to the Mission whenever you are available on that day. You don’t need an appointment. Just show up, and we’ll get you to work. If you have a team of people you want to bring with you, give us a call at 817-277-6620, and we’ll get you on our schedule.
We are honored to be chosen as a partner for this special day of service, and we are so grateful to be part of this generous community.
A cool breeze on a hot, summer day spells relief, especially in Texas. The ministries of Mission Arlington® this summer have provided relief of all kinds. Here are some of the results from this Summer season at Mission Arlington®. We are so grateful for your support.
Ministry Results from the Summer of 2019
- Rainbow Express® – 23,861 children and youth attended one of 355 Rainbow Express® events (each one 4-days long) from the spring through the end of summer.
- School Supplies – We continue to give out school supplies as the school year begins, but to date, we have distributed supplies to more than 10,000 AISD students.
- Summer Camps – 1,019 children and youth, from preschool to high school, attended one of Mission Arlington’s 7 camps this summer;
- Summer Missionaries – 22 students [from 4 states and multiple Texas cities, and one foreign country (S. Korea)] came to serve for some, or for all, of the summer.
Ongoing /Every Day Ministry Results
Between 500 & 600 people receive multiple day supplies of food every day at Mission Arlington® We are open 5.5 days each week. Through the end of July, 101,600 people have received a multiple-day supply of food from here. You give the food, and we give it away.
We are grateful for you!
This has been such a wonderful summer of ministry. School is back in session, and September is around the corner, when our Fall season will be in full bloom. Before you know it, we will be hosting our Fall Festival, Thanksgiving Day deliveries, and celebrating Christmas together.
It is such a blessing to serve the Lord in our community alongside you. Please come see us when you can.
2019 Summer Camps are Happening Now!
July is always an exciting month for Mission Arlington®. Summer camps have returned, and they are so much fun. These free day camps give children and youth a chance to learn about the Lord in fun and exciting ways.
A Camp for All Ages
We know that children and youth are shaped in different ways throughout their childhood, and that is why our camps are specifically designed for different age groups. “ Kiddie Camps ,” which happen on Tuesday nights in July, are hosted for children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Children’s Camp , designed for students in 4th-6th grades, happens on the first two weekends of July, while Youth Camps for 7th-12th graders are held on the last two Saturdays of July.
Free and Fun
These camps are a lot of fun. From outdoor games, to eccentric songs, Mission Arlington® Summer Camps are filled with activities designed to teach God’s Word and foster the youth’s personal relationships with God in new and innovative ways. Our good friends from Camp Thurman provide our camps with fun ropes courses, swimming pools, and beautiful scenery.
It is important to note that our camps are free for all children and youth who participate. Transportation to and from the camp is provided for everyone who needs it. Hardworking parents will be comforted in knowing that their children are having fun learning about the Word of God, at no additional cost to their families.
We are grateful for your support.
We are so grateful for the volunteers and other members of the community who put in countless hours of work and give in various ways. We are especially grateful for all that you do. We humbly request that our friends and family do one more thing. We ask that you pray. Pray for our volunteers, teachers, the students, and everyone else involved.
Pray for the continued success of our Summer Camps so that the youth participating will not only cultivate their own relationships with God, but also be witnesses to others in their schools, homes and communities. We are thankful for you.
The Fourth of July Parade in downtown Arlington is a very special event for the Mission Arlington family. The longest-running event in Arlington, this 4th of July parade has been in continuous operation since 1965.
Tillie Burgin has been attending this parade for just about that long (minus the years the Burgin family served in S. Korea), because her father, Erman Lester, owned a Gulf full-service gas station directly across from the old City Hall, located at Pecan and Abram street downtown. Mr. Lester and his wife Bonnie hosted many citizens in those days, icing down cokes and serving them for a quarter, providing prime seats for the parade. Tillie was honored to serve as the parade’s “Grand Marshall” in 1998. The parade that year was dedicated to “those unsung heroes in our midst.”
In the mid nineties, SJ Stovall, former Mayor of Arlington, and then President of the Mission Metroplex, board started a tradition which still exists to this day. SJ was touched by the spirit, energy, and commitment of the students who gave all or part of their summers to serve the Lord in Arlington free of charge. July 4th morning, prior to the parade, became a time to serve breakfast and to honor these summer missionaries.
The Mission Arlington® family – which includes staff, volunteers, and family from our Bible studies and congregations – is gathered downtown this morning to enjoy family time around the breakfast tables, and then to view the parade. If you are in the parade, watch for us around Abram and West, just prior to your turn toward City Hall. If you are viewing the parade, drop by. We would love to see you.
When the parade ends around noon, this dedicated team of people will be at the mission to receive your donations, and to provide for people in need through the afternoon.
We love serving the Lord alongside this community for the past 31 years. Thank you for the way you give, serve, and pray to help others hear about God’s love, and to find what they need here to take care of their family. Happy Independence Day. We are grateful for you.
Anew school year means new supplies, and another chance for all of us to provide for the children & youth in our community. Mission Arlington® has the privilege to be your partner again in collecting & distributing what you provide to an anticipated 10,000+ AISD students.
Ways you can provide support
The need looks to be just as great in 2019. Here is some information we hope will make it easier for you when you give:
- Purchase School Supplies Yourself– This link takes you to an “easy to print” list of needed school supplies. Please share this list with others who want to help.
- We Can Purchase School Supplies for You– Given the busyness and pace of modern life, it may be easier for you to donate online. We will take your financial gift and purchase the school supplies for you. Click on the link, then choose the “school supply” option under “categories and funds.” 100 percent of your donation will be used to purchase school supplies, and we will send you a receipt. Donate Online here.
- Organize a School Supply Drive – Distribute the printable list to friends and family. Partner with your church/school, or civic groups, or with your neighborhood. School supply drives build a sense of community, and it is fun to do. If you need help getting the supplies to the Mission, call us, and we’ll Schedule a Pickup.
- Bring the Supplies to Mission Arlington® – Please drop off the school supplies at our main offices downtown. We are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday to receive your donation.
- Volunteering – We receive school supplies all year long, but especially in the summer through August. We need your help now to get these supplies organized anytime that you are available (no appointment necessary). If you would like to bring your team, give us a call at 817-277-6620, and we’ll get you on the schedule. We love and appreciate your passion to help our community’s students.
Distribution Dates & Times
Many volunteers and volunteer teams love the organization involved in the work of school supplies. Many volunteers also especially love the connection and blessing of handing the supplies to the children and their families. Below, you will see our planned dates and times for the distribution of school supplies to the community.
- Friday, August 9th (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
- Saturday, August 10 (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
- Monday-Friday, August 12-16 (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
- Saturday, August 17 (9: a.m. to 12 p.m.)
We are grateful for you!
Not only do these provisions help students to succeed academically, but it encourages them personally in more ways than we could possibly understand. The tears of joy we see, and the hugs we receive, are intended for you. We are constantly amazed by the way you give to help people you don’t know, to bless the children & youth of our community. Thank you!
For more of the heart behind this, you might enjoy watching this 55 second interview with Tillie from 2016.