Antelope Valley - Desert Valleys United Methodist Churches

"Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World" 

Help us end hunger

Every October, we have a Antelope Valley Hunger Walk.

Next year it will be Saturday, October. 8 at Lancaster United Methodist Church.

You can join the walk, make a contribution, or see the status of our fundraising at:   ANTELOPE VALLEY CROP WALK.

Contact for more information.

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Hunger Awareness and Response!!!


120 Walkers from 12 churches
Funds raised: $9,177
(with $1,693 from internet)

25% goes to Grace Resources,
St. Vincent de Paul and SAVES:  
$2,294.25 ($764 each)

75% goes to World Hunger: $6,882.75


Nehemiah 5:17-19  

"I regularly fed at my table 150 of the Jewish people
      and their leaders,

besides all the people who came to me
     from the surrounding nations.

Every day I served one beef,
     six of the best sheep, and many chickens,

     and every ten days
     I provided a fresh supply of wine.

... I knew what heavy burden
          the people had to bear
"  (GNB)

And so we pray: Thank you God, for giving yourself to us that we might give ourselves to others.

Antelope Valley Crop Walk History

A full history of all the years of the walk plus some personal remembrances by Rev. Ilse Peetz, a founding member of the AV CROP Walk can be found here.

2016:  NEXT YEAR....  
    A Downtown

Save the date,  Oct. 8, 2016  at Lancaster United Methodist Church!

             First planning meeting: January 26,2016

    Contact: Rev. Ilse Peetz ( TODAY!!!
                  if you or your church would like to participate!

AV Participating Churches

14 Churches, plus 1 Ecumenical Council
          and some Not Affiliated.

AV Ecumenical Council       – 2012

Christ Our Savior UMC       – 2014, 2015

Community walkers          – 2013  (Non-church affiliated)

First Christian                  – 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015

Father/Saint Serra
     Roman Catholic           – 2014, 2015

Lancaster Presbyterian      – 2010, 2011, 2012,2013, 2014, 2015

Lancaster United
    Methodist                    – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Lutheran Church
    of the Master                – 2012, 2013,

New Life Nazarene            – 2013

Our Savior's Lutheran       – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Palmdale United
    Methodist                     – 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015

Quartz Hill Presbyterian    – 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

St. Stephen's Lutheran     – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Unitarian Universalists      – 2010, 2011, 2012

Unity                                   – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015




Church World Service (CWS) was founded in 1946 and is a cooperative ministry of 37 Christian denominations and communions affiliated with the National Council of Churches in the United States, providing sustainable self-help, development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance around the world.

The CWS mission is to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice at the national and international level through collaboration with partners abroad and in the US.

CWS program areas mainly target education and advocacy, both of which are essential components in confronting the root causes of hunger.

By raising awareness about hunger, poverty, water access, trade, human rights, climate change, peace building and other issues in its Speak Out alerts, CWS brings the voices and priorities of its partners and constituents into the halls of churches, community groups, and governments.

CROP Hunger Walks

The largest fund-raising events for Church World Service are CROP Hunger Walks (Christian Rural Overseas Program). The first CROP Hunger Walk was in the 1960s.

Now more than 2,000 communities across the U.S. join in CROP Hunger Walks each year.

A unique aspect of CROP Hunger Walks is that Church World Service doesn't receive all of the money raised. Up to 25% of the money donated is given to local hunger fighting agencies which include food banks and community gardens.

Additionally, those sponsoring a walker can specify whether Church World Service or an alternative global hunger-fighting agency will receive the remaining 75% of the donation.


Participating churches and organizations include

Crop Walk Photos (click to enlarge)

Crop walk Photos (15 Photos)

Joann Marshall, one of the founders of our AV Crop Walk
Lancaster UMC walking team - 2015
Happy Wanderers!!! (All who wander are not lost....)
Water / Rest Stop at the AV Mall 2011 - 4th Crop Walk
Even without a paved path, our walkers march on!
Everyone can participate!!! David Fisher with Steve McDougall (standing) 2015
Steve and Connie McDougall - dedicated walkers! (2015)
Bye! See you next year