I wanted to update you on what is happening in the world of community outreach. Our summer was pretty low key, but we still had activities going on, which you can read about below. As we roll into fall and winter there will be several opportunities for you to get involved in various small and large ways, which I will make available as they come to light. I continue to look forward to connecting with you all and I would encourage you to reach out to me if you are interested in serving the community in any capacity, even if you are unsure of what that means.
This season our Community Garden came under new leadership and it was an exciting change. Chris Gilbertson and Judy Granik teamed up and focused on navigating a new system of operating The Garden. It is always challenging when leadership changes, but they did a great job of paving the way for future success. All the garden beds were utilized in different ways and were successful in growing produce, flowers and friendships. In addition to the new leadership, you will find that we have a new gate and sign for our garden. It was a pleasure to help build both and install them on a beautiful spring day. If you haven’t had the change to look at either, take a look! Thank you all again for your continued support of The Garden, we value the church’s support in these valuable projects and hope that you will continue to provide support through prayers and service.
Family Fun Fair
In early September, Saints Peter and Paul provided the space for the Family Fun Fair, which I had the opportunity to be present for. Jaime Schuldt, our new Director of the Early Learning Center, and I manned/womanned a table to represent the church in our respected capacity. It was great to see a large turnout at this community event and be able to provide an opportunity for community members to learn about Saints Peter and Paul and a few of the opportunities we have to offer.
Mission Trip Update
It is with a saddened heart that we have decided to cancel our mission trip to Honduras in November. We, unfortunately, ran into an issue in not having enough people available to participate at this time and made the decision to postpone and regroup. With that said, I would like to invite anyone who is interested in international mission trip work out to coffee/tea/hot chocolate. It is my goal to understand how we can make mission work as part of our life at Saints Peter and Paul, whether it be domestic or international travel. If you have a desire to be a part of an international trip but were unable to participate, please contact me, Kerri Mayra, by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can talk further. I would also ask that you all continue to keep this in your prayers that we may be able to serve abroad in the future.
Operation Christmas Child
I know it is early to be talking about Christmas already, but Operation Christmas Child for this year is already in the works. Sam and Denise Coates are continuing to take the helm on this amazing project and they continue to do a fantastic job of organizing it and executing their goals. Some exciting news that we wanted to share with you already is that one of our generous congregation members is willing to provide $1,250 toward this project and would like the members of the church to match or exceed the amount they are donating! I want to give a special thank you to this member for your generosity in this project! Sam and Denise wanted me to pass on some crucial information, so please take a look at the information below to see how you can pitch in and be a part of helping a child this Christmas.
Important Information: Operation Christmas Child collects shoebox gifts filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene products and delivers them to children around the world. For many children, this is the first gift they will ever receive, which provides God’s love in a tangible way to these kids. It is pretty easy to participate and a lot of fun, in my opinion. When the boxes become available you pick up as many as you would like, there is no limit, to fill, select an age and gender and then fill it with toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. You can find examples of supplies you can include on the information sheets provided with the boxes or on Samaritan’s Purse website, see link below. Those boxes fill up faster than you think, which is surprising and exciting! You also have the opportunity to bring items in for others to fill or complete boxes. The Coates have set a goal this year of raising $2,500 dollars and collecting 250 filled shoeboxes. This project will kick off in October and the deadline to bring the boxes back is November 11th, 2018. For further information contact Denise Coates at 296-9561 or email@example.com or visit the national project website at www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.
Those are all the updates that I have for now, yes I know there were many, so thank you for your patience. I look forward to updating you all again as things become available. Again, please reach out to me if are interested in any of the projects discussed above or would like to get involved further. Have a wonderful fall and I look forward to serving alongside you all in the future!
Director of Community Outreach