I love coming back to you guys with new and exciting news and sharing how we continue to build bridges with community partners. This past week the Ministry Council had the pleasure of sitting down with Pastor David Whitaker, Executive Director of Love Inc. Pastor Whitaker spent time sharing the changes that took place with Love Inc. over the course of the year, in particular, the past several months since he transitioned into his new role as executive director. I wanted to share with you all some highlights from the meeting, which I hope brings you as much excitement as it does for me.
- The Donation Center (in the old Saints Peter and Paul church in Hancock) has been cleaned out and become the main hub for all donations. Traditionally partnering churches, such as ours, have held certain items that would be requested when needed, which is no the case any longer. All donations are now being brought to and stored at the Donation Center, except the food pantry, which remains at Houghton Baptist Church and one other church in Calumet.
- Love Inc. is up and active and on average is serving about 10 families per week. This is an indicator that there is a need in our community and that is where we can step in and help.
- Love Inc. is always seeking volunteers to clean, sort and process donations. They are seeking to expand and grow under their new leadership. Not only, do they want to operate as an individual organization, but also in partnership and growth with the community, including their partnering churches.
- Partnering churches, such as ours, are invited to take on a personal investment in the organization and not just through monetary support. This means, that we will connect with individuals and families in need to provide physical resources, as well as emotional and spiritual support.
It is incredibly thrilling for me to hear the changes that have happened over the past several months and be able to discuss how we as a church and ministry can work within our own community to build each other up and take care of one another. As our relationship with Love Inc. grows so will our opportunities to serve. Our hope, in alignment with Love Inc., is to provide individuals and families with ongoing support, through outreach, to know they are cared about, thought of and prayed for. I look forward to sharing additional news as I continue to learn. If you have an interest in being a part of a Love Inc. volunteer team email me, Kerri Mayra, at email@example.com.
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is in full swing with only a few Sundays left to bring in donations. This is the 25th anniversary of this amazing global project, and we have set a special goal of donating 250 filled boxes along with $2,500. Last year we achieved a record 226 boxes and $2,065. Our collection deadline this year is Sunday, November 11th.
This organization and mission is an incredible part of Saints Peter and Paul ministry and we hope that if you aren’t able to donate any items that you would support the effort through your prayers. If you are able to donate a box or items, you can find a list of potential items below. Another way you can help if you desire is to provide a donation of $9 to help defray the cost of international shipping, which you can do if you donate a box or would like to sponsor a box to be shipped. Please visit the display table in the Narthex where information and program boxes are available. You can also contact Denise Coates at 296-9561 or firstname.lastname@example.org , or visit the national project website at www.samaritanspurse.org/occ for additional information.
Examples of items to fill boxes include; washcloths, bar soap, toothbrushes, hair brushes, combs, crayons, regular and color pencils, sharpeners, erasers, felt tips, small notebooks, and toys. Make sure the items will fit easily in the boxes. Do not include any sharp items or war-related toys, Again this year items such as toothpaste, candy, hand sanitizer, or liquid of any kind are not permitted. Store-bought plastic shoe boxes are also a great idea because the kids can reuse them.
Community Connection Volunteering Opportunity
Saints Peter and Paul Lutheran Church will be hosting a neighborhood connection day for our neighbors. On Sunday, November 4th, we will be providing a helping hand to nearby residents, which may include anything from raking leaves to basic yard work or just simply visiting with them to make them feel like part of our greater community. If you and/or your family are interested in participating please sign up on the form located on the table in the Narthex or contact Kerri Mayra at email@example.com for more information.
Thank you all for bearing with me until the end of this post. I look forward to continuing to share the amazing work that is happening through our church and also opportunities on how you can serve. If you have any questions or interest in serving, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a blessed week,
Director of Community Outreach