Missions and Outreach

"As believers, we are called to actively spread God's words and love to make a positive difference in the world, whether it be our loved ones, or strangers from another country."
~Matthew 28:19-20

Our Friendship Table provides us the opportunity to unite together for a delicious dinner on the third
Thursday of the month. We give thanks to Chef Colby who has prepared meals the last few months, along with the volunteers who set the tables, serve the meal, help in the kitchen and clean up. If you have not yet come to eat a meal or to help, we invite you to join us. Doors open at 4:30 PM and dinner is served at 5:00 PM. We are pleased to welcome Sue and Wayne Mattson back to our kitchen to host the June meal. Penny Pinchers Exchange is also open for shopping from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Mobile Ministries is very appreciative of the donations and support we continue to give them. During February, March and April, your Change for Change contributions supported their ministry. At Penny Pinchers Exchange you can purchase items such as jackets, hats and gloves and place them in a donation box. Debbie Dyson from Mattapoisett picks up these items and distributes them when she goes out with the Mobile Ministries van.

Items for Damien’s Pantry can be brought to church and put in the basket on the left just as you enter the church. They welcome non-perishable food such as soups, canned fruit, cereal and healthy snacks. At this time, they can also use personal care items such as soap/body wash, deodorant, toilet paper, razors and shaving cream. Turning Point could also use toiletries and gift cards in small amounts. Their donation box is located downstairs in the vestry.

The ninth annual Greater Wareham Walk for Hunger is scheduled for May 6 at 1:00 PM. Registration takes place from 12:00 – 12:45 PM at the Church of the Good Shepherd, located at 74 High Street. The 5-mile walk begins and ends at the church. The event raises funds for Project Bread, a nonprofit organization focused on hunger in Massachusetts. Last year’s Walk for Hunger raised approximately $10,000. Pledge sheets are available in the downstairs in the Vestry.
Missions will match funds raised by walkers from our church up to $100 total.

Change for Change during April and May will go to support Madeleine Lee’s trip to South Africa in May with Volunteer Eco Students Abroad. She will be performing various service projects, such as building school rooms and teaching English and basic hygiene skills.

Kate Mah
oney, the newest member of our Mission Committee, has traveled to Zambia with the nonprofit The Butterfly Tree. She is getting us information and costs on orphan sponsorship and purchasing mosquito nets.

Respectfully submitted by the Mission and Outreach Committee: Meg and David Albert, Sue Kenny, Kate Mahoney, Susan Smith, Susan Taggart and Rev. MaryAnn Purtill.

Some Reminders:

Wish Lists (Donation Boxes in the Narthex):

Mobile Ministries: (formally Mobile Loaves and Fishes) will be needing our help to stock the trucks that go to different parts of New Bedford to distribute clothing donated to the homeless. They need raincoats, sweatshirts, lightweight jackets, caps, and socks. There will be a container in the vestry to collect your donations. They go out Mondays and Saturdays with their trucks to outfit the homeless in New Bedford. You generously helped them in the winter with a wonderful supply of clothing. They are very thankful for your support.

Gifts to Give: stuffed animals can be given to the children because of the special process that G to G has to clean them.

Turning Point: Backpacks, Plain and Colored Pencils, Blue and Black Pens, Pencil Sharpeners, Crayons, Markers, Highlighters, Notebooks, 3-Ring Binders, Filler Paper, White Glue, Rulers, Erasers

Mercy Meals: Good Used Books, White Tube Socks

Damien's Pantry: (Please check expiration dates) Hot/Cold Cereals, Pancake Mix, Pancake Syrup, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Dry Pasta and sauce, Rice, Mac and Cheese, Instant Potatoes, Baked Beans, Soups, Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables, Tuna Fish, Juices

We appreciate your support - we couldn't do what we do without your help!!

Your Missions Committee