Missions and Outreach

"And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work"
2 Corintians 9:8


We continue to thank Chef Colby for his support of our Friendship Table. On February 15, he prepared a delicious meal of appetizers, salad, soup, pasta, meatballs, sausage, vegetables and even a special dessert! Members of our church provided additional desserts. We are extremely grateful to everyone who helped with the meal, made dessert and came in fellowship.  If you haven’t yet been to a Friendship Table meal, you are definitely missing out on one of Chef Colby’s gourmet meals. Doors open at 4:30 PM and dinner is served at 5:00 PM. As an added treat, Penny Pinchers Exchange opens from 5:00 to 7:00 PM that night so you can eat and shop!


Next month the Council On Aging will provide van transportation to Marion seniors who would like to attend St. Gabriel’s meal on Thursday, March 1, and our meal on Thursday, March 15. Please call the COA at 508-748-3570 to sign up for transportation. We will provide a helper on the van to welcome and light the way to the meals and back home. If you are interested in being a helper to ride with van in the future, please speak to Susan Smith, or call her at 508-748-1224.

Your generous contributions for Hike for Heaven in the Change for Change jar were very much appreciated by Allie Cunningham of Rochester. She sent a gracious thank you note complete with photos of children at Heaven Pre-& Primary School and the hike to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the school. They were able to raise over $30,000. Change for Change during January, February and March will go to support Mobile Ministries.


Looking ahead, the Missions Committee is interested in sponsoring workshops on topics such as immigration, justice ministries, conflict resolution, caregiving and other issues facing our community and our church. If you have a topic of interest, or would like to help with a workshop, please contact a committee member.


In February we had our popular Dental Hygiene drive. We thank you for your donations of toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste to help others who find it difficult to purchase these essential healthcare items.


The members of the Mission and Outreach Committee would like to extend our sincere thanks to Ruth Cederberg for the years she has served on this committee. Ruth’s name is synonymous with Missions in our church. She stepped down from the committee as of the annual meeting. Ruth has assured us that she will continue to help Missions in any way she can and will keep the committee informed of needs within the community and beyond.


We also welcome Kate Mahoney to our committee and look forward to having her on our team!


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

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