Missions and Outreach


"Those officials supplied provisions for King Solomon and for all who came to King Solomon's table, each one in his month: they let nothing be lacking. "

1 Kings 4:27

The Missions Committee would like to thank all who participated in the Angel Tree for Sippican School. Your thoughtfulness helped to make a child's Christmas brighter this year.

This month we would like to focus on a special outreach of our church - the Friendship Table. The Friendship Table has been going on for quite some time. Gene Dalgewicz and Nancy Daniels were hosts for many years, and then Sue and Wayne Mattson took over. Because of their dedication and commitment, our church was able to provide a delicious hot meal to anyone who wished to come to the Friendship Table Meal.

Because the Friendship Table is an outreach of our church, in 2015 the Executive Council decided that it should be under the direction of the Missions and Outreach Committee. Many stepped up to host meals - Deacons, Betsy Dunn, Christine Winters, Meg Albert, Will Bruno, and others. Sometimes we relied on Riccardi's delicious lasagna casseroles. Without a designated cook for each month, our Missions Committee did not know how we would continue this outreach ministry.

Recently, Pastor MaryAnn told the children the story of Stone Soup. Like the villagers staring into an empty pot, the Missions Committee wondered how we were going to feed people coming to the Friendship Table dinners. But we were sent a community to fill the pot.

Early in 2016, Will Bruno told us about his friend who is a chef. Will got in touch with Chef Colby Rottler, who agreed to cook a corned beef and cabbage dinner in March of 2016. Since then, Chef Colby has cooked many meals for the Friendship Table and offered to cook from September 2018 to June of 2019, the yearly cycle of the dinners. He even thanks us for the opportunity to come to practice his craft.

This outreach of our church is truly a community outreach, with people who are members of our church and many who are not. The day of each Friendship Table meal Will Bruno arrives early to help Chef Colby. Ann Bruno comes to help serve and clean up. Bill Bixby shows up each month to put all the dishes through the dishwasher. Chef Colby's granddaughter, Hannah, comes after school to be Colby's assistant.

Truman Terrell and Bob Sanderson accompany Michelle Richardson as she sings for our guests. People from our church and others set up tables, decorate them, serve food, make coffee, package take-out meals, clean up, take down tables, and more. It truly takes a community to put on a Friendship Table meal.

Our next Friendship Table Meal is on Thursday, January 17, 2019. It will not be Stone Soup, but a delicious dinner prepared by Chef Colby. Doors open at 4:15 P.M. and dinner is served at 5:00 P.M. All are welcome. If you would like to come to help before or after the meal, please do. We would appreciate your assistance at this outreach of our church.

Respectfully submitted,

Meg and David Albert, Sue Kenny, Susan Smith, and Susan Taggart


More from Missions:

Volunteer Opportunities

Extreme Weather Overflow Shelter at The Shelter at Sister Rose Home in New Bedford is in need of volunteers. There are several ways to serve both as individuals or as part of a group.

Foster Grandparents Program sponsored by Coastline Elderly Services, Inc. is in need of volunteers to work in areas schools. A tax free stipend is available.

Click here for more details about these volunteer opportunities.

Many of you may be wondering what meal train is all about. You may already have received an email inviting you to participate. Below is an explain of Meal Train, taken straight from the web site. It is a wonderful way to help anyone who needs a helping hand!

Meal Train creates and strengthens physical communities, enabling giving by reducing the information gap between those in need and those with the capacity to help.

WHAT WE DO

mealtrain.com simplifies the organization of meal giving around significant lift events. We strive to simplify and promote interpersonal relationships between friends, families, and neighbors through meals.

OUR MOTIVATION

A Meal Train is rooted in the idea that a meal is a symbolic gesture of one person"s willingness to help another. The meal is a vehicle that allows the giving party the opportunity to show they care, that they hope to reduce a burden, and they will be there for the receiving party in the future. this outreach is a true interpersonal connection and is one that helps foster inter-dependence, dialogue, and compassion.

Some Reminders:

Collection boxes can be found in the Narthex for:

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