Missions and Outreach

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart and a humble mind.

~ 1 Peter 3:8


Friendship Dinner and Serv Safe Manager Class

Opportunities and Challenges

Our last Friendship Dinner was held in the Community Center on February 20, 2020. Due to the Coronavirus, the Mission and Outreach Committee made the decision to cancel the March 19, 2020 dinner. It was our hope that we would be able to hold the April dinner as scheduled.

At that time, we did not know the extent of the coronavirus pandemic and how it would affect so many aspects of our lives. As we look forward to the opportunity and possibility of restarting the Friendship Dinner, we face some new challenges. The Marion Health Agent has advised us that at each dinner we need a Serv Safe Manager in charge of overseeing the preparation and serving of the food. In addition, if we have more than 25 people at the dinner, we need someone certified in choke saving Heimlich or CPR certified First Aid.

Chef Colby, who graciously volunteers to shop and cook for our Friendship Dinners, has a Serv Safe Manager certificate, and will post it in our kitchen when he is preparing and supervising the meals. But we need others trained as Serv Safe Managers to step in when Chef Colby is not available, or during other events.

We have been presented with a wonderful opportunity. Chef Colby is not only a trained chef, but he is an instructor and proctor for the Serv Safe Manager Course and Exam. He has very generously offered to donate his time and talent to teach the Serv Safe Manager class at our Community Center. He is also opening the class to anyone from St. Gabriel’s Church for their monthly Friendship Dinner. Colby will review the materials in the Serv Safe Manager book and go over potential test questions before administering the exam.

This is a great opportunity to receive this training. The Serv Safe Manager Course that Colby teaches at Upper Cape is $159 plus the cost of the book and answer sheet. Chef Colby is donating his services and a donor has offered to purchase the $38 answer sheet for each person taking the class. The answer sheets are purchased and processed through Serv Safe.

A Serv Safe Manager Book, 7th Edition, will need to be purchased or rented to prepare for and take the course. The book can be purchased through Serv Safe for approximately $50 or rented through Amazon for approximately $35. Please know that if this cost is an issue, arrangements can be made. One book will be purchased and available for loan in the church office.

Chef Colby will teach the Serv Safe Manager class on Saturday, September 11, 2021, from 9 AM to 2 PM in the Community Center. We greatly thank Chef Colby for his time and talent to teach this class. If you are interested in the opportunity to attend the class, please email Susan Smith at missions@marionfirstchurch.org by August 7 so that we can order materials and plan for the class.

In addition, please email Susan Smith if you are certified in choke saving or CPR certified and available for the Friendship Dinners, which are the third Thursday of the month. Doors open at 4:30 PM and dinner is at 5:00 PM.

We again thank Chef Colby for his generous offer to teach this class and this wonderful opportunity for our churches. This will allow people from our church and St. Gabriel’s to be trained so that they can oversee the Friendship Dinners, other church events, and perhaps their own businesses.

We also look forward to the possibility of restarting our Friendship Dinners. This is an important outreach of our entire church, not just the Mission Committee. Chef Colby has already offered to cook a September Friendship Dinner, but he is not available in October or November. We do also need someone certified in choke saving or CPR at each Friendship Dinner.

Again, if you are interested in attending the Serv Safe Manager class on September 11, please email Susan Smith at missions@marionfirstchurch.org by August 7 so that we can order materials and plan for the class.

Susan Smith for Mission and Outreach Committee

David Albert, Karen Correia, Jeanne Lake, George Linzee, Susan Smith (Chair) and Rev. Richard Woodward.

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.


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.


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