Missions and Outreach

Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

James 1:17

The Mission Committee Change for Change jar sits in the Narthex on a table just outside the Sanctuary doors. It awaits your nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars in anticipation of helping others.

Over the past few months we were collecting for The Butterfly Tree. This is a charity that Kate Mahoney, who served on the Mission and Outreach Committee, has supported over many years. The Butterfly Tree helps orphans and rural communities in Zambia decimated by the AIDS and HIV pandemic. Last September, the Mission committee voted to sponsor the education of an orphan for one year at the cost of $190.

Thanks to your generosity, the Change for Change jar yielded a total of $233 for The Butterfly Tree. This will allow us to sponsor the education of an orphan for another year, with funds left over for the next year. The Mission Committee thanks everyone for their donations.

A member of our church suggested that a lot of people no longer carry change in their pockets and we were missing an opportunity only asking for coins. Perhaps altering the name to “One for All…in Need” would encourage donations of dollar bills. Since Missions is an equal opportunity committee that appreciates all donations, we decided to add the tag line: “Change for Change – One for All…In Need.” Please know that a donation of any amount is always welcome!

The Mission Committee voted to now collect funds for The American Cancer Society in the donation jar. We wish to honor and support all those who are or have been affected by this disease. The American Cancer Society is on a mission to free the world from cancer and we want to join that mission. Perhaps our nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars will be the donations that tip the scale against cancer and in our favor.

A reminder that the Wareham Area Walk for Hunger is Sunday, May 5. The goal is to help local food pantries by raising money for Project Bread and raise awareness of the number of people in our community who go hungry each day. You can support this by walking (no obligation to walk all 5 miles) or sponsoring a walker. Forms are available in the vestry.

Your Mission Committee:

Meg and Dave Albert, Susan Kenny, Alice Shire, Susan Smith (Chair), Susan Taggart, Rev. MaryAnn Purtill.

More from Missions:

If you can't bring donation items for Damien's Pantry or Mobile Ministries on Sunday mornings, there will be drop boxes in the church office during normal business hours. Stop by, say hello, and donate! All contributions are needed and greatly appreciated!

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.


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