Missions and Outreach
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
~ Mahatma Ghandi
Growing up in New Jersey, my parents made sure I was open to Community Service, either by example or by involvement. Hardly a week went by that I wasn’t part of a visitation, meal delivery, or community meeting. These outings were part of the fabric of our family life.
Today, beyond being grounded in my own childhood experiences, one of the reasons I believe so strongly in community outreach is that volunteering uses God’s gifts and teaches people of all ages and backgrounds compassion and understanding – both those who volunteer and the recipients. Community service gives us the opportunity to leave God’s mark of love on local and global communities, as well being a conduit to focus our individual passions.
Community service can take many forms and has no specific time requirement. Involvement takes place in small and large ways – the choice is yours. Our church has a monthly Friendship Table, opportunities to volunteer weekly at Penny Pinchers, Habitat for Humanity, Mobile Ministries, Damien’s Pantry, Walk for Hunger, or you might want to knit a Prayer Shawl – to name just a few opportunities
What is your passion? What drives you to look outward? We are always open to new ideas, new chances to look beyond our church walls! Feel free to contact any member of our committee – we would love to hear from you!
Susan Kenny, on behalf of the Mission and Outreach Committee: Susan Smith (Chair), Meg and David Albert, Rev. MaryAnn Purtill, Alice Shire, Susan Taggart
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! Extras from November will go to the Wareham YMCA to be used in Thanksgiving baskets.
Some suggestions: canned fruits, nutritional drinks (such as Ensure), small healthy snack items, soups, canned vegetables, Canned or bagged pet food is also welcome. Let's fill our sanctuary steps with items!
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.
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.
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.
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