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
THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF MARION
ARTICLE V - MISSION
We hold it to be the mission of the Church of Christ to proclaim the Gospel to all people, exalting the worship of the one true God and laboring for the progress of knowledge, the promotion of justice, the reign of peace, and the realization of human dignity, unity, and mutual dependence. We rely upon the continued guidance of the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth; we work and pray for the transformation of the world into the Kingdom of God, and we look with faith for the triumph of righteousness and the life everlasting.
Recent events in our nation have called on all of us to reflect on the treatment of others. Personally, I have done a lot of soul searching on the messages given to me over the years by my parents, peers, society and the press. I grew up in a town with very little racial diversity. My yearbook shows that everyone in my senior class was my race, except for two students.
Looking back at my thoughts, words and actions over the years, it is clear to me that I have done and said things that were not right. These are things I sincerely regret. I can do better, I can be better.
It is my hope and prayer that as an individual, a church, a community, a nation and a world we work at doing better and being better. Let’s have honest conversations, discuss what changes need to be made and work together to live up to and carry on our church’s mission.
Susan Smith of Missions and Outreach Committee
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