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


OCTOBER MISSION NEWS

Partners In Missions

We have six members on our Missions and Outreach Committee, but truly we have many Mission partners way beyond our committee. All these partners help us do so much more and reach so many more than we could by ourselves.

A special Partner in Missions is our anonymous donor, who in 2020 added $5,000 to our Mission and Outreach budget, and is doing the same in 2021. This donor has greatly extended and expanded our ability to help others locally, nationally and globally.

Penny Pinchers Exchange, another Partner in Missions, donated warm clothing, sleeping bags, blankets and many more items which were brought to Mobile Ministries to help the near homeless and homeless. They also donated children’s shirts, pants, socks, jackets and hats which were brought to the Sippican School nurse to have on hand if needed. All these items were appreciated so very much and really extended the reach of Missions.

Chef Colby Rottler, who volunteers his time and talent to cook when we have our Friendship Dinners, is another Partner in Missions. He recently volunteered to teach a Serv Safe Manager class and proctor the exam. Six members of our church purchased and studied the Serv Safe book, took the exam and passed the test. We now have six new Serv Safe Managers trained to oversee preparation and cooking during meals and events, six more Partners in Missions.

Missions and Outreach is currently collecting canned goods for Damien’s Pantry and the items that church members placed in the bins in the Narthex and the Community Center were recently brought to Damien’s Pantry to help those facing food insecurity. Each of you is a Partner in Missions as we work to fill these bins again and again. Each of you is a Partner in Missions as you put your change in the Change for Change jar for Heifer International. Each of you is a Partner in Missions when you fill out your pledge to support the work of our church. Thank you all!

Susan Smith for Mission and Outreach Committee: David Albert, Karen Correia, Jeanne Lake, George Linzee, Susan Smith (Chair) and Rev. Richard Woodward.

THE FAMILY FOOD PANTRY

Damien’s Place

The Family Food Pantry, Damien’s Place of Wareham, serves the Greater Wareham/New Bedford community. Their Mission Statement is as follows:

Our mission is to help end hunger in the greater Wareham/New Bedford area by giving food to the people in need, promoting education and hunger awareness in the community, and providing information to our clients regarding other community resources. We welcome people of every age, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, handicap, marital status, sexual orientation, or any status, including the homeless, without discrimination. We collaborate with other organizations that share the mission to alleviate hunger in the area.”

Our church members and the Mission and Outreach Committee have supported this wonderful organization over many years. We regularly collect food and other items to donate to Damien’s, and the Mission Committee votes funds to support them.

Bins are located in the narthex and outside the Community Center office, where members and friends can drop off items for Damien’s. Missions has not focused on the needs of Damien’s and their patrons for a while, and the bins have been empty. But we hope with this reminder, we can again fill the bins and help fill their needs.

It is our church’s tradition to do a canned and pet food drive for Damien’s each Thanksgiving. The need is great, so let’s get a head start on this now and work to fill and refill the bins throughout September, October, and November!

Currently, Damien’s needs the following:

Canned pasta, dry pasta and pasta sauce, macaroni & cheese

Low sodium soups, canned fruit, canned vegetables

Canned tuna in water, canned chicken

Instant potatoes, baked beans, white and brown rice

Hot & cold cereals, pancake mix and pancake syrup, juices

Peanut butter and jelly,

Baby food, diapers (baby, child, and adult), wipes

Pet food for dogs and cats

Toothpaste, toothbrushes, bar soap, & shampoo for the many homeless who visit the pantry

When you are grocery shopping, we ask you to please keep the needs of Damien’s in mind. It would be great if you could bring this list with you and pick up a few things on the list. Please place your items in the bin in the narthex or the bin outside the Community Center office. Let’s see how many times we can fill and refill these bins! Thank you so much for your help.

Susan Smith for Mission and Outreach Committee:David Albert, Karen Correia, Jeanne Lake, George Linzee, Susan Smith (Chair) and Rev. Richard Woodward.