Missions and Outreach
As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
1 Peter 4:10
Our Mission and Outreach reports have been focusing on various missions our church supports. We have highlighted our Friendship Table and Mobile Ministries. This month we focus on Heifer International.
Dan West, a Midwestern farmer, did volunteer service in the Spanish Civil War 75 years ago. His job was to provide refugees with a single cup of milk. Dan knew American farmers had resources others did not: cows and the steady supply of nutrition from their milk. This “not a cup, but a cow” thought was the driving force behind his founding Heifer International.
Heifer empowers families with training in sustainable farming and environmentally friendly farming methods. They help farmers gain access to the market to sell, strengthening entire communities. Heifer also empowers women to develop leadership skills so they can have access to greater opportunities such as education and business ownership.
Last December, the Mission Committee voted to donate $300 to Heifer International in honor of our Sunday School Children. The children were asked to choose which animals to buy. They chose one sheep, one goat, and three flocks of chicks. Heifer gives animals and training to needy families, helping them earn money for clean water, medicine, safer homes and to pay for school for their children.
The sheep’s wool can be made into warm clothing and extra wool can be sold. Sheep also provide milk for hungry families. The goat provides milk, which can also be made into cheese and butter, which the families can sell. Flocks of 10 to 50 chicks provides eggs and also more chicks, which can be sold.
During the church service on February 17, we combined the Mission and Children’s Moments to talk about Heifer and demonstrate their program, Passing On The Gift. Each family who gets an animal passes on the first female baby animal to another family, often teaching the family how to raise the animal. In turn, this family passes their first baby animal to another family. Hence, the donation of one gift morphs into gifts for many and has the ability to affect, not just one family, but an entire community.
To see how this works, we had two baskets of colorful Easter eggs and pretended they were from different families who had received a flock of chicks from Heifer. Each child was given an egg. The children opened the eggs to find their first baby chick! They were then asked to pass on the gift of their first baby chick to someone in the congregation.
Next, the children handed out the rest of the eggs to the congregation. When all the eggs were given out, people open their eggs. If they received a baby chick, they in turn passed along the baby chick to someone else. Everyone with a baby chick was then asked to stand. What a fun visual explanation on how Heifer works in passing along the gift. If you look very closely, you may still see some chicks around the sanctuary, maybe even lined up along the choir loft.
The Mission and Outreach Committee: Meg and David Albert, Sue Kenny, Alice Shire, Susan Smith and 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!
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