Missions and Outreach


"Just as water reflects the face, so one human heart reflects another. "

Proverbs 27:19


My family is very, very important to me. Many of you have witnessed this, as my family is one of my favorite topics of conversation. I also consider the people in my church a part of my family, my church family. They are also very important to me. My church family has seen me through many joys and sorrows over the years. They have watched my children grow up in this church, attend Sunday School and get confirmed. Even though my children are grown and moved away, my church family continues to show an active interest in them. My church family has also supported me during health issues, and the deaths of my parents and other family members.

One day during the church service (not during the sermon), I looked around at the people in church. The realization struck me that the people in these pews truly are a part of my family. Almost every person I looked at had been held up and supported by our church family at some point in their life.

One person had lost their spouse and we sent cards, a meal, and made sandwiches for the collation.

Another person’s daughter had recently gotten married and we shared the joy of the wedding. Someone was dealing with the declining health and mental abilities of their parent. We shared conversations and advice on how we had handled that situation. The birth of a child or grandchild is met with delight and a request to see photos. The news of a medical crisis or cancer diagnosis is met with care and concern.

Just as we support our families during their joys and sadness, we also support our church family. Just as we support our families financially, we also support our church financially. Just as we give from the heart to our families, we give from the heart to our church. In this giving, we realize that our gifts are not only for our church. Through our support, Missions reaches out to help others, as we are all God’s children and we are all the family of God. Without Missions, what we do as a church is only for our ourselves.

The Mission and Outreach Committee thanks the church family for all their support of Missions and the special giving opportunities throughout the year. November brings the chance to help Damien’s Pantry of Wareham with our canned food drive. This year we are splitting the donations between Damien’s Pantry and the YMCA. Damien’s wish list includes peanut butter and jelly, canned pasta, baked beans, low sodium soups, canned fruit and vegetables, tuna in water and canned chicken. Please bring your canned goods to church during November.

The weather is getting colder, and Mobile Ministries of New Bedford needs heavy coats and boots (especially for men) and gloves. Note that you can bring donated items to church or to Penny Pinchers Exchange, where there will be collection boxes. You can also purchase items at Penny Pinchers, then place them in their collection box. Your Missions Committee has also voted to send Mobile Ministries $150 to purchase small toiletry items, which is a real need at this time.

Susan Smith

For the Mission and Outreach Committee: Meg and David Albert, Sue Kenny, Susan Smith and Susan Taggart.


More from Missions:

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.

OUR MOTIVATION

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