There are always opportunities to get engaged in mission at St. Paul UCC. Every month our Mission Committee identifies ways to make a difference in our local communities. Please read below for information on this month’s missions and how to get involved!
MISSION OF THE MONTH
September’s mission is ShelterBoxUSA. In this year of unprecedented disasters, so many families across the world and here in the U.S. have been left without a home. ShelterBox believes everyone deserves a place to call home and has set out on the path to provide shelter to 1,000,000 people each year by 2025. This will be possible only when people like us at St. Paul give of their time, talents and resources to help those they have never met. Please donate in September to support ShelterBox and its awesome goal. Vote daily at VoteForErik.com for an additional $50,000 award.
September’s food pantry theme is “Are you ready for some football?” Items include fixings for chili, individual packages of chips, canned tomatoes, canned beans, salsa, taco fixings, Vienna sausages, canned corn, canned meals, corn muffin mixes, pancake mixes, syrup, dry beans, cake mixes and canned frosting.
Of course, you may always donate whatever you wish. Collection bins are in the breezeway of the administrative entryway. As always, thank you to all members of St. Paul who give so generously to the food pantry!
The St. Paul high school youth group is continuing to collect items to include in care kits for the homeless. These items include (but aren’t limited to) backpacks/drawstring bags, wool socks, hand warmers, deodorant, beef jerky, warm gloves/hats, basic first aid items, space blankets, ponchos, vitamin C packets, dried fruit, nut-free energy bars, alcohol-free mouthwash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, wet wipes, feminine products, pens, composition books, travel mugs/bottles. Please drop off quality new/gently used items to show that we care. Thanks for your support in our mission to help those less fortunate.
Free the Girls
Free the Girls is a ministry helping save girls from human trafficking. Donations of gently used and new bras are given to the ministry for these girls to sell at market and allowing them to become self-supporting. For more information, visit freethegirls.org . A collection bin is in the breezeway of the administrative entryway. Thank you for helping these girls have a better life.
Making sure that people have access to food is an important priority at St. Paul. We collect food and funds each week to stock our local food pantry (see above for monthly theme), and routinely staff it with our members. We put together Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for needy families in the community, including baskets for families victimized by domestic violence who are sheltering in safe houses. We host a free community meal for any and all comers every Monday night. More often than not, even ordinary church meetings tend to share food as part of the agenda.