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

January’s mission is the Waterloo Area Churches Help Network. St. Paul began this network of help in 1997, together with other area churches, to help meet the needs of Waterloo residents when in a crisis situation, such as being unable to pay am electric bill, pay rent, buy propane gas, or buy food. This is a short list of things the Network is able to do in cooperation with its partners. Clients get referrals from Western Egyptian, House of Neighborly Service and St. Vincent DePaul when it is a need they know the Network can handle. By the same token, the Waterloo Area Churches Help Network refers others to them when it’s not something it can handle. Sometimes it takes all of them to help one family. Thank you for helping to help others

January’s food pantry items include peanut butter, jelly, evaporated milk, sugar, flour and snacks.

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!



ONGOING MISSIONS

Care Kits

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.

Food Pantry
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.