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
Please support Neighbors in Need in October by using your blue World Communion envelope in your envelope box or the special pew envelopes. One-third of the Neighbors in Need funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM), and two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts and direct service projects through grants. Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to UCC churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. This year special consideration will be given to projects focusing on serving our immigrant neighbors and communities. This is a 5 for 5 offering.
As we prepare for the holiday season, we will once again be providing Blessing Baskets for clients of the House of Neighborly Service. HNS provides almost 250 baskets of food to its families, and we are challenging St. Paul members to provide at least 50 of those baskets. Unfortunately we were a little short of this goal last year, but we believe we can hit it this year. These baskets consist of holiday food items, staples, items for daily meals and a $25 gift card for meat. Feel free to grab a grocery list off the Blessing Basket bulletin board in the entryway to assist with your shopping. If you prefer to simply purchase a $25 gift card for meat, feel free to stop by the Child’s World Scrip table to do so. Please bring your baskets and/or gift cards on or before Sunday, November 11 so they can be blessed by Pastor Mike. Mission Committee members will be delivering the items to HNS on Monday, November 12.
October’s Food Pantry “Share your bootiful bounty!” Items include canned chili, marshmallows, graham crackers, canned soups, canned fruit, peanut butter, jelly, Velveeta cheese, canned meat, canned pumpkin, pie crust mixes, canned milk, boxed cereal, oatmeal, cream of wheat (hot cereal), boxed dinners and mac and cheese.
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.