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
March’s mission is One Great Hour of Sharing. OGHS is a Christian effort to empower, provide water, supply food and give relief from disasters. When you give through One Great Hour of Sharing to any of those who suffer, you let them know that Christ is present and you are there too.
March’s food pantry theme is “Luck of the Irish”! Items include instant mashed potatoes, gravy mixes, boxes of rice mix, Velveeta cheese, muffin mixes, canned meat, canned soup, canned vegetables, pancake mix, syrup, honey, canned fruit and oatmeal.
April’s mission will be Deaconess Nurse Ministry whose mission is to improve and promote the health of body, mind, spirit and community throughout the St. Louis metro region. The nurses of the organization provide health education, screenings, assessments, medication management and referrals to health and social service agencies in over 30 communities to more than 3000 individuals struggling with health care and knowledge. Through this ministry, individuals receive the compassionate care they need at no cost to them. Uni-Pres Kindercottage in East St. Louis is just one of the locations the Deaconess Nurse Ministry serves.
April’s food pantry theme is “April Showers”! Items include instant baking powder, powdered sugar, graham crackers, oatmeal, chocolate chips, raisins, vanilla, peanut butter, jelly, cooking oil and shortening.
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.