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

May’s mission is UniPres Kindercottage , as it prepares to call a new director upon Brenda Crisp’s upcoming semi-retirement. They will be celebrating Brenda’s 50 years of ministry at Kindercottage the end of June, and we will all hear more about that during our May mission moments.

May’s food pantry items include peanut butter, jelly, instant oatmeal, shampoo, razors, deodorant, cleaners, toilet bowl cleaner, cleanser, dish soap and sponges.

Summer lunch items include individual bags of chips and popcorn, bottled water, fruit drinks, fruit snacks granola bars, peanut butter, jelly, small bags of Cheese-It/Goldfish, snack sized baggies and brown lunch bags.

June’s mission will be House of Neighborly Service.  In John 21:15-17, Jesus tells Simon Peter to tend his sheep, feed his sheep, tend his sheep.  HNS follow these verses everyday.  With the donations they receive, they do everything from feeding, to clothing, to paying electric bills to keep the lights on, to helping pay funeral expenses, to the summer lunch program, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. This organization does what is necessary to help those less fortunate in this area.  Please consider all the funding it takes to keep this operation running when you make your donation to missions in the month of June.

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!



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.