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

Heifer Project to Kick Off at Church Picnic
Be a part of the all-church mission, Heifer International, now through January 2018.  Follow updates in the Sunday bulletins, Midweek e-mail and Monthly Messenger as the focus changes but the intent—to help God’s children around the world—remains the same.

September’s goal is ambitious but doable: for $5,000 St. Paul can purchase an Ark—2 alpacas, 2 beehives, 2 flocks of chicks, 2 cows, 2 donkeys, 2 trios of ducks, 2 flocks of geese, 2 goats, 2 trios of guinea pigs, 2 llamas, 2 oxen, 2 pigs, 2 sheep, 2 trios of rabbits and 2 water buffalo.*

Visit the five Heifer booths at the Church Picnic Sunday, September 10 to learn more, get inspired and have fun with mission.

*Contributions to the Gift Ark program are symbolic and represent a contribution to the entire mission of Heifer International.  When animal groups are fully funded, additional donations will be used where needed most.

Designate Your Mission Giving
The Mission Committee thanks everyone for your support of its various monthly missions and now the 4-month, all-church Heifer Project.  However, in consideration of the St. Paul volunteers who count and record donations on Monday mornings, there is a way to be more precise in making your mission wishes known.  Please do not be vague on the blank line of your weekly envelope.  There are only so many funds to which contributions can be made, so it is very important that you not write things like food for the poor or aid to the homeless.  St. Paul supports the House of Neighborly Service food pantry, so you can simply write HNS for that cause.  If you are supporting the ongoing monthly mission, please write Monthly Mission.  Help us accomplish your intentions by being specific, and as always THANK YOU for your continued support.

September’s food pantry theme is “Cool, crisp, windy fall air.”  So this time, we will need  for our hair!  Items include shampoo, conditioner, brushes, combs, ponytails and hair gel.

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

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.