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

September’s mission is Illinois South Conference’s annual meeting which is on October 26. Each year all churches are invited to provide support for specific missions. Those missions this year are the UCC Disaster Ministries and Uni-Pres Kindercottage. These missions were chosen because of the destruction left by tornados and flooding this year, and because Uni-Pres Kindercottage is in need of funds to repair/replace items in the facility due to normal wear and tear. September’s mission will be divided between the two missions.

September’s food pantry items include Hamburger Helper, sugar, flour, syrup, pasta sauce, kleenex, shampoo, mouthwash, disposable razors and cleaning supplies such as Comet, Ajax, 409, etc.

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.