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

April’s mission project:  Athlone High School Scholarships, Cape Town, South Africa
The high school education we take for granted is not a guarantee for students living on the Cape Town Flats of South Africa.  Government funding formulas often leave schools in economically deprived areas under funded, making it necessary for schools to pass on those fees to prospective students. The combination of these tuition fees, books and transportation costs mean some students are left without a chance for a secondary or high school education.  The Athlone High School Alumni Board has established a scholarship fund to give these students a chance for a better future.  Applicants for these scholarships must meet both academic and economic need criteria.  In 2017 your generous support enabled five students to receive high school scholarships, and you helped our Mission Committee meet one of its goals—to include an international mission among its yearly mission ministries.  We hope you will again support the Athlone High School Scholarship Fund during the month of April as a part of your monthly mission giving, and we thank you for your faithful mission support.

April Food Pantry:  Flowers, rain, earth—familiar spring smells; find with your nose those yummy spices they sell!

May’s monthly mission is the House of Neighborly Service’s Summer Lunch Program, which gives to those children who have the least. While in school, children receive free lunches, but in the summer that program doesn’t exist. The Summer Lunch Program makes sure those children still receive not only a daily lunch through the week but have food sent home on the weekend to get them through to Monday. No child should ever go hungry, so please given generously through the month of May.

The May food pantry theme is “School is out and time to go out and play in the heat. Sun tan lotions and bug spray kick summer yuk in the seat. Items include sunscreen and bug spray.

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.