Communion on the Road
This fall we began a new ministry called "Communion on the Road". Each month, Communion elements taken from our Communion service are brought to those unable to be physically present with us: the sick, those unable to travel from home, those recovering in facilities. This ministry has been joyfully received by those who have been visited, and by those who have volunteered to make the visits.
We are now ready to expand this ministry and we need your help. If you would like to learn more about taking Communion on the Road to someone, or if you know of someone who you think might like to receive Communion, please speak to or email Pastor James or Pastor Alison.
Potluck supper will resume on February 5 at 6:00 PM in Parish Hall. The only agenda is to share a meal and get to know one another. Arrive when you can; there is plenty of food and lingering conversations. All are welcome!
The Dinner Bell Community Meal is Coming!!
On Thursday, February 27 we kick off this new ministry of outreach to our wider community. We invite our community to experience the joy we feel when we gather over a common meal: those who are physically hungry and those who hunger for social connection.
An Action Team is already at work figuring out the details and welcomes anyone who wishes to take part in the planning process. More Action Teams will be convened on a regular basis to make these dinners happen.
Midnight Run: January 27
On Monday, Monday, January 27, we will be delivering meals and men’s clothing to a men’s shelter in New Haven. If you would like to contribute food for the meals you can sign up in the connector (near the back entrance) or the parlor. Please drop off the food items by noon on Monday, January 27 in the kitchen and label everything “Midnight Run” and place perishable items in the fridge that is located near the back entrance. We also distribute men’s clothing, trial sized toiletries, gently used towels, blankets, new underwear and socks. Please leave these items in the white bins in the Parlor. Thank you.
Hygiene Kit Drive
Our Director of Youth Ministry, Todd Skrzyniarz, is heading to Uganda on February 21st. We need your help to send him off to do some great work over there. Todd will be traveling with an organization called Field of Dreams Uganda(FoDU). Their info and mission is below. In short: we will be raising funds to help distribute hygiene kits to girls in FoDUs partner schools in central and northern Uganda.
FoDU's mission is to provide hope, empowerment, and a future for the vulnerable children of Uganda through the vehicles of soccer and education. Soccer initiatives in Uganda include providing coaches for boys and girls teams, field improvements, providing gear to partner schools, and hosting tournaments throughout the year. Some of their education initiatives include partnering with 9 primary schools (4,665 children), teacher training and support, and providing scholarships for post-primary and university study.
One of FoDU's most successful education initiatives is their hygiene kit and girls empowerment drive. During their trip at the end of February, the FoDU team will distribute over 2,100 hygiene kits to girls in their partner schools. These kits allow the girls to stay in school during their menses. Otherwise, they would be forced to miss school during that time. This is where YOU come in.
Working with the Board of Outreach, we have set a goal of raising enough funds for 100 hygiene kits. Each kit costs $20.
Has there been a woman in your life that has had a great impact on you? Perhaps a teacher, parent, or mentor? Consider donating a hygiene kit in their honor! Place donations in the specially marked envelopes in the pews. Please put "Uganda" in a check memo.
While in Uganda, Todd will be sending us updates on the great work being done there with Field of Dreams Uganda. Check out their website, Field of Dreams Uganda for more information on their organization.
New Adult Bible Study set to begin on February 6
The next Bible Study entitled The Forgiveness of Jesus, will begin on Thursday, February 6, 2020 in the chapel; the morning session at 10 a.m., the evening session at 7 p.m. In this 6-session video Bible study, biblical experts share six events in Jesus' life that provide a deeper understanding of the reason Christ gave his life on the cross. The class is facilitated by Gary Rowe. A participant's guide is available for $7.00. Questions on the 6-week study can be directed to Marianne Eagleson or Gary Rowe. We hope to see you there. All are welcome. Please note: if there is a weather-related school delay or closure, we will not meet for either the morning or evening sessions.
2020 Giving Challenge
We have some very good news to share: a member family has come forward and has offered to make a gift of up to $20,000 to the church to put towards the 2020 budget. The motivation for the gift is simple, sincere, and beautiful. This is especially critical as the church seeks to establish and act upon our vision and transition to a new governance structure in the upcoming year.
The donor has asked that the congregation match this gift (by increasing a pledge, a new pledge or an outright gift). For each dollar given by the congregation, the family will match it up to a total of $20,000 from them. If we are able to fully meet the challenge, that will be a total of $40,000!
You can participate by pledging or increasing your current pledge, or by making a one-time gift. You can do this by Cash or Check (write "2020 Challenge" on the memo/envelope), credit card see us in the Parish Hall or on the Donation page of our website (indicate "2020 Challenge". If you have questions, contact the Board of Stewardship.