Stewardship and Missions Ministry is pleased to report that we received 28 full-to-the-brim Kellogg's shopping bags of groceries for the Woodstock Food Pantry! The folks at the food pantry were very impressed with the quantity of food delivered and they were also very thankful for the bags. The Share the Bounty program was a HUGE success, all thanks to the generosity of our wonderful congregation!
Also right around the corner is the annual St. Paul's Christmas Families project which will begin on December 7th. This year there will be opportunities for small groups - a family, a Sunday School class, a youth group, the Sunshine Group, etc. - to work together in filling a plastic storage tub with Christmas cheer for a family in need from the Healthy Families Program. The tubs will come complete with a list of items that can be purchased to fill these plastic bins - we will even include a bow! The filled plastic tubs are due back at the church no later than December 21st.
The Healthy Families Program has provided us with Christmas families over the past several years but this year we decided to make this very worthwhile program the focus our mission outreach. Healthy Families works with at-risk young families whose children are under five-years old. Your Stewardship & Missions Ministry felt a strong need to support the Healthy Families Program in light of this recent news: The United States has one of the highest post-hospital infant mortality rates among the developed countries in the world. Our mission this year is to help all infants have a good start to their lives by supporting their families at Christmas time. Be sure to watch the bulletin and listen for announcements in church for more details.
Schwaginmachin! An old German Reformed Church Christmas tradition? Not really, just a very fun name that was created by the Stewardship and Missions Ministry for Swag-Making! The members of Stewardship & Missions will soon gather-up for an afternoon of Schwaginmachin to once again create beautiful swags to adorn your doors. Funds from this program will be used for St. Paul's Winter Assistance Program which among other outreaches helps local families with heating bills during the cold winter months. Orders for the swags will be accepted over the next couple of weeks with a proposed delivery date of December 7th. Be sure to watch the Sunday bulletin for order forms and more details!
Joe Lehnen, for Stewardship and Missions
Ongoing Projects - Collect and deliver paper products to Response, food items for Bread of Life Food Pantry, and provide occasional short-term aid to needy individuals.
August - Collect bags of school supplies purchased during August sales and deliver them to the Shenandoah County Schools for distribution to needy students.
September - Volunteers from St. Paul's and Mt. Calvary travel to New Windsor, MD, where they spend the day unpacking, inspecting, pricing and repacking items for the SERRV gift shop.
October - Generous donations are taken for Homewood and the Hoffman Homes for Youth.
December - Our St. Paul's Family Christmas Tree project aides needy families, providing wrapped gifts and cash, with which we purchase a Food Lion and a Wal-Mart gift certificate for each family.
February - Deliver bags of food items collected on Shopping Bag Sunday half to the Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter and half to the Bread of Life Food Pantry.
March - Send money collected for One Great Hour of Sharing.
April/May - With congregational assistance, we choose and publicize a Heifer International Project.
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