May Bread Pan Offering: Washington School Neighbors
The Bread Pan offering for May will go to Washington School Neighbors. This organization is our connection to our neighborhood and includes 4 churches besides ours. The geographical area is basically from 8th Street south to 16th Street and River Avenue west to Maple Avenue. Over the last couple of years, it has become more and more active in the neighborhood with the Fall Festival, community garden and Neighborhood Serve. These events help to connect the neighborhood and the people that live here, as well as those who attend church here. They have hired a new Connector who begins her job this month. Her name is Christen Bordenkircher, she is the daughter of a United Methodist pastor in Indiana, and a grad of Hope College with a Master’s from Fullerton in Pasadena CA. She is married and has two young children. We welcome her to Holland and to her role as Neighborhood Connector.
Spartan-Nash Update on your Family Fare and D & W Receipts
Thanks so much for bringing your Family Fare and D & W grocery slips to the church and putting them in the CROP Hunger containers. Jim Smith, from our Outreach team, has been counting them and our church has now raised 24,587 Direct Your Dollar points toward the 150,000 needed by April. We are well above 50,000 points with the help of other churches and non-profits so we have a good chance of making it!
Keep the receipts for Family Fare and D & W coming: Overall we are close to 47,000 Direct your dollar receipts toward the $150,000 points we need by April toward the CROP Walk. Containers are in the Lounge, the office and on both bulletin boards as you come into the church. Our church alone has collected 15,234 that Jim Smith has counted. Please include your whole slip if possible.
TIP: Keep a bag clip with a magnet on your refrigerator to hold the receipts to help you remember to take to church.
Neighborhood Serve will be held again this summer in a slightly different form than last year. They are planning for 4 Saturdays over the course of the summer. They are looking for people who are handy with projects and would help with the coordination of each homes’ projects and materials. If this interests you, please contact LuAnne Stanley Hook (email@example.com) or the church office.
Looking ahead: CROP Walk this year is on April 29 and April 30th. Read More Click Here
Update from Community Action House:
The CAH food pantry is client-choice, which means our clients are assisted through the pantry and select foods of their choice from shelf-stable and fresh vegetables, grains, proteins, fruits, etc. CAH strives to stock our pantry shelves with current non-expired food, much like a grocery store stocks its shelves. We especially appreciate your donations of current non-expired foods.
- Vegetables: Fresh Vegetables, Fresh Tomatoes, Variety of Canned Vegetables (Low Sodium or No Salt Added Preferred), Spaghetti Sauce
- Fruit: Fresh Apples and Pears, Shelf-Stable Fruit Cups (In 100% Juice)
- Protein: Refried Beans, Canned Meat (Chicken w/ 140mg sodium or less/serving), Fresh Egg
- Dairy (Low Fat): Boxed or Refrigerated Milk, Cheese, Yogurt
- Whole Grain: Tortillas (Corn and/or Flour), Oatmeal/ Cream of Wheat, Brown Rice, Wheat Flour
- Miscellaneous Items: Small Bottles of Cooking Oil (Olive, Canola, Vegetable, Coconut), Baking Powder/ Baking Soda, Spices, Low-Sodium Broths, Canned Soup (Low Sodium)
Our Personal Care Closet is in need of community do-nations of the following items:
Multipurpose Cleaners, Shampoo and Conditioner, Bar Soap, Toilet Paper, Feminine Hygiene Products, Laundry Soap, Dish Soap, Toothpaste, Diapers (Sizes 4,5,6), Deodorant and Antiperspirant
Church Vision Statement: To be a grace-filled community aflame with God’s love for the world.
Church Mission Statement: To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Values: Love, Compassion, Grace, Justice, Faithfulness
Outreach Committee Objectives:
- To provide or create opportunities for people to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
- To facilitate or initiate developing relationships that allow for sharing our Lord’s love and grace.
- To encourage spiritual growth in all that we do.
- To evaluate all activities in relation to our church vision.
- To involve more of the congregation in relationship development and spiritual growth.
- To develop programs and mission opportunities that encourage growth.
- To communicate all activities and opportunities to the congregation.
- To work for sustainable leadership in all projects.