Dear Church Family and Friends,
Let’s do something GOOD for our community on GOOD Friday! Please take a moment to check out the following ministry and mission opportunities that our Missions Committee has made available as we "light the way to life" in our city.
GOOD FRIDAY FOOD DRIVE FOR THE CONGOLESE
Our Congolese friends are currently struggling to provide food for their families. Many have either had hours cut or have been laid off of their entry level jobs. Many of these employees have not worked long enough to develop any unemployment benefits of significance, and when they do qualify for unemployment their government aid (SNAP) is reduced. Here’s how you can help:
1. You can purchase gift cards to Fareway, Price Chopper, or Walmart. These are stores that are within walking distance of the majority of apartment complexes where Congolese families live who do not have transportation.
2. You can purchase food items for the Congolese. Food items appreciated include potatoes, sweet potatoes, applesauce, bags of dry beans and white rice, pasta, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, canned vegetables and fruit, canned tuna or chicken, white bread, juice boxes, bottled fruit juice, or powdered drink mixes such as Crystal Light. No pork products, please!
Pastor Tim will be at the Church on GOOD Friday between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm to receive your donations contact free from your car. If you would like to donate gift cards or food but cannot deliver them to Church, please let Pastor Tim know and we will arrange a contact free pick up from your door step on Friday. If you would be available to help make pickups or assist with food deliveries to Congolese families, please respond as well.
CHILDREN AND FAMILY URBAN MOVEMENT (CFUM)
On GOOD Friday we will also have a limited group preparing box dinners for contact free distribution at CFUM. If you would like to know how you can help or donate toward serving this meal, contact the Church Office.
Several women from the Johnston Piecemakers of Project Linus are making 100% cotton face masks. If you like to sew and would like information on how to sew homemade cloth face masks, contact the Church Office for additional information.
There are other avenues that you can use to "light the way to life" as well. Some have been donating blood through the American Red Cross or LifeServe. Others may want to consider volunteering to serve in the Food Pantry at Johnston Partnership Place. For information on volunteer sign ups and safety precautions in place, please go to their website at www.johnstonpartnership.org.
Of course, the one thing we can do every day is pray! Together, we can do a lot of GOOD on GOOD Friday!
If you have any questions about any of this information please let me know!
On behalf of the Missions Committee,
Rev. Dr. Tim Deatrick