Mission Update for April
Thank you for supporting and participating in the many mission projects this winter! We ended our soup supper sessions with a Nor’easter, so the last supper had to be cancelled. However, the donations from the first two suppers provided $250 for Interchurch Medical Assistance, Inc. (IMA). www.imaworldhealth.org. The money will help with the purchase of medicines for underserved people around the world.
Thank you to everyone who attended and who contributed to the suppers by providing food, setting up, and cleaning up. I would like to give special thanks to Nancy Brooks and Ellen Dost who came to church on Wednesday mornings to make sure that the tables were set and the water pitchers were filled and chilled.
We added some new mission projects during Lent this year. Our friends from Collingswood Presbyterian Church asked for assistance in providing meals for the Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council (IHOC) program. Here is the link to IHOC so you can see details of what it is all about: http://www.interfaithhomelessoutreachcouncilsj.org/
Julie and Les Spositi and Rich and I supplied dinner on March 16th and Betsy O’Hara and Patti and Corky Pawling provided lunch on March 17th. Les, Julie, Rich, and I enjoyed talking to the men and hearing about the program and the various activities that they participate in. (Thank you to Ruth Gamble who was willing to provide lunch for March 24th but folks from Collingswood had taken care of it by the time our emails crossed in cyberspace!)
Thank you to Sandy Bowen who knitted six baby afghans for the Robins Nest in Glassboro, NJ. https://robinsnestinc.org/
Presbytery Grant Update
Our Session has been working on using the $5000 grant from Presbytery to reach out to our community. Linda Schuler is coordinating a project with South Jersey Community Care Center to enhance the food pantry use at New Covenant Community Church. http://ncccnj.com/ministries/food-pantry
We will also use funds from the grant for items to help promote Logan and our community connections for our table at Audubon Day on April 28th.
Through the guidance department at Audubon High School, I have been in touch with a family in Audubon which was identified as one who needed assistance. The family has five children, some with special needs, and the mom is trying to manage on her own. We provided ShopRite gift cards and we are helping with energy and utility costs for two months.
We also plan to use funds to assist the Youth Group with activities for camp or other events.
Please contact Linda, Rev. Don, or me if you would like to be involved with our grant discussions.
April Mission Project
In April and May we continue the tradition of making hygiene kits for Church World Service. https://cwskits.org/assemble-kits/hygiene-kits/
The kit example will be in the mission area and the instructions will be in the bulletin after Easter. These kits are sent worldwide as well as to areas in need here in the US and Puerto Rico- 113,726 kits were distributed between October and December 2017 in the US and Puerto Rico.
We are blessed to be able to do God’s work in the world through our worship and our grateful response to His goodness. As we celebrate Easter, may we continue to live the resurrection promise and to pass the good news on to those we meet along the way, through our words and our actions.
-Corinne Latini, Mission Commission
CROP Walk for Hunger – 2017