God calls us to blessed work in many ways … a moment of friendship, a meal for a neighbor, rebuilding a home or standing together to oppose injustice. As a congregation of God’s children we band together to serve our community and to help those in need across the country and around the world. We welcome you to join us. Mission Trips Our Congregation make regular missions trips across the country to provide help and aid to many communities. Our most current planned trip was to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation – August 1-8, 2015! get information! http://www.re-member.org/default.asp We are recruiding and beginning to plan for July 28th to August 7, 2016. We have to have a firm count by the end of January 2016. If you are interested in going, please call the office or speak with pastor Alspach. Fight Against Hunger Our Church works closely with the Ilse Marks Food Pantry in Stoughton to meet the needs of many families in our community. We gather regularly for our Soup Ministry to make fresh homemade soups, and the Men’s Club of our Church gives a portion of each year’s Christmas Tree sales to the food pantry. Parishioners also stock a small food pantry in our Church where people give what they can, and receive what they need. Next time you visit us, if you’d like, bring along some canned or dry goods for those in need. Check out our Pantry Soup page on Facebook. Annual Crop Walk October 18, 2015 – We are hosting! CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. Since 1969 walkers have successful been raising money to support local food pantries. Funds from this years walk will help Father Bill’s/Main Spring House in Brockton and the Ilse Marks Food Pantry in Stoughton. Caring Hands and Hearts Throughout the year we gather to apply our hearts and hands to missions which touch people’s lives, such as our “Hat & Mitten” tree at Christmas. Dorcas Society members and the children of the church assemble mission kits with school supplies or personal care items to help those in need. Each year we collect clothing for a community clothing sale coordinated with many local social service agencies. Prayer Shawl and Baby Blanket Ministry Often the best comfort for someone struggling with loss or hardship is to know that someone cares and is passing God’s blessing to them. Through our Prayer Shawl Ministry we knit warm and comfortable – and comforting – shawls for friends, families and people in our community needing cheer and consolation. If you know someone to whom we may offer a prayer shawl, please let our Pastor know. In addition we make Baby Blankets to comfort and bless our new borns! Youth Fellowship Missions We have an active and engaged group of Jr. High and High School young adults who offer their time and talents to volunteer in the community on projects. They’ve made blankets for Project Linus, raised money to build and equip a library in Mozambique, Book and Back Pack drives for Bridge Over Trouble Water, joined the CROP Walk, held carwashes, and do many day-long service projects in our area. The Christian Service Committee is very grateful to the people who attended the 2014 Vision and Goals workshop and the work of the three strategic planning committees that came out of the workshop. We are very excited to put the title “Ministry Team” to the various groups and people within the church that have supported the work of a caring church: Prayer Shawls, Baby Shawls, Holiday Dinners, Rummage Sales, Yard Sale, Mission Trips, Crop Walk, Meals for friends in need, Clothing Drive, Bridge Over Trouble Waters ect….. Our semi-annual “Journey Into Service” continues to make real the caring missions of the church and invite involvement in many ways. The Christian Service committee hopes that everyone will continue to support the many caring missions and ministries of the church. We hope you are as excited as we are about 2015: Hosting the Crop Walk, Pine Ridge Trip, Super U2Charist, communitywide Native American Dinner, finishing our Heifer Ark! Pastoral Visits If you or someone you know would find comfort in a visit by our Pastor or one of our Deacons, we’d be happy to visit, listen, share a story or offer a prayer. Please contact Pastor Steve at Stevenalspach@yahoo.com or call 781-784-2631.