Outreach and Missions at Grace Church

 

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JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2019

The Outreach Ministry Commission is getting busy in 2019! 

In January, we collected and assembled hygiene kits to donate to Church World Service and will be assembling them on Sunday, January 27.  The final count will be shared on the Church Facebook page.

 

In February, Outreach will be partnering up with the Congregational Life Ministry Commission to host Grace's annual Souper Bowl of Caring on Super Bowl Sunday.  In addition, we will be hosting the Emergency Family Shelter once more as well as our bi-monthly Soup Kitchen service.

 

If you have any questions, ideas, or would like to volunteer for any of the Outreach events, please contact Trevor Addie, the Commission Chair at trevor.grucc@gmail.com">trevor.grucc@gmail.com.


 

 

CWS logoWe need your help!

 

During the month of January Grace UCC will be

 

Collecting items for CWS Hygiene Kits

 

 

 

Supplies needed:

 

·         Hand towels measuring approximately 15”x 28” to 16”x 32” (no fingertip, bath, dish towel or micro-fiber)

 

·         Washcloths

 

·         Wide-tooth combs

 

·         Finger nail and toe nail clippers

 

·         Bath size bars of soap in the wrappers

 

·         Toothbrush in individual packages

 

·         Standard size Band-aids

 

 

 

All items need to fit inside a one-gallon plastic zipper closure bag. Do NOT add any extra items or toothpaste. A tube of extended expiration date toothpaste will be added to each Hygiene Kit just prior to its journey.


 

 

Souper Bowl -- Sunday, February 3rd

 

After church, Congregational Life and Outreach Commission are teaming up tsouper bowl logoo host a Souper Bowl. We are looking for individuals to volunteer to provide soup, bread and desserts. Please see Gwen to sign up. We ask that you bring nonperishable items or monetary donations that day. All proceeds will go to Frederick Food Bank.


 


 

 

We Care for the Needs of Our Community

Grace Church faithfully supports a number of local missions, including the Food Bank and the Soup Kitchen at the Frederick Community Action Agency, the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs, and Heartly House.  Throughout the year, we collect nonperishable food items for the Food Bank, and our "Grace Groceries" are dedicated during the offering on the third Sunday of each month. Members of Grace Church also serve at the local Soup Kitchen.

 

The Alan P. Linton, Jr. Cold Weather Shelter (named after the grandson of Grace Church members Betty Linton and the late Jack Linton) has been a project which Grace Church has supported since its inception. Originally, the Shelter was housed in various churches in downtown Frederick (including ours). Members of Grace Church have historically participated as volunteers and have served on the Board.  Recently, a decision was made to keep the shelter open year-round as the Emergency Shelter Program (for adults only).  An Emergency Family Shelter began in October 2014 and is housed in Frederick area churches for one to two weeks at a time year-round.  Grace Church typically hosts the Family Shelter during the second full week of February, May, August and November.

 

New volunteers (18 and up) are always welcome - even if you are not a member of Grace!  A background check and a 2-hour training class is required for all who wish to volunteer at the Emergency Family Shelter.  Download a volunteer application here.  If you aren't able to volunteer, you can help out by donating snacks, games, books or children's movies, or by providing a dinner for our guests.  Please call the church office for more information.

 

 

We Care for the Wider Community and the World

 

Habitat smallGrace Church has been an avid supporter of Habitat For Humanity both locally and internationally by participating in Habitat builds in Western Maryland and West Virginia and by financially supporting Frederick County's Habitat For Humanity.

 

CWS logoThe members of Grace also participate in and give generously to the programs of Church World Service, such as Blankets+, School Kits, Baby Care Kits, Hygiene Kits and the CROP Hunger Walk.

 

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