HOPE RECYCLED UPDATE
FYI PLEASE NOTE — We are no longer collecting the card fronts off the greeting and Christmas cards. Both St. Jude’s Children’s Ranch and the Latin American Lutheran Mission have discontinued their activities which they had utilized these card fronts.
PROJECT HELPING HANDS
Join us for a time of fellowship at Helping Hands Tuesdays, July 17th and August 21st at 10 am and 6:30 pm as we prepare our on-going and special mission projects. These monthly events are open to all ages and provide an opportunity for children, youth, and adults to participate together. Please contact Gwen with any questions or suggestions for upcoming activities.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD DAYS AT CHICK-FIL-A
The Westmoreland County Operation Christmas Child will have Spirit nights at the Chick-fil-a at the Greengate Centre, Greensburg. A portion of your purchase those days will be donated to help share the Good News and ship the box to a child receiving a box from our September packing party and ingathering. Simply share this announcement in the newsletter or church bulletin OR mention Operation Christmas Child when placing your order. The dates are Thursdays, July 5, August 2, September 6 and October 4 between the hours of 6:30am to 10:00 pm. Thank you!
JULY PROJECT HOPE
During the month of July our PROJECT HOPE is paper products for Blackburn Center and Feeding the Spirit. The Blackburn Center is our area’s women’s shelter for those who are experiencing domestic abuse. The Blackburn Center provides temporary housing for the women and their children in addition to counseling and other supportive services. Feeding the Spirit is a ministry out of Otterbein United Methodist Church that provides a meal on Thursday evening, fellowship and referral services to families and individuals within the Greensburg area. Last year over 4,000 meals were served. We are collecting napkins, paper towels, toilet paper and tissues.
AUGUST PROJECT HOPE
For the month of AUGUST our PROJECT HOPE is school supplies for “Education for Children & Youth Experiencing Homelessness,” which serves children in Westmoreland County and neighboring counties. We are collecting new school supplies, i.e. Pencils, markers, crayons, scissors, back packs, paper and tablets….We are again partnering with the Jeannette School District in providing school uniforms for children and youth experiencing homelessness or need. We are looking for the following: BOYS: Tops: Blue (powder, navy and royal BLUE) Red (true Red) or White solid collared shirts (polos, dress shirts or turtle necks-OK)-long or short sleeves. Solid sweater (in above colors) over appropriate collared shirt are OK. No manufacturer logos. Dress Pants & Shorts: Khaki, Navy Blue or Black dress pants or shorts. Socks: Blue, Black, Brown, Red or White. Belts (optional): Brown or Black.
GIRLS: Tops: Blue (powder, navy and royal BLUE), Red (true Red) or White solid collared shirts (polos, dress shirts or turtle necks-OK)-long or short sleeves. Solid sweater (in above colors) over appropriate collared shirt are OK. No manufacturer logos. Dress Pants, Shorts, Capris, Skorts or Jumpers: Khaki, Navy blue or Black. Socks: Blue, Black, Brown, Red or White, including tights and natural colored pantyhose. Belts (optional): Brown or Black.
All items should be received by Sunday, August 19th.
PROJECT HOPE UPDATES
Project Hope Touching Lives
During the second quarter of 2018 (April-June) Through ingatherings and donations we reached out to individuals and families served by the following 31 agencies: Alliance for Infants & Toddlers, The Amani Puppets, Angels in the Attic, Bethesda Children’s Home (Right Start), Birthright of Greensburg, Blackburn Center, Blessed Bundles, A Child’s Place at Mercy (Westmoreland), Christian Laymen’s Corp., Christian Literacy Associates, Foster Love Project, Glade Run Horticulture Therapy Program, Goodwill Outreach, Jeremiah’s Place, Life Way Pregnancy Center, Light of Life, Lion’s International Vision Initiative, MAYA, Military Families Coupon Outreach, Newborns in Need, Operation Christmas Child, Project Linus, Samaritan’s Purse, St. Barbaras Food Pantry, The Early Learning Institute, Welcome Home Shelter, Wesley Family Services, Women’s Choice Network, YWAm (Youth With a Mission), YWCA(Greensburg) Literacy Project and 412 Youth Zone.
I am reminded of a quote from Teresa of Avila as she spoke about being the body of Christ.
“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”-Teresa of Avila
IN-GATHERINGS OF MEN’S CLOTHING ITEMS
We didn’t want the men to feel left out in our various in gatherings. So, we are partnering with The Men’s Wearhouse in their Annual Clothing Drive. We will be collecting gently used professional attire—suits or suit coat, slacks, button-down shirts and ties. These clothing donations will be given to men job training programs or in need of interview and business clothing to re-enter or start the workforce. Clothes will be distributed both locally and nationally. Last year 322,714 items of clothes were distributed. Whether it’s a pair of pants that is too short or a suit that no longer fits now is the time to take it out of your closet. The clothing needs to be dropped off by Sunday, July 29th to Penn, Zion’s or Brush Creek.