Join us for fellowship as we prepare our on-going and special mission projects on Tuesday, January 21st at 10 AM. On February 18th we will resume both 10 AM & 6:30 PM sessions. This monthly activity offers an opportunity for children, youth, and adults to participate together–side by side. If you can glue, cut, tie a knot or count, we are sure to have something for you to do. These are held at Penn. You may also bring your own projects (i.e. those who have knitting/crocheting projects) and enjoy the fellowship. It is amazing what all gets accomplished in a short period of time. Please contact Gwen with any questions or suggestions for project ideas.
JANUARY & FEBRUARY PROJECT HOPE
We are collecting 2020 calendars, either full-size or pocket size for area social service agencies to assist families and individuals in tracking appointments and special days.
During the month of January our PROJECT HOPE is Night to Shine. This program anticipates providing “an unforgettable prom night experience centered on God’s love for over 100,000 people with special needs ages 14 and older”, who may not have the opportunity to experience a prom. Each individual experiences the excitement of dressing up, food, pictures, dancing, karaoke, being crowned king and queen of the prom, all within a safe environment. These proms are supported by the Tim Tebow Foundation and are hosted in 655 churches in the US and 24 countries around the world. This is our 4th year to be collecting make-up, nail polish… as each girl receives their own special salon treatment. The boys get their shoes shined. We are collecting brown and black shoe polish and supplies. Our supplies will be delivered to our region’s Night to Shine at The Bible Chapel in McMurray, PA.
During the month of February our PROJECT HOPE is the Food Pantry at Holy Trinity, Irwin. Due to some changes at St. Barbara’s Food Pantry we will be sending food donations to Holy Trinity. We will continue to send financial donations to the St. Barbara’s Food Pantry. Non-perishable food, such as cereal, canned vegetables, soup, healthy snacks (e.g. Granola bars), and tuna, pasta & rice mixes are greatly appreciated. During the month of February, we are lifting up this need within our community. This is typically one of the lowest months for Food Banks and Pantries to receive donations. The need for our neighbors is not any less during this time.
PROJECT HOPE UPDATES & HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2019
During 2019 we extended hands of hope through 157 in-gatherings, activities, and on-going donations to 118 organizations!! Of these organizations 75 are within the boundaries of our Synod (45 located in Westmoreland County). We reached out to 40 organizations that are faith-based (9 of these are Lutheran-affiliated). Please see the displays in the narthex and congregational report for details. Some highlights include….
*We continued to be Drop-Off Sites for a number of local and national organizations
*We hosted the Amani Children’s Choir from Uganda
*We thanked our First Responders through our 5th Annual Blessing of the First Responders and their Vehicles at the Zion’s location in Harrison City. This was enjoyed by all and the food was YUMMMY!
May our hearts and hands continue to be open to God’s leading us as instruments of hope to our neighbors and those around the world during 2020!