May is here! It seems as if the winter was long, but the flowers are beginning to blossom, and the chirping birds signal the start of a beautiful season in New England. Spring always brings hope. Easter is renewal and nature shows us this hope and renewal in everything surrounding us. The Missions Committee began our meeting by discussing the Easter Ingathering. The congregation reached out to seven families in need. We could not believe the amount of food that we received from everyone. We also received funds from the Sunshine Ladies Group. After delivering the food, a few families reached out to us in gratitude. The committee would like to extend that gratitude to all of you. It continues to amaze us that throughout the past few years during the pandemic, we have been able to keep up with our support to the community. We are only able to do that through your continuing generosity. There was also a special offering collected for the Church World Services (CWS) towards the Ukrainian relief fund. We raised $609.00. This amount of money will be used to help to deliver food to those in need. Please continue to pray for the people of Ukraine. The Missions Committee also received several thank you notes from the groups that we continue to support throughout the calendar year. These include Church World Services, Camp Putnam, and Abby’s House. This month the Committee decided to allocate funds to the Mustard Seed, the Worcester Area Missionary Society (WAMS), and the Rutland Food Pantry. We also reached out to a local family that recently lost their son/ brother when he passed away unexpectedly. We wanted to help in some way and sent a card from the church with a restaurant gift card enclosed. We have arranged for two people from the Dismas Family Farm to come to church on May 22nd. They will speak about the program and what our support means to them. They will be addressing us during the service so please try to attend. Also, the Missions Committee wanted to enlighten everyone about Abby’s House and how that program helps others. We continued to provide support to Abby’s House during the Covid 19 pandemic and they have let us know how much they appreciate the congregation. Abby’s House is located in Worcester and provides empowerment and support to women and children that might otherwise be homeless. They provide immediate housing, but more than that, they help these people find permanent housing, jobs, and more. During 2021, our donations helped to provide PPE supplies and access to vaccination clinics, as well as other things. The program currently houses ninety-eight women and ten children. Volunteers and staff in this program also served 5,160 meals to women and children. The thrift shop provides clothing to these women and children. It is a wonderful program that not only supplies immediate needs but provides a support structure to help these people move on to better things. We will continue to help this wonderful program. The Missions Community Outreach Committee is still searching for people who like to cook and share their favorite meals with the residents of Dismas Family Farm. The months of January, March, May, July, September, and October do not have teams. Even if you can only provide rolls and a salad for one month, it would be appreciated. Someone from the Missions committee would be willing to pick up food and deliver it for you if you would like. Please contact Lori Giannotti (978)8041142, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested. If you need any assistance or know of someone that does, please reach out to the church office or to one of the committee members. All information that we receive is strictly confidential.
May God bless you all and keep you safe and healthy. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
The Missions Community Outreach Committee
Lauren Carlson (508) 849-9528
Lisa Benoit (508) 472-4640
Lori Giannotti (978) 804-1142