First Congregational Church of Rutland, UCC
264 Main Street Rutland, MA 01543
Community Outreach

May News from the Community Outreach Committee

              The Missions Community Outreach  Committee recently met to discuss the success of our Ingathering held on March 28th.  We gave 9 families gift cards and groceries as well as Easter baskets for the children.  Thank you to Lisa Benoit for delivering all these things and creating the baskets for the children.  A big “Thank you” also to the Sunshine Circle ladies for their generous contribution towards the gift cards. These wonderful women are always ready to lend their support.

The Soup Sunday is still a big hit, and we would like to remind people that you do not need to attend the  worship service to get a cup of soup and cookies.  Also, if you have someone at home that you would like to share the soup with, please feel free to take more than one bag.  Thanks to Pastor Fish for the tasty soup/chili.

The Missions Committee has decided to  forego selling Mother’s Day cards this year.  In the past, we have sold the cards and sent the money to Christian World Service (CWS). This year we decided to make a donation from the Church directly to CWS. For anyone that is not familiar with CWS, it is an organization that provides hygiene kits, school kits, and blankets to impoverished communities and refugee camps in the United States and around the world.  They also provide clean up buckets that contain items that help to equip people after a disaster.

In April, the Missions Committee also made donations to the Mustard Seed, Abby’s House, Dismas Family Farm, and the Rutland Food Pantry.  We would also like to remind everyone that the food pantry box is in the narthex if you would like to make a donation.  There are many families that still need our help.

The Committee will also be delivering the meal to the Dismas Family Farm in the month of May.  We are always seeking volunteers to cook and deliver meals the third Thursday of each month.  So, if you have a delicious family recipe that you would love to make and share, please contact Lori Giannotti.  The residents of Dismas Farm appreciate these meals.  And all deliveries are contact free until further notice.

The Missions Community Outreach Committee would also like to remind everyone that our purpose is to serve the community.  To that end, if you or anyone you know needs a helping hand, please contact the Church office, and leave a  message.  Someone will call you as soon as possible.  All calls are confidential.

In closing, we would like to share this prayer.

Dear God, help me to confidently answer the calling to

help make the world a better place by being caring, tender,

and respectful towards others. Help me to be the best version

of the person you created me to be. Amen

 by Maria Shriver



The Missions Community Outreach   Committee

Lauren Carlson, Lisa Benoit, and Lori Giannotti (978)804-1142








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