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

June News from the Community Outreach Committee

              The Missions Community Outreach Committee met on May 11th to discuss the monetary donations that would be made for the month.  We decided to send a donation to the Church World   Service to be used for purchasing tools in honor of Father’s Day.  As you may remember, the CWS provides blankets, tools, clean up buckets, hygiene kits, and school kits to communities that are impoverished and/or have been through natural disasters. As well as refugee camps.

We also decided to make donations to the Mustard Seed, the Worcester Area Missionary Society, the Pastoral Counseling Centers of        Massachusetts, and the Rutland Food Pantry.  It is through your generosity to the Missions Committee that we can continue to support these causes.  We are grateful to you for your donations.

The Dismas Family Farm monthly meal for June 17th will be provided by Kathy Highland, Grace Hatstat and Leah Long.  The folks at Dismas Farm have put picnic tables outside to make sharing a meal with our teams possible.  These people are very appreciative of the delicious meals that we   provide.  We are still missing a team for the months of January, July, and September.  So, if you have any interest in providing a meal for the residents of the farm, please contact Lori Giannotti.  As always, the Missions Committee will be willing to pick up the meal and deliver it for you if need be.

We have recently put more Blessing Bags in the Narthex. Please feel free to take one to pass on to a person in need when you leave the Church.  It is a small act that could really help someone you may meet.

The Missions Committee is still searching for a few more committee members.  We should have at least five members, but we currently have only three.  We meet once a month, and the time commitment is minimal.  Please prayerfully consider becoming a committee member. You can contact Lauren Carlson, Lisa Benoit, or Lori Giannotti if you would like more information.

We would also like to remind everyone that the Sunshine Circle is continuing to collect bottles and cans. This is how they fund many of their projects. If you would like to donate that large pile of cans in your garage, waiting to be redeemed, there is a bin outside the back door of the church.  Please  donate your cans/bottles today.

The weather has quickly turned from rainy and cool to warm and sunny…a sign that summer is almost here.  And although the weather is wonderful, there are still people that may need help.  If you or anyone you know needs anything, please contact the Church office or one of us directly.  We consider it a privilege and a pleasure to serve our community.

We pray that God will keep each of you safe and healthy during the coming months.

“The work we do is nothing more than a means of transforming our love for Christ into  something concrete.”  Mother  Teresa

Blessings to you all.

The Missions Community Outreach  Committee

Lauren Carlson, Lisa Benoit, and

Lori Giannotti (978)804-1142










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