The Missions Committee met recently via Zoom to discuss the donations made toward the Ingathering for Easter that was held on Palm Sunday. We had a total of 9 families that received Walmart gift cards this year. There are at least 6 children among these families. Lisa Benoit provided Easter goodies for the children as well as the gift cards. The Committee would like to thank everyone that donated a gift card or money for the Ingathering. These gift cards allow the families to shop for Easter as well as other necessities that they may need.
We are happy to announce that the team for Dismas Family Farm meals that was missing a member has had a generous person step up to fill the spot. Kathy Highland and Grace Hatstat welcomed Leah Long to their meal delivery team. Leah is Grace Hatstat’s sister. Her help is greatly appreciated. Also, we would sincerely like to thank Grace for volunteering for the March meal delivery. Grace had reached out to family members and they provided the March meal to the Dismas residents. Our thanks to Grace, Leah Long, Mary Hatstat, and Morgan Long.
We are still in need of a permanent group to fill the months of July and September of this year. If anyone has a desire to help the community without having a huge commitment, please consider volunteering for the meal delivery during these months. You can call Lori Giannotti with any questions you may have about this volunteer opportunity.
The members of the Missions Committee were very saddened to hear of the passing of Bev Mason. She was in intricate part of the First Congregational Church of Rutland and was an active member of the Missions Committee for many years. Bev was always ready to lend a helping hand and she will be missed greatly. The Missions Committee has made a donation in her name to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital on behalf of our Church.
The Missions Committee also allocated funds to the Easter Ingathering, the Mustard Seed, and the Rutland Food Pantry. We thank you for your generous donations that allow us to help our community.
Our Blessing Bags are in a basket in the Narthex at Church. If you are attending a worship service, or perhaps picking up some delicious soup and cookies for lunch, please consider taking a bag or two with you to give to someone in need. You never know who you might meet as you go through the week. These Blessing Bags are filled with essentials.
We would like to remind you that the Missions Community Outreach Committee is here for anyone that needs help. Unfortunately, we are not always aware of people that could use a helping hand. If you or anyone you know needs anything, please contact one of the members of the committee or the Church Office. We would like to remind everyone that any information that we receive is strictly confidential.
May God bless you and keep you safe.
The Missions Community Outreach Committee
Lauren Carlson, Lisa Benoit, Lori Giannotti 978-804-1142