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

News from the Community Outreach Committee

            The Missions Committee has been busy reaching out to the community during February and planning for the Lenten season.  We met recently to allocate money from the donations that we received recently. The Committee donated to the Dismas Family Farm, the Mustard Seed, the Rutland Food Pantry, Abby’s House, Camp Putnam, Pastoral Counseling Centers of Massachusetts, Worcester Area Missionary Society, and the Go Fund Me account for our church secretary, Teresa Hendrickson. Teresa and her family recently had a house fire where all was lost.  It is through your generous donations that we can reach out to the community in this way.

            We are continuing the search for a new team to deliver meals to the Dismas Farm a few times a year. The month of March does not have a designated team as of yet. Therefore, we have created a menu of lasagna, salad, bread, and dessert to be delivered on March 18th.  We are asking that anyone interested in providing one of these items to please contact Lori Giannotti at (978)804-1142.  Someone from Missions will be glad to pick up the food and deliver it to Dismas.  If you would like to contribute, please let us know.

            The church will be having indoor Sunday services again beginning March 7th. (Yeah!)  The Missions Committee will make sure the Blessing Bag basket is full of bags for the congregants to take and pass along to people in need.  The Blessing Bags are kept in a basket in the Church narthex. The bags contain toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, chap sticks, hand warmers, rain ponchos, and granola bars. The winter bags also contain hats and gloves. Lauren Carlson has delivered 10 Blessing Bags to Abby’s House to help the women that may come there for assistance.

            The Missions Committee is also planning an Easter Ingathering on Palm Sunday, March 28th.  We are requesting donations of Walmart gift cards this year.  We are providing cards for at least 6 families if not more. Gift card donations can be dropped off at the Church office or mailed.  If you know of a family that could benefit from the Ingathering, please call Lisa Benoit (508)472-4640. All names and information are completely confidential.

 If you would prefer to donate food instead of gift cards, please remember that the red cart in the narthex is there to collect food for the local food pantry.  Whatever you can do/give is greatly appreciated.

            The past year and the first months of this year have been difficult.  But the love of Jesus is always with us even in these uncertain times.  The members of the Missions Committee indeed hope that we are showing this love to our community and beyond.  If you, or anyone you know needs help in any way, please reach out to us.  It is our pleasure and privilege to serve you.

            May God keep you all safe and grant you peace.

            The Missions Community Outreach Committee

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





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