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

September News from the Community Outreach Committee

          The Missions Community Outreach Committee hopes that everyone in our community have had a wonderful summer.  We met recently to catch up on recent events as well as plan for the coming year.

September brings thoughts of learning and going back to school.  Some families are in need of school supplies for their children.  The Missions Committee wanted to help in some way.  After reaching out to the Rutland Food Pantry, it was decided that we would donate Walmart gift cards.  The cards will be distributed to families with school age children and will enable them to buy appropriate supplies.

We are still searching for a team to provide meals to the Dismas Family Farm for the months of January, July, and September.  The Missions Committee has decided to furnish the September meal.  However, if anyone is interested in helping to provide food for the residents of the farm, please call Lori Giannotti at (978)804-1142.

The Committee also decided to make donations in September to Abby’s House, The Mustard Seed, and the Worcester Area Missionary Society.  It is through the generosity of our Church members that we are able to support these worthy causes.  Thank you.

We would like to remind everyone that the Blessing Bags are available in the Church foyer for anyone to take.  These bags contain things that many homeless people would find useful.  We hope you will consider taking a bag or two to give to people you may see when you are out and about during your day.

Also, as a reminder, the Sunshine Ladies are always collecting cans/bottles for recycling. You can simply drop your recyclables into the bin in the rear of the church building.  And while you are doing your regular food shopping, please think about donating some food to the Rutland Food Pantry.  There is a shopping cart placed in the front of the sanctuary for your donations.

September is a busy month.  In many ways, it is like the beginning of a new year.  Most people have had their yearly vacations and are concentrating on getting into a new routine of work/school.  We have been relaxed during the summer and now begin the work of planning for an exciting year in our Church.  There are many plans in the works and if you are wondering where you might make a difference, how about joining the Missions Community Outreach Committee?  We would love to have you join us for a monthly meeting to see what we are all about.  If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Carlson (508)849-9528, Lisa Benoit (508)472-4640, or Lori Giannotti (978)804-1142.

As always, please reach out to the Church Office or the Missions Committee members if you or someone you know needs anything.  We keep names and information strictly confidential.

            May God bless you all.

            The Missions Community Outreach Committee

            Lauren Carlson, Lisa Benoit, and Lori Giannotti

            “Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.” -Mother Teresa

 

 

 

 

             

             

 

 

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