Grace United Methodist Church Newport News, VA
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Celebrating God's love, seeking God's direction together.

Outreach

  Monthly food donations:

Thanksgiving Special Collection

Thanksgiving Bags - A great way to get into the Spirit of Giving with a Thankful Heart! 

The Outreach Committee will continue our tradition of collecting bags of groceries to take to LINK to help fill their pantry shelves before the Thanksgiving holidays.  These food donations are put to immediate use to feed the hungry people in our community. 

The Thanksgiving Grocery Bags will be handed out on Sunday, November 4th, and should be returned to church by Sunday, November 18thPlease take a bag (or use one you already have) and fill it with non-perishable food items (a list with suggested items will be attached to the bag).

 

PORT Overnight Shelter for the Homeless

Once again, our congregation will be helping with the PORT overnight shelter for the homeless in our community during the coming months of cold weather.  PORT is a program sponsored by LINK in which various churches welcome homeless people into their buildings each evening for one week, to spend the night and receive a nourishing dinner and breakfast before leaving early the next morning.  Other churches and organizations partner with the host churches to provide volunteers to staff the shelter and provide meals. 

Our first date to help with PORT this season will be Friday, Nov. 30th, at Peninsula Korean Baptist Church.  Volunteers will be needed to work one of three shifts (evening, overnight, or morning) to assist with guest check-in, collecting belongings and distributing bedding, serving dinner, monitoring the shelter overnight, and assisting with breakfast and check-out in the morning.  You will find it to be a rewarding experience to help provide shelter and food to those living in unfortunate circumstances.  Please look for sign-up forms in the Sunday bulletins in the coming weeks to volunteer and indicate your preferred shift and assignment area. 

Many thanks to everyone who made the 2018 CROP Hunger Walk such a success! Tina Jones not only coordinated the Grace UMC team but led the way in the +3 mile walk around the CNU campus with members of the GUM Youth Group (pictured below).

It was a beautiful day (a little windy perhaps) to raise money and awareness for global hunger. As always, 25% of the money raised went locally to help THRIVE and the Peninsula Food Bank. Thank you Grace!

 

 

 

 

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Don't forget our on-going collections:
*Travel-size toiletries
*Coupons for the Good Samaritan Fund
*Shoes for THRIVE
*Magazines for the Berkeley Community
*BINGO prizes
*Eyeglasses for the Lion's Club
We also have a prayer blanket ministry.  Those who are facing surgery or serious illness may request a prayer blanket (forms located outside of the church office). 

Each knot in a prayer blanket represents a prayer said for the individual.

Please see our monthly newsletter under "Resources" for Missions updates.