Grace United Methodist Church Newport News, VA
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Celebrating God's love, seeking God's direction together.

Outreach

  Monthly food donations:

Communion Sundays Food

Donation

 Communion is important because it’s a command to remember. Jesus wants us to remember every time we taste bread and wine (or juice), and even when we sit at the tables in our own homes, that He is the one who provides all we need. He gives us the physical food that we need to survive and the spiritual nourishment we need to keep taking our next steps with Him.

One of the definitions in part for communion is "The act or an instance of sharing…”  As we come to share the bread and juice in remembrance of Christ, let us also share with our neighbors in need. 

Starting January 2019, on 1st Sunday/Communion Sunday we will be placing our nonperishable food donations in baskets at the front of the chapel or sanctuary. (Other times you may still place them in the designated bins.)

Hebrews 13:16 - "And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God."

Proverbs 19:17 - "Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed."

Luke 3:11 - John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.” 

 

Palm Cross Making

About 20 adults and youth gathered Friday evening, April 12 to make palm crosses, fellowship with each other, and enjoy snacks.  The crosses were given to everyone Palm Sunday at worship services.  This is a long-standing tradition started by Frances Porter and her (check w/ her to see if it was her circle or Sunday school class). 

 

CNU Snack Outreach

Many of us remember the stress of exam time when we were still in school.  In fact, even though we may have been out of school for decades, we still have nightmares about forgetting to study for a test or to show up for an exam!  For the students at CNU who are in the midst of spring exams, the snacks and beverages that local churches distribute on campus can give them a needed little boost during this anxious time. The students were so grateful and kept thanking us over and over . The peanut butter and jelly sandwiches reminded them of home.  St Andrews Episcopal Church followed us for a two hour shift.  They called to say thanks for the snacks we left for them to add to theirs and the banana bread was a huge hit!  We always give them Grace UMC pens and wooden crosses to take if they wish.  We saw one young man take at least 4 for his suite mates. Thank you from the Outreach Committee to everyone at Grace who provides these snacks and/or distributes them during exam times.

 

Stay tuned! 

Watch this space in upcoming months for more ways to be the heart and hands of Jesus in reaching out to others.  If you are looking for waysto be more involved in Outreach, the Outreach Committee is looking for you!  Please consider this a personal invitation to attend meetings to assist in planning - watch for meeting dates and times in Sunday bulletins. 

Call Susan DeVane at 930-0233 if you would like more information.

 

 

 

 


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 for Outreach updates.