Grace United Methodist Church Newport News, VA
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Celebrating God's love, seeking God's direction together.

Outreach

  Monthly food donations:

The theme for food donations for the month of September is BOXED FOODS (Cereal, stuffing, mashed potatoes,

pasta, etc.) However, all non-perishable food donations are welcome. Please place them in the large red THRIVE bin.

  

Proverbs 19:17 “One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed.” 

Over the last few months we have noticed that the collection bins are not being utilized to their full intention. I can remember times when I was notified by the church office that the bins were overflowing and the donated food was being placed under the table in the breezeway or somewhere other than the bins - times when we had to store the food until we could deliver it to the designated agencies. 

Now, I am going to share with you a couple of habits that I have. Shopping is one. Yes, I love to shop (LOL, sometimes it is just window shopping), and more than anything I love a good sale.  Believe it or not, I almost never buy unless it’s on sale.  Now here is another habit that I have:  if I buy something for me, I also buy something to donate to one of the charities we

support. You may ask why I am sharing my habits with you in an article about “Monthly Food Collection”. Well, let’s do the numbers.  If each of us who walked into a store during the week would purchase one item of food to donate and bring it to church the following Sunday, we would average 75 – 100 items. Yes, I am suggesting that, when you shop for yourself, you adopt the habit of buying just one or two extra items to donate. Once you start this habit, it’s so easy to maintain.  With my shopping habit, it’s very easy for me to have 4 or 5 things to bring each Sunday. 

I know I’m blessed to be able to walk into a store and buy that favorite creamer (on sale) that I just have to have for my morning coffee. But, I also feel blessed to be able to pick up an extra item or 2 (on sale) and know that it’s going to a great cause. So, go out and shop until you drop but don’t forget to support our charities.  Outreach Co-Chairperson, Gloria Moore

Are you getting excited about the change of seasons?  Summer is great, but when the heat and humidity start to wear on us, it is fun to look forward to the fall and all that it brings – especially anticipation of Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas.  Jesus taught us that we are to share what we have with love, joy, and gratitude - and these seasons are times of focusing on God’s love with gratitude and sharing. 

     One meaningful way to bring joy to a child who has little reason to celebrate is to fill a shoebox with gifts that will be delivered with the message of Christ’s love.  The Outreach Committee is sponsoring Operation Christmas Child at Grace again this year and we are confident that the congregation will respond with as much (or more) love and generosity as last year.  The special shoeboxes will be distributed at church starting Oct. 7th, and they are due back at church by Nov. 4th.  Directions for filling the boxes will be provided.  The shoeboxes will be used to bless children in need around the world when they are distributed by the nondenominational relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse.

     Another way to follow the teachings of Jesus regarding providing help to those in need is to participate in PORT.  PORT is the overnight winter shelter for homeless people in our area.  It is sponsored by LINK, an organization that meets the needs of homeless and disadvantaged people in Hampton Roads in many ways.  Our first evening of participation will be shortly after Thanksgiving (tentatively on Nov. 30th).  Watch for the sign-up forms in the Sunday bulletins beginning October 28th

     You can learn more about the services provided by LINK and their partners (including Grace and many other churches and organizations) at a program presented by their Director, Lynne Finding.  She will be speaking to us at Wednesday Night At Grace on Oct. 17th at 6:00 p.m.  Come out to enjoy a meal, fellowship, and learn about some of the important ways that people in great need in our community are being helped.

     Would you like to be part of the Outreach Committee’s planning for mission projects?  We would love to have you join us!  Talk to any of our members: Kim Rumsey, Jeri Davenport, Chuck Root, Sandy Fisher, Gloria Moore, Cindy Brakman, or Susan DeVane (757-930-0233) for more information - or just come to our next meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, at 4:00 p.m. (in the church library near the chapel).  

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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.