Grace United Methodist Church Newport News, VA
Friday, December 14, 2018
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.”

 

 Caring and Sharing

Our congregation lovingly packed (stuffed!) 50 shoeboxes with carefully selected items to bring joy to children who seldom (if ever) receive gifts of any kind.   Many of these gifts are on their way to places that would be hard for us to visit personally - some places that are barely accessible, where things we take for granted, such as clean water, abundant food, and health care are practically unheard of.  These toys, school supplies, and clothing and hygiene items will be delivered with messages that

someone cares!  These children will learn that there are people in the world they don’t even know who wanted to show kindness by sending them gifts.  More importantly, these children will learn that these people are acting out of the love that flows from God, and that each and every one of them is a beloved child of God also.  Thank you!

In this season of love and thanksgiving, our congregation also provided 96 grocery bags of food to LINK to aid in feeding hungry people right in our own community.  Even in this land of plenty, food insecurity is a daily fact of life for people living on meager or no income.  Thank you!

Last but not least, the Outreach Committee wants to thank the congregation of Grace for your compassionate support of our involvement in PORT.  At this busy time of year, with many activities pulling us in various directions, it is awesome to see the commitment of the people of Grace to this program - people who go out of their way to help in whatever way they can to give those who are homeless a warm, safe place to sleep and food to eat.  If you were unable to help with our participation with PORT on Nov. 30th, you will get another chance in the New Year.  Stay tuned!

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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.