Thank You - Back Pack Attack
We delivered 81 backpacks (with 20 of them filled with the needed supplies) to The Wish Project in Lowell. These "tools" will be distributed to low income families residing in the Merrimack Valley Area. A backpack may seem like a trivial item to us, but to a child with little stability and material things it is a one way for them to be like everyone else. . . accepted . . . just one of the kids. With the necessary tools, all children will have the opportunity to succeed. Many thanks for your support!
Thank You - St. Paul's Soup Kitchen
August was a busy month for WUMC as we prepared and served the evening meal to approx. 125 dinning guests on each of 3 nights during the month. Your willingness to cook, purchase and/or serve was greatly appreciated by all. Please keep an eye on the Outreach bulletin board located in the Narthex for additional "service opportunities" in September; the 11th (the 2nd Monday) and the 26th (the fourth Tuesday). If you have any questions about St. Paul's and what we do, please don't hesitate to see either Betsy Peterson or Stephanie Saloman (committee co-chairs).
Alaska Bound - Socks, Boxers And Razors Drive
Last year at this time, WUMC sent "100 pairs of boxers" to the First City Homeless Shelter in Ketchikan, Alaska. Our gift was greatly appreciated. As of the end of July, there were only "3" pairs of boxers remaining. During September, there will be an "Alaska Bound" box in the Narthex where we will be accepting donations of RAZORS, WHITE SOCKS AND BOXERS (sizes M - L - XL). They will be sent to Ketchikan for distribution to shelter guests and in need community residents. The Reverends Erbele are Methodist missionaries serving in Ketchikan for several years now. Your help is needed and appreciated. Thank You for our support!
Mark Your Calendar
3rd Annual Feast of St. Paul's at 6:00 P.M.
Once again, members of the Outreach Committee will provide a smorgasbord of dishes often served to dinning guests at St. Paul's Soup Kitchen in Lowell. Menu options will include Shepherd's Pie (a guest favorite), Ham Casserole, Chicken, Broccoli and Ziti, Lasagna for Cheaters and Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowl. All served with a salad choice, bread/rolls, desserts (yes, that is plural) and beverage. Tickets will be available in mid-September by contacting the church office or seeing a member of the Outreach Committee. No, we didn't make a mistake; there is NO established ticket price. A basket will be available for a "free will donation" and all proceeds will be used to help defray St. Paul meal expenses throughout the year. Please join us for some good food, good fellowship and a few surprises!
Big thanks to Judith Circle, assisted by Magdalene Circle, for serving the Dwelling Place in August. Hannah Circle is scheduled to serve in September. The kitchen cabinets have been painted, a three tub sink was installed and the floor was replaced - making the kitchen a MUCH more pleasant place to prepare the guests' dinners.
Service Opportunities - Reminder
During these summer months (July, August, September), we, WUMC, are responsible for meal preparation and serving at St. Paul's Soup Kitchen in Lowell "EVERY" 2nd Monday, 4th Tuesday, 5th Tuesday. Sign-up opportunities will be posted on the Outreach bulletin board located in the Narthex.
In addition to weekdays, the Mission of Deeds in Reading is open on the 2nd Saturday of every month and they can use your help. It is a day of sorting donations and helping guests move into their new apartments. If you have any questions about this great service opportunity, please see any member of the Outreach Committee or our resident liaison, John Nitchie.
Mission of Deeds
Mission of Deeds Do you like to visit flea markets and yard sales? If so, please remember the Mission of Deeds and their constant need for pots and pans, kitchen utensils and flatware. Gently used items are always in demand.
AIM (Angels In Motion)
Angels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue). The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. Spend the day playing cards, board games, or just chatting with folks! A luncheon is served as noon. There are NO fees. The K of C Hall is handicap accessible.
Volunteer Guardian Position at the Dwelling Place:
They are looking for an individual, or individuals, that would be available every Monday, Wednesday & Saturday evenings from about 5:15 to 6:45 to act as a continuous presence at each serving night for the Dwelling Place. This individual will need to be someone with compassion, reason and understanding, but also with a “firm hand” to enforce the Dwelling Place dining room rules and intercede if trouble arises. They are not looking for a bouncer, but a level-headed individual who can diffuse potential difficult (possibly physical) situations with logic and reason. They anticipate this position to be volunteer to start and eventually leading to the Dwelling Place providing a small stipend. Ideally they would seek four (4) people who would each be assigned 3 months out of the year.
It is a great opportunity for community service.