The Light of Christ in Action
Advent Outreach projects – how you can help NOW!:
DIAPER BANK DRIVE: The Diaper Bank Drive is now on! Please bring packages of any size diapers and drop them off in the container in the Narthex. Opened packages accepted. The Diaper Bank supplies diapers for children living in poverty. It saves the family of one of these children about $100.00 per month.
MITTEN TREE DRIVE: The Mitten Tree will be available from Advent I (Dec. 3) until the Epiphany (Jan. 7) at the back of the church. Please help decorate it with mittens, scarves and toques. Your contributions will help those out in the cold. Sweaters, socks, etc. also accepted. Items will be collected for two worthy agencies: Mooreland’s and Mully Children’s Family. Make Advent a time of family sharing.
FOOD BANK: The DECEMBER Food of the Month donation is HOT CEREAL. Please drop off your contribution in the Food Bank box in the Narthex.
OUT OF THE COLD COOKING GROUP: Drop in to help make a hot meal for people living on the margins. Upcoming date: Thursday Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. in the kitchen.
Message from Outreach Chair Jim Wilkins
Outreach at Grace Church takes many forms: On a local level, our parishioners volunteer in community activities; we donate items such as diapers and egg cartons. We work together to prepare meals for Out of the Cold programs, create Santa Sacs for marginalized citizens in our city, and there are countless other ongoing projects.
We are major supporters of the Churches on-the-Hill Food Bank. And it is not just money that we give. Parishioners volunteer in food drives, and our Grace Church community garden supplies vegetables to the Food Bank as well.
On a national level, our parish has engaged in a project to foster relationships with Aboriginal ministries and First Nations communities, led by parishioner Judith Moses.
And on the global front, Grace Church is fully engaged in Syrian refugee resettlement.
It is the people want to emphasize that the Outreach Committee merely coordinates these activities and projects, but it is you our parishioners who are making these things happen, through your volunteer efforts and your enthusiasm.
Every year, the Outreach Committee donates money to support charities and activities in areas that the parish is involved in.
This year, we are disbursing $25,000 to support projects and activities that represent Local, National, and Global causes, in areas such as:
• Emergency Response and Refugees
• International Development
• Prison Ministry
• Food Security & Necessities of Life
Where did the money for these donations come from? Well, a large part of it came from you, our parishioners.
A portion of your offertories is directed to Outreach by the wardens in the parish's annual budget.
The parish also has Trust & Endowment funds that have been left to Grace Church as bequests by parishioners, and are designated for Outreach activities.
And finally, 75% of the proceeds of our annual Attic Sale, organized and run by Diana Watson and her team, were directed to Outreach donations this year.
So, when you support Grace Church, you also support the Outreach work that we do. It is about how we interact with the community around us, and the broader world.