Friday, February 23, 2018

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2016 Mission/Outreach Report

Financial Assistance Plus

* Association for Interfaith Ministries (AIM) a non-denominational organization, which offers religious opportunities weekly from fall through spring for cognitively challenged adults plus provide three people who have direct leadership roles in the organization

* St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church Food Pantry in Shepherd with Mission Sunday financial support twice a year plus collect and deliver groceries/personal hygiene items from our church monthly

* Nutrition Club at Shepherd Elementary School plus pick up food bags in Mt. Pleasant and deliver them to the school twice a month enabling children who qualify to have food on the weekends

Hands-on Mission

* Prayer Quilt ministry to our church family and community members

* Provide a monthly “free” soup supper for the community

* Select clothing from a clothing pantry in Mt. Pleasant and provide it to those who frequent the food pantry at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church in Shepherd

* Team with St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church for Vacation Bible School

* Host a Back-to-School Bash at the community park for children in grades K-5 prior to the start of a new school year

* Take an adult mission trip to Henderson Settlement in Kentucky where we complete a roofing project, porch/ramp project, and work in the food pantry, baby pantry, and Thrift Store

* Participate in the annual Truck or Treat Halloween event for community children and their families

* Partner with the Mt. Pleasant Free Methodist Church during the week of Thanksgiving and again for a week in February 2017 at a rotating homeless shelter providing dinners and breakfasts, interacting with the guests, and overnight supervision

Other Outreach Opportunities

* Host knitting and craft sessions weekly for members of our church and community

* Provide a centralized meeting location for Commission on Aging lunches, distribution center for Meals on Wheels, 4H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Rotary Club, and blood drives

* Publish The Village Messenger, a quarterly newsletter with news of groups, organizations, and important upcoming events in our community for approximately 3,000 households with the ZIP Code of 48883. (Note: We created this project after a fire in our downtown area destroyed our local printing company and weekly newspaper.)