Community Outreach

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE – EVERY DAY!

GOD’S WORK.  OUR HANDS.

The Season will soon be upon us . . .

  Recipients of Christmas Baskets are now being identified.  If you know someone who could benefit from receiving a Christmas basket, please contact the church office by Friday, December 1.

      Christmas Baskets will be delivered to needy families on Saturday, December 16.  You can help by contributing any of the following items:  green beans, applesauce, canned milk, canned pumpkin, turkey stuffing mix, pie crust mix, sugar (5 lb. bag), flour (5 lb. bag), macaroni and cheese, chocolate or vanilla pudding and Jell-O.  Place your contributions in the blue container located near the chapel by Sunday, December 3.

      Monetary contributions for the purchase of perishable items are also needed.  Place your gifts in an envelope marked “Christmas Baskets” and place it in the offering plate or send it to the church office by December 8.  Checks should be made payable to “Messiah Lutheran Church.”  Be certain to write your offering envelope number on the envelope in order to receive credit on your financial statement.

WHITE GIFTS

      The Angel Tree is on display in the Narthex, in time to take advantage of the seasonal sales.  Each year, we reach out to children throughout the community who may not otherwise receive gifts for Christmas.  So far this year, we have requests to help 51 children in 21 families.

      How it works: Please consider taking one or more tags with you and then purchase the gift requested on the tag.  (Please note:  If more than one suggestion is listed on a “Wish Item” tag, you need only purchase one of those items.)  For clothing items, the department in which you will find the correct size is listed on the back of the tag.  A “star” on the gift tag indicates a most wanted or most needed item for each child.  A letter-number code is used to indicate the family (letter) and child (number) to whom each gift is given.

      Gifts must be wrapped in white paper and returned by Sunday, December 10.  Please be sure to tape the tag securely to the outside of the package so that we can get it to the child for whom it is intended.  It is also helpful to write the letter-number code on the wrapping itself in case the tag would become separated from the package.

      Please note:  If you don’t like to shop or are not able to shop but wish to help out with White Gifts, monetary donations are gratefully accepted.  Please make checks out to Messiah Lutheran Church and note “White Gifts” in the memo line.  Thank you!


 


Messiah’s Food Pantry is in need of:  Canned tuna fish, peanut butter, crackers, single-serve packages of cereal, pudding cups, canned soups that make a meal, chicken noodle soup, canned fruit are currently the most needed items.  Please place only non-perishable food items in the collection bin.  Be sure to check the expiration dates on the products.  We still have “lotsa pasta” so no macaroni for a while, please.

Please place donations in the bin in the Bald Eagle Alley hallway or drop them off at the church office weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.


FREE Clothing Exchange:  PLEASE NOTE:  We will NOT be accepting clothing until the White Gifts Collection is complete so that we have space to collect the Christmas Gifts.  Please save items that you wish to donate and bring them after December 17.

Next Exchange:  Saturday, February 3, 8:00-11:00 a.m.  Gently used articles of clothing and accessories for all ages and seasons are now being accepted.  Please bring only those items that are in good repair and suitable for wear.  Items may be placed in the appropriately marked bin in the telephone alcove whenever the church building is open.

Acceptable items, in addition to clothing, include:  hats, gloves, shoes and boots, scarves, ties, belts, purses, duffle bags (in good repair), socks, NEW underclothing in the original package.  Not acceptable:  badly stained clothing, clothing with rips or tears, previously worn underclothing, clothing that is in obvious need of laundering, toys, household items.

Help is needed for set-up and to staff the exchange.  Set up:  Friday, February 2, 6-8 p.m.


Shepherd of the Streets is in need of the following items:  baby items (shampoo, powder, lotion, soap, diapers of all sizes); regular sizes (not sample sizes) of deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, and shaving cream; toothbrushes (adult and child); disposable razors; new combs; bar soap.  Please place items in the appropriately marked bin in the elevator alcove.  Monetary donations will also be accepted by Shepherd of the Streets.


Help Family Promise thrive at Messiah! We are looking for volunteers for this ministry. If you would be interested in learning more about this program, contact Jill Lavallee at (919)622-5255 or by email at jdlavallee@gmail.com. Monetary donations are needed and can be given to the church office or placed with the offering. Be sure to make note that the offering is for Family Promise.  Thanks for all you do to support this program!!!

Family Promise is in need of Office Angels for the Day Center.  Messiah’s coordinators are also seeking volunteers to provide meals and fellowship, drive the families to and from the Day Center, and to act as sleepover hosts during our host week (4 times per year).

Affiliations:

Messiah Lutheran Church belongs to the Family Promise of Lycoming County, Inc. network, serving homeless children and their families in the community.

Other helpful links:

Shepherd of the Streets is just one of the ministries supported by United Churches of Lycoming County.  For more information about United Churches of Lycoming County, visit their web site at uclc.org
 
Pack 41 of the BSA is chartered by Messiah Lutheran Church.
Boy Scouts of America Susquehanna Council
 
For more information about Habitat for Humanity, or to volunteer, visit their web site at:
http://www.lycominghabitat.org/