Gleaning April 2015

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On Saturday morning April 11, 2015, you are invited to join us in our second group gleaning day of the year with C.R.O.S. Ministries. Gleaning is the ancient, biblical practice of picking produce from a field that has already been harvested. Less than grocery-store-perfect peppers, cucumbers, and corn are picked, boxed and distributed to the hungry in Palm Beach County. We will not know until the week before where we will be gleaning. If you are interested in participating, contact Ginny Somerville, Janet Lisle, or email us to let us know you will be participating.

February CROS Food Drive

We are collecting food for Christians Reaching Out to Society. C.R.O.S. Ministries collaborates with people of different faiths and organizations to create solutions to the unmet needs of people in our community. We collect food for them twice a year.

This month we are setting a goal of collecting 75 bags of food for CROS.

Boxed Macaroni and Cheese , Rice, Tuna Fish, Pasta, Peanut Butter, Beans

Bring a bag (or three!) with you this Sunday!

Gleaning January 2014

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On Saturday morning January 10, 2014, you are invited to join us in our first group gleaning day of the year with C.R.O.S. Ministries. Gleaning is the ancient, biblical practice of picking produce from a field that has already been harvested. Less than grocery-store-perfect peppers, cucumbers, and corn are picked, boxed and distributed to the hungry in Palm Beach County. We will not know until the week before where we will be gleaning. If you are interested in participating, contact Ginny Somerville, Janet Lisle, or email us to let us know you will be participating.

Community Christmas Offering 2014

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Update 1/4/14: Thanks again! As of today our total is over $5,500. We have added the Guatemala Mayan Center and Compass AIDS Education to the list of Lake Worth organizations we will be donating to.

Update: Thank you! As of Christmas Eve, we had surpassed our goal with $4100. What a great way to show our love for others in a practical way!

 

Dear Church Family,

Last year we began a new tradition here at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Instead of collecting an offering at Christmas to support the general operating fund of our church, we decided to give a Christmas gift to our community by supporting people and organizations that directly influence the lives of others in Lake Worth and Palm Beach County.

God’s goodness, your faithfulness and generosity throughout the year, and the careful stewardship of the resources entrusted to our church by our staff and volunteer leadership, allow us to look beyond ourselves to our community to see how we can join the work God is doing in Palm Beach County. Because we have covered our operation expenses for the year, we do not need to use our Christmas offering to “catch up” or balance our budget. Every penny of our offering will go outside our doors and into the community. Our goal for this offering is $3500.

We will be contributing to the following organizations:

Adopt-a-Family

We will again be participating in Adopt-a-Family’s Holiday Adopter Program. Adopt-a-Family is dedicated to restoring families in crisis to stability and self-sufficiency by providing access to all-encompassing services to families and their children. We will be supporting one of their families with food and gifts for Christmas.

 CROS Ministries

Christians Reaching Out to Society is an organization in our community that reaches out to and advocates for the poor and marginalized in Palm Beach County. We will be helping them provide assistance during the Christmas Season.

 Faustina Appiah

Faustina has been a member of our church since she moved into our neighborhood almost five years ago. Faustina immigrated from Ghana over 30 years ago with her husband who came to the United States to attend graduate school. Once here, her husband divorced her and Faustina has spent the past decades earning a living with odd jobs and relying on the kindness of those she meets. Recent circumstances have brought her to the decision to return to her homeland. We will use part of our Christmas Offering this year to cover Faustina’s transportation costs and help her transition to her new life in Ghana.

 The Women’s Circle

The Women’s Circle is an organization in Boynton Beach, FL that exists to help empower low-income women to realize their full potential to become all they can be and to gain financial stability by providing assistance with education and career development. Services include literacy, career development, and citizenship classes.

 

I cannot wait to see how God will provide for these needs through the generosity of First Congregational United Church of Christ. We will be receiving this offering through January 12, 2014. You can use the enclosed envelope to bring your gift to church or give online by going to www.fcclw.org/giving.

 

 

Peace,

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Rev. Jason Fairbanks, Pastor

Musicians Wanted

guitar_4610cnpAs our Sunday morning worshiping congregation continues to grow in diversity, the desire has been expressed that we explore a wider variety of music and worship styles when we gather. To do that, we need your help! Do you play an instrument? Did you play an instrument and are you willing to pick it up again? We want to worship in ways that connect with people of many cultures and generations. Would you be willing to accompany congregational singing on a guitar? How about a flute solo at the offertory? How are you willing to participate in our worship service? Let Pastor Jason know.