Hello and welcome to our Monthly Mission Moment. Our inbox held stories of several wonderful mission projects being done by members of our web ring.
Free Flying Spirit tells of her congregation's cooperative efforts to feed the hungery during the winter months:
Since the late 1990's we have offered a hot meal program during the winter months (October to April) in our downtown church. The "Out of the Cold" program is every Friday night during that time. It is for the homeless, those who are lonely, or just do not like eating alone all the time. Loneliness is also a type of being 'cold'.
There are six teams shared amongst the churches in the area. But also, our Anglican neighbours take two meals every month and they have other churches they involve as well. Our youth and younger people are heavily involved with one of the teams and many people have responded to this need who otherwise do not get involved because the need is here and they can DO something about it.
Altogether there are over 240 volunteers who share in this vital mission ministry. We are supported by businesses, such as the Dairy Queen in the area, and other downtown merchants, by anonymous donors and by our own members and volunteers, as well as the Food Bank. There are also a series of fund raisers, such as concerts, that offer others not involved here to be a past of this cause. We are stringent in following the Laws required in food preparation and clean up.
Our guests are served at the table, as at home, and are always warmed by the friendly atmosphere as well as the warm meal. They arrive alone, or in families, as couples, or with friends. We are told the food is wonderful and we serve a variety of types of meals.
It is one way to serve others, as Christ has asked us to. Hospitality is an important part of our faith tradition...breaking bread and sharing the common cup...with all. It comes from a spirit of gratefulness and realizing the need...right where we are planted.
Possible Water provides a link to a resource for congregations seeking to address issues around faithful stewardship of natural resources:
If you scroll down, there's a booklet to download, and a link to info about the grants.
And Sally Coleman links us to information about her group's unique ministry of getting the Christian Spiritual Path a hearing at New Age/Alternative Spirituality Fairs and Conferences.
Journey Into Wholeness article for rev gals.doc
We'll be back next month. If you have a mission project you would like to highlight, click the Mission Moment button on the sidebar and tell us all about it.