Outreach Update 9-15-17

We are collecting items for Operation Shoe Box. This is a North Alabama Conference mission project our children and the United Methodist Women are supporting. Please send small items to fill the shoe boxes that will go to other countries for Christmas presents. Items include: Hot Wheels cars, small dolls, small balls, soap, shampoo, combs and brushes, flip flops, shorts and tee shirts, 5 crayons, McDonald toys, marbles, wash clothes, lotion, toothbrush, small hand mirror, underwear, dresses and coloring sheets. The boxes are in the church office. Please follow the directions on the box or you can make a donation to “Shoe Boxes”. Please return the boxes by October 3rd. Thank you.

In response to the hurricane, our church is responding in three ways. Please bring all donations to the church.
1. We are collecting Flood Buckets. See Ginny Hubbard for more information. You can make a flood bucket or earmark your donation “Flood Buckets”. Each kit contains: 5 gal. bucket with re-seal-able lid (clean), 5 scouring pads (not steel wool), 7 sponges, 1 scrub brush, 18 cleaning towels (reusable
wipes), liquid laundry detergent (2-25 oz. or 1-50 oz. bottle), 1 household cleaner, 12 to 16 oz. bottle that can be mixed in water (no spray bottles), dish soap, 16 to 28 oz. bottle, clothes line (two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.), 5 dust masks (disposable, sealed in a bag), 2 pair reusable waterproof gloves (Playtex type), 1 pair work gloves (leather palm necessary), 24-bag roll of heavy-duty trash bags, 33-45 gal. (Remove roll from box & roll into two sets of 12.) 1 insect repellent spray (not killer), 6 to 14 oz. can (aerosol spray or pump with protective cover), 1 can air freshener (aerosol or pump), 50 clothespins, cleaning agents (no powders). Place all items in bucket.
2. Donations can be made to United Methodist Committee on Relief through the church. Please earmark your check “Hurricane”.
3. We are also are supporting a family in Texas, who is a friend of Kevin and Melissa Thomas’ cousin. We are collecting gift cards.

Working United is a new ministry- helping families find work and stable housing. We are working on a business plan and grants to build the ministry. Our next meeting is September 21st, Thursday, 1:00 pm in the downstairs Koinia classroom.

Over Christmas we are going with Filter of Hope on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. More info can be found at www.filterofhope.org. The college students will sell T-shirts as a fundraiser.

Homeless Connect is an event that focuses on serving those who are homeless in Tuscaloosa. The event will be Saturday, Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. to 1p.m. at Central High School. Volunteers will be trained at 7 a.m. on the morning of the event, at the school. Donations are accepted from volunteers.

Love In the Name of Christ, along with area churches, agencies, businesses, and volunteers, come together to remove the barriers of homelessness.

First Community Church Breakfast is September 23 and November 11. Please see Sharon Standifer for more information.