Missions

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MISSION COMMITTEE NEWS 

 JULY NEWS

Annual “In the Middle” School Supplies Drive

 Our annual “In the Middle” School Supplies Drive will again take place during this month and the first half of August.  The drive benefits students in both the Stonington and Westerly Middle Schools. 

As promised in the last Beacon we are including a list of needed supplies in this issue.  Please look out for these items to be on sale in the coming weeks.  We have consulted with local middle school guidance counselors to update this list. 

A printable pdf list is available to have on hand while shopping, just click on the link below:

“IN THE MIDDLE” SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE LIST 2021

• pencils of good quality (like Ticonderoga) that sharpen well 

• thin markers 

• highlighters 

• 3-ring binders (1 ½ inch) 

• 3-ring binder paper 

• pencil cases that go in the 3-ring binders and small change purses 

• one-subject notebooks 

• cap erasers for pencils and regular erasers 

• glue sticks 

• sticky notes 

• double pocket folders 

• mini hand sanitizers 

• rulers 

• ear buds 

• and, especially needed, boxes of tissues 

NB Backpacks are no longer a priority. 

The school supplies drive will run officially from the beginning of July until August 22nd. 

In the past we have dropped these donations off at the schools where the guidance counselors have quietly distributed the items to needy students at the beginning and through-out the school year. 

We were not able to have this annual collection last year, due to Covid restrictions, so let’s celebrate their return with full bins!

Thank you for your donations!


 Looking Ahead 

Coming in September and October our annual Mission in Motion.  This year we will combine two efforts to support the UCC eco-justice ministry.  We will be “Blanketing the World in Love” by selling blankets to donate to Church World Service and planning a hike through one or some of our beautiful local preserves to learn how we can help our environment.  Stay tuned for more complete plans in coming Beacons. 

Remember: What you do makes a such a difference in this world. 

 Again, thank you so much for all of your support.  Together we are making a difference. 


PAWCATUCK NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER

An Important Note From PNC!!!

To purchasers when purchasing any items to donate to the PNC:  By law the staff is not permitted to open and subdivide any donated packages.  Therefore, the larger packages of toilet tissue and paper towels must be given in entirety to just one family, while another might receive just a roll or two.  Purchasing smaller packages of toilet tissue or a roll or two of paper towels is much more practical. This also applies to donated foods.  A 5lb bag of rice can be given to just one family and cannot be subdivided.

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THINK BEFORE YOU DONATE

“… 46 million Americans rely on food pantries and soup kitchens . . . to survive!  That’s 1 in 7 of our nation’s citizens who need assistance to ensure they eat three meals a day.

People who are food insecure often do not have healthy diets. In many low-income areas, grocery stores are not readily accessible and fresh produce is too expensive.  So their diets are often made up of readily available convenience store and fast food fare, which can lead to obesity, as well as costly and debilitating diseases.

To make matters worse, most of the food we donate to food drives is GARBAGE.  We offload the dusty cans from the back of our kitchen cabinets, items that we have chosen not to eat.  The nonperishables we give are often laden with fat, salt, and sugar.

We need not spend more to donate healthy food.  A can of tuna in water is the same cost as a can of tuna in oil — but it’s much better for us.  Whole wheat pasta is much healthier than sodium-packed Top Ramen.  Swap sugary cereals for whole grains.  Give the food you would feed your family.  THINK BEFORE YOU DONATE is designed to change our habits.  And to get YOU inspired to host a healthy food drive . . .”

Our Mission Committee has committed to following the guidelines of the Think Before You Donate movement.  In the past we have based our food collections on requests from the PNC.  Although the PNC appreciates most non-perishable food donations, we are encouraging our congregation to donate healthier options.

Please click on the link below, to view or print the THINK BEFORE YOU DONATE informational sheet:


EQUAL EXCHANGE

 Don’t forget that the cute red cabinet just inside the door of Fellowship Hall holds a treasure trove of Equal Exchange items that you can purchase each week.  Buy some excellent organic chocolate bars, cocoa, coffee, tea, etc. and realize that you are helping the world’s needy population in the process. 


The Mission of the PNC

The Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center helps to feed Westerly residents too.  To encourage donations anytime, one Red Bucket will remain in the Bell Courtyard area of the narthex.

A reminder that we continue to collect non-perishable food for humans and their fluffy, furry friends in our Mission red tubs.  Feel free to contribute canned goods any Sunday.  The need is so great!  All contents are taken periodically to the PNC.

Also, by law when purchasing any items to donate to the PNC the staff is not permitted to open and subdivide any donated packages.  Therefore, the larger packages of toilet tissue and paper towels must be given in entirety to just one family, while another might receive just a roll or two.  Purchasing smaller packages of toilet tissue or a roll or two of paper towels is much more practical.  This also applies to donated foods.  A 5 pound bag of rice can be given to just one family and cannot be subdivided.

Thanks for all your help!  Please speak to any member of the Missions Committee with your ideas and questions.


Fair Trade 

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New Fair Trade Items Available In Fellowship Hall

We have a self-serve cabinet in Fellowship Hall of assorted Fair Trade items for sale.  Delicious chocolate bars, baking chocolate, coffees, teas, and more are all available for purchase.  Just put your money in the can! 

Decaf Flavored Coffee
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Usual Favorites

Flavored Coffees

Chocolate Bars

Teas

A list of prices is posted on the door of the red cabinet.


WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!

An important ministry of our church is the need for people power and that means you!  Please consider helping out with this important monthly commitment that our church serves!

Coffee Hour Hosts:  Sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall.  You can just do the coffee.  You can also provide goodies, or not.  You can just clean up.  But we need everyone to help in some way!  Coffee hour is a critical time when visitors and friends get to know how wonderful our church is and if it doesn’t happen it makes us look bad to any visitors we may have that day.  It’s just not fair that the Deacons have to scramble to do it almost every Sunday.  So, won’t you please sign up for one Sunday?  Talk with Lynn Murray for more details.

We serve locally and around the world.  We support:

Equal Exchange Fair Trade Products

Church World Service & SERRV

The Westerly Area Rest and Meals (WARM) Center

Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center (PNC)

We sponsor and support:

Alcoholics Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous