Here are some upcoming mission opportunities you can help with:
Operation Canteen – The Mission Committee has begun a project called Operation Canteen which will support U. S. soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. Some of the items they would appreciate receiving are:
batteries (AA/AAA) multi-vitamins beef jerky sticks card games
foot powder wet wipes wash cloths hand towels
toothpaste toothbrushes paperback books magazines
socks protein bars (not chocolate as it might melt in transit)
Your help is needed in donating the above items and/or providing a monetary donation that we will use to purchase additional items and pay for shipping expenses. The shipping cost to send boxes is $15.90 per box. We will have a collection jar in the Fellowship Hall if you would like to make a free will offering. There will also be a box for the collection of donated items. In addition, Laurie Tsukuno will plan a craft day so we can make “thank you for your service” cards to go along with the packages.
We will also be putting up a display in the Fellowship Hall which includes pictures of men/women who have served or are currently serving in the military. Please bring your pictures to Church and give them to Anne Marshall. She will take a picture of your picture (so you don’t need to worry about losing your picture) and post them on the bulletin board.
Your support of this mission project will warm the hearts and make a big difference in the lives of 50 soldiers!
GREATER CHICAGO FOOD DEPOSITORY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Please come join us to help volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) on Saturday, April 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00. We will meet at church to carpool at 8:15. We also go every Wednesday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. (meet to carpool at 5:15). The GCFD, Chicago’s food bank, is a non-profit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to 678,000 adults and children in Cook County every year. They rely heavily on their volunteers to help repack bulk products, assemble boxes with assorted food, check expiration dates, glean produce, etc. Participants must be at least 14 years old. For more information go to www.chicagosfoodbank.org or see/call Laurie Tsukuno or Judy Birmingham to sign up.
The depository would like all volunteers to register in advance. Please see our website (Volunteer Opportunities post) or contact the church office for a link to their website where you can easily do this. Or click here.
Lyonsville Church Food Pantry: Come and help out at our own food pantry for just one hour. The pantry is open on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. We would like to have 2 people there to help our guests/visitors during this time. Volunteers help restock any donated food, and bag up food for guests. If you would like to donate food, we have a current need for canned meat products (tuna and chicken), and paper products. Contact the church office if you would like to help. Donated food can be dropped off while the pantry is open, or contact the church office.
During March we will collect donations for Heifer International by distributing plastic Easter eggs to our members and friends. We ask that you bring the eggs back on Easter Sunday filled with coins and/or dollar bills. For as little as $20 we can buy a flock of ducks, chicks or geese; for $120 we can buy a goat, a sheep or a pig. Giving an animal is like giving someone a small business, providing wool, milk, eggs and more. Animal donations can provide families a hand up, increasing access to medicine, school, food and a sustainable livelihood. Please help us make a difference.