Here are some upcoming mission opportunities you can help with:
GREATER CHICAGO FOOD DEPOSITORY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Please come join us to help volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) on Saturday, September 19, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. 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.
AUGUST MISSION PROJECT
In August, the Mission Ministry will be collecting school supplies for three groups: Restoration Ministries, and two groups that meet at the Trinity Community Church in Riverside: The Gift of Hope, Grandparents and Others Raising American’s Children and The Children’s Center of Cicero-Berwyn. Trinity Community Church is where our former interns, Rev. Dr. Penny Taylor and Rev. Bill Ressl are the Pastors.
Restoration Ministries is a Christian-based community outreach organization established in 1988. Through 26 programs they serve 7,000 families and individuals annually who suffer from economic, physical and spiritual poverty. This organization was brought to us to Cindi Fiandaca from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Phi Epsilon Omega Chapter.
The Children’s Center of Cicero-Berwyn is a private not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) registered charitable organization chartered in the State of Illinois to provide child care services. The Children’s Center provides educational day care and child development programs.
The Gift of Hope, Grandparents and Others Raising American’s Children was formally recognized and established as a new ministry at Trinity Community Church in April 2009. Since its inception, the Gift of Hope ministry has assisted over 300 families with an average of two children each, although some grandparents are raising as many as eight grandchildren. The church has become a second home to many of these families, made up of many ethnic backgrounds and cultures, providing a safe and hope filled space offering encouragement, networking opportunities, and fun things to do with children. The church offers support groups for grandparents two times per month – a place to share concerns, receive physical and spiritual support, as well as share laughs. The roots of the Gift of Hope ministry grew out of Adrian Mary Charniak’s lived experience and her dedication to putting her faith into action. Adrian is the Co-Chair of Trinity Community’s Board of Mission and Witness and the Director of the Gift of Hope ministry.
We will be collecting the following items to distribute to these three organizations:
– Blunt scissors (rounded tip) – 70 count spiral notebooks – 12 inch/ 30 centimeter ruler
– hand held pencil sharpener – large eraser – pencils with erasers
– box of 24 crayons – washable markers – water color paints
– glue sticks – colored paper -pens -folders (red, green, purple and blue)
Please bring your donations to church before August 30th.
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.