General Mission & Outreach
OPPORTUNITES FOR SUMMER FUN
Lord, thank You for every teacher as they begin this new school year.
MISSION AND OUTREACH BUILDING CHRIST’S COMMMUNITY A COMMUNITY IN ACTION: OUR ACTIVE PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING Please bring in new canned goods and dry food items on the first Sunday of each and every month to continue with the mission project for our two local food pantries in Belmont and Watertown! Your contributions have been well received. Both pantries have specific needs. EVERY DAY IS EARTH DAY! PAYSON PARK CELEBRATES EVERY SPRING With the arrival of Earth Day IN SPRING, Payson Park creates a special worship experience annually. Marking the many ways we‟re invited to appreciate and tend to God‟s great creation, the service will help us think together about how we can be more loving and caring towards the Earth, and share it with all God's creatures. From our songs and prayers, the sermon and special offerings at our time of fellow-ship, this day often promises to be one full of inspiration and new awareness. A WORD OF INSPIRATION “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, „Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,‟ and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by it-self, if it has no works, is dead.” James 2: 14-17 A NOTE OF THANKS: FROM THE MISSION COMITTEE Springtime was truly welcomed with joy by the merry crowd of volunteers who efficiently and swiftly made 370 sandwiches for the Bristol Lodge Food Kitchen. Heartfelt appreciation and thanks to all who supported this project with the labor of their hands and provision of supplies. It was a good time of fellowship and practical help for the hungry. May you be blessed in your giving. EVERY SPRING The Annual Blanket Drive for Church World Service. Please consider honoring your mother or friend with a gift to support CWS. DENOMINATIONAL EVENTS Are you interested in attending educational or other events offered by our denomination? The offices of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ, located in Framingham, provide a host of classes and workshops that are available to all. Events are regularly posted on our bulletin boards, or you may log on to the denomination’s website: macucc.org. The United Church of Christ: a believer that God is still speaking!
TUESDAYS, 2:00 - 4:00 P.M.
WALKING IN THE WAYS OF JESUS:
A COMMUNITY IN ACTION WITH
BRISTOL LODGE FOOD KITCHEN
MASS COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS:
THE FOOD PANTRY & THE CHURCH SCHOOL
CHURCH WORLD SERVICE: A RAINBOW OF CARING The Church World Service blanket drive is heldtypically in connection with Mother’s Day in May. These familiar gray wool blankets arrive in areas where victims have lost homes, families, and hope. The Tools of Hope Program creates a rainbow of help and hope each time the right tool is placed in the hands of people in need. If it empowers people and brings better tomorrow, it’s a tool of hope! A simple truth: ordinary things that we often take for granted like…blankets, clean water, education, tents, garden tools, seeds – can make a world of difference for people devastated by tragedy, as well as those working to build a better life for themselves and their community. Many congregants are often part of this beautiful rainbow of caring. Payson Park Church responds each year to this mission initiative. “I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me.” Matthew 25
Join us as we reach out to those in need right here in our area by preparing and serving a meal in Waltham. Upcoming dates for this service work are available on Mission Bulletin Board near church office
Did you give some thought to volunteering for this vital outreach program? Your help is still needed, whether it is for one month or all 10 months. If you cannot prepare, deliver or serve the hot meal (cost from $18-$28), you can be of help by giving money toward the monthly purchase of the salad ingredients and beverages. The monthly cost is about $25, but any amount is appreciated. By donating to this "Green for Greens Fund," you will be serving hungry neighbors. Please sign up on the Mission bulletin board (outside the church office), take a recipe and see Cynthia Lasker with donations. Thank you!
The Bristol Lodge Food Kitchen serves a hot meal every day to about 75-85 men and women at a church in Waltham. A few of these people are homeless but most of them are just seeking ways to survive on their meager incomes. All of the guests are very grateful for the nourishing food and the hour of fellowship. We cook a meal once a month, usually consisting of a one-dish casserole, a tossed salad or vegetable and dinner rolls. We also provide beverages (no desserts). Menus are posted on the Mission and Outreach bulletin board outside the church office. Each person buys the ingredients to serve 12 people, prepares the meal at home, and either delivers it to the Waltham church or has another person deliver it. You can prepare the entire menu for 12 or just part of the menu. Expenses for the entire dinner range from $25-35. You are welcome to stay to serve the meal. You may also donate cash toward the beverage expenses.
BRISTOL LODGE MEALS & THE CHURCH SCHOOL
Would you like to honor a loved one? Each Sunday our altar flowers are given in honor or remembrance of those we hold dear. This program also offers us a chance to reach out to those in our congregation who are sick or shut in, as flowers are then delivered by our pastor or a deacon. If you care to make a donation, please speak with Cindy Lou Benson, our Administrative Coordinator at 617/484-1542 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For those who participate in this program annually, please confirm you wish to continue.