Outreach Ministries

 

HELP FOR HOUSTON AND HURRICANE VICTIMS

If you would like to make a donation to help the hurricane victims in Texas, here are some solid opportunities.  You may donate by cash or check to either the Salvation Army or to Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD).  Make checks payable to St. Anne’s and specify on the memo line “Salvation Army” or “ERD”.  Baskets are provided for your donations at the back of church.  Your outreach team will collect contributions and send along the proper channels.  Below are brief descriptions of help being provided from both organizations’ websites.

 

Your support helps THE SALVATION ARMY

stay on the front lines of Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

As Hurricane Harvey causes widespread damage across Texas, The Salvation Army is ready to provide physical, emotional and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers. Salvation Army disaster teams from across the country are mobilizing and, even after disaster response efforts are over, The Salvation Army will remain in communities impacted by this terrible storm, supporting long-term disaster recovery efforts and providing ongoing assistance to those in need.

Get updates on our relief efforts at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalArmyEDS, or on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

 

EPISCOPAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT

ERD invites you to join us in prayer and support for communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. Episcopal Relief & Development is working with dioceses in the hurricane’s path to best support responses and address needs as more information becomes available. Local churches and partners are assessing damage, confirming the safety of members and others in their communities and using available facilities and resources to respond to immediate concerns. Your contribution to the Hurricane Harvey Response Fund helps Episcopal Relief & Development support Church and other local partners as they provide critical emergency assistance.

Thank you for your compassion and prayers. With your partnership, we are healing a hurting world.

BLOOD DONATIONS NEEDED

Though we have a drive November 4, if you would like and are able to donate early, or again, you may go to Miller Keystone Blood Center.  Just mention you are from St. Anne’s.

If you have any questions, please contact John Bates or anyone on your Outreach team.

OUR NEXT BLOOD DRIVE IS
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 9AM-1PM

Sign up information coming soon!

 

PLASTIC BOTTLE CAP DRIVE

THINK ABOUT AN OUTREACH PROJECT THAT DOES NOT COST A DIME, BENEFITS THOSE WITH A VERY REAL NEED, AND ALLOWS US TO RECYCLE TO BOOT!!!

One of the best sources for Outreach projects is our own parishioners and sometimes these projects are absolute “no-brainers”. Connie Archer has one such effort as she writes below.

      I have a friend who is a nurse at LVHN. They are collecting plastic bottle caps (water, soda, milk, etc.)  5,000 bottle caps enables 3 dialysis treatments             to a patient for free.  Could we start a collection box at St. Anne’s?   ~ Connie

In our parish hall you will find a box where you can place your plastic bottle caps. Think about it …. all you have to do is save your bottle caps separately and bring them to the church. Please join us in this effort to help support those who have to find a way to pay for what we know are very expensive treatments.

Our thanks to Connie for listening and thinking of that part of our Outreach Mission where we say, we will “reach out to those who we can support in their time of need.”  May God bless Connie and all of us as we support this ministry.

 

IF YOU DON’T NEED IT SOMEONE DOES

As the nights turn cooler it reminds us that the cold weather is not far behind.  Again this year, Everlasting Life Ministries will be running the downtown Allentown warming shelter. They provide sleeping room for up to thirty folks each night and will have many needs to support this effort.  One need that many of the homeless have is an easy one for all of us to help with as you renew your wardrobes for the winter weather.

Donating your no longer needed warm clothing which can be used by those who have none. Remember ELM is providing shelter for both sexes and all ages.

Items that are needed are coats, hats, gloves, sweaters, sweat shirts, sweat pants and any other type of warm clothing. New items that would also help are warm sox and insulated underwear.

A collection box is in the parish hall where you can place your items over the next several weeks.

So search your closets and attics for any items of clothing that might be reused by someone in need as we reach out to our community.  May the Lord bless you for your prayers and generosity.

 

UNITED THANK OFFERING …. THE LITTLE BLUE BOX THAT SERVES TO SUPPORT SO MUCH THROUGHOUT THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Thank you for your generous, loving support.  The United Thank Offering remains vital after so many years because it has always been based on the sound theological premise that it is good to give thanks to God.  Changes in the work and structure have evolved over time, but the underlying spiritual emphasis on thankful prayers has never changed.

The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. UTO is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the monies to support mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion.

Your Outreach Team

 

ANOTHER DAYBREAK OPPORTUNITY!

The Outreach Team has scheduled another visit to Daybreak on December 18, 2017.  Sign up information when date gets closer.

See Nancy Gordon or any other Outreach team member if you have any questions.

Daybreak is a Lehigh County Conference of Churches program that reaches out to individuals who are active in or have  successfully completed treatment for mental health, HIV/AIDS, and/or drug/alcohol abuse. The program provides life skills training, talk time, membership, and 3 meals daily.

___For more information:  Lehigh County Conference of Churches Daybreak Program

THANK YOU!

Sole Hope…shoes for children
Offering hope, healthier lives, and freedom from foot-related diseases through education, jobs, and medical relief.

We thank you for all your donations of used jeans… we are currently not accepting any more donations.  On Dec. 2 in parish hall we will have our “cutting party”.  More details to come!

The jeans are used to make shoes for the children of Uganda.  They have a tremendous problem with “jiggers” getting in their feet since they don’t have shoes.  We take the used jeans and, using a template we cut patterns for the shoes.  Once we have enough jeans to get started with, we will hold a “shoe cutting” party.  Using a template, we cut the small shoe patterns from the jeans…that’s it!  the shoe patterns are sent to Uganda where they are stitched into shoes for the children. An easy way to recycle jeans and help the children of Uganda to be jigger free.

This will be an ongoing project for the Outreach Team.  Whenever we have some jeans to cut they will be made into shoe patterns and sent to the Sole Hope Organization.

Some Sole Hope information:  2016 in Numbers / Outreach House:
Patients – 233 / Jiggers removed – 34,204
Village and School Clinics: Patients – 6,479 / Jiggers removed – 16,514

The Sole Hope team has begun doing weekly mini clinics.  These missions target smaller numbers of people who have been identified as having more severe jigger problems.  Thursday clinics continue to mobilize teams of volunteers as we go to schools and communities and treat approximately 150 patients.  At Mini clinics, we meet families where they are, treating 10-30 patients at a time.  We do jigger removal, education, and shoe fitting right where they live.

You can check out their website at www.solehope.org.  Here you can find out information on jiggers and how the foundation helps.  Or contact Sandy Barette (by contacting parish office).  Sandy works with the organization that sponsors this foundation.

 

PEDIATRIC CANCER FOUNDATION

Thanks to all for your prayers and generous contributions to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation drive!  Our children and parents assembled 37 “comfort bags” after the Family Service last Sunday that will be used by the families while their children are inpatients at LVHN Cedar Crest pediatric cancer unit. Included were cards, bookmarks, basic hygiene needs, puzzle books, writing materials and snacks. In addition, we now have many items now available for our next Outreach project filling backpacks for others in need as we had more items than was needed to fill these comfort bags.

Seeking Our Lord’s guidance in identifying those in need and then using our prayers and resources to fill those needs is the “Path Our Faith Takes”.   ~ Your Outreach Team

___For more information go to:  http://pcflv.org/

 

 An Outreach Prayer

 Ongoing Outreach Opportunities

St. Anne’s Outreach Mission & Vision Statements