Outreach Ministries

CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS ….ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL OUTREACH AIDED BY OUR NEW ELECTRONIC SIGN!

This week we will be sending 178 cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers which is triple the number of phones we normally collect over a similar period of time. Each of these phones will either be refurbished for use by our military families or the precious metals from the phones are reclaimed and sold to provide monies for phone minutes for these families. So, while we all pass the box each time we enter the church it is easy to forget what a simple way to support our military families this is. When discarding your old cell phones please remember the cell phone box.

Now, thanks to our new electronic sign, we have many additional folks stopping by our door to drop off their phones joining in our ministry along with your efforts. Who knows … they may even decide to find out what St. Anne’s is all about. Evangelizing without knocking on a single door as we have people knocking on our door instead. Evangelism and Outreach all at one time. With Our Lord’s support how could it be any better than that!

WHERE IS THE LITTLE BLUE BOX HIDING?

Well, it actually it is not hiding at all. I know we are all suffering from an absence of Nancy Gordon and her episodes of, “The Soap Opera of Little Blue and the Blue Box Family”. However, the Blue Box is not hiding and the need to support UTO (United Thank Offering) is just as important as it always has been. While reviewing the Outreach calendar and timing of various events we felt that during the time of much anticipated vacations and other summer activities it might not be the best time for this campaign. So, you will begin hearing more on the change as we get into our next calendar year. However, for this year over the next two weeks the UTO envelopes will be available at the rear of the church and under the Outreach bulletin board in the parish hall. We encourage all who wish to contribute to this very important ministry work (see UTO story below) to make use of these envelopes to make your offering. At the Diocesan Convention each year all of the churches present these UTO offerings during the Convention Eucharistic Celebration.

Please be generous as you always are as we reach out to spread the Word and share a little bit of our love with those who need our help most.

The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute the 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion.

 

NEXT BLOOD DRIVE SEPTEMBER 29

Miller Keystone will be here at St. Anne’s to collect blood on Saturday, September 29th from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The signup sheet is now on the table below the Outreach bulletin board in the parish hall. Remember we need to have 20 to make sure MK will come to us. Sign up early to make sure you get the slot you are looking for.

Additionally, if you enter your data on line or if you are giving blood at a Miller Keystone location at times other than our blood drives please make use of St. Anne’s group number which is 0681. This way St. Anne’s will receive credit which benefits not only you but the rest of the congregation as well.

Thanks for giving the gift of life!

 

DAYBREAK 

I lost track of how many years St. Anne’s has been preparing meals for Daybreak (which is part of Lehigh County Conference of Churches), but I do know that getting to meet and serve some very wonderful people continues to be a true blessing.  ~Nancy Gordon

Giving is always a joyous experience!

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

 

An Outreach Prayer

 Ongoing Outreach Opportunities

St. Anne’s Outreach Mission & Vision Statements