St. Thomas Lutheran Church
OUTREACH COMMITTEE NEWS
Ten of us toured Jackson Memorial Perdue Medical Center long-term-care facility in Cutler Bay July 14. We plan to visit again September 8 for "God's Work, Our Hands" ELCA Sunday of service.
We are collecting:
· Gently used men’s jeans and shoes for the homeless.
· New or gently used kitchen items for the residents of Chapman Partnership who are moving into apartments.
· Nonperishable food, toiletries, and Publix, Winn-Dixie, and Aldi gift cards of $15, $20, or $25 for the homeless children at Miami Southridge Senior High School when they go back to school
· School supplies for Beverly Roy's students at Gulfstream Elementary:
Lysol disinfectant spray
Two-pocket folders with prongs
Small pencil sharpeners with cover to catch shavings
On August 25, the fourth Sunday of the month, we will again make about 120 sandwiches after worship. We need volunteers to take the food to Old Cutler Presbyterian Church at 3:00 PM and then to the homeless downtown at 4:00 PM.
The next Outreach Committee meeting will be at 11:15 AM Sunday, September 1.
THANK YOU to everyone for your kind donations!
Due to a/c failure in the housing accommodations at Messiah Lutheran, Panama City, we had to postpone our trip date.
As soon as the a/c has been repaired we will set a new date to go. Hopefully some who were interested but were unable to attend the earlier date will be free to attend the re-scheduled trip.
Whether you have a specific skill or can just do general labor, you are needed. See Carol Petrusky about the forms required.
We are grateful for all the financial gifts that have been given, and more are welcomed. Checks payable to St. Thomas with Hurricane Michael Trip on the memo line will be appropriated for trip expenses.
If anyone knows the tragedy of a Category 5 hurricane it is the people of South Miami-Dade and Homestead who lived through Hurricane Andrew in 1992. So, we are planning to go and stand with our sisters and brothers in the Panhandle who are struggling to piece together their lives and their homes in one of the weakest domestic relief efforts on record after Hurricane Michael made landfall last October.
Accommodations will be sleeping on cots or blow-up mattresses in the church fellowship hall. There is a shower trailer as well as shower facilities inside the church. There is a kitchen from which we can prepare meals.
Who can go? Senior high youth and adults of any age are welcome. We need people with carpentry, electric, and plumbing skills as well as “general laborers.” We need people who can cook to prep and serve meals, etc.
Remember, you can be part of this mission even if you don’t physically go to the Panhandle. We need prayer warriors to pray for the team and those we will be helping. We need gifts of cash to help with fuel costs, food costs, etc. We need people who can request donations from the community to share with the people of Bay County. Let Pastor Ken or Christina, the office manager, know how you’d like to help!
STANDING WITH HURRICANE MICHAEL SURVIVORS
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.. Matthew 5:16