Outreach and Missions Committee
GSCC Outreach and Missions Committee Mission Statement
“To coordinate, support and promote the outreach activities of Gentle Shepherd Community Church at a local, national and international level. Outreach activites may support spirtual, emotional, physical or social needs of the community.”
NEWS FROM THE OUTREACH AND MISSIONS TEAM
As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease. (Genesis 8:22 – NIV)
2017 is marching on. We are blessed with the changing seasons. As we enter fall, we mbrace the cooler weather before us, the magnificant colours of the season, and our bountiful harvest. We are blessed to have the opportunity to share our abundance with those less fortunate.
Our challenge for October is to provide a nutritious home-cooked Harvest/Thanksgiving dinner for those families who otherwise would find this financially impossible. Some ideas are canned vegetables, pumpkin, apple sauce and cranberries; and fresh potatoes, carrots, onions, turnip, squash and apples. But, please, no really perishable food items! If you can help, please leave your donations in the box in the foyer of the church on Sunday morning. Our contributions will be distributed to those needing the help by the Fredericton Food Bank (Greener Village).
In November, we will again be collecting ingredients to help with the baking of Christmas goodies.
A team from Gentle Shepherd continues to help out at the Fredericton Community Kitchen every Thurday at supper time. We have all found this an enriching experience, enabling us to bring God’s love to those who have experienced some very difficult times. Clients range from single moms with young children, to young adults on the streets, to older adults who are experiencing hard times because of job loss, mental health and addiction issues. Most patrons of the Kitchen are extremely thankful for the hot meal and for the smiling faces serving their food. We regularly receive a thank-you note from one elderly gentlemen, written carefully on his napkin. Here is the note we received last Thursday.
“Thank you ladies for another nice good meal. It is a real Blessing to you. May God bless in His loving name —”
We would love to have you join us in this ministry. There is no limit on the amount of time you give – you can come every week or be on an as-needed basis. Contact Carol if you would like to join us. If Thursdays are not a good time for you, the Kitchen could use your help at other times. Breakfast, dinner and supper are served at the Kitchen.. Their school lunch program is ongoing and is expanding. It has recently moved from the Kitchen premises to Leo Hayes High School and serves several schools in the area. Contact the Fredericton Community Kitchen if you would like more information.
Some exciting projects are being planned for the fall and winter, but we need your help – remember, many hands make light work! We would love to have you join our team. Stay tuned for more information! The Mission Statement of our committee is “To coordinate, support and promote the outreach activities of Gentle Shepherd Community Church at a local, national and international level. Outreach activities may support spiritual, emotional, physical or social needs of the community.”
For more information on how you can help, contact Carol Scott.
Thank you again for your continuing support of all our outreach and missions initiatives.
-Your Outreach & Missions Team