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.”

 MAY NEWS FROM THE OUTREACH AND MISSIONS TEAM

They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and be ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.        (1 Timothy 6: 18)

In May, we celebrate Mothers’ Day – our opportunity to show God’s love to the most vulnerable women in our community.  Our challenge for the month of May is to provide Grace House, Fredericton’s Women’s Homeless Shelter, with some items essential to providing a comfortable environment for their residents.Their top needs at this time include (but are not limited to):  laundry detergent, dishwashing soap, bathroom tissue, shampoo (any size including personal size), deodorant, combs/brushes, socks, underwear, and coffee.

Grace House provides a comforting, supportive, safe environment that fosters and produces dignity and self-determination. The residents of Grace House have access to staff 23 hours per day, laundry and shower facilities, a full kitchen, a resource library equipped with computers, Wi-Fi and phones, and a donation pool.  The staff who operate Grace House come from all different backgrounds and different experiences, but each of them understands the specific challenges that women face. Grace House provides more than a bed to lay their heads.  Residents can stay at Grace House as long as it takes to build or rebuild their lives, including accessing various programs such as income assistance, medicare, housing and education programs, and medication support.

If you would like to help, you can bring your donations to church any Sunday in May.  Our box is located in the foyer.  As well, we are continuing our Mothers’ Day tradition with our Sunday School children.  On Mothers’ Day, bring your donations with you into the sanctuary.  During  Children’s Time, the children will collect your gifts and bring them to the front of the sanctuary.

During March and April, we have been collecting ingredients to prepare soup packs for the Greener Village Food  Bank to distribute to their clients.  Come join the Gentle Shepherd Women’s Group at the church on Wednesday, May 2, at 11:30 as we prepare the soup packs.  We will be having a pot luck lunch as well.

Be sure to book Saturday, May 19, for our Gentle Shepherd spring celebration at O’Dell Lodge.  This is lots of fun for young and old!  More details to follow.

We will be having our annual Yard/Plant/Bake Sale on Saturday, May 26 at Victoria Hall in New Maryland.  Donations are welcome and may be dropped off at Victoria Hall on Friday, May 25, from 6 to 9 p.m.  For more information, call Jean F.

If you would like to become part of our Outreach and MissionsTeam, would like to join us Thursday evenings as we serve the clients at the Fredericton Community Kitchen, or would like more information on any of our initiatives, please contact Carol Scott.

Thank you for your support and God bless.

Your Outreach &Missions Team