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

Believe it or not, Christmas is just around the corner! Again this year, we are planning some great activities to spread God’s good news and the joy of Christmas to those less fortunate in our community.

Our Food Bank Challenge for November and December is to provide ingredients for tasty holiday dishes for the clients of Greener Village. We are collecting non-perishable items that can be part of a Christmas meal, such as canned vegetables and fruit, canned cranberries, stuffing mixes.  As well, we would like to help provide ingredients for tasty Christmas goodies such as flour, sugar, baking mixes, baking powder, baking soda, salt, shortening, pie fillings, chocolate chips, nuts, pudding mixes – any non-perishable baking ingredients. Your donations can be left in the box in the foyer of the church.  Last year, we had great response from our congregation and this was much appreciated by the Greener Village clients.

We are also participating in Greener Village’s Christmas Angel Program.  Each angel contains the gift wish for a child in our community who might otherwise not have anything under their tree on Christmas morning.  Angels will be available at church on November 25 and are to be returned together with the requested gift by Sunday, December 9.

GSCC is supporting the Salvation Army in their annual Christmas Kettle Campaign at the |Regent Mall.  This is a great activity for individuals or families.  Those who participated last year will agree that it is a fun and worthwhile experience.  Our dates this year are Saturday, November 24, outside Lawton’s Pharmacy (same location as previous years), and Saturday, December 8, in the Food Court. We are scheduled for two-hour shifts from 10 am to 8 pm.  Our time slots for November 24 are filled but if interested in participating on December 8, a sign-up sheet is available in the foyer or you can contact Carol at 440-0420 or carol.scott51@yahoo.com.

Throughout the fall, ISMC (International Student Ministries Canada) has been growing their partnerships with students on campus. Several churches have been partnering with ISMC.  Twice monthly FOCUS Groups/potlucks  are held at GSCC on Saturday evening.  You can contact Seth or Brittany Bevans if you would like to be involved in their student programs.  (Brittany – brittany.bevans@ismc.ca) (Seth – seth.bevans@ismc.ca).

If you would like more information or would like to help, you can contact Carol Scott.

Thank you again for your continuing support of all our outreach and missions initiatives.

Your Outreach &Missions Team