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
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17 (ESV)
Summer is indeed a gift from God! Summer is usually the season for rest and relaxation, spending time with friends and family enjoying the warmth of the sun and reflecting on our glorious world. Now, many of us are planning our summer vacations and looking for ways to keep our kids busy during their school break.
In two short months, school will be back in session. It is not too soon to begin preparing. That is why our Food Bank Challenge for the next three months (July, August and September) will be to prepare for the return to class in September by collecting school supplies and healthy snack/lunch items. Some suggestions for school supplies include pens, pencils, coloured pencils, glue sticks, 2 inch binders, pocket folders, wide-lined paper, backpacks, and insulated lunch bags. Suggested lunch items are juice boxes, individual snacks, fruit cups, puddings, and nut-free granola bars. If you can help, please leave your donations in the box in the foyer of the church on Sunday morning.
In May and June, we celebrated Mothers’ and Fathers’ Days by supporting St. John House and Grace House, Fredericton’s homeless shelters. The generosity the congregation of Gentle Shepherd showed towards the homeless in our city was overwhelming.
Throughout the summer, ISMC (International Student Ministries Canada) will continue their partnerships with students on campus. Close to a dozen students are involved in their program. Beginning in August, FOCUS Groups with students will be held at GSCC every second Saturday evening. Stay tuned for more information and ways you can help.
The Fredericton Community Kitchen is in need of volunteers over the summer months. Gentle Shepherd organizes a group of volunteers to help with the Thursday supper. We could use your help!
If you would like to become part of our Outreach and Missions Team, 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 again for your overwhelming support of our Monthly Challenges.
Your Outreach & Missions Team