Outreach at St. Paul’s continues to be about the Gospel call to love and serve our neighbors, however, this will look a little different in the days and weeks to come. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be volunteering in groups or onsite at community non-profits. However, there are several opportunities in the upcoming weeks where we can make a difference in the lives of some of the more vulnerable folks in our community and we will continue to evolve how to help our community.
1. We are going to partner with the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope, the only shelter in our city that can house children and their families. We will be providing dinner for the shelter guests for the next three weeks on Thursday evenings. We need your help to prepare food for 50 and get it to the Center of Hope for dinner service. We will not stay to serve, only drop off the food at the kitchen door. Here are signups for the next three weeks, and please reach out to me if you have any questions at all.
2. We anticipate Crisis financial needs in our community to steadily increase during this time. Job and food insecurities are a byproduct of the necessary precautionary measures taking place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and assisting those with acute financial needs is an important part of our outreach ministries. Please consider donating to the financial assistance program using this link and clicking on the “outreach ministries” box. Please email me with any donation specific questions or information.
3.We will keep in continual contact with local shelters and non-profits that serve our most vulnerable neighbors so that when opportunities and needs arise, we can be available to offer assistance. As always, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and remember that, even in these uncertain times, we are a community of faith that continues to be a part of God’s healing work in the world.
St. Ruth’s Circle is asking for your support during the 2nd Annual South Fork Elementary Drive for the month of February to provide items that the staff’s budget is unable to cover. Currently, they need donations of snacks to be used throughout the day and after school for children who do not qualify for assistance programs.
Recommended donations include Animal Crackers, NutriGrain Bars, Trail Mix, Goldfish, Rice Krispy Treats, or other individual snack size items. There is an Amazon wish list that can be found here along with a bin at the Goodheart entrance for donations if you have questions you can contact Michelle Krell at email@example.com
Join us on Sun, Dec 1
Prayers will be offered at services this day for those who are incarcerated and their families and for jail and prison employees. St. Paul’s joins Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministries to offer this annual holiday outreach ministry, “In The Name of the Father,” to provide gifts for imprisoned fathers to present to their children.
This program allows inmates at the Forsyth Correctional Center to present their children with gifts at the center’s Christmas party. On November 17, tags will be available in the library for each child whose father qualifies, showing the child’s gender and age. Parishioners choose a tag and buy two gifts for the child; a piece of clothing and a toy, game, or other appropriate gifts. Each gift should have a value of about $20, making the total for each child $40. The unwrapped gifts, with the child’s tag attached, can be placed in the labeled “In the Name of the Father” bins at the Goodheart Entrance through Sunday, Dec 8.
Calling all cookie bakers. Help Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministries Christmas outreach by baking cooking to give to jail inmates. The ministry needs 3000 “sturdy” homemade or purchased cookies; sugar, chocolate chip, oatmeal, or peanut butter (large, about 3-inch in diameter.)
AS WE CONTINUE TO PRAY the effects of Hurricane Dorian will be minimal throughout North Carolina, we also need to consider those devastated by the storm so far, especially our brothers and sisters in the Bahamas.
This particular storm also brings the need for relief even closer to home. More than 60 students at Saint Augustine’s University, Raleigh, call the Bahamas home, and Hurricane Dorian has impacted their families in ways we cannot yet measure as news and updates from the islands are still hindered by spotty communication. We do know there has been horrific flooding along with the destruction of both family homes and commercial buildings.
The Gamma Psi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Saint Augustine’s is working to raise funds specifically for the students’ families affected by the storm. To contribute to this relief effort, donations can be made by check to (make checks payable to “Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Gamma Psi Chapter” and note “Hurricane Dorian Relief” in the memo line):
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Gamma Psi Chapter
c/o Lavar Stubbs
St. Augustine’s University
1315 Oakwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27610
This year we want to increase participation in the community-wide prayer circle to over 500 people. Can you help spread the word and bring people of all ages to pray? This year’s date is Friday, September 13, at 5:30 pm (prayer starts at 6 pm) for our community-wide prayer around the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center (jail) [201 N. Church Street, Winston-Salem]. Join us in prayer asking God to touch the hearts of those inside. Please ask your friends to join you, as this event is open to everyone. If you are interested in being a part of the St. Paul’s group, please email Rev. Nancy Vaders at firstname.lastname@example.org