The (small but mighty) Missions Team met for the first time in many months in January to make plans for 2021. Pastor Pat joined us to learn about our past activities. God wants each of us to be of service to others less fortunate and in need. And there are certainly plenty of needs. Many people have been and continue to be negatively impacted by the global pandemic. Now is not the time to be complacent by any means. Missions’ 2021 goals are to enable St. Luke’s church family to continue to demonstrate our faithfulness through continued aid to our local community, country and the world. In spite of the COVID virus that requires social distancing precautions. We’ll all have to remain safe, healthy and flexible this year for sure. Please mark your calendars for the programs shown below. We are assessing the feasibility of a possible contact-less, drive-through fundraiser of some type. Plus an event to assemble disaster or hygiene kits which we’d envision doing with another church or non-profit organization. Stay tuned for specific information in the coming months! As always, thank you for our continued support and generosity. Let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. We would love to welcome new members since we’ve lost a few recently. Many hands make light work as we share God’s love with others.
Missions Team: Melanie Prudom, Kathy Narrigan and Linda Boyer
CWS KITS AND BLANKETS Since January Kits and Blankets have been distributed in the US to the tune of 63,967. There have been 134,020 school kits, 6,222 clean up buckets, 27,760 hygiene kits and 16,965 blankets. Also Internationally the count was 37,505. They are Bahamas (750 buckets and 750 blankets). In Mexico (2,700 blankets). In Cuba (4,800 school kits and 9,600 hygiene kits). In Haiti (275 hygiene kits). In Puerto Rico (1,440 blankets and 2,220 hygiene kits). In Romania (15,000 school kits). The total kits and blankets distributed globally is 101,472, thanks to all who help this cause.
Daily Bread Community Food Pantry Looking for a Permanent Home
The Daily Bread Community Food Pantry remains one of St. Luke’s long-time beneficiaries. They are always grateful for the food, household and personal care items our congregation donations as they continue to serve needy individuals and families in our community. In July 2021 they served over 150 households with 432 individuals including adults, children and the elderly.
What you might not realize is that this busy non-profit has moved 3 times in the past 5 years and continues to search for a permanent home. They currently rent a 6,500 sq. ft. building with an additional 3,500 sq. ft. of storage space leased off-site, requiring the shuttle of food and supplies between locations. The current space lacks the necessary amount of cold storage space. Unfortunately, perishable donations are turned away on a regular basis.
The organization’s goal is to acquire a 10,000 sq. ft. building to serve as a permanent home, bringing stability to the people they support. It is expected to cost $1.5 million to acquire and fit out properly. The Friends of Wyeth are currently holding a building fund campaign to raise $1.0 million and is making great progress. As of the end of July 2021 they are almost 1/3 of the way there.
You can help secure the future and continue to help our community by donating
Make out a check payable to Daily Bread Community Food Pantry and write “Building Fund, Friends of Wyeth”, 3938 Ridge Pike, Collegeville, PA 19426. Debit or Credit Card or PayPal. or visit the Building Fund’s donation page on their website and type Friends of Wyeth in the note area. Building Fund- Daily Bread Community Food Pantry.
Of course, if you write a check to St. Luke’s and designate Daily Bread’s Building Fund, we will be happy to pass o the donation on your behalf. Your generous assistance is greatly appreciated