Mission & Outreach
The committee for Mission & Outreach meets on the third Monday of the month at 7 pm in the Fireside Room. The group does not meet during the months of June and July, but outreach activities continue year-round. In August the group meets for a potluck picnic at Ragle Ranch Park to regroup and begin plans for the new church year that launches in September.
The next meeting for Mission & Outreach is Monday, March 18, at 7 pm in the Fireside Room.
Alternative Gifts - give the gift of hope
The Alternative Gifts International is a collection of gifts to donate products or services to a specific cause. When you make a purchase from the Alternative Gifts catalog, you receive a gift card to present, explaining about the alternative gift you have purchased in your recipient's name. Through your Alternative Gifts purchase you can honor your gift recipient by giving someone in desperate need a flock of chickens, eye surgery, a month of care for an orphan or clean water and more. Choose from a multitude of wonderful and helpful gifts that will be truly appreciated. Mission & Outreach will have catalogs available this Christmas so you can give the gift of hope – a gift that can change a life! Shop from home and save gas - give from the Alternative Gifts International catalog.
Shoe Box Ministry - Thank you for your support!
112 shoeboxes were filled, wrapped and delivered just in time for Christmas. Thanks to all of you for your generous support!
Our Shoebox Ministry gifts can be an important part in the life of a homeless man. Please fill your shoebox generously using “regular” size products (not “sample” sizes). It is important to stick to the list, found inside each shoebox, and include all the items as these gifts are opened in a group setting. Shoeboxes will be available for you to pick up on First Sunday of Advent. The box should be wrapped in Christmas paper and placed under the Christmas tree in the narthex. On the third Monday in December, members of Mission & Outreach will deliver the gifts to the Homeless Services Center in Santa Rosa.
Socks & Underwear Tree
243 items were collected - a variety of socks, hats, goves and yes, underwear too! Everything was delivered in time for Christmas to some very appreciative folks. Our Mission & Outreach team thanks you for your generous support.
What once began as our 'Mitten & Hat' tree has now become our 'Socks & Underwear' tree - we just found there was a much greater need for socks and underwear than for mittens or hats - but we will take them all! Our tree is set up by the First Sunday of Advent and you are invited to decorate the tree with warm socks, packages of underwear, hats and gloves. On the third Monday in December, members of Mission & Outreach will deliver your gifts to The Living Room and the Homeless Services Center.
Collections for The Living Room
Mission & Outreach is asking for your help in their efforts to assist The Living Room, a daytime shelter for homeless women and children, collect items from their Urgent Needs List. If you can help with any of these items, please bring them to the church office and Mission & Outreach will make sure they get to The Living Room where they will be greatly appreciated: backpacks for women, diapers in all sizes, cloth grocery bags, baby wipes, women’s underwear, boys & girls underwear - size 4-8, sleeping bags, children’s socks - sizes 5 and up and sanitary supplies.
Eye glasses collection
Eye glasses that are no longer suitable for your wear can make a world of difference in someone else's life. Donating your old eyeglasses can save someone in a developing nation from unemployment - recycled eyeglasses can be the difference between a blacksmith continuing his work or closing up shop, or the factor that enables a woman to support herself by doing embroidery rather than becoming destitute. Glasses can be dropped off at the church at any time - look for the collection box in the church entry.
Recycle ink jet cartridges
Not only is it a good idea to recycle your used ink jet cartridges to keep them out of our land fill, but recycle your old cartridges at The Community Church and you can help support Habitat for Humanity. We have collected more than $1000 recycling ink jet cartridges, all to help Habitat for Humanity with the local Sebastopol build projects. Bring your empty ink jet cartridges to the church office in a plastic baggie and look for the green collection box inside the church office.
The Human Race
Each year during The Human Race, the Mission & Outreach team asks for your support as members walk in support of The Children's Village of Sonoma County. The Children's Village of Sonoma County provides nurturing, stable family homes in a multi-generational, enriched environment for children and their siblings in foster care.
See's Candy sales to benefit Habitat for Humanity
Each year at Easter and Christmas, Mission & Outreach offers See's Candy for sale with proceeds benefiting our local Habitat build project.