The Mission/Outreach Team recently met to discuss plans to promote awareness of need in the world, nation, area and church without monetary expense. Recent projects such as the Souper Bowl and connecting our shut-ins with congre-gation members are examples.
It costs nothing to smile and greet each other and especially new attendees. It was decided to collect items for various needs the 5th Sunday of March, June, September and December. These are not to be bought but are things we don’t need or throw away. There will be a table with marked containers to collect the donations. Suggestions include the following:
Aluminum cans for Day Care
Plastic bags from stores [Dollar General, Walmart, etc.] for the Food Pantry
Old towels for the APL [pet toys, too]
Kitchen and hand towels for making bibs
Pieces of material for making quilts
Baby & child clothing
Remember: Do not buy anything, just items clean and in good condition. If you have questions, ask a team member [Kris Zemla, Jean Fields, Arlene Loomis, Don & Marcia Palm, Sally McCroskey, Hannah Chase and Carla Clark]
Blessings in a backpack is a national organization with local chapters who provide for elementary aged children to ensure they have adequate food through the weekends.
New Leaf is currently serving 374 children in six schools in Ashtabula County each week. We purchase, assemble, and deliver the bags to the local schools for distribution.
We rely on volunteers to help with fund raisers, planning, purchasing, packing and delivery. We welcome financial assistance via check made out to New Leaf UMC or Blessings in a Backpack and mailed to 110 Gateway Avenue, Conneaut, OH 44030. All donations will be directed to support our local program.
New Leaf contacts: Sally McCroskey
Your Mission team needs you
The mission team is gearing up for many events this summer and is looking for volunteers.
Our Missions Team went to Washington North Carolina,
New Leaf Missions Team went to a place that was still trying to recover from 2016 Hurricane Matthew. The first project was a trailer, we were the last of the rehab of that unit, we dug a trench for a sewer line, fix doors, windows, painting, install hot water heater and dryer vent. Last minute items before electricity is turned on and finally after 2 years the owners will be able to occupy their house.
The second house we worked on was for a mother with 2 young girls, currently they are living in the half of a house that was not destroyed by a tornado. We were there to do finish carpentry work their new house on her mother’s property, we did painting, installed deck rails and steps, install bathroom fixtures and lighting, install electrical outlets.