III. WE BELIEVE how we treat the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the stranger, the sick, and the prisoner is how we treat Christ himself. Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 4:18. What does CARE believe, as individuals and as a group? Members talked about living out this belief in our community – the challenges and rewards.
Financial Report: Jan 1, 2018 – June 30, 2018
Susan explained our Financial Report enabling members to see the flow of monies in the different programs and helping us understand what is ahead.
Agency Distribution for 2018 – attached
CARE received thank you notes from Yokefellow and Caldwell House for monies received in May. According to the decisions made in April, the following agencies will receive monies in August: Helping Hands - $3,000, Shelter Home of Caldwell County - $1000, Lenoir Soup Kitchen - $1,000.
R@T – Rebecca Sime,
Rebecca reported that although the teams are smaller, the R@T program continues to be strong and we are averaging between 45 and 60 guests each month.
Jennie mentioned that there was an incident in June that caused us to call the police. The incident was handled without distress to our guests. Karen Tolbert followed up with the guest who was upset and assured him that he was welcome to come back to R@T.
Rebecca will have a meeting with the captains to clarify what to do when an incident occurs that assures safety for everyone involved.
Backpack Ministries –
There was discussion about an appeal in the fall to sponsor a Backpack Child as a way of building our funds for the program and directly connecting our members with what Gloria & Hank and their team does each month. Susan will follow – up with Gloria.
Women’s Build – Betty Purcell, Dianne Swanson
Dianne and Betty reported on the success of the Women’s Build - $81,000 has been raised that surpasses their goal. There are 35 on the team from St. James. Dianne reported that the Women’s Build has gone up faster than any other Habitat House. Dedication should be in late September.
African Team Ministries (4/29 & 5/6) – Susan
Susan reported that the program she worked with before has changed dramatically and is no longer through the National Episcopal Church. They are in the process of phasing out the program.
LEOS – Annette
Annette reported that LEOS continues to become more stable with the hiring of Phil Mattheis and some assistants who are covering the night shift. The St. James group is now doing 2.5 hour shifts to fill in from the loss of Ken. Steve Greer oversaw the Golf Tournament fundraiser which doubled from what they raised last year.
College Student Support for 2018 – Prayer support
Many at the CARE meeting were at the shower and felt that our outreach was positive for Deanna and also for our congregation. We talked about ways to support Deanna without becoming a burden. Twelve members signed up to be part of the prayer/card ministry next year. An article will come out in the St. James news the following week.
Dental Care – Helping Hands & Health Department
John Francis from Helping Hands received a $10,000 grant for the dental clinic. Helping Hands patients will be served first, then if there is space they will take emergency as long as the money holds out, but the money is depleting quickly. One patient had 17 teeth pulled. They have not had to advertise – only word of mouth. We are encouraged that First Baptist Church of Lenoir, under the leadership of Will Wakefield who is a member there as well as Director of Social Services, will be helping to boost this ministry that became dormant after Ron Stilwell’s death. St. James will continue to follow this ministry and will help as needed.
Fair Trade Coffee – Susan
The church has purchased a commercial Bunn coffee-maker with pre-measured packets. We will be using the Fair Trade Coffee and Susan wondered if this was something we should offer to the congregation. St. James has sold coffee before but stopped when the coffee became available at the Arts Council, and managing the sales, as well as the outdated coffee became unmanageable.
Visit the Nat’l Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C. or Nat’l Memorial for Peace & Justice in Montgomery, Alabama
Jennie shared her dream to have a joint study/project with our African American friends and visit one of the memorials as a group. Presently, group passes are not available for the Museum of African American History, but her hope is to plant a seed among CARE members and see what may perk up.
Closing: The committee read together the prayer from Ephesians 3:14-21.
Next Meeting: October 29th 7:00 pm - Martha Combs will do the closing.
Please put this meeting date on your calendar. Although most of the absences were unavoidable, we were without half of our committee members for our last quarterly meeting.