The hammers were swinging on Saturday, May 12th at the Habitat Women's build! A group of about 30 volunteers, including seven members of our team, worked together to build the outside walls on one house and paint the inside of another house. It was very exciting to watch the progress. Work will continue through the summer with opportunities for volunteers to work on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8:00 to 12:00. Team members are encouraged to register as a volunteer on the Habitat website. (this is in addition to signing up as fundraiser) You can choose your days and will receive emails from Theresa at Habitat to keep you up on the latest information. The dates for June will be available for sign ups. What a difference we can make working together!
May's Room at the Table was on an unseasonably hot Saturday afternoon, and guest attendance was down slightly; we had 43 guests, with only one child.
The menu was chicken BBQ, baked beans, slaw, macaroni and cheese, peaches, chips and for dessert we had cake and ice cream.
At the end of the meal, one of the guests asked to play the piano for us. She played hymns and other popular songs and we all enjoyed listening to her. There is always something wonderful and unexpected that happens at our Room meals!
Parishioners volunteering at our meal.
Reflection: “The poor will always be with you.” What is Jesus saying to you in your faith journey? What is Jesus saying to St. James in our faith journey? After reading Scripture about the crowd wanting Jesus to stay and keep healing those around him, but he kept moving forward to the next city and also Mary Magdalene using the expensive oil on Jesus, members reflected on their own mission work, why they did it and continue to do it and what Jesus may be saying to us now.
Room at the Table teams have been updated. There is no need for a captain’s meeting at this time.
The Backpack Ministry have what they need to finish for 2018. The school system will take care of students in the summer at different school sites. 40% of the offering for the Mark Presentation will be designated to the Backpack Ministry.
Rise Against Hunger:
We had 95 participants for our Rise Against Hunger event and are grateful to the Fire Department and their help unloading and loading and for the planning committee.
There was a general feeling among committee members that we would like to partner with St. Paul’s with a future project, but may not do the Packaging of Meals in 2019.
18, 324 items were collected for the Shelter Home and Yokefellow. They are very appreciative.
Women’s Build – Episco-gals –
The first build day is May 12th. There are 5 members of the team who have already signed up. Also, on May 5th is a training day at Lenoir Builder’s Supply. Members sign up for the training day through the volunteer website. There will also be a gathering on May 8th at Lowe’s Hardware. Members are encouraged to attend and wear their shirts.
African Team Ministries (April 29, May 6th)
Susan shared with the committee a resource supported by the Episcopal Church that works as an intermediary between African and American churches, providing funding for orphan and refugee relief missions and evangelism in East Africa. They raise funds through a bazaar at church, selling jewelry and crafts made by people in the areas of Africa where they work. The items will be displayed in the Atrium on April 29th and May 6th. We will use the honor system, although CARE members may come and help where it is needed.
Next Meeting: Monday, July 30th, 10:00 am
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