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.
The teams are smaller, the R@T program continues to be strong and we are averaging between 45 and 60 guests each month.
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.
Women’s Build –
$81,000 has been raised that surpasses their goal. There are 35 on the team from St. James. Dedication should be in late September.
African Team Ministries (4/29 & 5/6) –
The program has changed dramatically and is no longer through the National Episcopal Church. They are in the process of phasing out the program.
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.
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 –
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coffee before but stopped when the coffee became available at the Arts Council, and managing the sales, as well as the outdated coffee became unmanageable.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
A parishioner shared her desire 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