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Ways To Help

 
This page will provide you with information on a variety of ways to assist the church and community.  Be sure to check back frequently, as new opportunities will be added often!
 
 
Soup Kitchen Item of the Month
 
January Soup Kitchen Item of the Month is Canned Chicken.
 
 
Volunteer for the Homeless Shelters (During the Fall/Winter)
 
The emergency homeless shelters are up and running. The Monday night Men’s Shelter is always filled to capacity (about 30). Wednesdays Women’s Shelter has seen 5-10 women and children weekly. Our first guests were a woman with a 5-year old daughter. Fortunately, they were able to find affordable housing within a few weeks.  Several others were able to move to Sand Castle Shelter fairly quickly.   We are always in need of help; we need hot meals and, most especially, volunteers to stay overnight.   Sign-up sheets are posted in the lounge.  Just add your name.  Questions? Ask Sue Ransom or Pat Molden.
 
The four hour shifts are:
 
7:00 P.M. -11:00 P.M.
11:00 P.M. - 3:00 A.M.
3:00 A.M - 7:00 A.M.
 
 
Coffee Hour 2018
 
Thank you to Russ Bohn for preparing several pots of coffee each Sunday which are served in Coffee Hour.  Thanks to all the groups and individuals that provided cake and other treats to eat with the coffee.  Will you help again in 2018?  The Coffee Hour sign-up will be available in January.  Invite a friend to help serve.  Thank you for your support.

 

Tissue Packets
 
The Outreach Committee is asking for donations of individual tissue packs to be used in the pews as needed for tears, runny noses, or for any other reason a tissue might be needed.  Give your donation to an usher on Sunday or drop it off at the office.
 
Volunteer or Donate Food and Supplies
 
The Saturday Soup Kitchen always welcomes another pair of willing hands, cooks, food and general supplies.  Please contact Jeanette Tyrrell or Sue Ransom.
 
 
Organ Fund
 
Organ tuning and repair continues to be an ongoing and expected expense. Session has established an Organ Repair Fund, and interested individuals or groups may contribute to this fund.
 
 
Greeters Needed
 
There is a new Greeter sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the Christian Education entryway.
 
If you are willing to serve as a friendly greeter, sign the sheet and come a little early to help and greet our members and friends. Thank you for considering serving in this important ministry.
 
 
Sponsor the weekly Chancel Flowers for the Sanctuary
 

The Flower Chart off of the Edith Boyd Lounge has some openings waiting for your signature! The cost is $35.00 which goes to the Children in Need Fund.  Bernie and Joy Scott owners of Joy of Flowers donate the flowers.  Not  only are you helping to beautify the sanctuary for our Sunday service, but you are also honoring or memorializing a loved one or a special event in your life.  Please call the church office at 879-4501 or sign the Flower Chart.

Donate Greeting Cards
 
We are sending cards out to our members and friends in time of need so that they know that we are thinking of them.  If you have get-well or sympathy cards, we would appreciate any donated to the church.

 

Join the Prayer Chain
 
The Prayer Chain consists of members that are sincerely willing to pray for others. Prayer requests are handled with great discretion and respect, and are never published in the Church Bulletin. If you would like to join the Prayer Chain, please contact Becky Smith.

 

 

 


Donate Items for Healthlinc Outreach Packs

 

Please help fill these health packs for Women.  Place items in the box in the Christian Education Entryway.  We will put the packs together on March 12th.  Thanks, Carol Garrett, PWCT Moderator

 

Items for Healthlinc Outreach Packs:

Sanitary napkins/Tampons

Underpants (all different sizes)

Soap/Soap container

Toothpaste/toothbrush, Travel toothbrush covers

Baby wipes (travel size)

Kleenex (travel size)

Granola bars/Protein bars

Hand sanitizer

Water bottle

Comb/Brush

Lotion

Chapstick

Alcohol Swabs, Bandaids

Antibiotic ointment

Optional

Sweatshirts  -  Sweaters

 

 
Purchase Equal Exchange Products During Coffee Hour
 

FAIR TRADE coffee purchases will be available after the service in the Edith Boyd Lounge.   It is a global mission of our church and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in supporting others around the world, so "the easiest way to support authentic Fair Trade is to purchase fairly traded products from small farmers. Your actions as a consumer support or discourage actions by businesses. By making the choice to buy fairly traded products, you help provide health care, education and technical trainings for farmers, workers, and artisans around the world. By supporting Equal Exchange, you join a movement to reclaim the food system – to make it better for farmers, consumers and the earth,"  Some say it's the best coffee they have tasted, but please try for yourself!  

 

 
Join the Chancel Choir
 
We welcome anyone who wishes to praise and worship God through song to join the Chancel Choir! Call or email Director of Music Ministries, Nic Orbovich.
 
Join the Handbell Choir
    
We extend a hearty and warm invitation to ANYONE who might be interested in joining this wonderful and unique group. If you think you'd like to "ring in" some good cheer, please call or email Handbell Choir Director, Anthony Holt.
 
Donate Coffee Hour Supplies
 
If anyone would like to donate cocktail napkins, dessert plates and/or plastic cups for our Coffee Hour, we would greatly appreciate them. Bargains from stores or your own cupboards, we'll take them all!!!

 
Help Support the Missions 
 
 
Help With the Monthly Newsletter and Reception Desk
 
Do you have three hours a month to help with the Newsletter? The secretary needs five people to ready the Newsletter for mailing. Please contact the office (879-4501) if you have the time to help. This would be a monthly volunteer day—we try to mail the Newsletter the last Tuesday of each month.
 
Volunteers are also needed to help with the Reception Desk throughout the month.
 
Join the Media (TV) Crew
 
The Media (TV) Crew is looking for a few good volunteers to run the video camera for our Sunday services (at 10:00 AM). Volunteers will be trained to run the camera.
 
  
Join the CARE TEAM
 
Under the direction of the Deacons, a CARE TEAM has been created! Through the CARE TEAM, our church will be able to provide essential services for our church family. These include meals for families or individuals that have experienced illness, grief, or have welcomed a new baby; regular visitation for those who are ill, living in nursing homes, or unable to join us at church; rides to doctor appointments and to church; and one to two hour visitations with those whose caregivers need to run errands or have a break.
 
Would you like to volunteer? Please sign up for the team that best fits your availability and abilities. The four teams are: Meals, Visiting, Driving and Sitting. You will only be called on an "as needed" basis, so you might just have to provide a meal 3-4 times a year, or make a visit once a month, or sit with one of our members every once in a while.
 
Through the CARE TEAM, we will continue to be the body of Christ with and for each other.
 
 
 
Youth Group Fundraisers
   
Rent-A-Youth! For a donation toward their next Mission Project, our Youth are eager to help you with all sorts of tasks! For more info, click here.
  
DISCOUNT CARDS - For only $20.00, these cards will afford you discounts at 18 Michigan City businesses! Ask a member of the Youth Group or stop by the Church office to purchase one of these cards that is beneficial to both the Group and you!
 
Donate Items for the Men's Shelter Showers
 
Now that we have the new shower in the Undercroft, we are in need of Towels, washcloths, soap, shampoo. 
 
 
Share Those Coupons!
 
Those of you who use coupons realize savings. Now think of those who could use them but don't have access to them. The daily papers are full of all sorts of coupons, promo deals, etc. NOW is the time to share. Soon a basket will be in place in the church ready to receive all the extras to be used by one and all. This is just another way to help each other.

 
Help A Michigan City Non-Profit
 
 
The Keys to Hope resource center officially opened on Monday March 4that 2424 Franklin Ave. Michigan City.
 
The Purpose of this drop in center for the poor is to create a safe space for those who are marginalized from the community due to financial, educational, disability, or employment barriers. Our hours are going to be 1-5 pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
 
Eventually, we will be in a position to offer many services that can be found nowhere else in the community, but as of our opening we will be the only "drop - in" resource center in town. I hope we can work together in some way in the near future to create a better community.
 
Here is what we need right now: We have a need for volunteers. We would like to staff the center with two people per 4 hour shift on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1-5 pm (actually may be more like 12:30 to 5:30, but we will see how long opening and closing really takes.) The work will consist of signing people in to the center, making sure rules are followed, offering assistance on the computers, and providing referrals for people who need help.
 
Training on mental health awareness, de-escalation, and resources will be provided.

If you are able to volunteer to help us create a supportive and accepting community, please contact Mike Kilbourne.
 
 
Volunteer for the Grace Learning Center
 
The Grace Learning Center is seeking patient, compassionate volunteers to serve as reading tutors for adults with low literacy levels or as computer lab monitors for adults seeking employment and online training. Training for volunteers will be provided. Grace Learning Center is a private, supportive place for adults to resume their learning.  Services are offered free of charge for La Porte County residents. If you or someone you know is interested in changing a life, please contact Debbie at (219) 879-6788.