June Mission Outreach Team Meeting
The Mission Outreach Team met on Monday June 4, 2018. The meeting began with a prayer.
The team reviewed the MOC financial report and noted that $547.75 was collected during the One Great Hour of Sharing campaign in May.
A summary of the MOC activities for the month of May was presented.
- Sharon was receptive to the idea of a more organized food drive for the food pantry by having a select item a month for members to donate. The food item for May was fruit. The food item for June is tuna.
- A craft night was held on Thursday May 10th at 7 pm in the dining room. During this team building event, participants made a hanging basket from a colander. Although only 3 members participated, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
Items for the Dylan & Gavin Rainbow Program care/activity packages will be collected from the congregation. Needed items include, coloring books, crayons, markers, pens/pencils, puzzle books, pencil pouches/boxes (small), color by number kits, small LEGO kits, any small handheld games, i-tune cards, kid’s books, and prayer stones. The children’s ages range from toddler to teenager. A drop off box will be placed in the Narthex. Individuals can also make a cash donation, and a member of the MOC team will shop for the needed items. The campaign will be promoted in the bulletin and Visitor.
Our goal is to begin the after-school snack program for the children at the bus stop area next to the church. The snacks will be distributed on a monthly schedule during second week of the month. Two snack distribution schedules were discussed 1) every day of the designated week or 2) only on the Friday of that week. A sign-up sheet will be created, so each month, a different church family can volunteer to bag and distribute the snacks. Funds from the summer lunch program will be used to purchase the snacks and the bags. It was suggested to devise a name for the program and have it printed on stickers which will be put on the bags. Permission slips will need to be printed and distributed to the children in the beginning of September.
Church Service & Picnic – Sunday September 16th at Beaver Run. This Sunday coordinates with the week Zion is host to Family Promise, enabling us to invite the Family Promise families to join us. It was suggested that Zion provide the hot dogs, drinks, and paper products. Members of the congregation will be asked to bring a covered dish. The MOC team spoke with the members of the Worship team and received their approval for this event. Therefore, the MOC team is asking for approval from Consistory 1) to hold this event, and 2) have the church provided the above-mentioned items.
The Neighbors in Need (NIN) campaign. Beverly Moser will spearhead this event and coordinate campaign literature with the church office.
Renee Schoch has graciously volunteered to work with the MOC team to revitalize a Heifer International campaign. We will try to coordinate this event with the Country Fair weekend in hope that the alpacas can be at the church on Sunday.
We discussed the possibility of holding Mission Movie Night in Smith Auditorium to honor our veterans. Admission would be either a food pantry item or a homeless care package item. Additional details for this event will be planned at future meetings.
The team decided to revitalize the Bethany Home white gift program. Volunteers will be needed for gift delivery.
Items for the homeless care packages will be collected from the congregation. These packages are kept in the church office and distributed as needed. Items included in a care package are hand towel, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, and comb. A drop off box for these items will be placed in the Narthex. Individuals can also make a cash donation, and a member of the MOC team will shop for the needed items. The campaign will be promoted in the bulletin and Visitor. The hope is to receive an excess of materials so packages can be made and distributed to Peaceful Knights.
The next Mission Outreach team meeting will be Monday August 13th at 7pm. These meetings are open to everyone at Zion. Feel free to drop in to offer you ideas, help or support!