Mission and Outreach
In August we delivered the items collected this summer for EXIT (Empowering Exoffenders in Transition.) EXIT folks were very grateful and asked us to thank the whole congregation for their donations. Staffer Andre Burks gave us a tour of their facility, and we were impressed. The classrooms, computer lab, tutoring, job training etc. all help prisoners return to their communities as productive citizens.
We're working now on fall activities. Saturday, September 30 we will help serve at the Community Breakfast, 8:30-10:30 AM at the First Congregational Church on Jefferson. It's a fun project that provides food and fellowship for the volunteers, as much as for the breakfast guests. St. Greg's is also signed up to serve Saturday, December 30. See Jim Horan if you'd like to help on either date.
We'll help the Kids Food Basket two times this fall. The Food Basket provides nutritious take-home “brown bag meals” to students who have no supper waiting for them at home. We'll help with a Lunch Bag Decorating Session during Coffee Hour, Sunday, November 5. Bring your creativity and turn plain brown bags into exciting meal packages kids will want to take home. In October we'll visit the Food Basket headquarters to help pack the actual bags. The date for this isn't set yet. Watch for announcements in October.
Outreach's next meeting will be October 1 after the late service. As always, all interested parishioners are invited to attend..
– Jim Horan
Pastoral Care Team Members Provide Helpful Services
The Pastoral Care Team is now actively serving the members of St. Gregory’s. Each week Team members are scheduled for either Eucharistic Visits or various aspects of Pastoral Care. Those who are “on duty” are listed on the Server Schedule of the newsletter. Weekly Servers are also listed in Bulletin Announcements on Sundays. “All members of the congregation are on the Pastoral Team by letting the Team Members know when needs arise." Eucharistic Visitors are Linda Scheerer and Stu Smith. Pastoral Team Members include Mary Closz, Marge Collinge, Tracy Damm, Barb Huff.. Jim Horan heads up the Transportation & Delivery Team; Jeff Closz organizes the Music Team, and Gayle Katz updates and distributes the Prayer Chain. All members’ phone numbers are listed in the Parish Directory, which has just recently been updated and is available from the church office if you’ve misplaced yours.