Two projects will gather Christmas gifts for Muskegon's neediest families. Our traditonal “Adopt-a-Family Christmas Tree” will support a mom and her 3 school age children. A new program, “Teen Town Christmas Giveaway,” will reach teens.
Teen Town Christmas Giveaway: Disadvantaged teens can be a forgotten group at Christmas, not covered in the usual toys-for-kids donations. MAP (Mission for Area People) sponsors Teen Town to fill this gap. Teen Town is a “Christmas Store” open only to parents. They will shop for items to please their teens. The gifts are then wrapped gratis by MAP staff. The families are carefully vetted. Teens themselves do not visit the store. A Teen Town box in the Narthex will collect donations from St. Gregory''s. You can leave gifts there through December 17. A list of suggested items appears below.
Adopt-a-Family Giving Tree: The Tree in the narthex will be decorated with gift tags, listing the names and wish list items of each family member. Parishioners are invited to take a tag, purchase a gift and provide a Merry Christmas for a family of four, selected by the Salvation Army.
• The family head is Latrisha, a widow who juggles work and her daughter's frequent hospital visits, and provides a happy home life for her other two. She loves making popcorn with the little ones and snuggling in for a movie night. Family Game Night is another favorite tradition.
• Durke, age 11, loves Legos, basketball and anything Harry Potter. Mom says, “He is a child-like eenager, high tech like a teen, but he'll also play on the floor with his action figures. He's a funny, loving, warm-hearted kid”.
• Izabel, age 9, has congenital heart disease and is in and out of the hospital She has a passion for arts and crafts, especially painting and creating things with her hands. Outdoors she loves “basketball and building snowmen.”
• Kassidy, an 8 year old girl, loves playing outdoors, but also enjoys girly items, princesses, makeup, and My Little Pony. But she also enjoys outdoor play. Mom describes her as "a Quarterback Princess... .she can get down and dirty in the dirt, but likes to look pretty doing it."
• Adopt a Family Details: Be sure to put your name and the gift tag number on the Sign-Out Sheet. That ensures each person gets the items they want. The sheet is next to the Tree. Please do not wrap the gifts. Include the sales/gift receipt especially for clothing gifts. Deadline for donating gifts is December 16.
Food and Fellowship: St. Gregory's will help at two programs that provide food and fellowship to those in need. Tuesday December 11 we'll team up with St. Paul's to serve at the MAP Supper House. We'll meet 3:30 PM that day atTemple United Methodist church in the Heights. To volunteer contact Barb Huff. Saturday December 29 we'll help at the Community Breakfast, 8:30 – 11 AM at First Congregational Church on Jefferson. Let Jim Horan know if you'd like to help.
Coffee Talk: Charlotte Johnson from the Youth Empowerment Project at Community enCompass will be the special guest at Coffee Talk. December 2, 2018. After the service stop by for coffee hour treats and learn about this valuable program for Muskegon area teens. "YEP" helps teens step towards adulthood with job and college entry guidance, summerwork experience, teen tutoring, nutri-tion and cooking classes and much more. Mobile Food Pantry: The Boy Scouts are bringing the Pantry to St. Gregory's December 15, the first of four quarterly visits. Congratulations to the Scouts for sponsoring this important work! Outreach will provide “hospitality” for the event, inviting Truck clients indoors for coffee, cocoa and warmth. Next Outreach Meeting: Anyone can join us at the next Outreach meeting, January 6 right after the service. We'll share ideas for serving the community and plan projects for 2019.
Teen Town Gift Suggestions
Bath and perfume sets from Meijer or Walmart
Sports watch or running watch (avoid gold or accordion style bands)
Cross-body style purses
Small watch with a fun color band
iTunes Card ⬧ Fast food gift cards
Journals and colored pens
Fuzzy blankets ⬧ Fuzzy slippers
Adult coloring books (mandala's, etc.) and colored pencils
Bubble bath and lotions
PJ bottoms (girls or boys)
Hoodie sweatshirts (girls or boys)
Men's cologne (AXE is popular)
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.