Two projects will gather Christmas gifts for Muskegon's neediest families: For our traditional “Adopt-a-Family Christmas Tree”, we'll post information on our Holiday Family as soon as receive it. The Salvation Army has promised us a single parent family with up to 8 dependents." The “Teen Town Christmas Giveaway,” will reach teens. Both projects run from November 24th to December 15th.
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 15. A list of suggested items appears on Page 3 of the newsletter.
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.
Coffee Talk on December 1: The speaker will be Kim Harsch, Resource Development Director with Goodwill Industries of West Michigan. Parishioner Joey Burmeister, who works at Goodwill, suggested inviting Kim. We are pleased to welcome her to our Coffee Talk series.
Food and Fellowship: St. Gregory's will help programs that provide food and fellowship to those in need. Tuesday, December 10, we'll team up with St. Paul's to serve at the MAP Supper House. We'll meet 3:30 PM that day at Temple United Methodist church in the Heights. To volunteer contact Barb Huff.
St. Nicholas Celebration, Sunday, December 8th: A number of activities are planned to celebrate this famous Saint. A special display will be set up about St. Nicholas. The Sunday School activities that day will focus on St. Nicholas. Mother Lily will preach about St. Nicholas, and coffee hour treats will be theme-related. St. Nicholas will also pay us a visit, handing out treats to young and old alike. Join us on the 8th for this unique celebration.
Mobile Food Pantry: The Boy Scouts are bringing the Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry to St. Gregory's on Saturday, December 21, at 1pm. Congratulations to the Scouts for sponsoring this important work! Outreach will provide “hospitality” for the event, inviting Pantry clients indoors for coffee, cocoa and warmth.
Next Outreach Meeting: Anyone can join us at the next Outreach meeting, January 5th, right after the service. We'll share ideas for serving the community and plan projects for 2020.
Jim Horan, Chair
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.