Missions – September 2015

Since 2007, many in our church family have set up, decorated, cooked, baked, served, and cleaned up for a Thanksgiving dinner served in our gymnasium. We are so thankful to everyone who volunteered to spend their time providing a great holiday for many in our community.
As the numbers attending this dinner have been declining the last couple of years, we met with Claire Guisfredi, Director of North Kent Community Services (NKCS), and Katie Hop, the Communications and Development Manager, to determine ways to improve our communication/invitation methods. To our surprise, they kindly told us that an increase probably would not happen. Clients have indicated they much prefer to cook a dinner in their own homes rather than coming to a church. Although our efforts were appreciated, many felt it was intimidating to have so many people trying to serve them.
Claire and Katie are so grateful that we want to help the clients of NKCS. We brainstormed some ideas on how we can continue to provide Thanksgiving dinners for members of our community. We have decided that we can more effectively provide a dinner for people by providing one half (40-45) of the Thanksgiving dinner baskets that will be distributed to NKCS clients on November 19.
Your whole family can help on the evening of Tuesday, November 17 – please save the date. This will be a fun evening as we work together packing the Thanksgiving baskets, creating cards for each basket, praying together for those who will receive the baskets, and delivering them to NKCS.
Watch for more details soon on what we need for the baskets and for the time and activities on the evening of November 17th. If you have any questions regarding the change for this year, please contact Dave VanderWiere, Dianne Bennett, or Pastor Paul.