In an effort to have food on hand for our community in need during the Covid-19 crisis, we're asking you to consider completing a Blessings Bag (at a cost of approximately $25), to include:
Box of cereal
Jar (or can) pasta sauce
Mac & Cheese
Jar of unsweetened applesauce
Can of fruit packed in fruit juice
Can of beans
Jar of peanut butter
Two cans of tuna or chicken
Can of green beans
Can of corn
Bag of rice
Two 18 oz cans of soup (i.e. Chunky Chicken Noodle)
Ways you can help?
Put together complete bags (or boxes)
Contribute $25 to the Crisis Fund to cover the cost of a Blessings Bag (Text amount to 84321, or give online)
Give $10 grocery store gift cards to include with each bag to be used to purchase perishable food items like meat and produce
Please contact a deacon, or email , if you'd like to drop off a Blessing Bag at the church.
HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OUTREACH
As a way of extending our appreciation to local health care heroes, we are initiating a plan that invites every Christ’s Church family to participate in reaching out to our front line health care workers. We have chosen the Emergency department at Barnes Jewish St. Peters Hospital as our pilot due to our existing relationship with them (i.e. the Portals Bereavement group that has met in our church building for many years comes from this location). This department is made up of about 40 staff daily-20 per shift.
What can I/we do, you ask? Here are a variety of ideas, but you’re welcome to come up with your own. (Please be sure that all donated food items are store bought.)
-Write a note of thanks (invite your kids to do so also)
-Make a card (invite your kids to do so also)
-Donate a STORE BOUGHT treat i.e. cookies, nuts, energy/granola bars, individual bags of chips, bagels & cream cheese (please let Lori B know to check the fridge if you bring cream cheese), etc
-Donate a $5 or $10 gift card to Panera, Starbucks, etc.
Please drop these items off at the church anytime now through Wednesday, February 10th. We will arrange into a basket for delivery on Sunday, February 14th.
RESTORE ST. CHARLES
We will be holding our next Restore St. Charles workday this Saturday, April 17th.
We would appreciate the support of anyone that is comfortable in coming out to assist.
For those comfortable working, please bring a face mask, as we want to assure the safety and peace of mind of both our clients and volunteers.
Here are the projects scheduled for Saturday:
1. MOBILE HOME REPAIRS:
We plan to continue working on repairs on the mobile home of a lady suffering from Fibromyalgia while caring for her high-school aged daughter. Work this month includes bathroom repairs, replacement of an exterior door and fabrication of a small egress platform.
2. YARD WORK:
We plan to support our friends at Emmaus House by performing yard work and power washing a deck at the site of one of their community homes.
We will fabricate a rear access platform for a young lady that is seeking to care for her elderly parents with health issues. The new platform will address a current safety issue that exists with the current stairs used in the back of the mobile home.
4. EVALUATION OF NEW SITES:
We plan to conduct site evaluations at four sites for potential new clients.
We gather at Dardenne Presbyterian Church (7400 South Outer 364, just east of Bryan Road). We begin at 8:00AM with safety instructions, continental breakfast and work site selection.
Thanks in advance for your contribution to our work. Without you, we can do nothing!
If your objective is to change the world, what better place to begin than to help your neighbor in need?!
Restore St. Charles is a faith based program that focuses on serving through restoring the community around us. Their mission is to restore lives, hope, and faith by restoring homes and properties. We organize volunteers, churches, and sponsors to make a real difference. Find more information on their website.
LINKS WEEKEND FOOD PROGRAM
WE WANT TO ensure that some of our neediest students have access to nutritious, kid-friendly, and easy to prepare food on the weekends throughout the school year.
BECAUSE students whose families rely on free breakfast and lunch served at school may struggle financially to provide healthy food for their students on the weekends.
CONSEQUENCES of hunger and poor nutrition can lead to:
Weaker immune system
Shorter attention span
Lower academic achievement
HELP BY donating either food items or money (which is converted into food). Your donations are taken weekly to the schools' counselors who pack a variety of food items into a bag then, confidentially, pass these weekend bags to the identified students on Fridays, prior to dismissal.
Your support, as always, is truly appreciated! Below are the items we consistently need. You can purchase them and drop them off at church, or order them at the links provided:
On Hiatus Due to Covid-19
Camp Penuel in Ironton, MO, on Lake Killarney was established to bring joy, hope and the fulfillment of knowing the love of Jesus to under-privileged and at-risk children. They provide a free week of Christian summer camp to children 7-11 years old from cities as far away as Oklahoma City, Memphis, and Chicago. For more information on their mission, visit their website.
O.A.S.I.S. FOOD CHALLENGE
Thank you for your support in 2020! Watch for details in 2021!
The O.A.S.I.S. Food Challenge is an annual friendly competition held among some St. Charles County Churches. Its focus is to restock the pantry shelves in the post-holiday lull. The Challenge will be back in February, so be on the look out!