Welcome Mary Giordano, Executive Director of Family Promise of the Capital Region! We are excited to have Mary join us and offer a reflection during this year's Opening Prayer Service. The mission of Family Promise is to affirm the humanity and dignity of homeless families, and to engage our community in helping them achieve sustainable independence. To read more about Family Promise and Mary's full bio <<click here>>.
During the prayer service we will have a collection of cleaning products which will be donated to Family Promise. Please consider bringing one of the following:
Called to Serve Family Sunday
Called to Serve Family Sunday
Show some love, and help offer a sweet treat to brighten someone's day. Decorate sugar cookies to be distributed by the Street Soldiers in our community. Learn about the Street Soldiers, and how "Doing What We Can, When We Can" makes a difference. Please bring an unopened container of your favorite sprinkles with you to contribute to the decorating supplies! For more info about the Street Soldiers check out their Facebook page.
Help craft cozy fleece blankets, made in prayer, to be given to youth dealing with life struggles such as illness, grief, homelessness, abuse or poverty.
Blessing Bags for Adults in Need
Learn how Bethesda House serves members of our community. "At Bethesda House, our goal is to end the cycle of poverty and homelessness - not just manage the symptoms. Our teams work to address each individual on a holistic level so they feel heard, respected, and safe in our care." Blessing Bags will be assembled to show concern for those in need as the colder weather approaches. These bags will include tangible items needed during the winter months, as well as messages of love and hope. To find out how your family can help go to: www.bethesdahs.org
Blessing Bags for Youth in Need
Learn how Safe Inc. serves members of our community. At Safe Inc., "Our vision is to end youth homelessness, exploitation, and provide a safe environment within our community where youth can grow into healthy self-sufficient adults." Blessing Bags will be assembled to show concern for those in need as the colder weather approaches. These bags will include tangible items needed during the winter months, as well as messages of love and hope. To find out more about Safe, Inc and how your family can help go to: www.safeincofschenectady.org
Animal Protective Foundation
"The Animal Protective Foundation promotes and protects the human-animal bond by providing resources to our community and humane care to companion animals." Learn about how you can help support this mission, and help make yarn balls and toys for the cats and kittens to enjoy! Consider visiting the Animal Protective Foundation website to check out their Wish List. Items from the Wish List can be brought with you to this workshop to donate.
St. John's/St. Ann's Outreach Center, "responds with compassion and care to all of our neighbors in need." Learn more about their mission, how they serve those in need, and how you can become involved. Help spread some Thanksgiving cheer by assembling goody bags that will be distributed to children through the St. John's/St. Ann's Outreach Center Welcome Table and Food Pantry. For more information or to find out how you can help go to: www.sjsacenter.org
Stars for Our Troops
Help honor our Military, our Veterans, and First Responders by making star packets from retired American made flags. NOTE: If you or someone you know has a flag with embroidered stars that they would like to retire, please bring to the workshop. For more information go to: www.starsforourtroops.org
Learn about ways you can recycle, and why it is important. Help "make rubbish into something new", and bring a smile to seniors this Thanksgiving by making Thanksgiving turkey decorations out of recycled materials. Decorations will be given to senior congregate meal sites to help decorate for Thanksgiving. Find out how you can recycle while contributing to a good cause by learning about Clynk to Give, getting your bag, and coming up with a plan to fill the bag and turn it in to support the Works of Mercy Initiative.