Each month Old Stone Church designates one mission partner as our focus of the month.
All loose change in the offering plate that month will go toward the selected project.
Mission Focus for April 2014
One Great Hour of Sharing
The One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering goes to help three programs: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance; the Presbyterian Hunger Program; and the Self Development of People program. The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Program helps in areas where natural disasters strike. It also assists in areas where there have been school shootings, such as at Chardon in 2012, or where there has been inappropriate sexual behavior in a congregation. The Hunger Program reaches out to those in need both in this country and overseas. In addition to the direct provision of food, agricultural workers help farmers learn better ways to use their land and grow native crops with better yields. The Self Development of People program assists people to begin or develop their own businesses to become more self-sufficient. There will be coin banks available for those who would like to use these as a way to think of others during Lent. The coin banks and the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering will be received on Palm Sunday, April 13. Your loose change in the offering plate in April will go to this special offering.
Food Pantry Item of the Month
cans or jars of spaghetti sauce
On Friday mornings (except the first Friday of the month) from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Old Stone operates a food pantry. Like other food centers, our demand has been increasing dramatically over the past few months. As unemployment benefits run out, foreclosures and layoffs continue, the demand here will rise. Your donations of food on Sunday help us reach more needy people. Just imagine what we could do if every person who came to worship brought one can of our targeted food once a month. Now think about what could be done if everyone brought one can each Sunday – just one can. That might mean anywhere from 200 to 800 cans of tuna, or peas or spaghetti sauce.