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 December 2014
Homeless Stand Down
For more than 20 years, volunteers have come together in January to help those who are homeless experience a day of respite. It is a time for a meal and getting new clothes, particularly coats, boots and underwear. It is a time to find out about services in the community. Often the Stand Down provides a time to receive health screenings and for men, a haircut. Each person who comes to the Stand Down Day on January 24 receives a hygiene kit. HandsOn Northeast Ohio (NEO) now coordinates the volunteer efforts, makes sure the clothing gets sorted and makes sure the providers of services are available for those in need. Old Stone member, Peggy Schaffer, has regularly volunteered for the Stand Down and can tell you more about her experience, or you can check the HandsOn NEO website at www.HandsOnNEO.org. You can also help by bringing in full-size items for the hygiene kits: shave cream/gel, soap, shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant.
The loose change in the offering plates in December will go towards helping HandsOn NEO buy coats and boots.
Food Pantry Item of the Month
spaghetti noodles in 1 lb. boxes
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.