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 2013
Homeless Stand Down
Each January, the community comes together to provide those who are homeless with a day “out of the elements.” Snacks and a hot meal are provided. Each guest receives a hygiene kit (such as the ones Old Stone is preparing), the opportunity for a haircut, various health screenings, and a portrait by the Photographic Society. Guests also have the opportunity to receive a coat, boots, new underwear, hats, gloves, and scarves. The clothing and hygiene kits that remain are taken to area shelters the following weekend.
We invite you to continue donating full-size toiletry items for our goal of 200 hygiene kits (items still needed: shampoo, deodorant, shaving creams or gels), men’s coats (in good condition), or new hats, gloves, or packages of men’s underwear (sizes large, XL or XXL). Any loose coins in the offering plate will go towards the purchase of coats and boots. If you would like more information, Peggy Schaffer has volunteered at the last several Homeless Stand Downs and can answer any questions, or you can visit the website or email HSD@HandsOnNEO.org to register as a volunteer.
Food Pantry Item of the Month
canned peas & grocery bags
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.