Grace United Methodist Church Newport News, VA
Friday, February 22, 2019
Celebrating God's love, seeking God's direction together.

Outreach

  Monthly food donations:

Communion Sundays Food

Donation

 Communion is important because it’s a command to remember. Jesus wants us to remember every time we taste bread and wine (or juice), and even when we sit at the tables in our own homes, that He is the one who provides all we need. He gives us the physical food that we need to survive and the spiritual nourishment we need to keep taking our next steps with Him.

One of the definitions in part for communion is "The act or an instance of sharing…”  As we come to share the bread and juice in remembrance of Christ, let us also share with our neighbors in need. 

Starting January 2019, on 1st Sunday/Communion Sunday we will be placing our nonperishable food donations in baskets at the front of the chapel or sanctuary. (Other times you may still place them in the designated bins.)

Hebrews 13:16 - "And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God."

Proverbs 19:17 - "Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed."

Luke 3:11 - John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.” 

 

Thank you to all who helped with PORT!

Thank you to everyone who supported our participation in the PORT overnight homeless shelter program this season.  It takes many people to make it work. 

Donations of money, food and other items, and time are required, and the people of Grace have come through year after year.  Our community is fortunate to have a program like PORT – a program that brings together volunteers to make sure that

people with no place to go have nightly shelter and food during the cold months of the year.  We know that Jesus does not want us to turn our backs on those in need, no matter what circumstances in life have brought them into that state of need.

Missions Supported by Outreach in 2018

The Outreach Committee is grateful to the church family of Grace for their faithful and generous support through the special offerings of 2018.  Your contributions to the Outreach fund enabled us to give financial support to the following charitable and humanitarian organizations during 2018:

THRIVE Peninsula - $600

Menchville House - $300

Virginia Peninsula Foodbank - $300

United Methodist Family Services - $300 (plus $225 from Lent offerings)

United Campus Ministry for CNU - $300

LINK - $300

Salvation Army Summer Program for Children - $200

The  Africa University (paid with apportionments ) - $105

School bags and kits for UMCOR (donated separately)  – $66 for shipping

Bethany Mission Project at Henderson Settlement, Redbird Missionary Conference - $200

Kenya Partners Mission School Scholarship – $600

UMCOR for U.S. hurricane relief - $300

In addition to the direct monetary donations listed above, you helped to show God’s love for all through a number of other gifts and activities, such as:  participating in Operation Christmas Child; donating food, clothing, school supplies, toiletries, items for homeless children, shoes and other items;  working at the PORT homeless shelter; participating in or supporting others in the CROP walk; providing snacks for CNU students during exams.  Thank you again for your caring support of Outreach and the mission projects of 2018. 


Don't forget our on-going collections:

*Travel-size toiletries
*Coupons for the Good Samaritan Fund
*Shoes for THRIVE
*Magazines for the Berkeley Community
*BINGO prizes
*Eyeglasses for the Lion's Club
We also have a prayer blanket ministry.  Those who are facing surgery or serious illness may request a prayer blanket (forms located outside of the church office). Each knot in a prayer blanket represents a prayer said for the individual.

Please see our monthly newsletter for Outreach updates.