Please watch this video to see just how much our faith community is involved in outreach and service to the upper James City County area.
Contact People: Gretchen Ward (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Purpose: The OMT coordinates all mission opportunities for the congregation, develops the caring and loving service ministries of the church, and constantly explores ways to assist the congregation in giving back to God through their walk and witness.
The team focuses on ways of involving the congregation in hands-on mission, ensuring at least six church-wide service opportunities each year, including a biennial mission trip for adults. In 2011, we held 4 “BE the Church” Sundays where instead of holding a regular worship gathering,
we sent our members out in teams of 5-10 people to various places of service to the community. Activities including making soup for the sick and elderly living alone, cleaning up roads, trimming bushes and weeding yards, making notes and trick-or-treat bags, preparing lunch and a “mini-VBS” at Burnt Ordinary, and sorting clothes and other items at “The Thrift Spot” on Route 30. We encourage 100% of our congregation to participate in at least one of these events!
The OMT is sponsoring our second annual Food Drive–an attempt to collect as much food as we can for our three food-centered missions. Our Food Drive last fall was so successful that we sailed through to February with the wind at our backs, and we’re hoping to do even better this year!
We will post lists of specific food items desired for each mission on the Outreach bulletin board. Shorter lists follow here:
St. Olaf’s Food Pantry – This mission, run by St. Olaf’s Catholic Church in Norge, aims to help families in our area who are hungry for any reason. Basic foods in standard size cans and packages are desired. Canned goods (vegetables, fruits, soups, pork and beans, etc.), cereals, rice and rice mixes, pasta, dried beans and peas, boxed puddings, dry milk, baby food. Contact person: Charlie Hart (566-0090)
Motel 6 – Bi-monthly mission serving the working homeless population living in Motel 6. Snack foods are needed to supplement the meals we provide. Individual-sized packages are desired. Raisins, granola bars, pudding cups, fruit cups, popcorn, mac and cheese (microwavable), small cans tuna fish or sausage. Contact person: Carol Proctor (566-0819)
“From His Hands” Meals for Homeless at Motel 6
SHPC participates in the “From His Hands” ministry of the Williamsburg Salvation Army. “From His Hands” is an ecumenical ministry under the umbrella of the Williamsburg Salvation Army. The mission of FHH is to provide hot meals to the hungry and homeless in the Williamsburg and James City County community. FHH serves motels who lodge the homeless and “The Grove” community on a weekly basis. The Highland Park community is served on a monthly basis.
SHPC prepares a meal for approximately 40 – 45 people on the third Friday of every other month for the months February, April, June, August, October and December. An e-mail with food items needed and tasks to be filled is sent to SHPC volunteers two weeks before we prepare dinner. At this time, volunteers respond to state food they will donate and if they will be cooks or servers of the meal. The cooks meet at SHPC on the third Friday at 2:00 pm and servers are scheduled to arrive about 4:15 pm. Dinner is served at Motel 6 at 5:00 pm.
Please contact Carol Proctor at email@example.com for more information or to volunteer.