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Monday, November 11 All day

“For I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me…Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family you did it to me.”

As a Matthew 25 church, we are committed to making the above words form the framework for all we, as a congregation, do through our mission activities. This listing is routinely updated to provide you with the latest news and opportunities from the Mission Committee.

ICCAP Food Collections

Thank you for your October food donations! October’s total was 235 pounds. We will continue with the holiday, ingredients for both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. You may think of other items, but here are some ideas for your donations: boxed mashed and scalloped potatoes, boxed stuffing, canned cranberries, vegetables and fruits, pumpkin and other pie fillings. sweet potatoes, applesauce, gravy, chicken and turkey broth, brown and white sugar, pumpkin spices, canned milk, mushroom soup, onion rings, pie crust mix, and other dessert mixes.

Please be generous with your donations as needs are great at the ICCAP food pantries and our monthly donations slowed down over the summer.

Trades of Hope

Janet Davis Treacy, Compassionate Entrepreneur and Calvary member, has generously offered to donate a commission from Trades of Hope orders this fall and holiday season to Rally for Rwanda. Please consider Trades of Hope for holiday gift-giving. Every Fair Trade gift purchased is providing sustainable income to women around the world. Several catalogs are available on the Mission table. Please leave those copies on the table, but you can view the online catalog, at www.mytradesofhope/JanetDavisTreacy. Janet will happily answer questions or help you place an order.

In addition, two Calvary members hosted a Trades of Hope party and have donated their free product prizes to the Mission Committee to offer for sale. All proceeds from any sales of these items displayed on the Mission Table will be given to Rally for Rwanda. Even though Christmas is almost eight weeks away, perhaps you would like to take advantage of these hand-made gift items. Please see Kay Smith, Becky Becker or Janet Treacy if you are interested in any of these items or to order from the catalog.

Habitat for Humanity

This organization is struggling. They need volunteers for their Board, construction workers, financial support, and most importantly, real estate that they can make habitable. For more information, check out www.habitatforindianacounty.org. Habitat is actively searching for a “fixer upper” house to either tear down and build from scratch or rehabilitate. If you know of any low-priced “fixer-upper” houses, preferably $20,000 to $25,000, please call Jim Sisitki at (724) 397-5546. Details will appear in the November newsletter.

Angels’ Wings Project

We’ve had a brief delay in receiving the names and wishes for the families but expect the tree to be ready on Sunday, November complete with tags, next Sunday. This will mark the beginning of our Angels’ Wings Project with our brightly lit and decorated Christmas Tree in the Chalice Room. As is our tradition, the tree will be decorated with tartan plaid paper ornaments designating individual gifts for the 20+ family members who, without us, would not have a traditional family Christmas celebration. In addition, each family will be given a $50 ALDI’s gift card as well as a $50 Walmart gift card to be used toward their Christmas dinner. All gifts and gift cards will be due to Calvary by Sunday, December 8.

Mugs for Members

Now available at the Visitors’ Information Center are specially designed Calvary mugs. All donations for mugs will go to the Care and Outreach fund, which offers financial support to the most vulnerable in our neighborhood. Get a mug, make a donation, and help a person in need. 

Reports on Previous Mission Efforts

Crop Walk

The report is final. Trinity United Methodist Church won the “Golden Shoe” with a total of $3,472, which includes online giving and a couple of sizable last-minute gifts. Calvary’s total was $3,286.98. The total for the entire Indiana County endeavor was $6,790.13. It was a job well done by all participants. The tentative date for the next CROP Hunger Walk is October 11, 2020.

Tomorrow’s Hope

Thank you for your generous donations of socks for Tomorrow’s Hope. We collected 90 pairs of socks. They were delivered to Tomorrow’s Hope in early November 2019.

Calvary Presbyterian Church