During a Mission Moment earlier this year, Elizabeth Davis-Russell, on behalf of the Mission and Social Justice Team, made an appeal for funds to acquire classroom chairs for Tubman University, which is expanding its enrollment.
The congregation raised $1,030, which was sent to Tubman University. Instead of purchasing ready-made chairs, the university administration used its established Wood Technology program to have chairs made, thus expanding the number of chairs it could acquire. Below are pictures of the work being done, making 50 chairs.
Each year the Missions and Social Justice Team plans Advent projects for the four Sundays in Advent, beginning this year on Sunday, Dec. 2. The committee picks four organizations that will benefit, and the congregation can bring requested items for each week’s project.
Here are this year’s recipients:
- Dec. 2 — Cash Donations or gift cards for teens in foster care through Uplift Family Services. Many younger children in foster care receive gifts from things similar to the snowflake tree, but there is usually an age limit and the teens get left out. For this Advent project, bring $10 gift card to anywhere a teen may want to shop — Jamba Juice, McDonald’s, Target, Walmart, Claire’s, stuff like that.
- Dec. 9 — Snowflake tree to buy gifts for underprivileged elementary-aged children at Robinson Elementary, our neighborhood school. Students have been identified by their teachers. The tree will be up for people to pick a child’s name on Dec. 2, return gifts by the Dec. 9.
- Dec. 16 — Collecting small gifts for senior residents of Twilight Haven retirement facility, like mittens, socks and scarves to help residents stay warm.
- Dec. 23 — Cash donations to buy bus passes for residents of Dakota EcoGarden, a transitional homeless shelter with an environmentally-friendly approach.
For more information, contact Felicia Rocha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2018 CROP Hunger Walk will be on Sunday, October 21st in the Tower District, starting at BBO’s Vintage Boutique 1130 N Wishon Ave Fresno, CA 93728.
Registration begins at 1:30 pm and the walk begins at 2:30pm. The event will raise money for Church World Service and the Central California Food Bank.
You can register walkers and make donations online by following this link: https://www. crophungerwalk.org/fresnoca. Or you can get a walker’s envelope from Al Evans, or call him at 435-7439.
Boone Watkins will take part in the walk again, and we invite you to be one of his sponsors.
~ From the Missions and Social Justice Team