Outreach and Service Commission, 8-29-2017

Outreach and Service Commission

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


Present:  Jennifer and Bill Dornbush, Diane Jackson, Andrea Davis, Carmen Rapp

Opening Devotion: Bill read from “Meeting God in the Ruins”.

Correspondence:  Thank you cards were received from recipients of school supplies through The Living Room.  109 backpacks were received, from FUMC and other organizations.


Minutes:  The minutes were approved as written. 



Fair Trade Products – Bill 

Bill has submitted an article to The Roseleaf about Fair Trade Chocolate for Halloween.

Selling assignments:

Sept. 3:  Diane, Bill and Jennifer

Sept. 10:  Andrea,

Sept. 17:  Marsha and Jack

Sept. 24:  Diane, Carmen


Homeless Ministries Taskforce Update- Bill

Two items are going on:  (1) Catholic Charities has stopped the Safe Parking program.  Some organizations are starting their own program with Catholic Charities continuing to do the screening.  Organizations will pay the fee for porta-potties and insurance.  There will be a limit of ten people at each site.  For our Stony Point site, volunteer crews will be needed in the evening to set up and in the morning to be sure the people depart.  (2) Our church is looking into sponsoring a low-income housing project at Stony Point.  Paul O’Rear is researching funding, etc. 


VIM Trip Update – Diane

The September 17th trip has 24-26 people signed up and the October 8-13th trip, 27 people. 


Community Garden – Jennifer

All the beds are rented.  Jennifer is at the garden the first Saturday each month for work day.

The donation beds are producing squash, peppers, tomatoes and green beans for FISH.  More pickers are needed. 


Back to School Supplies – Diane

Bill and Jennifer helped hand out the backpacks.  It was a very rewarding experience for them.


Church Council Meeting, Saturday, July 8.  Diane and Andrea

There was a lengthy discussion about the budget.  A report on the Tuesday evening Spirit Café committee regarding the neighbor’s concerns was positive.



Safe Parking and Christ Church involvement – Jennifer

John Davenport from Christ Church has contacted us regarding their partnering with our church in the Safe Parking program.  (It is estimated the cost for porta-potties and insurance would be approximately $4,000 to 5,000 per year).


Leadership Summit, Saturday, September 2, in Fellowship Hall, 9:00 a.m.

All were encouraged to attend.  Jennifer will write the report for Outreach and Service Commission.


Bulletin Board:

September – Peace with Justice Special Offering bulletin board is completed.

Roseleaf article – Fair Trade.  Bill has submitted the article regarding Fair Trade chocolate minis for Halloween.


The next meeting will be Tuesday, September 26th at 4:00 p.m., in the Carriage House. 


The meeting was adjourned at 5:10 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Carmen Rapp



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