Outreach and Service Commission
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Present: Bill Dornbush, Lindsey Kerr, Diane Jackson, Andrea Davis, John Creager, Marsha Vas-Dupre, Carmen Rapp
Opening Devotion: Each person shared words of gratitude.
Correspondence: A letter was received from The Living Room. Bill shared The Living Room’s Mission Statement.
Minutes: The minutes were approved as written.
Fair Trade Products – Bill
The Snowflake Bazaar sales totaled $548.
December 3: Carmen
December 10: Andrea. Linda
December 17: Marsha and Jack
December 24: John
December 31: Diane
The Thanksgiving offering totaled $2,275, through November 20.
Report from Church Council- Bill
Bill shared some highlights of the meeting. Check the website to read the minutes.
Wildfire Recovery Taskforce
The taskforce is negotiating with FEMA to place trailers at Stony Point. They are awaiting a response.
Homeless Ministries Taskforce – John
The taskforce is working on establishing the Safe Parking Program at Stony Point. Catholic Charities will do the intake but not the supervision. Supervision would require volunteers to check in at 8:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 a.m.
Volunteer Opportunities in the Jail
Liana Whisler, Sergeant in charge of Inmate Programs and Services in the Jail is seeking volunteers. She will lead a tour of the facilities and explain opportunities to volunteer. We will publicize this opportunity in the bulletin.
Social Action Goes to the Movies
The theme is Democracy is NOT a Spectator Sport. The programs will be on Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary at Congregation Shomrie Torah. Our commission has agreed to co-sponsor the films and will publicize each film.
Socks and Underwear collection
The commission will collect socks and underwear again this year from December 3-18. Diane will take the collected items to the Homeless Services Center on Morgan Street.
PLANNING FOR 2018:
Bill has revised the Planning Calendar for 2018, adding Wildfire Recovery offering, a speaker or film and bulletin board in February and May 20, 2018 as the date of the Sonoma Chanson concert benefitting VIM.
December: Andrea will prepare the Socks and Underwear collection bulletin board. Diane will set up the Christmas offering for FISH bulletin board and Human Relations Day special offering after December 25.
Roseleaf article – Carmen will submit the article on Human Relations Day special offering. Marsha will write about the FISH offering of food collected on February 4 and Bill will cover the Social Action Goes to the Movies, beginning January 27.
Lindsey closed the meeting with prayer.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, JANUARY 2, 2018, in the Carriage House.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:08 p.m.