Outreach & Service, January 23, 2017

Outreach and Service Commission

Monday, January 23, 2017


Bill Dornbush, Jennifer Dornbush, Diane Jackson, Marsha Vas-Dupre, Carmen Rapp

Opening Devotion: Bill read Revelation 21:5, “I am making all things new.”


Correspondence:  Christmas Card from Faith Build Cotati home owners including a photo of the mother and her two daughters, in appreciation for their new home.  Diane Jackson read a letter from Hope City (Kevin Cox) thanking our VIM team for the donation of $1,080.75 for the dormitory in Middletown.



Fair Trade Products – Bill 

Selling assignments:

January 29:  Andrea, Jennifer and Bill

February 5:  Diane, Carmen

February 12:  Marsha and Jack

            February 19:  Andrea, 

            February 26:  Linda Morrissey, Jennifer and Bill


Homeless Ministries Taskforce Update - Bill

Our Church Council approved by consensus the encampment at the Stony Point property.  The Homeless Ministries Taskforce met with Jennielynn Holmes of Catholic Charities.  The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between FUMC and Catholic Charities will need to be approved by the Trustees at their next meeting.  Bill said fundraising will continue for the encampment to become a reality.

There was a discussion of a City and County partnership for landscaping around the encampment.  A suggestion was made that after building the fence, plantings from Jail Industries be used along the fence to make the area more attractive.


F.I.S.H. Food Collection – Jennifer   Before the meeting, grocery bags were stapled with a list of most needed foods for our food collection.  We will have about 150 bags to distribute next Sunday to be returned filled on February 5th.  Jack Lindstadt will be contacted to hand out bags at the Stony Point campus next Sunday.


Community Garden – Jennifer   Paul O’Rear has stepped down from leadership of the Garden because he is now Church Council Chair.  Michelle Higgs has taken his place.  Two Master Gardeners will be helping at the Garden on Saturday, April 1st. and the 1st Saturday of each month during the growing season.  The Garden will be open for registration of beds on April 1st.  


Update from Hope City in Middletown - Diane    AmeriCorps youth ages 18-25 will be working for two month periods learning construction skills.  Some of the youth are now working in Middletown.

The VIM team will be setting up dates at their meeting January 24th for their work in Middletown.


OUTREACH AND SERVICE MEETING SCHEDULE - Jennifer   The commission decided to meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 4:15 p.m. beginning in February.  This will accommodate Bill and Jennifer’s work preparing AARP taxes and Andrea’s Angels’ Attic schedule.




O&S budget for 2017 Jennifer -  Our budget will be $250, the same as 2016.


Christmas Offering:  Jennifer – We have no report of the total received. The offering will be divided between The Living Room and the Family Support Center. If the amount received does not cover the cost of sponsoring our room at the Family Support Center other sources of funds will need to be used,


Bulletin Board:


February:  Jennifer will prepare the bulletin board for the Habitat for Humanity Special Offering on February 26th


Roseleaf Articles for March (due February 5)


UMCOR Special Offering at March 26:  Diane Jackson


Diane has submitted the Congregation Shomrei Torah film series article, “Sparks of Hope – Healing through Innovation and Creativity” which will be presented January 28, February 25 and March 25, 2017.  The films will be shown in the Congregation Shomrei Torah sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. 



Our next meeting will be TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 AT 4:15 p.m. in the Carriage House.


Diane closed the meeting with prayer.


The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.



Respectfully submitted,

Carmen Rapp

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