Woodlawn Chapel's Coupon Club is striving to cut out hunger! By clipping and saving coupons, a group of energetic volunteers have been able to purchase thousands of dollars of food for Circle of Concern in Valley Park, MO. Thanks to their hard work and clever savings, they have purchased more than $40,000 of groceries for less than $11,000. This amazing ministry of love work has enabled us to triple the amount of food we bring to Circle of Concern on a weekly basis!
To read an article about the Coupon Club, click here.
Mother's Day Gift Bags
The photo on the right shows Pam, a church member, preparing one of our "Mother's Day Gifts of Love" for a hospitalized child. For many years now, Woodlawn members have assembled these gift bags, and distributed them to kids in local children's hospitals so that they will have a Mothers' Day gift for their moms. The bags contain items such as water bottles, note pads, magazines, toiletries, or snacks that mothers will appreciate during a hospital stay. The gifts provide kids a special gift for their mothers--and offer hope and love in Christ's name.
Summer of Sharing
Each summer, we work to respond to the need for food and personal items in our community. Summer is an especially difficult time for pantries because donations typically decrease, and the needs typically increase. In 2014, donations to Summer of Sharing went to Joint Neighborhood Ministries.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). PDA enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events. PDA's core budget, including staff and administrative costs, is funded through the One Great Hour of Sharing, and its program work is additionally funded through designated gifts.
Visit the iTunes store for the free One Great Hour of Sharing iPhone app.
Terri Rider, serving IDEAS in India
Woodlawn Chapel supports Terri Rider's mission service in India, where she works with an AIDS hospice and with impoverished women. Her work is sponsored through IDEAS in Littleton, CO, which is a non-profit humanitarian and development organization that sends Christian professionals (Associates) to work around the world using their skills, education and experience. Terri is a daughter of a Woodlawn Chapel member.
As a living, learning, and loving congregation, Woodlawn Chapel expresses its care for creation in our worship and life.
We are growing in our desire to be a congregation that cares for God's creation
Earth Care Congregations are Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations that are committed to demonstrating care for God's creation in the areas of worship, education, facilities, and witness. Read more at the Earth Care Congregations home page. What is happening now?
1. Ongoing recycling efforts by our youth (cans, paper, cell phones, batteries, ink cartridges).
2. Earth Day worship, April 22, 2012 included distribution of tree seedlings.
3. Promotion and use of fair trade coffee and tea, purchased through the Presbyterian Coffee program.
4. Use of higher-efficiency appliances where possible.
5. Education efforts, including an adult education series on Earth Care, and ongoing programs for our youth.
6. Most exciting: creation of an Earth Care task force by the Session, with an eye toward becoming an Earth Care certified congregation!
What has happened before?
* Youth participation in outdoor activities -- nature hikes, bike rallies, camping trips.
* Nature-based family retreats at Mound Ridge Camp.
*Mission trip to Heifer Ranch in Arkansas in 2011.
* Ongoing recycling efforts, including electronics.
*Dedication of trees and maintaining portions of our 12-acre campus in natural state.
*Use of recycled paper products throughout the church.
Why is this important?
God calls us to be faithful stewards of creation.
This is a continuing effort, not just a fad.
Our efforts to teach our children about creation fulfill our baptismal vows.
As we faithfully cherish creation, we are witnessing to our faith.
Creation Care allows us to live into our vision of being a living, learning, and loving family in Christ.