I write to you as a very tired, but happy, Family Ministries Director. I just finished up Messy Church, and what started off very slow, wound up to be 19 people including a day school family. And we were blessed with a wonderful meal from Ms. Leonor from the Day School. We focused on thankfulness at Messy Church. Two months of planning resulted in 10 Christmas boxes packed, and wrapped, for senior adults in nearby nursing homes, 20+ thankful turkeys that were tissue paper packed with leftover candy that the children could take to someone they wanted to say thank you to, and a whole bunch of other thankful crafts. One of my favorites was the brownie turkey that we made and then ate.
The story that we told at the end was the story of the 10 lepers. We talked about the one that said thank you and came back. We also talked about how we thought the others were probably thankful too, even if they forgot to say so. And we shared all the ways we helped others and everything we were thankful for. Several of the families also brought food items that will be put in our Thanksgiving baskets for Burrus.
So far we have collected six bags of food for Burrus, including the offering that was brought at Messy Church. The bags cost about $25 to fill (I purchased my items for $26, so the price has gone up a little since last year), and they will be taken over to the new Wraparound Specialist at Burrus to distribute to the families.
If you would like to shop for a bag, please remember to turn it in this Sunday or by Tuesday, November 16.
1 Can Green Beans
1 Can Corn
1 Can of Fruit
1 Small Can Pumpkin or Pumpkin Pie Mix
1 Can Evaporated Milk
1 Small Can Yams/Sweet Potatoes
1 Pack Muffin or Roll Mix
1 Can Cranberry Sauce
1 Package/Box of stuffing mix
1 Bag of Rice
1 Bag or Can of Beans
1 Large or 2 Small boxes of Jello
1-2 Cans or Jars of Turkey Gravy
1 Small Box Instant Mashed Potatoes
1 Box of Tea
1 Box of Brownie or Cake Mix with Icing
We have not received the Angel Tree list yet, but please note that it will be coming in the future weeks. Each year, we bless families at Burrus, our local school, by providing clothes and a gift to about 25 children. I always ask the Wraparound to be sure to include children in the family that doesn’t go to Burrus, because we want all the kids in their family to have a Happy Christmas. I have used Angel Tree as a way to talk about giving with Grace since she was very little, and this will also be something we do with Ellie. We will also be providing as many shoeboxes for seniors as we can, so if you are feeling generous and want to shop, you can pick out items that a senior might like and wrap them up in a shoebox.
In a year when things are still so hard, it feels wonderful to help others in big and small ways. Thank you to everyone who helped at Messy Church, from providing items for the Christmas boxes, to cooking, to setting up and volunteering. You are really investing in the families of our community. I look forward to the other ways that we continue to serve in the coming weeks.
Don’t forget the prayer walk this Sunday! I am excited to pray about how we can continue to grow our ministries in this area.