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Family Promise Hosting – Oct 7-14

We just recently hosted and are hoping to expand our core of volunteers for this important ministry. If you are unfamiliar with this ministry, allow me to share some highlights:

  1. Family Promise Ministries screens applicant families who are without a home, so when they arrive at our door, we can be assured that the potential for problems are minimized.
  2. Families can be in the program for up to 90 days during which time most of them successfully save enough money and improve their circumstances to transition back into a permanent home.
  3. Families spend 1 week at each church home and move each Sunday to a new church.
  4. Our responsibilities include providing food supplies for them to make their own breakfast and sack lunches, provide a hot dinner when they return to the church each evening, and provide a private bedroom and shower facilities each evening from 5:30 pm – 7 am the next morning.
  5. Families attend their jobs, school, or the Family Promise Daycenter during the day.
  6. Volunteer opportunities include monetary donations, making part of the evening meal, or being present for a 2-hour period to be the dinner or evening host. And for the most ambitious…volunteer to be the Overnight Host! First time volunteering? An experienced PLC volunteer will be with you!
  7. Sign up to help in any capacity by logging on to https://mealtrain.com/w7ezqe and register an account.

THANK YOU for taking a moment to review and consider participating with us! This is a ministry that we strongly feel serves our community’s most needy and vulnerable. We will be meeting at Peace on Oct 4, at 6 pm to plan for 2019 dates, then on Oct 18 with Family Promise leadership.

The Family Promise Ministry Team

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Ecumenical Food Kitchen

Thank you all for your generous support and serving at the downtown Ecumenical Food Kitchen at the end of September. Special thanks to Team Coordinator, Marge Freligh, for her efforts throughout the year in organizing this ministry. We hope to continue this connection in our community in 2019!

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Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Gifts is off to a great start! Pick up some boxes with instructional and info about you sheets, and fill with toys and goodies. You may pick up boxes anytime during October to fill at home. Thank you to Joann Carlson for providing special boxes again this year!

Then, on November 11, bring your filled boxes to the church. We will have a celebration with cake as we send the boxes on their way to children around the world. We will take a group photo with all the boxes, say prayers for the children who will receive them, and load them up to be delivered.

We hope every member of the congregation will join in this endeavor to share the love of Christ with children in many countries who desperately need it. – Diann Wandrey

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Saturate North Idaho Update

This week we are finally doing Saturate North Idaho! Lee Ely has provided neighborhood maps for our distribution. Additional volunteers are needed to deliver packets. We now have all our supplies, so packet assembly will be Thu, Oct 4, at 1 pm (or any other day this week you can help). Delivery will be Sat, Oct 6, from 10 am – Noon (or you may do this on your own time). Thank you to Ellefloots for printing our PLC flyers included in the packet!

Garden at Orchard Ridge Christmas Gift Basket Ideas

We’re getting the word out early! It is that time of year again when we start planning for our residents’ Christmas baskets. If your church group is interested in being involved, please let me know how many baskets you would like to do. I have some baskets that we have recycled from previous years that will be available if you would like to pick them up and use them…just let me know so I can have them ready.

We have also found that small storage tubs or Christmas bags work great also! Please do not wrap the gifts individually. Below are some possible ideas for the baskets, but please do not feel like you need to include every item as it is just a list to spark some ideas! I have asked that the baskets be returned by Dec 17, so we can get them all ready for the residents’ party. Thank you for your help making this a success year after year. It is such a blessing to our residents and their families! Thank you for your heartfelt gifts!!

-socks with traction on bottom

-puzzles (300 pieces or less)

-lotions, shampoo and conditioner, and liquid body wash

-toothpaste and toothbrush

-nail polish or nail files

-chap stick

-hair pins or barrettes

– word find books (preferably large print)

-goodies: breads, cookies, nuts, chocolates, etc.

(Please, no home baked goods!)

-haircut certificates from our salon: $12 for men, $14 for woman’s haircut

Holly Johnson, hjohnson@theorchardcda.org

Community Relations Director & Volunteer Coordinator

The Village at Orchard Ridge, (208) 664-8119