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Outreach

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The Episcopal Church

To visit the web site of the National Episcopal Church go to:

http://www.episcopalchurch.org

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The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts

To visit the web site of The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts go to:

http://www.diocesewma.org

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Hezekiah Stone's Coffeehouse
To visit the site of Hezekiah Stone’s Coffeehouse go to:

http://www.hezstone.com

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Believe Out Loud Congretation
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The Mission Committee
Mission statement:
     The Mission Committee of Christ Episcopal Church supports parishioners as we enact our baptismal covenant to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves” by identifying opportunities for outreach locally, nationally, and globally; facilitating participation in selected projects; and overseeing the progress of the selected projects, remembering always that there are varieties of service and diverse ways to serve.

     In November members of the parish contributed many bags of food to the Leicester Food Pantry for the Thanksgiving Ingathering, filled and decorated twenty-six shoeboxes that, through Operation Christmas Child, will bring pleasure to children in the developing world, and finished sixteen more handmade quilts that will be given s Christmas gifts to the sixteen children currently in residence at Youville House, a shelter for homeless families in Worcester:  We are on a roll!

Piecemakers
We are ready to get our needles flying again!  We created 28 quilts for Shepherd’s Place and Youville Houses in Worcester, and are ready to begin our next set of quilts.  Please plan to join us for a day of work and fellowship from 9 to 3 on Monday, January 21.  Lunch will be provided.  Contact the church office if you would like to take part.

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St. Augustine's, Atlantic City
Most are aware, at this point, of a spontaneous outreach effort initiated by Lois and Carl Wicklund  that the parish became involved in.  Lois and Carl take an annual trip to Atlantic City in November, and knowing of the impact of Hurricane Sandy, decided this year to bring what aid they could along with them.  Here is an excerpt from Lois’ report:
 
   
Carl and I made the financial presentation of $2,705.00 from individuals and small businesses around Leicester to the Senior and Junior Wardens of St. Augustine Episcopal Church, who have approximately 100 within their community to see to the needs of. The destruction is so overwhelming that the area churches have taken on many responsibilities of feeding, clothing and sheltering those in need.   Many donated coats were hanging in the church entry hall for anyone within the community who has the need to come in and just take one.  The elderly seem to be the most affected by this devastation...many are extremely depressed to have had all of their life's collections of memories lost, especially at their advanced age.     It was a tearful and wonderful experience to be able, in person, hand people in need a gift from another group who they have never met or heard of. Four of us plan on making another journey down in December in a truck or SUV to help in any way that we can, even if it is just bringing food to those who are back in their homes but without a car or electricity. Carl and I witnessed many boarded up homes and many closed businesses.  
   
If you would like to help out with the December mission back to St. Augustine’s, you can do so through the parish office or by contacting Lois and Carl directly.