The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts
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Hezekiah Stone's Coffeehouse
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The Mission Committee
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.
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!
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.
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.