CHRISTMAS EVE OFFERING: Bridge Home will be the recipient of our Christmas Eve plate collection. Bridge Home, 59 Ontario Street, is this winter's temporary shelter for chronically homeless persons, established once again through R.E.A.C.H. Thank you for helping them enjoy a cozy bed and a warm meal, especially during the snow and the cold, with love.
MITTEN TREE: We will once again be collecting items to decorate our mitten tree with. Please bring in store-bought, handmade, or barely used mittens, gloves, scarves and hats to place either under the tree or just on the chancel floor to the right. All adult and children's sizes are needed. Donations will be gratefully accepted until Christmas, after which they will be distributed to School 7 and the homeless. Thank you!
BOOK GROUP: The next Book Group will meet on January 29th, 2017 (no December meeting) to discuss Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. There are lots of copies in the library, so enjoy your read and we will see you in January.
START THE YEAR RIGHT WITH RAIHN: January 1-8 will be our next RAIHN* Week when we will house and feed temporarily homeless families at our church. We have some spots available for new volunteers and also the opportunity to "shadow" experienced volunteers. See Chris DeGolyer after the Sunday service or contact her at email@example.com. *Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network: keeping families together. Getting families home for good.
TAMPON DRIVE: Tampons needed for homeless women living on the streets. Your ongoing donations of boxes of pads or tampons, monthly, would be greatly appreciated. Our Homelessness Task Force will get them to the housing-first program, PCHO.org, for distribution. Many thanks, Lois Baum ~ KissaPawDaily@aol.com.
2017 AUCTION: The clock is ticking - and Auction time is coming! The big event is February 5th after the Sunday service, but NOW is the time to plan! Think about what you might like to donate to the auction - perhaps a dinner, service, or unique item. Donation forms (and donations on our website, uuroc.org) will be available by early January. Contact Paula Marchese (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
USHERS & GREETERS NEEDED: If you can help out, please send an e-mail to email@example.com. The top 5 reasons to volunteer:
- It’s Short! You only have to serve for one Sunday at a time.
- It’s Fun! You get to meet and greet friendly and interesting visitors and members.
- It’s Supported! You always have help from more experienced ushers/greeters.
- It’s Important! You’re the first to welcome new visitors.
- It’s Appreciated! The congregation is grateful for your service.