They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nations shall not lift up sword against nations, Neither shall they learn war any more.Isaiah 2:4b
Help The Shriners Help Kids!
Shriners Hospitals for Children in Springfield and Boston have been collecting pull-tabs or “pop-tops” from beverage cans for more than 16 years, recycling them, and putting the money toward programs that directly benefit children. Since its inception, about a half-million pounds of aluminum tabs have been collected and recycled.Did you know: The tabs are the only pure aluminum part of the can, and the cans may still be returned for deposit even after the tabs are removed. Don’t toss them away …Tear them off and help the kids! A fish bowl on the shelf by the side door is there for you to drop off your can tabs. This is a good thing to do, and easy as well. And a big thanks goes out to those of you who have been filling the fish bowl. They all go to this great cause.
Bring Vitamins to Church
On Sunday, May 15, 2016
to help the people of Haiti.
Haiti, as all third world countries do, has an exhaustive list of problems. To repair an entire country is way beyond our capabilities.
Forward in Health has chosen one rural impoverished area, and has spent their emotional and financial capital to make this corner of the world a better and healthier place. This has resulted in a much improved quality of life for the small community of Fondfred and its neighbors.
The most primary and urgent needs in this and in all of the Third World, are clean water and better nutrition. The lack of these two things create a whole constellation of illnesses that devastate both the individual and the community. As pressing as these issues are, they are also preventable. Forward in Health has dug a deep well in Fondfred and so, for the first time ever these people have no need, literally in many cases, to drink mud. They have also, over the course of twenty years, completed a medical clinic that has just, this year, been fully equipped and will be staffed by Haitian doctors and nurses.
Now we need to address nutrition. For us it is as simple as a trip to the grocery store. For the average Haitian, especially those living in remote areas, it is much more complicated. Your donation of vitamins may seem like a small offering to you, but the lack of just the Vitamin B’s can cause huge medical problems as diverse as poor fetal development or severe anemia.
I wish all of you could see firsthand how your many offerings are being used. It would make your heart sing!
Thank you so much for all you do.
Doris Forte for Forward in Health
To assist Forward in Health in its endeavor to provide vitamins for the people of Haiti, the Christian Outreach Committee is asking for donations of infant vitamins, children’s vitamins, and adult vitamins. (Please do not donate “gummy” vitamins as they do not stand up to the heat in Haiti.)
On Sunday May 15, 2016, baskets will be left in the Narthex and Fellowship Hall to receive donated vitamins for Haiti. Also, donations received at coffee hour will be used to purchase vitamins for the people of Haiti.
Some Of Our Other Missions
- One Great Hour of Sharing
- Habitat for Humanity
- Battered Women’s Resources
- Church World Service Blankets
- Westminster Community Food Pantry
- Socks For Boston
- Heifer Project
- Veterans of the Cross
Find out about what’s going on in the religious community that our church is connected to.
- National United Church of Christ
- Massachusetts Conference United Church of Christ
- God is Still Speaking
- Heifer Project International
- The Purpose Driven Life