” I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…”
Three times per year members of Grace Church serve lunch at Samaritan Center. Participants shop, prepare and serve a meal to approximately 350 guests, and clean up afterward. Additional volunteers are always needed, as are monetary contributions to buy food. Dates for 2017 are February 26, April 23 and September 17. Contact Outreach@GraceEpiscopalBaldwinsville.org or the church office to sign up or contribute.
Grace Church leads worship on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM several times per year. Musicians, lectors and singers lend their skills to provide a “real church” worship service for residents, staff and guests. Planned 2017 dates include March 19, April 30, May 28, September 24, October 22, November 19 and December 17.
Contact rector@GraceEpiscopalBaldwinsville.org for more information.
Our May 2016 project is a Sheet/ Blanket/ Towel/ Silverware Drive to benefit new Americans. Interfaith Works Center for New Americans resettles over 500 New Americans/refugees each year. With your generosity and support, we are able to continue to “Affirm the Dignity” of each and every family member. Items may be brought to the Welcome Area through May 31st. (Thinks garage sales!) Items needed can be new or gently used. All sizes are needed. Please NO stains, NO holes, NO tears in the bedding and towels. Silverware does not have to match. we appreciate your generosity.
In addition, the Center for New Americans can use just about any piece of furniture or other household items. Please contact them directly to have a larger item picked up. Contact Daryl Suzanne Files, Volunteer and Donor Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 315-449-3552, x-208
This year, 2016, no one applied to use a garden plot. This may be due to the late start, or the fact that tomatoes, eggplants and other nightshade family plants cannot be grown here for a couple of years due to previous problems with blight. Instead, we planted mini-pumpkins, sunflowers and zinnas. The flowers have been used to decorate the Welcome Area, and to be given to residents at Park Terrace at Radisson assisted living. Plans for the 2017 growing season will soon commence. If interested, please contact the parish office email@example.com.
A part of the national Threads of Love organization, this group meets Wednesdays September through June to sew fleece gowns for premature or sick babies. All levels of skill are welcome. Contact the parish office for more information.
The annual kickoff to Grace’s Outreach effort is a special coffee hour featuring peanut butter sundaes. During one month, large jars of peanut butter are collected for schoolchildren who are on subsidized lunch program. Feeding the kids, especially during school breaks and the summer months, when there is no school breakfast or lunch can be difficult for food-insecure families. Grace partners with a local school to provide peanut butter to help nourish hungry kids. Contact Outreach@GraceEpiscopalBaldwinsville.org.
The Baldwinsville Volunteer Center’s Christmas Bureau is a usual December project at Grace. Gifts for children in a designated age-group are collected for distribution to families who would be otherwise unable to provide presents.
Some other recent service events include fielding a team for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, collecting toiletries for Vera House, a domestic and sexual violence shelter for women, children and men, and an antiques appraisal event for benefit of the the Baldwinsville Food Pantry.