November’s Mission Offering Is the Salvation Army

November 2, 2018

Church News

St. Paul’s Mission partner for November is the Somerset chapter of the Salvation Army.  The Salvation Army was established as an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church in 1865.  Today they provide services to 30 million Americans each year and support an international movement.  Their stated mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human need in His name without discrimination.  Of each dollar donated $.82 goes to provide services such as food, clothing and shelter to those in need, provide disaster relief, assist people with disabilities, and reach out to the elderly and ill.

The end of the year is a particularly busy for the local Salvation Army.  They provide winter coats for children in need, provide a homemade Thanksgiving dinners for people who are alone or can’t afford a meal on Thanksgiving Day, collect and distribute toys and gifts for children in need, and collect money for their many mission projects that take place throughout the year.  Members of St. Paul’s have supported our local Salvation Army with monetary gifts, as well as hosting the Thanksgiving dinner, providing volunteers to prepare and serve the Thanksgiving meal and ring the bells in front of local businesses to raise fund.  Our congregation also donates 50+ gifts to help needy children have a brighter Christmas.

Here are ways you can help in November and December

  1. The Salvation Army Thanksgiving Dinner.  Join us in preparing for the dinner at 1:30pm, Tuesday, November 20th or in serving the meal on Thanksgiving Day.
  2. Salvation Army Kettle Bell Ringing for St. Paul’s UCC.  We will ring the bells on Saturday, November 24th.  Please sign up for a time!  The sign up sheet is on the table in the back of the Sanctuary.    
  3. Our Annual Thank Offering:  Bring non-perishable food items to worship on Sunday, November 18th for our annual Thank Offering.  Your donations will be given to the Salvation Army Emergency Food Pantry and the Somerset Area Food Pantry.  Items that are especially needed:  Peanut Butter, Jelly, Soup, Canned Tuna, Spaghetti & Sauce
  4. The Salvation Army Angel Tree: Pick up a tag from the Angel tree (located in the narthex close to the end of November) and buy Christmas presents and other goods for local families in need.  Please be sure to put your name on the corresponding sign up sheet beside the alpha-numeric code for your child.

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