Our Outreach Committee touches many lives. We demonstrate God’s plenty by our willingness to share our time, talents, and resources with our community and neighbors on the planet. We gain a stronger sense of belonging, as well as putting faces and voices of who we are out in the world.
Jubilee House Mission trip to Nicaragua: Facilitated by Sharon and Barb to help grassroots efforts there towards self reliance and economic progress; plus connecting each trip with growing bonds of friendship. We have sent missions trips almost every other year since 1999 to CDCA another name for Jubilee House.
Third Sunday for the Third World: Volunteers sign up to bring a SIMPLE meal; soup, beans, and rice, etc. (and usually other members show up with bread, and/or cookies). We give the money that we would spend on a meal out for the lunch, and the donations are given each month to charities of our choosing.
Blood Drive: Another way we attempt to be a “Community” church is through our connection to AnMed Hospital. This is done primarily through the Bloodmobile program, in which they send out the mobile blood donor busses to our church twice a year, making it easy for those who want to donate blood. AnMed not only supplies the blood needed in our community but also reaches into many towns in Georgia as well. We have been participating in the blood donor program for over 25 years. According to hospital records, in just the past 15 years, we have helped over a thousand hospital patients!!! A pretty impressive number, considering the size of our church. Many of our own members have used the services of the blood donor program over the years, as well as countless other members of our community. We usually schedule the blood drives in January and June, mostly on “First Sundays” to give people ample time to donate and still be able to participate in the church service and meal. Our next scheduled blood drive is set for January 2016.(Actual date to follow) – Jim Ross, B.D.D.
The Summer Fishing Derby is held every year and was a huge success last year for the Village People and our families. Held on Annette B.’s lovely grounds and pond, there was lots of fun, a few fish, a great lunch, good company, a little sunburn, and good times.
AIM (Anderson Interfaith Ministries)The food baskets that fill each Sunday are taken to the Food Bank. We need volunteers to take the baskets and everyone to come and help fill them. Lets all get into the habit of bringing extra food on Sunday morning.
Community Garden Report part of Outreach for AIM – –Once again, we have been blessed with a flourishing garden; Abundant sunshine that warmed the soil and sufficient rain to soften the hulls of the seed, yielding life sustaining nourishment. So far this year over 250 pounds of vegetables have been taken to AIM. The following people of our congregation, (Howard, Angie, Tracy, Sara Ann, Cyndee, and Andi) have been helping with the planting and harvesting. Angie has quite taken to gardening and she is now the young apprentice, ah yes grasshopper. When at church, please visit your garden and offer your thanks for what God has so freely given and if by chance, you wish to pick a weed or two your love will add to the blessing. – Howard.
Safe Harbor helps victims of domestic violence, providing safe emergency shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, and community outreach and education in Greenville, Pickens, Anderson and Oconee Counties. They have two unmarked, confidential emergency shelters—one in Greenville, one in Anderson—with controlled access and 24/7 staffing. We assist by donating old and new clothes, toiletries and other items to help out those families in need. Bring items to place under our offering table in the middle of the sanctuary.
NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill): Michelle Ready is the person to contact at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is also the person to contact about annual participation in the NAMI fund raising walk.