The Mission Team was actively involved in projects all year. Members included Duncan Birdsell, Caryl Guffey, Lee Kraut, Cliff Lang, Cliff Luke, Rev. Kathie Luke, Bev Shouer, LeeAnn Weber, and Sally Urban. Last year's coordinator, Sharon Lang, was always on hand to help out.
We found ourselves to be quite flexible, planning projects in advance, but often involved in supporting unexpected projects, such as the disaster in Haiti and the Freeport flood.
Loose Change offerings included Brenda Harcourt's work in Kenya (Jan./Feb.), Chicago Homeless Sandwich Run (Mar./Apr.), Flip-flops for Freedom (May/June), Backpacks for Education (July/Aug. 1), FACC flood relief (Aug. 8/Sept./Oct.), and Prayer Shawl Mission (Nov./Dec.).
We had Minutes for Mission almost every Sunday, with team members as well as others giving the presentations. Additionally, we usually had more than one mission-related article in every newsletter.Projects by the month
January Haiti Hygiene Kits – overwhelming response from the congregation
February Souper Bowl of Caring – That Sunday, with the help of our darling "cheerleaders," we collected $81.34 and 61 cans of food. (All money and food went to FACC.)
March One Great Hour of Sharing Stronghold Work Day
April Began the Flip-flops for Freedom (for our troops) campaign – continued working on this through July – collected over 2400 pairs of flip-flops Hosted a potluck following speaker Alice Christenberry from Kemmerer Village
April - October Gazebo sitting at Freeport Rehab (several loyal volunteers!)
June Summer Food Drive for FACC
July Kemmerer Village Work Trip
August Backpacks for Education – collected $525 and an abundance of school supplies Looked into several suggestions for working with youth and/or schools, including attending AOK (All Our Kids meetings) – still studying options Collected for Freeport flood relief (FACC) through October
September Hosted a potluck following speaker Judy Vojta on Palestine – invited 1st Methodist
October Crop Walk – Shirley Ludwig coordinated – $12,000 (don't know our portion) – provided water bottles to walkers Peacemaking Offering – over $426 collected (we keep 25% for peacemaking projects)
November Hat & Mitten Tree (Thanks again to Shirley Ludwig for coordinating) FACC Christmas gifts FACC Food Baskets – collected $205 for hams & 250 cans of tuna
December Barrel for coats Christmas Joy Offering - $870 collected
Over the course of the year, we discussed "Risk-taking Mission and Service" from the book Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations. We have tried to challenge ourselves to think and act outside our comfort zones and will continue to do so.
We will welcome any of you who would enjoy being on our team – it's fun! – or would be willing to work on specific projects.