by Ruth Ihde
Veterans’ Meet and Greet – We are very happy about the growing interest in this project (see attached flyer for December). We are now serving well over 50 veterans and spouses (plus those who help) every month. If you are a veteran (or spouse of one), please join this group for a wonderful lunch and program, usually on the last Friday of each month. Please note that, because of Thanksgiving, we have already had the very successful November program, and the date of the December program is December 29th. We will start out the new year with our lunch on January 26.
I want to say “thank you” to committee members who work tirelessly every month to purchase food, cook, serve, assist with this program and support it. I also want to thank those who have donated cookies, other desserts (in November our speaker brought a huge, decorated cake), decorations, individual treats for each veteran, and food, We have a core of about 10 regular volunteers, but we could really use more. CAN YOU HELP? Do you have suggestions for speakers for our Meet and Greet? We welcome you to our next Outreach Committee Meeting which is Wednesday, December 8 at 6:30pm.
Berea Community Meal on Wednesday, November 29 at 6:00pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Bagley Road. Many thanks to all of you who brought those delicious pies (there were at least 24 of them), and to those who worked at the community meal event on November 29, (Sally Catalano, Charlotte Rodriguez and her friend Mary, Laura Gaba, Etta and Katrina Scheu, Peggy Cramer and Ruth Ihde). It was a grand meal indeed, followed by our wonderful desserts. There are leftover pies in the St. Thomas refrigerator, which you can test for yourself at coffee hour after the 10:30 am service on Sunday, December 3.
Donations for veterans and Church Street Ministries – Please continue to fill our containers in the narthex for these worthy groups. During December we are collecting powdered laundry detergent for Church Street and cups and glasses for veterans. In January we will collect toothpaste and toothbrushes for Church Street and sweatshirts and sweatpants for veterans. Thank you for your generous commitment.
Please see further notices in this Wayfarer concerning other outreach projects.