Village of Hope Haiti
An Excerpt from the November VoH Newsletter by Marni Maree:
BLESSED TO BE A CHRISTMAS BLESSING! For years, it has been a tradition of ours to show love at Christmas for the children, teachers and staff at the Village of Hope School and Health Center. Board member, Marni Maree, has led the effort to make Christmas special by recruiting volunteers to raise funds for the gifts and also to purchase and ship the presents to Haiti in time for Christmas. In previous years, many of these volunteers have also flown to Haiti to hand deliver the gifts. This summer, in light of the unrest in Haiti, Marni questioned if we would even be able to provide Christ-mas for the Village of Hope this year. She shared her uncertainty with some of our board members, and a group began to pray for a way to provide Christmas to more than 700 children, teachers and staff. Within a few weeks, Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Juno Beach, Florida was brought up as a possible answer to our prayers. The Holy Spirit family has been a blessing to VOH for years, and Marni reached out to Pr. Frank Wagner and Haiti Ministry Leader, Julia Soistman with the re-quest for help. They said, “YES!” to the call and be-gan recruiting volunteers right away. In September, more than 50 volunteers gathered in the sanctuary at Holy Spirit and sorted, stuffed and packed nearly 800 gifts. They also answered the pray-er to provide Christmas for our brothers and sisters in Haiti. Pastor Frank shared that they saw God at work in their congregation during this service project. Just days earlier, Hurricane Dorian devastated the Baha-mas, and Holy Spirit quickly responded to help their sister congregation. They did not know how they would be able to manage both projects. Pastor Frank said that his church family responded with great faith and were able to be a blessing to both ministries because they have been blessed to be a blessing. Thank you Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Juno Beach, Florida!!!
Care Ministry Needs
GAS CARD DONATIONS: The Food Pantry has a cargo van that picks up donations from generous donors almost daily. Gas cards are needed to keep the van running. You may send cards to Harry Drier, 5380 N. Ocean Dr. Apt. 6D, Singer Island, FL 33404.
FOOD PANTRY RECOVERY: Each week the Food Pantry distributes food to families in need in Lake Park. Items most needed this month are pasta and pasta sauce. Other items needed are: Community_Food_Pantry_Needs.pdf. We are in need of volunteers on Tuesdays from 9 to 11 am to distribute food and on every other Friday for food sorting from 8:30 to 10 am. Contact Harry Drier for details at 561-601-8211 or email@example.com.
HOMELESS MINISTRY: Items needed for the Homeless at St. Ann: shoes, belts, hats, cloth shopping bags, men’s jeans/pants (sizes 28-38) and ladies pants. Small size toiletries, band aids, sunscreen, bug spray and vitamins are needed. Inexpensive watches are needed. Please place in the patio storage room. We need laptops or iPads for families in transition from homelessness. If you have one to donate, please contact Harry Drier at 561-601-8211.
DIAPER DRIVE FOR HOMELESS MOTHERS: Children’s Home Society cares for young homeless mothers and their infants. CHS provides a 2 year program that teaches these young moms how to care responsibly for their baby, educates them and finds them work. HSLC is collecting diapers. We have also begun collecting baby clothes up to 24 months. If you knit or crochet, we are taking donations of baby booties and receiving blankets. Please bring them to church. Please contact Evelyn Lyerly with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-308-1292.
GLASSES FOR HAITI: We will continue to collect reading glasses and non-prescription sunglasses to be sent to the Village of Hope in Haiti. We will have a shipment going in Spring 2020. Please continue to donate and thank you for your support.
SANDWICHES FOR THE NEEDY: Hard boiled eggs and sandwiches are needed each week for the hungry. Please bring individually wrapped sandwiches with no condiments and boiled eggs in a container and leave in the church kitchen refrigerator by 9:00 AM on Wednesday mornings.
There are many volunteer opportunities within the Care Ministry. If you have time and a passion for giving back your time, please join the Care Ministry team of volunteers by contacting Harry Drier at 561-601-8211 or email@example.com.
If you would like a copy of the most recent Church Council Meeting minutes or copies of any past meetings, please contact the church office at 561-624-9663 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Your 2020 Church Council is Peter Randolph (President), Joann Ventzek (Vice President), Wendy Elder (Secretary), Jason Ballard (Treasurer), Stephanie Dana, Josh Koenig, Matt Marsom, Cyndy Ryan, and Pastor Frank Wagner.