Mission Outreach Committee

The mission outreach committee has been working hard to connect with the people living in our church neighborhood.  The committee recently planned and held an Easter egg hunt for our neighborhood children.  It was very successful with about 25 children participating in the hunt.

We have also continued our second Saturday lunches.WP_20150404_012

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”  Matthew 25:35

The next event that the committee has planned is a neighborhood block party.  It is scheduled for Saturday, August 8 from 1 to 3.  We will have games, food, balloons, music, and prizes.  If you would like to help with this event, please talk with Sean Galvin.

The Worship/Music Committee

The worship and music committee has met and discussed ideas for future worship.   Starting in September we would like to have more lay leaders participate in weekly services.  If you are interested in serving as a lay leader for a service, please see Christine Galvin.

Plans were also discussed to add different hymns into the service on a monthly basis.  We would also like to incorporate members’ favorite hymns and Bible verses into worship so be thinking about what are some of your favorites!

The final plans included having a worship service to honor our community’s first responders. The date for this service has been set for Sept. 27th.  We are planning to invite all of our first responders to attend the service, plan a special message and music, and hold a reception for them afterwards. The next meeting is planned for Aug. 5th at 7:00 if you are interested in participating on this committee.

 

The Christian Education and Spirituality Committee

At their meeting the committee would like to propose these themes for Adult Bible study:

    • What it means to be Presbyterian
    • parables
    • Learning about other faiths and churches (Jewish; Catholicism; Muslim) –these could be connected to trips to the mosque in Toledo; Carey shrine and museum;  and a synagogue) – with guest speakers
  • Book studies:
    • Could there be an online discussion with a monthly meeting?
      • One book possibility:  The Sunflower (on forgiveness) by Simon Wiesenthal – this could also be supported by some movies

Most effective is following church during coffee hour (twice a month on a regular basis to allow for meetings to take place as well)

Sunday School

  • Stacey would facilitate curriculum with rotating teachers and genres:  bible study; art; music; cooking
  • Work on some new banners:  need for a communion banner; Lord’s prayer

Expansion and renewal of Hearts, Hands and Minds

  • Connect to children in neighborhood 5-10 (maximum to begin) that need some additional help in reading
  • Connect to Project More (a literacy program that helps struggling readers) – http://www.ohioprojectmore.org
  • Children would be split into different groups that would rotate:
    • One on one reading mentoring and support
    • Food preparation; cooking; setting and serving the meal
    • An art activity
  • Parents would be invited to share the meal with us
  • This would occur once a week or every other week (day not determined)
  • Stacey is working on preparing materials – to be discussed at next meeting

Outside opportunities for spirituality:

  • Retreats to places like Our Lady of the Pines
  • Triennium
  • Others – need  to organize and publicize
  • Next meeting :  August 8

 

 

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