Bob and Nancy get to packing backpacks
… the Heart FELT (Filling Empty Little Tummies) ministry, headed up by Nancy Porter. So far, we’ve made three deliveries to hungry kids at Calvert Elementary School, and fed 14 children 308 pounds of food donated by our generous members.
Rev. Joanna sorts food for little tummies.
The backpack crew at work.
Full backpacks ready for kids who need them.
… Farming 4 Hunger at Serenity Farm in Benedict, who gives us the fresh produce we distribute to needy folks. On two distribution dates this summer, we gave hungry folks more than 7,000 pounds of food, feeding more than 250 families, and nearly 1,000 individuals.
The first Sunday in Advent is Dec. 1. There is one service at 9:30 a.m. and it will include our observance of the Church New Year and the Feast of St. Nicholas.
Christmas Eve will be celebrated with two services. The first with be at 5:30 p.m. with music starting at 5:00. The Christmas Pageant will be performed at this service. The second will be at 9:30 p.m. with music starting at 9:00.
Our Epiphany Celebration will take place Sunday, Jan. 5.
January Blues is back Jan. 19! Join musicians from the community as they celebrate our neighbors who are struggling to find the light in their lives. The performance is at 2 p.m.
The following is an update on the Heart F.E.L.T. program from Little Jack Woolford, Certified Lay Minister from Trinity:
I just saw a post on Facebook that indicates that Solomons UMC is serving 14 children at Dowell Elementary School. I was advised earlier this week that St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will be making their first delivery of backpacks at Calvert Elementary School. At that time, 14 children had been identified and parent permission given. This week, Trinity UMC is serving 27 children at Barstow Elementary School. Altogether this week we will be Filling 55 EmptyLittle Tummies. Together, with God’s help, we are making a difference in the lives of the children. We are continuing to work to grow this ministry with God’s help to Fill every Empty Little Tummy in all of the elementary schools in Calvert County and beyond. God is Good! “You have never really lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
Thank you to Nancy Porter for heading up this project, Gloria Brittain for delivering the backpacks to CES and to all of the volunteers who helped stuff backpacks last Thursday evening! What a wonderful way for St. Paul’s to help children and our community!
Joanne Upton and Jack Smack beside our brand new sign, with its first message! Thanks to Jack for all his hard work on this project. It’s a snazzy addition to St. Paul’s message.
Terry Schreiber played the good elf, decorating the gate to the church and the entrance to the Parish Hall with a fall theme. Thank you, Terry!
Thanks to Jayne Roxey (shown with the beautiful quilt we’re raffling, donated by the Calvert Quilting Guild) for setting up the St. Paul’s booth at the Calvert County Fair. Stop by the Commercial Building to say hi to the St. Paul’s volunteers (and buy a ticket ($1) or 6 ($5). Cookbooks, Cat’s Meow Village decorations of the church and Ailene Hutchins’ excellent church history are also on sale.
Farming 4 Hunger, one of the groups that provides food for our produce drops, mentioned Joanna’s visit to Serenity Farm Sept. 16 (the subject of a post below) on their page. Check it out! And “like” the page of this very worthwhile, faith-oriented hunger group.