Webster Presbyterian Church
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Living the Love of Christ

New Beginnings at Phillips Village

Our congregation launched several community service programs at Phillips Village during September and October.  The response from both the WPC participants and folks at Phillips Village has been great!  The following events attracted approximately 45 WPC volunteers:

1.       On Friday, September 22nd, 15 volunteers helped with a Foodlink food distribution event at Holy Trinity Church that served approximately 150 people.  Phillips Village residents walk or drive to these events given the proximity to the church.

2.      We hosted a chicken dinner for 70 people at Phillips Village on Friday, October 6th.  WPC had 22 people support food preparation, plus serving shut-ins and folks partaking in the dining room, plus clean-up.

3.      On Saturday, October 21st, 8 volunteers sponsored a birthday party for 2 children.  The party included a picture of each child in a frame, games, singing “Happy Birthday,” and birthday snacks.  Families and friends of the “birthday children” were also there to enjoy the event.

A big THANK YOU to all who helped!!

We want to continue these events on a regular schedule.  Each event requires hands-on help from a number of people for support:  dinners, 15-20; birthday parties, 8-10; and food distribution, 15-20 or more, depending on the location.  Funding is provided in the church budget.  Please prayerfully consider signing up to participate wherever you can.  If everyone helps just a few times each year, no one will have to participate every month.  The whole idea of New Beginnings is to get the entire congregation personally involved in local community service.  If you are willing to help, please contact one of the following coordinators:

·         Dinners:  Don George, 671-1103

·         Food Distribution:  Bob Smith, (315) 524-5339

·         Birthday Parties:  Randy Nelson, 329-1374

These are great opportunities for groups to undertake occasionally – boards, committees, circles, choirs, youth, and even scouts.  Now that we have completed each event once, we have a model to build on and people who have first-hand experience.  Members at home are contributing crafts and various other homemade items!

Upcoming Events in November/December

Ø  Dinner at Phillips Village:  Friday, November 17, 5- 6:30 p.m.

Ø  Birthday Party at Phillips Village:  Saturday, December 9, 2-3:30 p.m.

Ø  Food Distribution:  Hope Ministry will host another Foodlink food distribution event on Friday, November 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the gymnasium of Holy Trinity Church on Ridge Road in Webster.  Volunteers should plan to arrive between 1:15 and 1:30 p.m.  Contact Bob Smith (315-524-5339) if you would like to participate.

VNS Meals on Wheels Program

Warmest Wishes Bags

Each year from mid-November until the first of January, Visiting Nurse Services (VNS) distributes “Warmest Wishes Bags” to people (both men and women) who are receiving Meals on Wheels.  Recipients may have special needs or be without families or friends.  Each bag is prepared individually.  The staff at the VNS office prepares and delivers the bags.

Contents of the “Warmest Wishes Bags” are donated by friends of the VNS organization.  Suggested contents include:  new or clean and gently used warm scarves or wraps, hats, gloves, small lap robes, socks, combs, shampoo, hand cream, bath soap, Kleenex packs, a bracelet or pin, small note pads, pens, unused greeting cards or notepaper (place 1 to 4 in a small plastic bag), unused crossword puzzle books or other paper and pencil game books, a small flashlight, etc.  Please, no food or medications.

Donations may be placed in shopping bags in the Narthex labeled “Warmest Wishes Bags” beginning October 22.  If you have questions, please contact Carol Saylor (872-5024).


Furniture  Needed!!

Hope House reported in mid-October that a family living at Phillips Village, consisting of a single mother with 3-year-old twin girls and a 1-year-old, returned from an out-of-town trip to find their apartment had been broken into and completely emptied by a thief.  WPC will be helping Hope House staff deliver needed replacement furniture for this family.  They are in need of a toddler bed or a twin bed with child’s side rails.  If you can help in any way in this regard, contact Bob Smith (315-524-5339) or Hope House (585-265-6694).