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Grace Family, Friends and Visitors:
The Young Adults of GUMC have three exciting opportunities to share and invite you to participate in.
Opportunity #1: Share Your Winter Wear - “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” - Matthew 25:40 (NIV). The Winter Wear (coat rack) project is meeting a need in our community. Without Gary Voyles constant participation, this project would not be possible. Gary has shared stories from those in need who came to Grace to get a coat. For example: A woman using a bath towel because she did not have a coat was able to find a winter jacket from our coat rack. Some people have asked if they could take a hanger with the coat because they did not have one. An entire van of homeless people came to select a coat and other winter gear. “Truly the presence of the Lord is in” Grace.
Since the week before Christmas, we have given away over six large bags of winter wear items, but we are now out. We need more coats, sweaters, hats, gloves, etc. Please consider checking your closets and asking neighbors, family, and colleagues to contribute. When you bring items, please hang them on the rack (located by the door to the parking lot at the back of the church if it is not outside). If there isn't room on the rack, please put your items by the back door. Let’s continue to share our abundance with those in need.
Opportunity #2: Food Insecurity in STL - What do you know about food insecurity in our community? Would you like to know more and learn from an expert in the area? If so, please join us for a pot luck luncheon on Sunday, February 24 following the 10:30 a.m. service to share a meal and hear from Melissa Vatterott, the Food & Farm Director at the Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE). Melissa graduated from Michigan State University College of Law in 2014, where she focused her studies in environmental and natural resource law. With a B.S. in environmental science and a minor in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri, Melissa has particular appreciation for soil conservation and environmental and agricultural policy.
Since writing MCE's (2014) St. Louis Regional Food Study (https://www.moenvironment.org/17-food-and-farm/185-food-study-launch-page). Melissa works to support environmentally-responsible farming practices and local food systems across the state. In her role at MCE, Melissa also leads the St. Louis Food Policy Coalition (https://www.moenvironment.org/17-food-and-farm/341-saint-louis-food-policy-coalition) a group of organizations working to promote a thriving local food system that supports the health, community, environment, and economy of the greater Saint Louis area. To learn more about the St. Louis Regional Foodshed Watch (https://www.moenvironment.org/17-food-and-farm/234-projects-that-support-thriving-local-food-systemswatch).
On February 24, Melissa will share with us the landscape of food insecurity in the St. Louis region, share information on some of the efforts addressing food insecurity, and present how Grace can be engaged in these efforts. Please bring a dish or two to share, enjoy the potluck, and learn from Melissa.
Currently Scheduled One-Time Service Project Opportunities at Grace
You are encouraged to invite friends to serve and learn with you. Please just add their names to the list (or indicate the number you are bringing) so that the organization we are serving will know how many participants to expect. If you are new to Grace, these projects provide a wonderful opportunity for you to get to know others at Grace, while serving. All are inter-generational and accessible to multiple physical ability levels.
Operation Food Search: On Monday, March 11, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM, a group from Grace will meet at Operation Food Search, 1644 Lotsie Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132, to assist with sorting food donations and other work. A tour of the facility and more information about the organization and its work will also be available for those who are interested. Participants must be 10 years old or older.
Midwest Mission Distribution Center (distribution center for UMCOR disaster relief kits and other supplies): Meet in the small parking lot in back of the church (off of Waterman) at 6:30 AM on Saturday morning, April 6, to travel to Pawnee, IL where we will assist in sorting donations and assembling disaster relief kits, and in other work needed at the distribution center at that time. A tour of the facility will also be available following the work projects. We will return to St. Louis by midafternoon. Participants must be 11 years old or older.
St. Louis Area Foodbank: On Saturday, September 14, from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, a group from Grace will meet at the St. Louis Area Foodbank, 70 Corporate Woods Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044, to assist with sorting food donations and other work. A tour of the facility and more information about the organization and its work will also be available for those who are interested. Participants must be 3 years old or older.
To sign up for any of the above opportunities, call the church office at 314-863-1992 to add your name to the list of participants. Participants under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.