THE LUNCH BUNCH
Monday, March 11 @ Noon

TBA

LUNCHES FOR THE HOMELESS
Wednesday, March 27 @ 4pm

Union Station Homeless Services Sack Lunch Project
Here’s a way to be of service through your beloved church! Union Station Homeless Services is part of a premier group of human services agencies in L.A. County that are leading the way to ending homelessness in our community. Union Station is the San Gabriel Valley’s largest social service agency assisting homeless and very low-income adults and families. We are looking to be of service to Union Station by helping out with their programs that provide food for those in need. Our mission will be to provide sack lunches. We will come together at the church kitchen third Tuesday of the month to make the lunches, which will then be taken to the station for distribution. Please let Marcia Albrecht know if you can help prepare the lunches (all food will be provided and in the kitchen). You can email her at: mla2575@aol.com.

SPIRITUAL PRACTICES GROUP
Saturday, March 30 @ 11am

This is a time for slowing down, for reconnecting with God and Spirit by pausing together as we recall, notice, name and deepen God’s presence through a rhythm of prayer that enhances our awareness of God’s presence.

“Sabbath Pause – A time and place in the heart of creation where we can receive the gift of a non-anxious presence and learn to live out of this essential blessing in service to the world. Practicing Sabbath takes us from the sometimes-cramped places of our lives to a place where our hearts can truly sing.” (Terry Chapman).

“Light for the Path” will gather in the Narthex before embarking on a guided meditation.

LOCAL HABITAT FOR HUMANITY ACTIVITES


CONSTRUCTION VOLUNTEERING
SGV Habitat (one of our major mission partners) has several upcoming builds to help hard-working families become first-time homebuyers. You can help build their home, working alongside others in the community. This includes a four-plex in Azusa, with a home for a veteran, a church being converted to houses in Baldwin Park, and a series of home renovations in El Sereno. No experience is necessary to volunteer, and volunteers get to learn new life skills alongside SGV construction staff.

We are excited to share that the project in Azusa is close to beginning and we are looking for eager volunteers or groups to come out. There are other ways you can support SGV Habitat and their construction volunteers in the form of offering in-kind lunch donations for our hard-working volunteers.

If you’re interested in participating in this mission, please let your interest be known to Pastor Donald.

ReStore VOLUNTEERING

ReStores are home improvement and donation centers that sell everything from furniture to appliances to building materials at low prices. This helps fund SGV Habitat’s mission through purchases. We have two ReStore locations in Pasadena and Duarte. ReStore volunteers help to greet customers with a friendly smile, keep the store clean, and assist with finding new homes for all the generously donated items! You can come anytime Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm and lend a helping hand.

FOOD FORWARD FRUIT PICK

* On hold until further notice *

Food Forward was recently awarded a commendation from the US Environmental Protection Agency, alongside myriad national food suppliers and purchasers like Wegmans, Disneyland, MGM Resorts and UC Davis, for the environmental impact resulting from our food recovery work in 2013-17.

One of the things we LOVE about [FF’s] UCLA partnership is that it is manned and woman-ed by students who are feeding other students. What many people don?t realize is that there is a high percentage of students who experience food insecurity. Current estimates show this number to be roughly 20% at UCLA, with students choosing to buy books over food. Food Forward’s program gives these folks a hand by creating an eco-system where the UCLA community can help its own who are struggling to make ends meet.

Watch for SMCC Picks
Watch your email for announcements on future picks with Food Forward. We look for available activities on the third Saturday morning of each month and will pass that info on to you so that you can join the effort. There is a quick registration on the Food Forward site that allows you to sign up for a pick of your choice and lets Pastor Donald know that he has volunteers. www.foodforward.org

SERVICE PROJECTS

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE

We could use someone’s help to deliver our pull tabs to Ronald McDonald House in Pasadena (across from Huntington Memorial). They are open 7 days a week, all day. Let Kim know if you would like to help out with this effort. (kimvhsmcc@gmail.com)


Coin contributions for Ronald McDonald House – ongoing.

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY UNHOUSED

We will collect new, unopened travel sized toiletries for those unhoused in the San Gabriel Valley.  Please bring in items and leave them in the designated baskets in the Narthex.

LIZ CAMERON FOOD PANTRY

We will collect non-perishable and non-expired foods for our Liz Cameron Food Pantry, to be distributed to families and individuals in the San Gabriel Valley.  Please bring in items (cereals, canned goods, etc..) and leave them in the designated baskets in the Narthex.

UNION STATION HOMELESS SERVICES

Once a month, we will be gathering in our kitchen and dining room to make sandwiches and pack lunches for those serviced by Union Station Homeless Services.  Please watch your About Our Folx missives for the date and time we will gather each month and join in if you’re able.