Every year our church provides the fixings for Thanksgiving dinner for 140 families. It’s a big project and groups of all ages take part to make it a success! This year the project will culminate in a day of activity on Sunday, November 20.
First, MSA is asked to designate funds for the purchase of turkeys which Walter Stewart’s kindly provided at cost – they agree!
Next, Church School collects funds in their Turkey Banks for canned goods, all are welcome to contribute. The goal this year is $1,000.
The Children and Family Ministry Team orchestrates the purchase of canned goods for family baskets and large quantities for shelter (the Dads’ specialty).
Youth Groups and Children’s Choirs get into the action by assembling and donating the following: Guppies – hot cocoa jars, JYG – cookie mix jars, Cherub and Grace Notes Choirs – tea bags; Joyful Noise, Spirit Singers, and Sonshine Singers Choirs – Napkin Rings.
The Day Of at Mission Central
On November 20, Smith Hall will be a sea of boxing, wrapping, laughing congregants. The schedule is:
1:00pm – Led by the Children and Family Ministry Team an All-Church effort to decorate, fill and tie up boxes for 140 in-need families kicks off the day. All are welcome to come and help!
2:30pm – Turkeys are delivered and off loaded by muscular congregants
4:00pm – MSYG Advisors meet and set up for their part
4:30pm – MSYG packs and makes cards for the Shelter boxes which will feed another 700 people on Thanksgiving
6:30pm – YG Advisors arrive on the scene
7:00pm – YG descends on Smith Hall, parents in tow as drivers, to load and delivery EVERYTHING to our outposts: Inspirica, Pacific House, and Liberation House in Stamford; Macedonia Church, Grace Baptist Church, George Washington Carver Center, Mid-Fairfield Aids Project, Open Door Shelter in Norwalk; Pivot Ministries in Bridgeport; and Person to Person in Darien. In each location YG is treated to an overview of the good work done there.
Everyone is welcome to join the effort!