Ben Salem United Church of Christ
Email the committee: [email protected]
MISSION MINDERS, SUMMER, 2020
Ben Salem’s second mission project for 2020 is Family
Promise. Over the past ten years, our congregation has
hosted homeless families for one-week stays at least four,
and often five, times each year so that Family Promise can
provide safe, rent-free accommodations to those in need.
Unfortunately, the Covid19 pandemic changed all that
because families could no longer be accommodated at
churches, yet still required housing and food. Two families
that had not yet found apartments when the pandemic shut
down the economy had to be accommodated at local hotels.
Housing costs alone were $1,120 per week, which put a
major strain on Family Promise’s thinly-padded budget. In
early April, Ben Salem donated $500 from its mission
accounts to Family Promise, but we feel that we can do
more to help so that its budget can be stabilized, and its full
program resumed once the quarantine is lifted.
This mission project will run through Sunday, August 30th.
We know that you will be generous in helping make
this mission project a great success.
Our area has always been great supporters of local and regional sport teams, and it is a tragedy to see someone of such a young age be disabled by injuries. We know that you will be generous in helping us to make this mission project a great success.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:58
Prayer Chain: The Prayer Chain is a way for anyone to request prayer for a specific need… . [or thanksgiving or joy].
Meals Ministry: Do you know someone who is shut-in or recovering from a hospitalization, serious injury or illness, or mourning the loss of a loved one that could benefit from a hot or a frozen meal? Ben Salem has a Meals Ministry Team that can help ease the daily burdens of families or individuals within our church and community by providing ready-to-eat meals. If you would like to volunteer with this ministry or know of someone in need, please contact Karen Hayman or the Church Office.
Called to Care: Trained volunteers from our church are available to assist the Pastor in visiting shut-in or hospitalized church members who are no longer able to attend regular worship services or participate in church functions. If you would like a “Called to Care” volunteer to visit you, please contact the Pastor at the Church Office (570) 386-3870. We are looking for more volunteers for this Committee!
If you are interested in sharing God’s love with shut-in members of our congregation, please contact Pastor McGowan.
Prayer Shawl Ministry: The Prayer Shawl Committee is in need of helpers to make prayer shawls. If you can knit or crochet and would like to help, please contact the church office for more information.
CLOTHING BIN UPDATE
Due to COVID, the bins are sealed and are not taking donations at this time.
A smaller red clothing bin has replaced the two bins we previously had by the
old Social Hall. Please feel free to donate clothing or shoes that you no longer need