Mission & Outreach
The committee for Mission & Outreach meets on the second Monday of the month at 7 pm in the Fireside Room, January through May and then again August through December. The group does not meet during the months of June and July, but outreach activities continue year-round.
Next meeting for Mission & Outreach: April 10 at 7 pm in the Fireside Room.
Become part of something big - join the Committee for Mission & Outreach! We have room for two more persons on the committee. We help organize a number of projects throughout the year to assist our local and wider communities. Contact Joyce Cox to find out more.
Our Mission & Outreach team has spearheaded a number of services that members of the Community Church have continued to provide through their volunteer efforts and donations. As the homeless population in Sebastopol has grown, so has the involvement of our church in serving our neighbors in need. An average of 15 requests for help are received each week.
In 2015 the Community Church provided:
- 1,426 showers, with a clean towel, soap and shampoo
- 480 loads of clean laundry
- 800 bus rides to folks without transportation
- 107 shoeboxes filled with toiletries and personal necessities of life
- 150 pairs of socks provided to homeless men
- Nearly 1,000 snack bags distributed
- 120 hot meals served at our 2nd Saturday Lunch
For more than a year the Community Church has participated in the Safe Parking Program. Currently we are hosting 5 families, each vetted and selected by the Catholic Charities Homeless Services Center.
Alternative Gifts - give the gift of hope
The Alternative Gifts International is a collection of gifts to donate products or services to a specific cause. When you make a purchase from the Alternative Gifts catalog, you receive a gift card to present, explaining about the alternative gift you have purchased in your recipient's name. Through your Alternative Gifts purchase you can honor your gift recipient by giving someone in desperate need a flock of chickens, eye surgery, a month of care for an orphan or clean water and more. Choose from a multitude of wonderful and helpful gifts that will be truly appreciated. Mission & Outreach will have catalogs available this Christmas so you can give the gift of hope – a gift that can change a life! Shop from home and save gas - give from the Alternative Gifts International catalog.
Alternative Gifts International catalogs are available in the church entry and the church office. Pick up yours today!
Sock and Underwear Tree & The Shoebox Ministry
Your generosity is amazing! Thanks to your help, 119 useful and warm items were delivered to those in need at Crossing the Jordan, a special shelter for women and children.
And you broght in 151 filled and wrapped shoeboxes for our SHoebox Ministry that were delivered to the Homeless Services Center. . Thank you!
All of the items were gratefully received and we know they will be put to good use.
Roseland Cup Soccer Tournament
Thank You for Your Help: Sucess!
A big THANK YOU to our church family for your help and monetary sponsorship of the Roseland Soccer Cup III held on October 1. Thanks to your efforts we were able to sponsor a soccer team – complete with team jerseys with our church logo on the front – and for the second year in a row, our team won first place! This special soccer event is designed to strengthen relationships between local youth and law enforcement through team sports. Each team consisted of at least one officer playing with the youth and proved a success with open dialogue that continued on and off the field. Great job, great success and we plan to see you next year!
Eye glasses collection
Eye glasses that are no longer suitable for your wear can make a world of difference in someone else's life. Donating your old eyeglasses can save someone in a developing nation from unemployment - recycled eyeglasses can be the difference between a blacksmith continuing his work or closing up shop, or the factor that enables a woman to support herself by doing embroidery rather than becoming destitute. Glasses can be dropped off at the church at any time - look for the collection box in the church entry. Hearing aids that are no longer in use are also a welcome donation.