In the midst of our blessings, however, the Deacons ask that you remember those who are not as fortunate as we are. Summer is no holiday for those among us who are experiencing hunger, illness, loneliness, and mourning. No matter what the season, the Deacons are ready to offer help, whether it is through Loaves and Fishes, Transportation, Visitation, Food Pantry, and Bereavement. We ask that you join us this summer and through the year in lending a helping hand and heart to those in need.

Three particular opportunities to help this summer are with our School Supplies and Food Pantry missions as well as with an important summer blood drive for the Red Cross.

Through the special offerings we are able to purchase school supplies for the elementary-aged children of our Food Pantry clients, and what a difference it makes to them! For the middle-school and high-school children, we rely on donations of the items themselves (see box below for our current needs).

Why not use the more relaxed time of summer to come experience the hands-on mission of our Food Pantry? Come join us at 8-11am on Saturdays  July 8, July 22, August 12 or August 26.

Did you know that just one car accident victim can use as many as 100 units of blood? Summertime is a more difficult time for blood banks to get donors, so after last year’s successful blood drive, we are going to partner with the Red Cross once again on August 26 from 10am-3pm. Beginning the week of July 17th, donors can start making appointments by going to www.RedCrossBlood.org and entering sponsor keyword: FPCY.

We are grateful for the support of our congregation and community. We welcome your suggestions, your participation, and your prayers for our ministry.

School Supplies

On Saturday, August 12 our Food Pantry will distribute school supplies to children. We will be purchasing kits of supplies for the younger grades, and asking the congregation to bring in supplies for children in grades 6-8. The following are needed: 3 ring binders, college ruled one-subject notebooks, pencil cases, filler paper, pocket folders, pencils, pens, highlighters, composition books Look for the bin in the Gathering Space. Cash/checks are also welcome. Just mark “School Supplies” on your gift. Thank you for helping the Deacons with this ministry! Please contact Debbie Hager with questions. mdhager@hotmail.com)