Current Mission and Outreach Activity
Backpack & School Supply Drive
Starting July 6, we will be collecting backpacks and school supplies for the United Methodist Economic Ministry (UMEM) in Salem, Maine. UMEM is an agency of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church. They accept any size backpack and any school supply for children from preschool to high school. Notebooks, pens, pencils, binders, crayons, erasers, and more are all welcome. The collection will end on August 3 so that the backpacks and school supplies can be delivered to Maine before the start of the school year.
Habitat for Humanity Build Day
Our next Habitat for Humanity build day is Saturday, July 19. We need people with all levels of experience to join our team. Our group is scheduled to work at 100 Parker Street in Lawrence, which is being converted into 10 units of affordable housing. The build day starts at 8:15 am and typically ends around 4:30 pm. Contact Paul Carlotto to sign up and learn more.
We need to fundraise to help with the cost of supplies and site supervision. The suggested donation for faith-based groups is $850. If you are not able to build, please sponsor someone on the team so that we can reach this fundraising goal.
National Night Out
On Tuesday, August 5 our church will be participating in North Andover’s National Night Out. This annual event is sponsored by local law enforcement and Neighborhood Watch. It is held from 6-8 pm at Hayes Stadium, behind the North Andover Middle School. We will have games for kids, plus hand out information about our church and Imagine No Malaria. If you have ideas to share or would like to help that night, please contact a member of the Mission and Outreach Committee: Karen Bacchi, JoAnn Carlotto, Paul Carlotto, Susan Lewis, Paul Rabs, or Lynn Satriale. Even if you can’t help, consider bringing your family to National Night Out. The entire event is free, including free food, and it is a great opportunity for all of us to get out into the community and get to know our neighbors better. We hope to see you there!
Bread & Roses Dinner
Since August has 5 Saturdays, we will be preparing a meal at the Bread& Roses soup kitchen on August 30. Please look for a signup sheet on the table near the front door of the church in early August. We will need donations of food, money to purchase hamburger, and helpers to prepare the meal starting at 2:00 pm in the Bread & Roses kitchen at 58 Newbury Street, Lawrence. If you have any questions about helping or would like to donate money for hamburger, please talk to Susan Lewis or Karen Bacchi.
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