Church Without Walls is an opportunity for congregation members, friends, and visitors to participate in community service projects throughout the day. It is an opportunity to be a church out in the surrounding community, involved in hands-on mission projects to build fellowship among our church members and the community. The chosen projects and the community members they help will provide a collaborative framework for a faith-building experience.
We will begin the day with a condensed worship at 10 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. After worship, we will break into groups to perform several different mission projects, both on- and off-site.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PROJECT: One group will be getting a one-day head start on the rest, providing a lunch for the Habitat For Humanity work crew on Saturday, April 30th (they don’t work on Sundays). The work site is located at 68 Barnes St., Ashley, Pa. We are looking for about five people to help prepare, deliver and share lunch at the work site. We will also tour the project, meet the family and learn more about Habitat. Participants will meet at the church before noon and carpool to the work site (as parking may be limited). For more specific information, please contact Barb Swanson or Amy Ellsworth. [UPDATE: This project was cancelled due to poor weather conditions (the Habitat work crew cancelled work for the day).]
WESLEY VILLAGE PROJECT: We will be sponsoring a sing-along at Wesley Village, 209 Roberts Rd., Pittston, Pa. We need volunteers to come to Wesley Village on Sunday, May 1st, to help our Minister of Music, Carl Ruck, make a joyful noise as we sing a few of the residents’ favorite hymns, and then have some fellowship with those who attend. The sing-along will begin at 10:00 a.m. (Please note: The Wesley Village group will NOT be starting at COCU.) We are also looking for some bakers to provide cookies and/or snacks and drinks. If you would like to go but need a ride, please contact the church office.
LYNDWOOD CENTER PROJECT: The Lyndwood Center in Hanover Township is the home to educational and behavioral programs for Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18 (such as the LIU 18 Pre-K Counts Program). This mission project involves the beautification of the exterior landscaping of the building. Bring your rakes, shovels and gloves to help in this worthwhile project! (Some more information about the new Lyndwood Center can be found in this Times Leader article.) [UPDATE: This project was rescheduled and completed on Saturday, April 30, due to the poor weather forecast for Sunday, May 1.]
HEAD START PROJECT: We will be conducting a spring clean-up project at the Edwardsville Head Start Center, 111 Meyers Street, Edwardsville, Pa. We will also be placing mulch and planting flowers around the building.
KINGSTON POOL PROJECT: We will be painting the entrance to the newly renovated Kingston Pool. (More information about the pool renovation project can be found in this WNEP news story. Some pictures of the new pool equipment while under construction can be found here and here.) [UPDATE: This project was cancelled due to construction/work-site status (due to construction delays, the work site was not ready for us to paint).]
RUTH’S PLACE PROJECT: We will be preparing Spring “Pick Me Up” kits for Ruth’s Place Women’s Shelter. Donations can be dropped off in the marked box on Sundays in the narthex and the reception office weekdays: full size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash; perfume, body spray, mousse, lip gloss/balm, hair brushes, nail clippers, emery boards, nail polish and remover, body and hand lotion. All are welcome to help put the kits together on Sunday, May 1st, in Fellowship Hall.
FIRST HOSPITAL PROJECT: On Sunday, May 1st, we will be making cards and putting together bags for patients at First Hospital in Kingston. We are asking for word search, Sudoku, crossword puzzles, sketch pads (not spiral bound), crayons (no built in sharpener), washable markers, watercolor paints, playing cards and tissues. Please drop these items off in the church office and put “Attention Matt Pawlowski and Alexa Eidam, Church Without Walls” on your donations.