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Church Without Walls – May 1, 2016

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.

OFFSITE PROJECTS

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).]

 ONSITE PROJECTS

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.

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Church Without Walls- Sunday, May 3rd

Church without Walls is an opportunity for congregation members, friends and visitors to participate in community service projects throughout the day.  We will begin the day with a condensed worship at 10 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.  After worship, we will break into our work groups to begin our projects for the day.

Church without Walls is an opportunity to be a church out in the surrounding communities involved in hands on mission projects to build fellowship among our church members and community. The chosen projects and the community members they help will provide a collaborative framework for a faith-building experience.

If you would like to get involved in any of the projects listed below please call Lesley O’Boyle at the church office at 570-288-8434.  There are projects for all ages, skill levels and abilities.

Celebration:  Come and join the Celebration Team at Wesley Village for our Church Without Walls project on Sunday, May 3rd at 10:00 a.m. We will join the residents at Wesley Village and Make a Joyful Noise for a few fun hours of singing and fellowship. We’ll need some singers and bakers to make this project a success.

Church & Community:  With your gardening hats and gloves, join the Church and Community Ministry Team in the landscaping of a local Head Start center for our Church Without Walls project. Together with the Property Team, we will weed and plant at the center on Meyer St. in Edwardsville.

Additionally, the Church and Community Ministry Team will provide bathing suits and towels to approximately 30 children of the Head Start Jump Start program. This summer program includes water activities and a week at the JCC camp for which these items are needed. Partner with us by donating a child sized beach towel. A collection box will be in the Narthex.

Education:  As a part of Church Without Walls, the Education Ministry Team would like to invite everyone to participate in the 3rd Annual JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes with the walk team, “Friends and Family for a Cure.” You can register for the walk or make a donation to the team by visiting the team page at http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/friendsandfamily or in person on the day of the walk. The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes is on Sunday, May 3rd at PNC Field in Moosic (home of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders). Registration starts at 9:00 A.M. and the walk begins at 10:00 A.M. There will be food, entertainment, and vendors.

The Education Ministry Team will also be taking donations of items to be collected for bags for patients at the First Hospital.  We are collecting crayons, notebooks with no spiral wire bindings, pencils, activity books (puzzles, sudoku, etc.)  Items can be dropped off to Lesley O’Boyle in the church office.  On May 3rd, we will make cards and organize the items donated into the bags and deliver them to First Hospital.

Finance:  The Finance Ministry Team will be providing and serving a meal to the men of VISION on May 15th when they are staying at St. Stephen’s church.

Member Care & Development:  Member Care & Development will sanitize the Indoor Play Area at the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association.

Mission:  Can’t travel to Honduras to build schools and churches, but still want to participate in a meaningful mission project?   No worries!  We have two volunteer opportunities for you right here in the greater Wyoming Valley.

The Mission Ministry Team has committed to two Church Without Walls activities, and we’re looking for church members who would like to volunteer for one (or both!) of these projects.  It is not necessary to be a member of any particular church Ministry Team.

No special skills required.  Just a desire to serve.

1)  St. Vincent Soup Kitchen, Wilkes-Barre.  Sunday, May 3, 2015, 9am-1pm, to make sandwiches, set-up and serve.

2)  Habitat for Humanity.  Saturday, May 2, 2015, approximately 10am-2pm, to prepare and serve lunch to volunteers working on a Habitat home at a location in the greater Wilkes-Barre area.

Please contact Evelyn Kersey (at 570-696-544 or ekersey@epix.net) or the church office to sign up for one of these activities.  Thanks!

Personnel:  The Personnel Ministry Team of COCU has chosen “Sleep Tight” as their project for Church without Walls Sunday in May. All are invited to participate by donating new pajamas for children of all ages. Please drop the pajamas in the donation box located in the entrance to worship or to the church office by April 26th and do not gift wrap them. They will then be donated to local agencies to be distributed as needed. With your help we can make a great deal of children snug and happy!

Program Planning:  Program Planning will be putting together Mission Central Hygiene Kits in Fellowship Hall.

Property and Church & Community:  With your gardening hats and gloves, join the Property Ministry Team in the landscaping of a local Head Start center for our Church Without Walls project. Together with the Church & Community Ministry Team, we will weed and plant at the center on Meyer St. in Edwardsville.

Stitch Ministry:  Stitch Ministry will be making tie blankets in Fellowship Hall which will be donated to local community organizations.

 

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Church without Walls- June 29

Church without WallsChurch without Walls is an opportunity for congregation members, friends and visitors to participate in community service projects throughout the day.  We will begin the day by worshiping together at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary.  After this condensed worship service we will break into our work groups to begin our projects for the day.

Church without Walls is an opportunity to be a church out in the surrounding communities involved in hands on mission projects to build fellowship among our church members and community. The chosen projects and the community members they help will provide a collaborative framework for a faith-building experience.

You can sign-up for one of the many projects listed below in Fellowship Hall after worship or by calling the church office at 570-288-8434.  There are projects for all ages, skill levels and abilities.

Celebration:   We will join the residents at Wesley Village and Make a Joyful Noise for a few fun hours of singing and fellowship. We’ll need some singers and bakers to make this project a success.

Church and Community:  We will be hosting a “Fleecing and Icing” event at Ruth’s Place (the shelter for women who are temporarily displaced). We plan to help in creating no-sew fleece blankets with the women and share icing techniques for cupcake decorating.

Education:  We will be painting the COCU nursery room.  We also need assistance moving shelves and tables from the 3rd floor to the Sunday School rooms in the basement.

Personnel and Emergency Assistance: We will be collecting items for hospital kits for children.  We will then package the items on the 29th in fellowship hall.

Program Planning:  We will be putting together Mission Central Hygiene Kits in Fellowship Hall.

Property: We will be painting the Hoyt Library wrought iron fence.

Stitch Ministry:  We will be crocheting and knitting items for cancer patients.  Yarn and hooks will be provided.

Member Care/ Development:  We will be doing a simple clean-up at the Forty- Fort Cemetery.

 

 

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Church Without Walls- September 29, 2013

Where:  Surrounding Communities around Church of Christ Uniting & Fellowship Hall of Church of Christ Uniting, Kingston

When:  Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 10AM

Who:  All congregation members, family members, friends, and anyone in the community who would like to help others in the community.   All ages are welcome and childcare will be provided.

Church without Walls is exactly that; participating in church on Sunday outside of the building by helping others.  There will be no worship service inside the Church of Christ Uniting building September 29th.  Instead, we will be a church out in the surrounding communities* involved in hands on mission projects.  It will help us build fellowship among our church members and community.  The projects that have been chosen and the people we will be helping in the community will prove to be a faith-building experience.

You can sign-up for one of the many projects listed below on Rally Day, Sunday, September 8th in Fellowship Hall after worship.   As you can see, there will be lots of projects to choose from that all ages, skill levels and abilities can participate in.

Celebration:   Wesley Village; Make a Joyful Noise; Music and Fellowship                               

Church and Community:  Pre-School Library Project- in church

Education:  Catherine McAuley House Kits- in church

Emergency Assistance, S. Gifts, Mary’s Group: UMCOR Sewing and Health Kits

Finance:  Meal for Vision

Member Dev. and Care:  Soup Kitchen and Coordination with Other Committees

Mission:  Habitat for Humanity

Personnel:  Hospital Kits for Children- in church

Program Planning:  Ruth’s Place

Property:  Kingston Park Clean-Up

Stitch Ministry:  Crochet/ Knit Items and Tie Blankets for Soup Kitchen- in church                

Sunday School and Youth Group:  Inspiration Rally through Community

*There will be some projects located in Fellowship Hall.  Most include putting kits together or making items to be donated.

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