LOCAL MINISTRY PROJECTS

Crock Pots for Hope 7 >     Hope 7 is in need of Crock Pots (various sizes) to be given to their Food Pantry clients at Christmas. Anyone willing to donate please bring your Crock Pot and your favorite Crock Pot recipe to the church no later than November 29th. If you cannot donate, but wish to contribute they can always use food or help with packaging or assembly. Please see the sign up sheet in Fellowship Hall to purchase a crock pot. If you have any questions, please see Linda Simonian.

Adopt a Family >     Once again our congregation will be adopting a family through Doors of Hope for Christmas. This year our family has two children, a little boy who is 2 years old and loves Ninja Turtles and a baby girl who is three months old. The little boy wears a size 24 month and would like any toys that are Ninja Turtles, books, and any other toys suitable for a 2 year old boy. The baby girl wears 0-3 month size and mom would like princess or Hello Kitty items and baby head bands.

Doors Of Hope >     We collect donations of non-perishable food and baby items for Doors of Hope throughout the year. Doors of Hope is an ecumenical community food pantry and thrift shop located at the intersection of Routes 43 and 150 in West Sand Lake, New York. Completely run and operated by community volunteers, it sells donated items in good condition to raise money for its food pantry, which helps local families in need. Donations to Doors of Hope are fully tax-deductible. Doors of Hope belongs to the Northeast Regional Food Bank. The shop operates Monday-Saturday 9:30 am - 4 pm, with additional hours Thursday night until 7 pm. Donations are accepted until one hour before closing. For more information, call 674-4048.

Joseph's House & Shelter >     Joseph's House & Shelter is a community based not for profit corporation whose purpose is to prevent and alleviate homelessness. Each month the members of First Reformed show compassion and giving through donations and preparations of meals.

Community Cupboard >     At the September 2013 Deacon's meeting, it was decided that we would revive the "Community Cupboard" to help those in our community who may be in need. We will be putting envelopes similar to the Mission of the Month envelopes in the bulletin on the first Sunday of each month. Please consider making donations to the Community Cupboard. The deacons will also be collecting items to help with the Synod's effort to provide items to the AIDS Council. There will be a collection box in fellowship hall to collect personal care items such as tooth brushes, tooth paste, shampoo etc. Please check in fellowship hall for a complete list.

Samaritan Hospital Spiritual Care Services >     The First Reformed Church participates the chaplains team that provide spiritual care to patients. This ministry provides compassionate spiritual and emotional support to people of all faiths, or of no particular faith. Being in the hospital can be a difficult time for you, your family, and friends. Whether you are ill or undergoing a medical procedure, you may find strength in sharing your concerns and praying with a chaplain.  Chaplains listen to you, pray with you, connect you with the spiritual resources you may need, and care for your spiritual well-being.

Social Service Programs in Rensselaer County >     are listed online by the Northeast Regional Food Bank.