MONTHLY MISSION

September 2017 >     Church World Service was established in 1946, in the aftermath of World War II. Seventeen denominations came together to form an agency "to do in partnership what none of us could hope to do as well alone." The mission: Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, comfort the aged, shelter the homeless. More than 70 years later the mission remains, though where and how we accomplish it has changed dramatically. Church World Service has worked for seven decades with one goal: building a world where there is enough for all. Church World Service affirms the power of individuals and communities to take ownership of their future. They meet the people right where they are, helping to create solutions they can maintain – and build on. That means a refugee family who is able to start a new life. Or someone rebuilding after a disaster, such as Hurricane Harvey, finds safety with dignity. Church World Services believes that there is enough food, water and justice for everyone in our world. Their work to build alliances among faith groups, civil society, advocates and those in need, and provide programs and services that are impactful, is as critical now as it ever has been. In the past year alone, they have been able to make differences in tens of thousands of lives in more than 30 countries. Please give generously to our Mission this month. Thank you! You can visit their website for more information at cwsglobal.org/.

August 2017 >     August’s Mission of the Month is the Student Food Pantry at Hudson Valley Community College. This program helps hungry and in need students. They are allowed up to two bags of non-perishable grocery items each month. such as spaghetti, sauce, tuna, soups, Ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese, pop tarts, baby formula, granola bars, small boxes of cereal and snacks. (Exceptions are made based on circumstances). Donations of baby food, diapers, new men and women undergarments, pajamas, and socks are also accepted. If you prefer to donate cash, no worries, we will gather our monetary donations at the end of the month and do the shopping for the food pantry. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Our local mission of the month will help many students and their families. If you have any Questions, see Sue Agan, or Tara Farley-Wyckoff Thank you.

July 2017 >     Hope 7 Community Center was founded in 1968 and is located on Pawling Avenue in Troy. The mission of Hope 7 is to provide life essential services to community members. Currently they have five children's childcare programs, a food pantry, and community outreach services. They depend upon the community for support - be it individuals, businesses, or local church and school groups - with their assistance ranging from cash and food donations to organizing larger scale food drives and fundraisers. The food pantry opened in 1987. It wasn't long before they were busting at the seams and their gracious neighbors at Pawling Avenue United Methodist Church offered them an area in their church basement.

In 2015, an average of 141 families reached out to Hope 7 for help each month, with many returning for unlimited visits for produce and bread. That is 1 new family a day coming to the pantry! They provided 341 different families, made up of 1,108 people (50% of whom were children), with supplies for over 42,000 meals! The majority of their support comes from donations from community organizations, schools and churches. The pantry is always in need of donations to keep feeding the families who rely on them We can help by giving to the Mission of the Month.

June 2017 >     The idea of the Barefoot College began late in the 1960's when a small group of educated youth start-ed looking for alternative ways to address the poverty in rural India. Some of these youth decided to go and live in these rural villages to be closer to the problem. In order to help, they needed to start a dialog between the "educated expert" and the village farmers and this dialog had to be one of mutual respect. It is called "Barefoot" because all over the world the rural poor walk barefoot. The College believes that for any rural development activity to be successful and sustainable, it must be based in the village as well as managed and owned by those whom it serves. Rural men and women of all ages, who are barely literate or not at all, and have no hope of getting even the lowest government job, are being trained to work as day and night school teachers, doctors, midwives, dentists, health workers, solar engineers, solar cooker engineers, water drillers, hand pump mechanics, architects, artisans, designers, masons, communicators, water testers, phone operators, blacksmiths, carpenters, computer instructors and accountants. The Barefoot College is training these people to work in the villages where they live and bring themselves out of poverty.

May 2017 >     Capital Roots runs Community Gardens, with approximately 900 garden plots in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Southern Saratoga counties. These gardens are all organic and they offer gardening and culinary classes. Their "Veggie-Mobiles" run on biofuel and the refrigerators use solar power from retrofitted solar panels. Capital Roots also has the "Produce Project" , a year-round job training program for inner city youth. Capital Roots provides affordable produce available at partnering small businesses in urban areas in the Capital District through their "Healthy Stores" program. "Squash Hunger" is another project, where donated produce is collected and distributed to local food pantries and shelters supplying fresh produce to those who need it. You can visit their website for more information at capitalroots.org.

April 2017 >     Joseph's House in Troy is a community based not-for-profit corporation whose purpose is to prevent and alleviate homelessness. It started in 1982 to help address the needs of the increasing homeless community in Troy. In the 30 years since opening, the size of the shelter and the scope of services has increased. Services that Joseph's House currently offers include:

As funding for homeless programs are constantly being cut, it is important to keep these programs running through private donations. Please consider making a donation to Joseph's House during April.

March 2017 >     Doors of Hope is located in West Sand Lake and serves the local community as a thrift store and food pantry. Doors of Hope is crucial for many families in the area who need to bridge the gap between the money they have for food and being able to provide meals for their families. During the holiday season, Doors of Hope helps the community by helping to match families in need with organizations who are able to help them. Thirty different volunteers help out at Doors of Hope and if you stop in you will often see the familiar smiling face of different members of our congregation.

February 2017 >     The Reformed Church In America Feed One program helps the neediest children in the world as well as those in the United States. Feed one is asking RCA Churches to partner with them to help rid the world of childhood hunger one child at a time. The plan is simple, one church commits to feed one child -- to provide the resources to feed one child (or more) for one week, one month or even one year. It costs $53 to feed one child for four months, $80 for six months, and $159 for an entire year. The statistics for childhood hunger are staggering. Hunger kills about 160,000 children per day, that is one child every five seconds. An additional 300 million children go to bed hungry every night. Through feed one, we can start to make a difference, on child at a time. Please consider standing with the RCA feed one program and donate to this program through our Mission of the Month.

January 2017 >     Our Wednesday evening Community Dinner mission is thriving and we are averaging between 60 and 70 guests every week. Many of those who come are old friends that have been coming since the beginning of our dinners but we are also seeing new people and more families with children. The cost of hosting this many people for dinner, even with the donations of desserts, is approximately $100 per week. The dinners are run by many volunteers from our church and are very popular. The dinners are funded by food, coupon and financial donations from local business, and are also funded by contributions by our members. We often receive donations from some of the guests but we will still need continued support to keep this program going. Please consider supporting our dinners during January.

December 2016 >     HVCC Student Food Pantry The Student Food Pantry at Hudson Valley Community College helps hungry and in need students. All eligible students are allowed up to two bags of non-perishable grocery items each month. Items such as spaghetti, sauce, tuna, soups, Ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese, pop tarts, baby formula, granola bars, small boxes of cereal and snacks. (Exceptions are made based on circumstances). Donations of baby food, diapers, new men and women undergarments, pajamas, and socks are also accepted. We will gather our monetary donations at the end of the month and do the shopping for the food pantry. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Our local mission of the month will help many students and their families. If you have any Questions, see Sue Agan, or Tara Farley-Wyckoff Thank you.

November 2016 >     Heifer International has been active for more than 70 years working to end poverty around the world. They have worked in 125 countries to help families lift themselves out of the poverty they are living in. In November we will be collecting offerings to purchase animals for families through Heifer. You will be able to specify a particular animal gift by indicating your choice on your Mission of the Month envelope or let the mission committee choose for you. The choices are a flock of geese for $20.00, a flock of chicks for $20.00, a flock of ducks for $20.00, honey bees for $30.00, a trio of rabbits for $60.00, a sheep for $120.00 and a goat for $120.00. You may donate toward a share any of these animals or a whole animal. We will have a chart in Fellowship Hall to track our progress. Please consider donating to this worthwhile mission.

October 2016 >     Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse International Relief. Find a shoebox. Wrap it, if you wish, covering the box and lid separately. Decide whether to shop for a girl or boy and choose an age category (2-4, 5-9, 10-14). Fll it with gifts (e.g. a toy, stuffed amimal, hygene items and school supplies). Bring the box to church on October 30th. We will pray over the shoeboxes on November 6th. At Christmas, they will be distributed, world-wide to childten from impoverished places. Donations of $7.00 per box, to cover shipping, are most welcome. As of April 2015, over 124 million boxes have been delivered.