Rice & Beans: Our children package up donated rice and beans on the second Sunday of each month. The food is distributed to needy families with some going also to the Community Table and United Christian Ministries.
Joyful Noise: At the end of Sunday services, the children are invited to join in the recessional; they choose a bell, tambourine, or other instrument from a box at the front of the church and follow the crucifer to the back of the church during the final hymn. Then one of them who is tall enough and strong enough gets to ring the church bell to end the service.
Box Tops for Education: There is a basket under the white board in the Parish Hall where you can place any of these box tops you may have. This is an ongoing project for our children.
Nursery/Child Care during Church: The children are led in various activities that complement the day’s Bible lesson. Snacks are provided, and if the weather is cooperative, they have some time to play on the playground.
Outreach / Charities
First Sunday Plate Offering: The plate offering the first Sunday of each month is distributed to one of several local charities on a rotating basis. These include Circles of Hope, Clean Slate Coalition, The Community Table, MainSpring Land Trust, Midwives For Haiti, and Vecinos Farmworker Health Program, a health care program that works with migrant farm workers in the Western North Carolina region. Farm workers sometimes don't have the necessary resources needed to keep themselves healthy. Donations of things such as floss, toothpaste, bandages, eye-drops, etc. are collected and packaged for distribution to individual workers.
Project Panama: Volunteers travel to Boquete, Panama each spring along with Franklin and Sylva Rotary Club members to help in the restoration and repair of the El Banco de Palmira school located in the remote area of the Chiriqui Province of Panama. Non-travelers donate school supplies for the school students.
Soup and Bread Community Supper
On the last Sunday of each month, August through April, we gather in The Gathering Place (the parish hall) to share a simple meal of soup and bread prepared by members. We make a particular effort to invite our neighbors, acquaintances, newcomers, and students to this regular event, to create a community of welcome. Participants are encouraged to make a donation for the same rotating group of local non-profits listed above in Outreach/Charities.
This dedicated group of church members prepares the altar prior to church services, arranges flowers, decorates the church for Christmas, Easter, and some other occasions, cares for the altar linens and does many other things that are often taken for granted.
For information or to join this ministry please contact Faye Jacobson.
Various people, mostly unnoticed, see to it that chairs and tables are set up, dishes and tablecloths washed, pews tidied after services, coffee grounds composted, etc. etc. etc. There is a sign-up board in the Parish Hall where anyone can volunteer to be reader, chalice bearer, to host coffee hour, etc. Everyone is invited to be a church mouse! You name it and a church mouse probably sees that it gets done.
Two parishioners are assigned for each service to greet people as they arrive, hand out bulletins, and make visitors feel comfortable and welcome. They arrange for two folks to collect the morning’s offering and to bring the offering and the communion elements to the altar during the service. They also do other things as needed at the beginning of the service. To join this ministry please contact Jake Jacobson.
Parish Care Ministry
Members pray for those who are sick or experiencing any difficulty. They also try to be aware of any needs and offers help where appropriate - rides to appointments, hospital visitation, short-term respite for our caretakers, phone calls to shut-ins, meals for families experiencing illness. Contact Faye Jacobson with any requests, needs, suggestions, or to help.
If you need medical-related equipment or have something you can offer, contact Claire Marsh. Claire keeps a list of who has what to facilitate sharing.
A conscious effort is made to reduce our use of non-recyclable products as well as to recycle items that can be recycled.