Monthly Missions At Grace Episcopal Church

 

January

The Radford Clothing Bank

http://www.radfordclothingbank.org/

 

As we begin the new year, many people are cleaning out their closets of clothing that is in good shape, but they no longer wear.  This is a good time to consider passing those items on the the Clothing Bank for those in need.

January is also Grace’s month to volunteer at the Clothing Bank on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10-12pm.  Please consider giving a couple of hours of your time this month to volunteer at the Clothing Bank with other members and friends from Grace by signing up on the sheet in the Parish Hall.

For more information, please contact Diana Jordan at 639-0809.

Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated.  Please place your donation in one of the blue monthly mission envelopes and place in the collection plate.  This money goes towards paying utilities, rent, and other expenses. 

 

February

Episcopal Relief and Development

http://www.episcopalrelief.org/

 

Episcopal Relief and Development reached more than 2 million people in over 40 countries last year.

Rather than impose “one size fits all” solutions, Episcopal Relief and Development supports local, long-term initiatives that address poverty, hunger, disease, economic development and disaster response where the need it greatest.

Our partnership with the worldwide Church creates opportunities to serve communities in some of the most remote areas of the world, as well as in urban environments where extreme poverty persists.

In many of these places the Church is often on of the few institutions people trust and turn to for help.

 

March

Brain Injury Services of SWVA

http://www.bisswva.org/

 

If you think brain injury can’t happen to you….think again!  Genetic makeup, ethnic heritage, age, sex, or financial resources make no difference.  And there is no cure.  Your donations to March’s Monthly Outreach, Brain Injury Services of SWVA, help support critically needed services for children and adult survivors and their families.  Student athletes with learning challenges due to sports concussion are assisted in returning to school.  Adults are assisted in returning to work or volunteering in their communities.  Please see the display on the stage in the Parish Hall for information about the organization and its services.  Feel free to take a brochure to pass along to someone who may be in need of assistance.  Together we can make sure these services are there for those who need them now, and for those who don’t know they’ll need them in the future.

April

United Thank Offering

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/united-thank-offering

 

United Thank Offering is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the missions of the whole church. Through United Thank Offering, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. 

These prayers of Thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings.  Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity.

United Thank Offering is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the UTO monies to support mission and ministry thought out the Episcopal Church and in invited Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world.

 

May

Radford Food Pantry

Grace’s outreach for May is the Food Pantry.  The Food Pantry is especially in need of the following items:

*Tuna

*Peanut Butter

*Spaghetti Sauce

*Diapers (sizes 3, 4, & 5)

Other non-perishable items are also welcome as we will soon be entering into a time when children are not in school and that places an additional need for food through other means.

Monetary donations are very much needed as this allows the staff to buy additionally needed items not donated.

 

June

Women’s Resource Center

http://www.wrcnrv.org/

 

If you want to help break the cycle of abuse and create new lives for women in the New River Valley, there are many ways you can help.

For some people, a simple donation is the best way….we assure you we will invest your gift wisely helping women here in your community.

Others find volunteering to be the most rewarding way to help.  There are many roles to play in our organization.

Needed Items

-Prepaid phone and gas cards

-Gift cards to Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Target, Kroger, CVC, Food Lion

-Disinfectant wipes (Clorox/Lysol)

-Canned fruits and juices

-Canned meats like Spam, corned beef, ham, chicken (not tuna)

-Canned ravioli, Spaghetti-Os, etc.

-Laundry and dish detergent

-Baby wipes

-Diapers---sizes 4, 5, & 6, Pull-ups

-Shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc.

 

July

Jackson Field Homes

http://www.jacksonfeild.org/wp1/

 

Jackson-Field Homes provides innovative, intensive therapeutic services using best practice trauma models for boys and girls in residential care and our community-based services.

All programs work with each youth individually and involve each youth’s family to ensure success.  The goal is to return the child to their community as soon as possible.

We work to educate, equip and empower youth to become healthy and confident young adults.

Jackson-Field works with boys and girls ages 12 to 21 in our Adolescent Psychiatric Program, Behavioral Health Program Maternity and Infant Program and the Intensive In-Home Program.

August

Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread

http://www.radfordfairlawndailybread.org/

 

Grace’s monthly mission for August if the Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread.  This service has provided lunches Monday through Friday to area residents for almost 20 years.  They prepare and serve lunch to between 50-70 people Monday through Friday.  The food pantry is supported by a large number of volunteers and provides a daily service to many people in our community.

Donations of the following items are appreciated:  canned beans of any kind, boxed mashed potatoes, spaghetti noodles, macaroni noodles, spaghetti sauce, and paper towels.

A gift of money would also be helpful to fill gaps in the kitchen pantry.  Thanks so much in advance for considering a donation to the Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread.

 

September

Boys Home of Virginia

http://boyshomeofva.org/

 

For over 100 years, Boys Home of Virginia has been providing residential care and education for boys ages 6-18 who are socially and economically disadvantaged.  No child is turned away due to their (family’s) inability to pay.  It takes over $500 per child to provide these young men with clothes, underwear, shoes, etc., and school supplies for the year.  There is space for 70 boys at Boys Home for this year.

Many young men who come to the Boys Home are stumbling through school, needing more assistance than their parents or schools can provide them.  The staff and supporter at Boys Home help them get back on track and show that “Education is Power”.

By providing residential education, the Boys Home continues to focus on socially and economically disadvantaged young men aged 6-18.  They operate with 97% private funds, so your donations are important! 

October

Canterbury House

 

Grace Church is the sponsoring church for Canterbury House, the Episcopal student ministry at Radford University.  As our mission for September, we help provide additional support beyond what is provided by the Diocese for Canterbury House to continue its work.

Donations received during this month will go towards covering:

- Costs of food items not otherwise provided for the Wednesday night meetings and the coffee hour meetings

- Cost for students to go on retreats, and to the Diocese Convocation

-gifts given during finals week to keep these students going

-advertising and cosponsoring of events with other campus ministries

-utilities and maintenance on the house not covered by the rent from tenants

-office expenses

-all the little things that make Canterbury a “home away from home: for students while attending RU.

 

November

Radford Elf Shelf

http://www.radfordelfshelf.org/

 

The Radford Elf Shelf provides dignified Christmas assistance to financially eligible residents.  Any income eligible (200% poverty guidelines) Radford family receives a food voucher to a local grocery store, and children of those families receive new toys, gifts, and books.  Parents are able to select gifts for their children from purchased and donated gifts.

There are many ways to help Elf Shelf:

-monetary donations may be sent to PO Box 358, Radford, VA24143 or placed in the blue mission envelope and put in the offering plate

-new, unwrapped gift donations may be left in the donation box on the stage in the Parish Hall

-volunteer to help with set-up or clean-up

-volunteer to help during toy distribution.  14 volunteers are needed to help parents shop for their children on Grace’s Friday afternoon shift, 1:00-4:00 the first weekend in December

 

December

Providing gifts and gifts cards for our Grace Rooms guests and a family at Women’s Resource Center is our mission for December.