Save the Date! – SPC Members are invited to participate in the Southport Oak Island Interchurch Fellowship walk for hunger. This annual event is a wonderful gathering of local churches and the community members who walk together to raise money for our local community. More details will follow as we get closer. As a sign of unity, many of us from SPC wear the same T-shirt. It certainly is not a necessity, but just for fun. If you wish to order one, please see Sue Meyer after church or contact her for details, email@example.com The orders need to be placed by September 20th to ensure delivery in time for the event.
Several years ago, the church sponsored a service called the “backyard ministry” which aided members who needed immediate and essential help that might be difficult to obtain. Mission has decided to resurrect this ministry for church families and friends. The focus will be on efforts like prepping a property for a major storm or cleaning up after it. The scope of possible projects will depend on the skills of the team we can assemble. Each request will need to be assessed to be sure it is something the team can reasonably do. The first step is to create a list of volunteers who would be willing to be a part of this unique ministry. Not everyone who signs up will be needed each time or maybe available which is why we need a list of people from which to draw. If you are interested in joining our Community Assistance Team, please contact Bob Lambert or Doug Morrill, the Elders for Mission. Contact information is in the church directory.
During Easter, we are invited to give to this special offering to help with disaster relief. The funds are used locally, nationally, and all over the world. When the tornado hit in Brunswick County last month, PDA (Presbyterian Disaster Assistance) was there. When hurricanes destroyed our homes and beaches, assistance was immediate and long-term. The impact of your gift is also felt on all continents and many countries. To contribute, send or drop off a check to the church (make it to Southport Presbyterian Church, with the notation “OGHS”), or use the convenient and safe on-line giving tab on our website: www.southportpresbyterian.com
During much of 2020, our meal ministry was suspended because of COVID. Now with access to vaccines, we feel the time is right to safely resume the ministry. Meals prepared by members are kept in our freezer for anyone to take. Please think of this ministry when preparing soups, casseroles or main dishes. The freezer and containers are in the workroom. You can ask for help in the church office, Mon – Thurs, 9-2. If you know of someone who needs a meal, complete the form noting how many meals you have taken. No permission needed! We serve others with joy!
SPC Ministry Team members, Julia Hill and Sue Meyer, helped Cupid last week with deliveries of cards, cookies and hot chocolate for SPC’s adopted Southport Elementary School families. In addition to Christmas and Valentine’s day, throughout year the Mission Ministry will also be remembering family birthdays with cards, and the children will receive a gift card to “shop” for their birthday gift from SPC. The committee also will be delivering Easter Baskets and flowers and will be doing something fun during the summer months. For the beginning of the new school year the committee will provide school supplies and/or a gift card to help purchase what they will need. At Thanksgiving the families will be provided a gift card to help purchase their holiday dinner along with a card letting them know that the SPC adoption year has ended with the hope that SPC’s support has helped them throughout the year along with our caring, prayers and blessings.
SPC has been involved in a collaborative community outreach for the homeless for the past several years. The Mission Committee still wants to help but we must change the way we participate due to COVID. We have mission money already budgeted to pay for the rooms at a local motel. This year we are asking for donations of food gift cards from the congregation.
Here is a list of places: Food Lion and Publix (on the island), Dominoes, Oak Island Restaurant, BBQ House, Oak Island Sub Shop, and Pizza Shack. These places either deliver or are within reasonable walking distance of the motel, so clients won’t need to worry about transportation. We are suggesting $20 per card and will collect cards at three locations: the church, (offering plate in the narthex), Julia Hill’s in St. James and Laura Cacchione’s on Oak Island. Collections will end Sunday, January 24,2021. SPC will still make a difference in the Winter Sheltering Program!