Church in the World Notes

St. James Church in the World Committee is responsible for overseeing the Food Pantry and the Benevolence distributions from St. James. On a monthly basis they review worthy charities and causes and recommend where St. James Benevolences should be sent. This year, we’ll be identifying the charity a month in advance and providing you information about those charities, giving you an opportunity to make additional gifts toward those causes.

As a way of helping the congregation connect with the gifts made, Church in the World will publish in advance their chosen agencies with dynamic links that will allow you to simply “click and learn” about the agencies or charities. If you choose, you can make direct donations to those agencies as well. We are quite often moved to generosity by understanding, so here is our way of making known all the good that is being done!

In the month of January, St. James will be making donations of $100.00 each of Benevolence Funds to the following agencies.

Northland Assistance Center is a social service agency that works north of the river providing Pantry, Rent/Housing Assistance, gasoline and travel vouchers, and medicine chest services.

Della Lamb provides emergency and particularly Refugee Resettlement services throughout the Metro.

Bread for the World” is an advocacy agency that works at the national and international level to monitor and lobby for world hunger resources, provide education and research to inform legislators on sound and just policies to end hunger and provide for just and equitable food and aid policies.

In February gifts will be given to:

Northland Shepherd’s Center which is a non-profit that works to assure quality of life for those age 60 and above, doing projects, home repair, and meals on wheels.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services which advocates and works for resettlement of refugees into communities.

December Pantry Service Numbers

The St. James Food Pantry is a supplemental nutrition pantry offered to the school districts of North Kansas City and Parkville. If children are receiving free or reduced lunch, we assume the whole family is likely food insecure, and so they are allowed to shop once a week at the Pantry to supplement their food. The Pantry is open Sundays and Wednesdays, and by appointment.

In December, 158 households utilized the Pantry (That averages about 20 families per time the Pantry is open.) That accounts for 336 adults and 414 children who received food from St. James.

Another way of looking at it, for every single time the pantry is opened, 95-100 people receive food for that week. Loaves and fishes kind of work!

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP WITH MLM’S CHRISTMAS STORE!

St. James members were instrumental in the success of this year’s Metro Lutheran Ministry Christmas Store at Immanuel Lutheran in Westport.  Thank you to the Project Group, who spent the year making beautiful quilts, knitting caps, decorating cookie containers and putting together Christmas stocking kits.

Thank you to those who baked cookies, made the stockings, brought blankets and shopped for gift items or donated money to purchase food vouchers. Thanks to Craig Simon for collecting 14 “gently used” bikes for the Christmas Store.

Thanks to those who loaded 3 cars and 4 pick-ups with the gifts from St. James. Thanks to the Guggenmoses, Schuettes, Simons, Stones, Grace Holmen, Connie Royal and Norb Stracker, who drove them to Immanuel and unloaded them into the “Store.”

Thanks to members who volunteered their time setting up the store or helped clients shop while the Store was open.

In addition to the items brought by members, St. James’ $500 donation through undesignated benevolence purchased clothing for all ages. Your generosity has made the holiday happier for about 900 families served at this year’s Store. Thanks for your help in fulfilling St. James’ mission to serve those in need.

Clothing Collection for Clay County Clothes Closet

CCCC-Light-Background-1The annual collection of gently used clothing for the Clay County Clothes Closet will be held from April 8, 2018 – April 22, 2018.  As you put away those winter clothes and get out things for warmer weather, bring the items the kids have outgrown or you’re no longer wearing to share with others who depend on the Clothes Closet.  In addition to used clothing, the Clothes Closet also needs some new items – namely underwear and socks.  To help with this need, we are designating the following special donation days:

Sunday, April 15 – Undie Sunday – Bring packages of new underwear for any age or gender.

Sunday, April 22 – Sock it to ‘Em Sunday – Bring new socks for any age or gender.

All donations will be collected here at church and delivered to the Clothes Closet on April 24th.