Church in the World Notes

St. James Church in the World Committee (CITW) 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 March the committee will be lifting up these two excellent organizations:

Oaks Indian Mission serves children from ages 4-18 from a multitude of tribal backgrounds. Children come to Oaks by placement of families or legal guardians, tribes, courts or DHS. We are licensed to house 58 children in home-like cottages where they receive love, food, shelter, clothing and guidance. Children will attend school at Oaks Mission Public School. There is an opportunity right now to partner with the Mabee Foundation in matching gifts to build a new cottage to house children. Click on the link above to find out more. CITW will be sending $150.00 to be matched.

Federal Employees Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) Following the government shut-down last month we all learned a great deal about the precarious nature of government employees who are required to report to work but receive no compensation during the shut down. St. James held a Spaghetti dinner to support our government employees and received gifts toward their expenses. We sent $350.00 in donations to FEEA and CITW will be sending an additional $150.00. Click the link above to see how FEEA supports and helps people in time of transition and need.

Federal Employee Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Thank you to all who contributed to the fundraiser for federal employees on Saturday, February 2nd.  Over $600 were raised for the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (a 501c3 supporting federal employees and their families) and tens of pounds of food was donated to the St. James pantry.  It was a great evening to demonstrate how quickly St. James can be called to action and respond to an urgent need.  It was also a heartwarming evening of fellowship.

Thank You Chapel Hill Elementary

A special ‘Thank You!‘ to the administration, staff, teachers and children at Chapel Hill Elementary School in Gladstone, Missouri.  They recently held their annual food drive fro St. James’ Food Pantry and collected 2,179 pounds of food! It took two filled pick-up trucks to transport.

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!

Kitchen Equipment Needs for “The Gathering Table”

“The Gathering Table (formerly Children’s Memorial Church) is an integral part of support for the homeless community in their Northeast neighborhood.  They serve meals to about 100 individuals on Wednesday mornings and Saturday lunches as well as providing other necessary services.  Their kitchen is in need of some updating as appliances are outdated and operational funds are limited.  First Lutheran, a significant sponsor and coordinator of the Saturday lunches, has started a fundraiser for a new commercial refrigerator for their kitchen, which will cost about $3,000.  This is a worthy project and supported by your Church In The World Committee.  If you would like to contribute to this fund, please make checks payable to St. James with “Gathering Table Refrigerator” in the memo field.  If you have any questions, contact Norb Stracker or any member of the CITW Committee.”

Gathering Table Feeding —Our next time to serve at the Table will be February 23rd. Watch the bulletin for information on donating and serving.

Thank You St. James Crop Walkers, and St. James Members.

enough for all.jpgThis year’s CROP HUNGER WALK was held on Sunday, October 14. It was a rainy, drizzly day but spirits were good as was the walk. Thank you to our walkers, Brenda Boeke, Tom Bishop, Barb Menefee, Toby Proctor, Christ and Julia Schliesman, Bobbi Stracker and Mary Temperelli.

St. James raised $4,190.00!

Combine that with our gifts to Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran Disaster Relief, our Food Pantry and MLM Benevolences and Bread for the World, and St. James will have contributed over $16,000.00 to address world and domestic hunger issues by year’s end! We are Blessed!

Crop Hunger Walk

This year’s Crop Hunger Walk will be held on Sunday, October 14, starting from Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak St, Kansas City, MO, at 1:30 pm.  Crop Walk is sponsored by Church World Service and proceeds go to local (25%) and international (75%) efforts to fight hunger and poverty.  Funds raised assist victims of war and natural disasters and support grassroots self-help development programs in more than 80 countries, including the U.S.

St. James will be participating again this year by recruiting walkers and donations.  If you would like to join the St. James walk team, registration forms will be available at the CROP information table located in the narthex starting September 2nd.  If you are will to support a walker with your donation, we can link you with a walker.

World Map of Grain on Plate

https://www.crophungerwalk.org/kansascitymo/Team/View/84781/St-James-Lutheran

 

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

SOH[1]Thank you to everyone who helped with the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive;

  • Shelly for helping to promote the food drive and requests for volunteers through email blasts and the bulletin
  • Cliff, Ty, Ben, Lyle, Cindy, Mitch & Debra for loading the trucks at the post offices
  • Norb for helping Rich set up the unloading assembly line at the church
  • Rich, Denise, Vicki, Sandy, Tim, Tom, Grace and Pastor Merle for unloading the truck, weighing the bins and shelving the donations
  • Anyone who made a food or monetary donation
  • And everyone who helps sort the donations over the next few weeks.

We collected 3,722 pounds of food for our pantry which will be distributed to families referred to us through the North Kansas City and Parkville School Districts.  We are grateful for your generosity and support of the St. James Food Pantry.

St. James Pantry Volunteer Needed

The St. James Food Pantry needs a backup person to maintain the meat inventory when the main person is unavailable.  Inventory is currently done on Friday from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm but could be done anytime from Thursday through Saturday when coordinated with others.  If interested or for additional information contact Norb Stracker.

Restart Lunch

reStart-logoMany thanks to everyone who supported the February outreach meal at ReStart, Inc.  We served lunch to just under 80 residents and friends of the shelter.

Our next visit there will be SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018.   We learned a few things about the eating preferences of the clients last time and are adjusting our menu accordingly.  Thus, we’ll need donations of desserts, hot dog buns, apples, and halos (cuties).  We could also use cash donations toward the purchase of potato salad and canned chili.  If you wish to make a financial contribution to this mission, just make the check payable to St. James, but write ReStart on the line.

We will also need a crew of drivers and servers to deliver, set up, and serve the meal.  Clean-up takes a few more minutes and we’ll be ready to leave around 1 pm.

If you are able to help in any way, please sign up on the sheets located in the Impact Center.  Thanks in advance!