Advent outreach wrapped others in love
This December, we reached out together, into our community and shared God’s love. We partnered with three organizations to meet unique needs.
Stocking stuffers for 4 Saints Food Pantry
This year we worked with St. Alban’s and the other area churches in our deanery to provide stuffed Christmas stockings for families served by 4Saints Episcopal Food Pantry. 4Saints’ fights food insecurity in Fort Worth’s Meadowbrook community. The bags and gifts you gave were set up at St. Luke’s, where the pantry resides. On December 7, 4Saints was able to give out 120 bags and 150 stockings, and the pantry served more clients with our gifts on blustery, drizzly December 14. It is humbling to be at the pantry on a Friday and see the faces of the people we serve receiving food and gifts we provided.
And the stockings were hung… I mean laid on a table! 😉🎄🎅🏼🤶🏻
Prepare ye the way of the Lord! This Advent the generous people of St Alban's decided to fill bags with stocking…
Diane, Donna and Priscilla setting up!
Thank you to our partner churches for making our clients’ Christmas special! The bags of stocking stuffers were a big hit! And we had Just Enough! #loavesandfishes #episcopal #jesusmovement
Children’s books for Texans Can Academy
We gave an overflowing basket of 62 children’s books to help parents read to their young children! These books were for students at Texans Can Academy of Fort Worth, a charter school that aims to give teens a second chance at high school. This collection kicked off at our Advent Fest on December 2 and went through December 16.
Angel Tree for Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County
You gave Christmas gifts to 38 children at Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County. In addition, you gave gifts to adults: new pillows & sheets, socks & undershirts, shoes, and more. Your gifts of wrapping paper helped make everyone’s Christmas brighter! UGM volunteers received these gifts from us on December 20.
As you read this UGM-TC is currently transforming into a Christmas Wonderland! From now until December 20th, we will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for kids of all ages. We will then turn our boardroom over to Santa's elves (or generous members of the community) where they will create a "toy store". Parents staying at the Mission are able to choose multiple gifts for each of their children and have them wrapped by volunteers. It is only with your help that we are able to provide a happy holiday at UGM-TC. 🎁
Posted by Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County on Thursday, December 6, 2018
Thank you to all who gave to make this season fulfilling for others!
Like so many things in life, there is far more involved in loving and serving others than just things that we buy. At a time of year when Christmas reveals the gift of our God who loves us all, we provide love and hope and intentional, personal support to the poor, struggling, and homeless in our county. Let’s continue in fruitful ways to live out our church’s core value of service – to share the abundance of our resources, talents and love with each other in our community, country and around the world.
Ongoing, year-round support for 4Saints and UGM
Remember, always, through the year, our donations matter and help to bring dignity to those who are most in need. We support the needs of 4 Saints Food Pantry and Union Gospel Mission year-round by collecting non-perishable items. Large wooden bins remain in the back of our church to remind you of the needs of people served by these organizations.
Drop these items in the 4 Saints bin:
- Canned beans
- Canned potatoes
- Canned tomatoes (diced, whole, seasoned, etc.)
- Canned fruit
- Boxed cereal
- Hot cereal (oatmeal, cream of wheat, etc.)
- Cornbread mix
- Canned meat (chicken, tuna, Spam, corned beef, etc.)
- Soups & broth
- Diapers (children & adults, all sizes)
- Dish soap
- Laundry soap
Drop these items in the UGM bin:
- Canned foods
- Non-perishables – rice, beans, pasta
- Toiletries – toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products, toilet paper, deodorant, etc.
- Clothes for the season including coats, hats, gloves, scarves, socks