Outreach and Service Commission, March 28, 2017

Outreach and Service Commission

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bill Dornbush, Jennifer Dornbush, Lindsey Kerr, Diane Jackson, John Creager, Carmen Rapp

Opening Devotion: Bill read James 2:14-20, from The Messenger Bible translation and an excerpt from Adam Hamilton’s “Seeing Gray”.


Correspondence:  No correspondence received.

The minutes were approved as written.



Report from Church Council:  The Budget was the main focus of the meeting as there is a deficit of $124,000.  There were several actions taken to address the deficit.  The first action is to form a Stewardship “Dream Team” to brainstorm ideas to raise money. The second action is a May stewardship campaign which Norm Bryan has volunteered to chair.  The third action was to form a committee to look into the possibilities for the FUMC property.  Three commissions or committees report to Church Council each meeting to update the Church Council on their accomplishments. 

Fair Trade Products – Bill 

Selling assignments:

April 2:  Diane, Carmen

April 9:  John,

April 16:  Easter Sunday, no table

            April 23:  Marsha and Jack

            April 30:  Andrea, Linda

Homeless Ministries Taskforce Update- John

At the HMTF meeting, individuals were asked about their feelings about solving the homeless situation.  Two groups were formed:  one for long-term solutions and one for short-term solutions. 

Special Offerings - Jennifer received updates of special offerings:  Between December 1, 2016 and March 28, 2017, $14,090.36 was received for special offerings.  UMCOR special offering received $2,693.00 last Sunday.

Community Garden Workshop– Jennifer   A Master Gardener Workshop will be held June 3rd at 10:30 a.m.  Topics will be Problem Solving, Pest Management, Improving Soil and Transition from spring to summer garden.  Garden plots will be rented beginning Saturday, April 1.

Update from Hope City in Middletown - Diane

Orval Young’s home was dedicated last month.  Two more homes will be dedicated soon.  For the VIM trips, 10 are registered June 11-16; 7 for the September 17-22 week and 13 for the October 8-13 week.

The team building framework should be up by the end of March or mid-April.  Sonoma Chanson will be giving a fundraiser concert at our church on June 4. 



Sanctuary Group - Lindsey

The group continues to meet every other Thursday.  A workshop “Know Your Rights” was held last Saturday and was very well attended.  Lindsey and an immigration attorney (Florence _____) facilitated.  The attorney encouraged all undocumented people to get an ID if they did not have a driver’s license.  The Fijian congregation would like to pray with us.  Lindsey suggested we plan a Prayer Vigil.  There was also the suggestion to begin an immigration fund to support this ministry. 

Pedal 4 Protein Bike Ride - Lindsey

This week-long 270 mile bike ride sponsored by Presbytery of the Redwoods raises money for local food pantries.  They will begin and end their ride at the Stony Point campus.  It was suggested that a “Faire” be set up with informational tables representing healthy eating.


Bulletin Board:

April:  Easter Offering for Paul Jeffery – Diane; VIDAS - Lindsey


Roseleaf Articles for May:

Diane will write the VIM article, Bill will write the Sonoma Chanson concert article and Jennifer will submit the Community Garden Workshop announcement on June 3.


Our next meeting will be TUESDAY, APRIL 25 AT 4:00 p.m. in the Carriage House.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Carmen Rapp

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