Outreach and Service, Feb 28, 2017

Outreach and Service Commission

Monday, February 28, 2017

Bill Dornbush, Jennifer Dornbush, Lindsey Kerr, Diane Jackson, Marsha Vas-Dupre, Andrea Davis, Carmen Rapp

Opening Devotion: Bill read Matthew 5, The Beatitudes, from The Messenger Bible translation.


Correspondence:  A thank you letter was received from FISH for our congregation’s donation of 515 pounds of food and checks for $875 and $60. 



Report from Church Council:  The Church Council held a special meeting on Saturday, February 25th

The Finance Committee asked that a deficit budget of $124,000 be approved.  The Council approved a provisional budget and formed a Stewardship Committee to report to Church Council.  The committee asked that each commission cut their budgets by 5 and 10%.  O&S agreed to cut its budget for 2017 to the actual amount used in 2016, $58.


Fair Trade Products – Bill 

Selling assignments:

March 5:  Andrea

March 12:  Marsha and Jack

March 19:  Carmen and Diane

March 26:  Diane


Homeless Ministries Taskforce Update- Bill, Jennifer, John and Lindsey are representing our church on the Homeless Ministries Taskforce.  Catholic Charities and the City of Santa Rosa are rethinking how to handle the homeless issue.  The Taskforce  is considering what is their plan to go forward to be successful?  The HMTF has met weekly since April and has also attended other meetings involving the homeless. 

Lindsey reported that an Immigration meeting was held by Bishop Carcano where she spoke of the churches in the conference becoming sanctuary congregations.  What can our conference do?  Our Northern California-Nevada conference is the most diverse.  Pacific School of Religion will be hosting an immigration rights workshop soon.

Community Garden Workshop– Jennifer   A Master Gardener Workshop on pruning fruit trees was held on a rainy Saturday, February 4th and 22 people were present.  It was too wet to prune the trees. 

Update from Hope City in Middletown - Diane shared photos of Orval Young, who lost his lifetime home in the fire.  His new home will be dedicated tonight. 



VIM Trips planned for 2017:  Diane announced the dates for the Valley Fire Rebuilding in Lake County:  June 11-16, September 17-22 and October 8-13.  A 2017 VIM brochure is available.

Habitat for Humanity has purchased property across from Comstock Middle School on West Steele Lane.  They will remodel one home and plan to build 2-3 homes on that lot.  Three families have been chosen to live in the homes.


Bulletin Board:

March – Andrea will prepare the UMCOR Sunday bulletin board.


Roseleaf Articles for April:

Diane will write the Paul Jeffery article and Lindsey will write the VIDAS (Vital Immigration Defense and Advocacy Services) article.


Our next meeting will be TUESDAY, MARCH 28 AT 4:00 p.m. in the Carriage House.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Carmen Rapp

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