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posted Oct 13, 2017, 5:51 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ   [ updated Nov 28, 2017, 8:29 AM ]


December, 2017


“Twas the month before Christmas, and all through the room, 20 people were scurrying, pushing the broom.  Hundreds of brown boxes were transferred and stacked, in the course of 6 hours, waiting to be unpacked!  Linens, stuffed animals, nativities and lights, ornaments, garlands and wreaths, a great festive sight.  “We’ll never be done” said the workers in fear, but soon it was lunch and we regained our cheer.  With renewed strength and determination we tackled the task, and by 2:30 pm, it was ready, at last!!!! 


Impact Day arrived, we gathered again, to welcome the least of these, being a friend.  Assisting with choosing the perfect décor, packing them up and getting out the door.  Smiles and wonder, a few tears were shed, welcoming words were shared, thank yous were said.  By noon we were left with only a box or two, to share in December when Harbor resumes!  The gifts were in giving their talents and time, you can ask our great workers, who left tired but feeling exceptionally fine!”


Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who donated items, gave of their time and worked so very hard.  This was the biggest Christmas Shop ever, according to Harbor staff.  I would like to thank the following people who made this all possible:  Tim and Karen Galvin, Doug and Doreen Vernier, Adelle Schwann, Pat O’Connor, Kathy Cilluffo, Nancy Kennedy, Nancy Rice, Bob Rood, Terri Brusatori, DeeAnna Browning, Barbara and Mike Miller, Cal Eschenberg, Micki Baden, Paul and Laurel Lydy, Liana Cherni, Brian Paret, Deuane and Mary Ann Martin, Michael Barnett, and Sharon Mertz.  More than 430 families came to Harbor on November 21 and their lives were blessed by people who show compassion and walk the walk that has been asked of us. 


Next on the agenda is fulfilling our Adopted Families list for dinner and gifts for Christmas.  Cathy Light has done an outstanding job of organizing and overseeing this event, with the help of Micki Baden and the St. Clair Ecumenical Food Pantry.  We are sponsoring 6 families this year and provided a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner as well.


On January 21, Mission will host a Birthday Brunch in the Oak Room for all present!  You will sit at your designated birthday month table and enjoy pot luck brunch items and fellowship.  In addition, we are asking you to bring in a Birthday Party Pack for us to give to the St. Clair Foster Care Parents and Harbor for their children’s birthdays.  Nancy Kennedy will put an example at the back of the sanctuary for you to see.  If you are unable to bring a pack, monetary donations will be accepted to put towards a kit.  An entire kit costs about $8 with items from the dollar store.  Stay tuned for more info to come!


The Mission Team will meet on Wednesday, January 3 at 2:00 in the Church Lounge to make plans for 2018.  Please consider joining our team—you will be welcomed with open arms!!!


Your Mission Chair,


Mary Ann Martin


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