GOD’S COMMUNITY GARDEN
GOD’S COMMUNITY GARDEN – VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED: 10 AM – 12 NOON ON MONDAYS,TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, JUNE – SEPTEMBER to pick, weigh and pack vegetables for the farm stands and for general garden maintenance.
FARM STAND LOCATIONS:
- Calvary UMC, 200 Turner Rd., Middletown
- Portsmouth UMC, 2732 East Main Rd., Portsmouth
- St Paul’s UMC, 12 Marlborough St., Newport
- Florence Gray Center, 1 York St., Newport
Open Every Wednesday Morning, 10-11:30AM (all locations)
FARM STANDS ARE OPEN WEDNESDAY MORNINGS – PLEASE NOTE – THE PRODUCE AT OUR FARM STANDS IS FOR ALL SENIORS AND FOR ANYONE WHO CANNOT AFFORD TO GO INTO A GROCER OR FARMERS MARKET TO PURCHASE FRESH VEGETABLES!!! WE DO NOT ACCEPT MONEY HOWEVER DONATIONS ARE WELCOME.
FOR INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN DONATE TO GOD’S COMMUNITY GARDEN, PLEASE CONTACT THE PUMC CHURCH OFFICE AT 401-683-4005. YOU MAY ALSO FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE GARDEN AT http://www.godscommunitygarden.com/ AND ON FACEBOOK AT http://www.godscommunitygardenri.com/
For more information about the garden and it’s history and what is currently happening at the garden go to God’s Community Garden
ST. PAUL’S UMC COMMUNITY MEAL
For more than 20 years, PUMC has participated in one of the many Newport Community Meals. Every other month, our congregation is asked to donate casseroles, salad makings, bread, desserts and drinks for us to serve in the St. Paul’s UMC Soup Kitchen. Usually we serve 70-80 people with many receiving seconds and even thirds. Over the years, we have made friends with many of our clients. In addition, we also bring gently used coats, mittens, and hats to people who might not have these essential items.
BROWN BAG SUNDAY
Brown Bag Sunday is a combined project with the Sunday school and the Missions Committee. The Sunday School children decorate brown paper bags and distribute them to the congregation. The bags are returned full on the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving. At that time, the Missions Committee sorts and distributes the food. This year, 11 families received our gifts of love to them at Thanksgiving plus 13 brown bags were given to Martin Luther King Center. We also gave $35 gift card to go for the perishable items such as turkeys and fresh produce. It is a thrill to see the faces of the recipients if you are lucky enough to be the one to deliver the goods. Names and addresses are kept confidential.
DOWN EAST MISSION WREATH PROJECT
These are fresh, high-quality, hand-made, fragrant Balsam Fir wreaths from Maine. This project supports our PUMC Youth Group and the Down East Maine Missions in economically challenged Washington County, Me. 24” wreath (door size) decorated with a traditional red bow for $24. A true ‘taste’ of Maine for the holidays! Wreaths delivered to PUMC the Sat. after Thanksgiving. Contact Beth Velzis or the church office with any questions.
ROPE OF LOVE
In October, our church participates in the Rope of Love project. One of our members contacts the local schools to determine how many coats are needed. Tags may be selected by members of the congregation, giving the size and sex of the child. Coats are returned and hung on our rope of love that is hung from the railings leading into our sanctuary. This year, 36 coats were distributed to needy children in Portsmouth.
At Christmas, needy families receive wrapped gifts to brighten their holiday season. On the first Sunday in Advent, a Christmas tree is set up decorated with brightly colored tags, listing the wishes of several needy families. Church members select a tag and purchase and wrap the requested gift and return it to church in the middle of December, so that they can be delivered before Christmas.
Started in 2008, the church hosts a Thanksgiving dinner for anyone in the community. In addition to a sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, music is provided to enhance the day’s activities. Our church family receives many contributions from the community to assist with this project of providing Thanksgiving dinner for those who might otherwise be alone, or unable to make a dinner for themselves.
Each week during the summer, volunteers deliver flowers to those who are hospitalized or in a care center. These flowers are grown in the Community Garden and arranged by some of the garden’s volunteers. This ongoing ministry brightens the lives of those who receive these special deliveries.
PLEASE CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE AT 401-683-4005 IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT MORE ABOUT OUR MISSIONS.