May The ‘Blessing Box’ Be a Blessing ~
I am sorry that we live in a world where we need Blessing Boxes to provide much-needed products to people in need. I am thankful for the positive support from St. Paul’s for the Blessing Box program.
My prayer is that when people open the door of the Blessing Box, they will not only select items they need but will be blessed by the healing light of God.
Please bring in your products and leave them in the large blue bin that is on the floor in the entrance way (the narthex) of the church.
The blessing box is stocked twice-daily from the bin.
Blessings Box WISH LIST
Non-Perishable Foods: Pasta, Rice, Dried Soup Mix, Crackers,
Granola, Cereals, Protein Bars, Dried Fruit,
Hot Chocolate Mix, Tea / Coffee, Coffee Whitener,
Artificial Sweetener, Canned Goods [SUMMER ONLY]
Personal Hygiene Items: Deodorant, Bar Soap, Shampoo Bar, Bandaids,
Lip Balms, Plastic Combs / Hair Brushes, Toothbrushes,
Pads, Tampons, Panty Liners
Gently Used Clothing: Scarves, Warm Hats, Mitts / Gloves, Neck Warmers,
* Underwear, Socks * [*NEW, IN PACKAGE ONLY!]
Gift Cards: in any denomination to Home Improvement Stores like HomeDepot/Home Hardware, or Department Stores like Wal-Mart, are also gratefully accepted! We have dedicated volunteers who will then shop for what is most needed on your behalf.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake & Sausage Supper
Whether you like 'em fluffy or flat, drenched in syrup or butter, pancakes are the perfect 'breakfast for dinner' treat!
Add some sausages and fruit and you've got a great deal on a great meal!
We've stacked together an awesome pancake & sausage supper your whole family will flip for. Take a break from the kitchen and let our Men's Group serve you a delicious meal with 2 bonuses: you can skip the clean up, and you'll fee good knowing you're supporting community outreach. ALL proceeds go to The Underground Gym and another local charity (split 50/50)
Date: Tuesday, February 25
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Where: St. Paul's Anglican Church
808 Ridgeway Street (across from the former McKellar Hospital)
Led by: Men's Group
Cost: Freewill offering
Help Us Help Others!
If you are able, a donation for non-perishable food for the RFDA is greatly appreciated
drop in - no registration required
Did you know that in any given month the RFDA will provide for the needs of over 13,000 people with a hamper containing 3-5 days of groceries?
Food insecurity is a sad reality for many in our community. Collecting food for the RFDA is one of St. Paul's on-going missions. That's why some of our workshops request a food donation for the RFDA as part of the "cost" of registration.
Planning a visit to St. Paul's? Consider bringing a non-perishable food donation with you!
'New Life for Old Bags' Mats For The Homeless
Date: last Tuesday of each month
Where: St. Paul's Anglican Church
808 Ridgeway Street (across from the former McKellar Hospital) *please use the side door off parking lot*
When: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Led by: John & Christine Wreszczak
Cost: If you are able, a donation for non-perishable food for the RFDA is greatly appreciated
drop in - no registration required
Come for an evening to learn how to re-use plastic shopping bags! This ministry was inspired by Anna Gross Donis of the Chicago chapter of “New Life for Old Bags.” This workshop will show you how to use plastic shopping (grocery) bags to create sleeping mats for the homeless.
Participants will need to have a knowledge of crocheting. Please bring clean shopping bags, scissors, and jumbo 16mm – Q plastic crochet hooks. (Limited supply of hooks available to buy at workshop.)
Do you have bags you can donate? Please drop them off on matting night or call the church office at 622-4945 to set a drop-off time more convenient for you.
~Did you know?~
- this loving and much needed ministry was started in October of 2015 by John & Christine Wreszczak
- to this date, Christine has crocheted 160 mats herself
- to this date, volunteer members have crocheted 20 mats themselves
- approximately 130,000 bags have been used to make these 180 mats
- it takes just over 720 plastic bags to make one mat
- John and Christine work very closely with the Shelter House S.O.S. (Street Outreach Services) Program to ensure that the people that need these mats the most are receiving them
- John and Christine have started encouraging volunteers to bring a non-perishable item to each session to donate to the RFDA, which also has a great need
With an impressive list like this, why wouldn't you want to be a part of this ministry? The Mats For The Homeless group meets on the last Tuesday of each month from 6-8 pm. Volunteers are ALWAYS needed to do anything from cutting bags into strips to helping crochet a mat. Please consider giving 2 hours of your time each month to help those that need it!
At our annual Blessing of the Animals St. Francis service, we raised $339.25 from generous free-will offerings and in donations of glass paw-print suncatchers Leigh Neilson makes every year. [Leigh is parishioner and one of the founders of the ‘Feeding Program for The Northern Dogs’ which is the second of the 2 charities we supported again this year. We’ve had a donation jar on the table for the last 2 weeks and half of the suncatchers have sold.
So ‘Kitty Kare’ and the ‘Northern Dogs Feeing Program’ each got a cheque for $175 [St. Paul’s donated the extra $12.75
Huge thank you to everyone that supported this initiative and see you at next year’s Blessing of the Animals service.
Sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported the Men’s Breakfast Group’s 14th annual Charity Fish Fry. It was our most successful to date, raising more than $5,300 in proceeds from ticket sales, donations, and community sponsorship. Combined with the proceeds with our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, we raised $6,000 to split between the Underground Gym and Grace Place. The Underground Gym that provides an after school program for at-risk youth is so grateful for our support each year, and it is with great gratification we are able to support Grace Place and their street ministries serving the poor, the homeless, and the marginalized. It is a real pleasure and privilege to be able to raise these funds and help towards the outstanding work these two organizations do in our community. And you all have made this possible!
Our parish picnic and food raiser was a wonderful day! Look at all the donated food displayed on our parish labyrinth. Over 1500 pounds was given to the RFDA for local food banks. Thank you all!
Our Syrian Refugee Family
Donations are welcome and all donors will receive a charitable donation receipt. Cheques may be made out to St Paul’s Anglican Church- note for Syrian Refugees.
We are currently seeking volunteers to help the new refugees with Housing, Finances, Daily Living, Education, Health, Employment. Translators will be available. Transportation and accompaniment services will be needed in all group areas.
St. Paul’s is a member of Thunder Bay’s
Inter-church Syrian Refugee Committee.
We have a committed parish refugee committee of 8 to 10 persons, and more are welcome. We will post meeting dates in 'The Ambassador'.
As a 'constituent member' of the Inter-church committee, we are sharing responsibility for supporting 8 Syrian refugees for one year. Our application has been accepted and we are eagerly waiting for our family to be assigned to us, and to arrive.
If you would like to help,
please call Committee Chair
Alison Arthur, 622-9129