South Congregational Church
United Church of Christ

Kennebunkport, Maine

Food Pantry

There is a box in the hall for donations to the Kennebunk Food Pantry. We deliver donations monthly. Because the pantry can make dollars stretch further than food, we will also have a basket for monetary donations on Communion Sundays.

As we receive food for the spirit, we have the opportunity to help feed those who are hungry.


Did you know ...

...at least 70% of the funds allocated to South Church's Outreach Committee go to local organizations and initiatives? While worthwhile projects such as New Orleans mission trips and the AMIGOS project grab our attention, the bulk of Outreach contributions go to local organizations including Caring Unlimited, Good Shepherd Food Bank, York County Shelter, Harvest Café - the list goes on and on!

This year, the members of the Outreach Committee have been focused on providing opportunities for all of us in the South Church congregation who wish to do so to be involved in reaching out in the service of others. Your response has been amazing! Please check the Outreach bulletin board for activity signups. Information on upcoming activities will also be listed in the church bulletins, Newsletters, and the South Church website.


Panzenhagen Fund

The Outreach Committee has made significant disbursements from the Panzenhagen Fund. This memorial fund was set up in 1986 in memory of Vicki Lynne Panzenhagen. The fund is intended to assist young women dealing with drug or alcohol abuse, poor family relationships, divorce or other family crisis issues.

Five thousand dollars from the fund has been sent to Crossroads for Women. This non-profit provides gender-responsive addiction and behavioral health treatment services. Their extensive program provides out-patient treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues, residential services for substance abuse, and transitional housing for those practicing independent living skills in a healthy, sober and safe
environment. The donation is given specifically to serve 18 to 28 year olds to help defray costs of treatment.

As well, $2000.00 from the Panzenhagen Fund has been sent to Kennebunk High School for a District Workshop on non-suicidal self injury. The workshop will help the district develop protocols for different team members for managing students who require care within the academic environment. The workshop will be offered to administrators, guidance counselors, school nurses, school social workers, Special
Education Staff as well as other staff members. An initiation is also being extended to local EMS teams, Wells School District and Massabesic High School.


Links

Caring Unlimited
Good Shepherd Food Bank

York County Shelter
Community Harvest
Habitat for Humanity, York County, Maine
Seacoast Mission
Info and photos from latest mission trip to Biloxi

Outreach

Mission and outreach efforts of South Church in the wider community

Opportunities to serve

Meals on Wheels - local drivers needed, mileage reimbursement, contact Ann McCausland 800-400-6325
Habitat for Humanity - welcomes assistance on site of their new ReStore , Rte 1 South, Kennebunk 502-7021 or 985-4850
Church Community Service – snack program in our schools, periodic deliveries,
contact Beth Jones 967-3613
Bon Appetite Soup Kitchen - Rev. Charles coordinates the scheduling of workers for the third Tuesday of each month.
Local Food Pantry - drivers to town offices or food deliver to schools, contact Beth Jones 967-3613
Community Garden in West Kennebunk - prepping and picking of produce, great for families, contact Leslie Lindgren 985-2608

We strive in our work for “the progress of knowledge, the promotion of justice, the reign of peace and realization of righteousness.” In this spirit, we welcome any input and ideas from church members.

Do you have a charitable organization that you would like us to consider in our giving this year? Do you have a gift or talent that you are interested in sharing through volunteer work, but not sure who needs help? Do you volunteer now and would like to share your experiences?

If so, please let us know by touching base with any member of the Outreach
Commitee.

Members are: Nick Branchina, Elizabeth Brockway, Darnice Cook, Jeanne Dunn, Linda Hill, Nancy Jandro, Richard Hastings, Martha Hussey, Beth Simpson-Robie, Susan Walters, and Judy Wilcox.

Bon Appétit Community Meal Program

The program provides meals to anyone in need, Monday through Friday from 4:30
to 5:30 at the Second Congregational Church. South Church members serve meals
on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Please let Charles know if you’d like to
volunteer anytime.

He Cares Ministsry

He Cares Ministry is a local, faith based non-profit organization which receives donations of household items and furniture for distribution to local individuals and families in need.

If you have items to donate or know someone who could use items please contact Nancy Jandro at 985-5933. Current needs are a teapot and blender, twin beds, a dresser and living room furniture.

Our prayers accompany Jane and Joe Rolland, Rebecca Schnell who are members of the mission trip during the middle of October through Maine SeaCoast Mission Society based in Cherryfield and Bar Harbor. This trip is organized and sponsored by our York Association of the United Church of Christ.

We’ll be anxious to hear of what work projects the group of nearly a dozen were engaged. One more example of our Strategic Plan at work: mission trips nearby, easily accessible.

The Outreach Committee