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.
...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
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
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.
Good Shepherd Food Bank
Habitat for Humanity,
York County, Maine
Info and photos from latest mission
trip to Biloxi
Mission and outreach efforts of South Church
in the wider community
Back Bay Mission Trip 2014
Word has come from BackBay Mission in Biloxi MS that the date for
our 2014 trip has shifted- it is now February 15-22. While this
gives us a bit less time to prepare, the good news is that it just
happens to be school vacation week! We are ordering airline tickets
shortly thus must know of your commitment to go by December 10.
You may speak with Charles who will be participating or with Heather
McLaughlin who will help lead the youth who will be participating,
very similar to two years
ago. You can learn more of this program of our United Church of
Christ at www.thebackbaymission.org.
It includes housing restoration, soup kitchen work, assistance at
the Micah Center for the homeless and more. Two events for fund-raising
are scheduled to help defray costs, the first being the December
7 Chili/Chowder luncheon during Prelude and another event in early
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,
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
If so, please let us know by touching base with any member of the
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
to 5:30 at the Second Congregational Church. South Church members
on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Please let Charles know if
youd like to
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
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.
Well 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