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

Nicole’s Run, a major fundraiser for Caring Unlimited, takes place on Saturday, July 12, 9:00 am at
Kennebunk Beach. Caring Unlimited provides support and safe refuge to women, their children, and men who are affected by domestic abuse, serving about 3000 individuals a year. Caring Unlimited also provides educational programs about domestic violence prevention. The race honors the memory of Nicole Oliver, a young wife and mother who was a victim of domestic abuse.

For the last four years, South Church has sponsored a team in honor of Ellie Troost, daughter of Morven and DaanTroost, who was also a victim of domestic violence. Last year, more than 40 individuals from South Church have walked or run in Ellie’s memory, wearing our team insignia. In the last few years, South Church for Ellie has raised more than $10,000 dollars to support Caring Unlimited programs.

If you are interested in participating, brochures with information, registration forms, and pledge forms are available in the downstairs hall. Individuals are responsible for their own registration you can also visit the official website, www.nicolesrun.org. Volunteers are also need to assist with the race. If you are going to join us, please add your name and email to the posted sign-up sheet. We will meet as a team near the registration table so we can start out together.

Mama Mia pizza/pasta dinners in Alfred - we have a date to help with the summer Friday evening dinners, proceeds from which support the programs for hunger and homeless. The date is Friday, August 1. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board; times of work (serving, washing, busing tables) are approx 4-6pm.

Caring for and harvesting at the Community Gardens—harvesting will be on Thursdays from 4-6pm at the West Kennebunk Community Garden again this year. Harvesting will begin by the third week in June. There are two locations this year, the original location (West Kennebunk) and behind the Park Street School. Harvested produce supports the local food pantries.

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 third Tuesday of each month. Please let Charles know if you’d like to
volunteer anytime.