Oct 222009

The Mission & Outreach Committee is pleased to announce we are funding a portion of Phillip Summers’ Habitat mission trip to Thailand in November. The committee approved $1,000 to assist Phillip with the expense of the trip. The balance of his expenses will be covered through Habitat and his personal fund raising efforts. Phillip will share his experience with the congregation upon his return. Please support his mission with your prayers and keep Melissa and Clay in those prayers, as well. Learn more about Phillip’s trip at http://www.habitat.org/jcwp/2009/default.aspx#  

Thank you for your continued support of the food collections for Samaritan’s Kitchen. As of October 13th, we have taken 773 pounds of food to the Kitchen. This food is critical to the pantry operations, which continues to see more people in need every day.

The “Feed My Sheep sugar and flour challenge” continues. During Pastor Trawick’s sermon on October 4th, he placed one bag of sugar and one bag of flour on the platform in the Sanctuary and invited the congregation to add to those two bags in a dramatic fashion. As previously reported, our goal is to provide 1500 two-pound bags of sugar and 1500 two-pound bags of flour to Samaritan’s Kitchen for their Project JOY Christmas boxes. It does seem like a daunting task, but we can do it! You will see flyers in the breezeway and in Sunday School classes that explain how that can happen. On Sunday, October 11th, the piles of sugar and flour had grown considerably from those two bags Pastor set down. The count on October 11th was 287 bags of sugar and 395 bags of flour. Pray that these numbers will continue to rise and pick-up a bag or two whenever you visit the grocery store.

On Sunday, October 25th, NWPC will host the Western Neighborhood of Salem Presbytery for a program of entertainment, education, and fellowship in our Fellowship Hall from 5 to 7 P.M. This will be the third “Singing For Their Supper” event sponsored by the Presbytery and promises to be fun and informative for all. Volunteers are needed to help prepare a simple meal served that evening. If you can help, please contact Dave or Phyllis Moulton at 838-7663.

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