748 rolls of toilet paper were donated in July & August, filling the choir loft! The collection was divided 3 ways and distributed to Exodus 3 Ministries, Sarah’s Guest House, and Isaiah’s Table Food Pantry. The recipients were thrilled to receive this unique gift! Thanks to all who contributed
Uganda has recently suffered great drought and famine. Many thanks to friends and members of Robinson Elmwood Church for the monetary donations that purchased food to save people from starvation. The need continues. Donations of any amount can be made through the Robinson Elmwood Church website. These pictures show the thankful beneficiaries receiving maize flour and beans to feed their families.
This is a national campaign to assist with feeding needy children on the weekends during the school year. The Mission Committee signed on to partner with Bellevue Heights Methodist Church to support an additional 30 children for 3 years. That is a three year commitment of $9,000. There has been a great deal of enthusiasm from the congregation to support this program. ~450 students attend Delaware school and many are needy. Volunteers from BHMC pack the backpacks weekly and are looking for more assistance to support additional students. $100.00 will feed a student on weekends for a year. Robinson has already sent a check to the Backpacks national program to help feed 30 additional children, which began January 20th. A group of folks from the congregation has already been helping to prepare the food packs at Bellevue Heights.
If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, leave an envelope in your pew at church labeled Blessings in a Backpack or click on the on-line donations button. Thank you!
Current Mission Activities:
Water for Flint: July Deacon’s Fund designation. Total ~$500.00 to be sent to PDA
The village of Kinyameseke is in need of funds/humanitarian aid for food. Mission sent $500 for food.
EWB/Water Project for Uganda: The new semester at Clarkson has begun and previous and new members have met twice to discuss the water project. They have been in communication with Howard Crook, Kule, and Ngamije and are getting maps together. Howard plans to meet with the Clarkson group
Deacon’s Funds and Offerings
The Peace and Global Witness Offering will be designated to go to Homelessness and Affordable Housing specifically A Tiny Home for Good. Funds will be collected until October 2nd when the campaign ends with World Communion Sunday. The director of A Tiny Home for Good, Andrew Lunetta, has agreed to give the congregation an update in the near future during a Minute for Mission.
The Crop Walk is October 2nd. A coordinator is desperately needed this week. See Charlie Brown or contact the office. 315-378-8124 or 315-468-2509.
The September Deacon’s Fund will be designated to refugee assistance. Fran Hunter researched refugee support organizations. The committee discussed options and determined that Catholic Charities will be contacted in order to gather more information and funds will be collected toward refugee assistance.
More info: http://www.robinsonmem.org/missions/
This week Pastor David from the Kinyamaseke Blessed Orphanage in Uganda will be preaching at Robinson Memorial (RMPC). RMPC has supported the village of Kinyamaseke for many years and last summer a group of youth and adults visited the village to work on one of several homes the congregation has financed and to help plant shade and firewood trees. During this visit some of our youth met people with whom they had been corresponding since young childhood.
During the service, the Elmwood Church will present Pastor David with a series of banners to take home for his church building in Uganda. These banners celebrate the Great Ends of the Church and were made by the Elmwood Quilting Group. Also, the Mission Committee voted to donate $1000 to the Orphanage in Kasese. This is Pastor David’s church orphanage.
The RMPC congregation collects used sheets (for mosquito protection), clothing, eyeglasses and many other items which make a difference in the village’s subsistence life. They have built homes, planted orchards, sent emergency money for medical treatment, and repaired buildings. They also have supported education in the village through the local school and many, many scholarships toward higher education. One of the young men supported in education is now a judge.
Picture Album of Pastor David Visit and Service:
CROP Hunger Walks help Church World Service work with communities to determine the best solution to their challenges. It could be a sand dam to help provide water. Micronutrient packets to feed children. Or tools and seeds to help keep a family fed and healthy.
We are excited to be part of this event and would love to have you join us on this journey. The steps we take – and the funds we raise – will make a real impact!
Join our team, come out and walk October 4 at Onondaga Lake Park and donate to this great cause.
Join us or donate online at our team page: http://hunger.cwsglobal.org/goto/RMPC2015
Tulungen Indonesian Library Project
We received this thank you and update from the Tulungens!
The newest library was just blessed in Indonesia. The pictures show a little bit of the ceremony.
We also held a garage sale and raised $300 for the library. Johnnes’s mother was able to take back with her enough money to buy the first computer for any of the libraries! It will be housed in the library in the attached pictures.
We are so excited, wanted to share, and say thank you again to the congregation at Robinson for the continued support of the libraries. It is with Robinson’s support that the project has continued to move ahead.
Our March Deacons’ Fund goal was to collect enough donations to complete a roof for Hope Primary School for our Ugandan friends. Our goal was to collect $1900 and by the end of March we collected $2075. This included $400 from a “pay what you can” bake sale and $1675 from the Deacons Fund March collection. The roof is nearly completed and the children are out of the rain and hot sun while they learn.