Mission of the Month

April Mission of the Month – 2017

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth supports the refugee families in North Texas and we, as a congregation, agreed to collect items needed during the month of April.  We gathered gently used or new sheets and comforters, new towels, wash cloths, clothes hangers, small trash cans, toothbrush holders, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap and soap dishes–basically anything for the bathroom or bedroom.  The refugees fleeing from peril come here with nothing and have to start from scratch.  It is our hope that we have made a difference.  

Below is a picture of the things we gathered:

                                         
                                          Jill McClendon, The Rev. Anthony Hiatt, Julie Lundy-Booker

March Mission of the Month – 2017

March was a very busy month for us.  Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 1, we partnered with our friends from United Methodist Church, Decatur, and offered Ashes-to-Go for those wishing to receive them before work.  We had quite a few folks drive or walk up to receive their ashes.  Below are pictures of some of the “customers.”  Also, a call was received from Wise Health System asking if someone would come to the hospital to impose ashes for patients and staff wishing to receive.  It was a wonderful beginning of the Lenten Season.

                                 

      The Rev. Anthony Hiatt                                  The Rev. Brian Bosworth                       Felicity Hollister, Jill McClendon, Fr. Hiatt, (in back)  Phil                                                                                                                                                                                              McClendon, Marquis Whitley

During March we focused on two different missions.  The Wise County Health Fair was held at the Decatur Civic Center on March 25.  In support of the Health Fair and Carter Blood Care, members thought that donating blood would be a good mission.  So between 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. several of us donated.

If you wish to donate at any time please call Carter Blood Care (817) 412-5370

                        Angie Whitley and Fr. Tony Hiatt                                                Ellen Whitley                                                                 Jeromy Trask

We also supported 4Saints Food Pantry in Fort Worth.

4 Saints Episcopal Food Pantry is a new Episcopal food bank at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, located in the Meadowbrook neighborhood of east Fort Worth, a food desert. The pantry board has members from the Fort Worth East Deanery, which includes St Stephen’s, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Luke’s, and St Alban’s. Annabelle Sauer, a Girl Scout from Troop 3012, also serves on the board. Through Sauer’s efforts, 4 Saints Food Pantry received a $500 grant from a local utility company.

Our congregation gathered items throughout the month; below are a few pictures of items collected.

                                                                                                                                          Items donated                                                                    Angie Whitley, Jill McClendon, Sarah Walker, and Clydie Walker

February Mission of the Month – 2017

We set aside February to focus on one of our own.  Fred Dery was diagnosed with colon cancer.  What is so amazing is that if he didn’t have the insurance he had, he would never have gotten the colonoscopy which found the cancer. Because it was found early, the mass was removed successfully and no chemo was needed.  Friends and family organized a fundraiser to help the family while Fred was not able to work.

It is our hope that everyone gets a routine colonoscopy as often as your doctor feels is necessary.

                          Above is the flier and a few pictures of those who came out to have a good meal and bid on items donated for auction.

   

 

December Mission of the Month – 2016

Think back!  Think back to when you were a young child and the excitement you felt in your tummy as you thought about Christmas.  Most of us tried to be good so Santa would come and leave us goodies in our stockings as well as presents under the tree.  Think about the big eyes and the wide grins on faces of children when they wake up to see things under the Christmas tree.  My mama always said on Christmas morning, “I bet there are a lot of excited kids this morning!”

Now think about some children whose lives have been disrupted by abuse or abandonment.  Families broken apart that do not have the funds to purchase fun things for deserving kids.  The Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center, Decatur, TX,  has an Angel Tree with the names of children of clients of the past year.  These are needy, one-parent households who are not eligible for other gift-giving charities.

Our little congregation took ten angels off their tree this year.  We had children from 3 to 15 and all of us had such a great time shopping for these kids.  I know we couldn’t take all the angels off the tree, but we tried to do what we could.

Don’t you wish you could peek in the children’s windows on Christmas morning and witness the precious looks on their faces as they take in everything Santa had brought them?  I would love to see their big eyes as the excitement of the day fills their hearts.

Thank you to all our members for giving to families who need a little extra help at Christmas time.  Below are pictures of the things we donated.

If you know of anyone who needs to leave a dangerous situation, below is the shelter’s information:

Wise Hope Shelter & Crisis Center

24 Hour Crisis Hotline – 940-626-4855

P.O. Box 569 • 608 North Business 81-287 • Decatur, TX 76234

Tel: 940-626-4855  • Fax: 940-626-4117

November Mission of the Month – 2016

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Because we have been blessed with more than we really need, we don’t always think about where our next meal will come from.   There are children in our schools who go home on Friday and don’t have much, if anything, to eat throughout the weekend.  And, if there is a long holiday, it is even harder.

Our outreach Mission to the Eagle Food Pantry at McCarroll Middle School in Decatur has been extremely successful and rewarding.  This program provides easy-to-fix foods that children can put in their backpacks and take home for the weekend or holidays.

As you can see we have collected numerous items for the children and it is our hope that we will be able to help them again.  Thanks everyone for your generosity.

October Mission of the Month – 2016

I know that not all people have pets, but I believe that most people have had contact with a four-legged critter at some point in their lives.   A beagle was my first encounter with a dog and I fell in love instantly.  Bootsie lived to be a ripe old age and I was sad when she left.  There have been many of God’s creatures in our home–hamsters, rabbits, guinea pig, cats, dogs, and now we have mama cows on the farm.

Anyone who does own a pet knows that the love they give is so complete, so pure, that they will love you until it is time for them to leave.   We pet owners realize that our pets are 100% dependent on us and that our caring for them and giving them a good home is a privilege we offer for their unconditional love.

Not all of God’s creatures have the benefit of warm beds, good food, or clean water.  That is why our church members picked the Wise County Animal Shelter for our October Mission of the Month.  What little we can offer is so much more than these neglected and unwanted animals have.  We hope that more people will be willing to give to their local shelters and will look into adoption of these precious animals.

Here is a picture of the things we gathered this month.

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September Mission of the Month – 2016

Last September we helped the Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center, which provides safety, strength, and hope for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.   Women and children leave their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs–sometimes in the middle of the night.

This year, the Center was collecting school supplies to kick off the school year.  The director of the Center, Pat Slayton, told me they do their big school supply collection in August to get ready for the school year, but that there are kids who come in after school has started and have to leave their homes without any supplies.  The Center also gives back to the “school supply pool” of supplies in a particular grade each year if they are notified by the school that children from the shelter have used some of those supplies the school gathers from students.

We were also advised that they were in dire need of paper products, so our congregation collected several items along with the school supplies.  Below are pictures of some of the things collected.  We received a nice thank you card from the Center.

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If you would like to donate, please check out their wish list on www.wisehope.org for items needed.

August Mission of the Month – 2016

The Dog Days of Summer are alive and well in North Texas.  With triple digit temperatures and no rain, the fear of fire is on our minds.  In Wise County, Texas, we only have one fire department that has a few paid firefighters–all the rest of the departments are manned by volunteers.   Whatever fire department is called as first responders, they supply all the water and energy drinks for every other fire department who comes to assist.  That can mean cases and cases of water and sports drinks.  The heat takes its toll on the firefighters and the electrolytes in the sports drinks are vital for the normal functioning of the human body.

We found out that our small community of Boonsville and the Boonsville/Balsora Volunteer Fire Department were in need of drinks–especially sports/energy drinks.  So, our August mission was to focus on collecting as many sports drinks as we could each week and deliver them to the department.

Here is some of what we collected to donate.

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THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE BRAVE VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTERS!

June & July Mission of the Month – 2016

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a horrible problem with those who have been abused and remember terrible things that have happened to them.  Many of our military veterans live with the disorder.  The horrific sights they have seen and fear they have experienced leave scars that are hard to heal.  Sometimes even with therapy and medication our veterans feel there is no hope and because of that they consider suicide as a way to end the pain.

For June and July we are supporting Mission 22.  “Twenty-two veterans take their lives due to PTSD every day.  Our mission:  End it.”  To raise awareness and to help support those with PTSD, veterans are planning a 30-day, 455 mile hike from northern California to the Oregon/Washington border throughout the month of July.  Our church members are supporting five veterans, who themselves have suffered the ill effects of PTSD.  We, as a congregation, wrote supportive notes for the them to read along the way.  We gathered small items, such as lip balm, rain ponchos, individual sized insect repellent, sun screen, hiking socks, bandanas, snacks, cap visor lights, etc. that they can pick up at stations along the way.

The five vets we are supporting are:  Bryan Westerfield, Chad Lutz, Magnus Johnson, Kenny Tarpley, and Bryan Reiter.  Below is a picture of all the supplies and notes we collected along with a picture of 3 of the hikers,          20160626_193921

Kenny Tarpley, Bryan Westerfield, and Bryan Reiter

Kenny Tarpley, Bryan Westerfield, and Bryan Reiter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Below is a link to an article about the hike that was in The Register Guard.

http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/34529920-78/help-keep-veterans-on-lifes-trail.html.csp#civil-comments

Our little church found out how excited the men were to receive their goody packs they picked up at the stations along the way.  We thought it important to support these men not only with items to make their trip a little more comfortable, but to let them know how proud we are of them and that they were being prayed for daily.  We received a sweet thank you note from one of the hikers on behalf of the Mission 22 PCT Hiking Team.

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Here is another link to a video about the hike.  This mission was one of the most satisfying for us.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDsM3olNslY&feature=youtu.be

You may visit their website for more information at www.mission22.comClick here to support Mission 22 Pacific Crest Trail Hike by Sara Dawdy if you wish to support them by donating directly to their GoFundMe page.