Our Outreach Ministries
Through the United Thank Offering (UTO), men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. UTO combines these generous offerings to fund significant projects that make a real difference in the work of the Episcopal Church and in the Anglican Communion and a real difference in people's lives.
UTO boxes are available on the Outreach table in Strang Hall. Stop by and pick up a box or two of your own. Boxes are often kept in cars, laundry rooms for those orphaned bills and coins that jangle out of pants pockets in the wash, on dressers where loose change can pile up or on the dining room table where each person may put a coin in the box and share what they are thankful. You'll be amazed at how quickly these little blue boxes fill up!
Boxes are collected twice a year at our UTO Ingatherings. The coins are counted up and and the funds sent on to UTO for use in the greater community.
Every Sunday morning at 9:15 am, parishioners provide a church service to the residents of Sunrise Assisted Living on Hunt Club Road in Gurnee. A number of different teams take responsibility for the different Sundays each month, providing an opportunity for a worship service and Eucharist for residents who are no longer able to travel to church services themselves.
Driving Away Hunger
Three times a week volunteers collect leftover salads, sandwiches and pastries from a local Starbucks café and deliver them to local women's shelters and the Waukegan Salvation Army men's residence.
We have learned from the food pantry that they can purchase non-perishable food for far lower prices than we can but they rely on donations of paper goods. We are now focusing on ways to provide those paper goods - paper towels, toilet paper, etc. The youth group is even taking on a paper goods building challenge! You can donate paper goods by bringing them to church and dropping off on the table already piled with paper good donations. When you're shopping next time and buying paper goods, buy an extra to donate. Thank you.
For more information about our local food pantry visit www.warrentownship.net/supervisor/40
For 2017, our program supports the HOT Unit/Cancer Ward at Children's Hospital of Milwaukee on behalf of Cory's Project of Strength, Hope, and Faith. We have both a traditional support drive in November and December, as well as a midyear drive in June. As in the past, there will be specific requests from individuals, along with opportunities for the many items always needed by the children and young adults there. Since most families suffer financially during this difficult time, gift cards are a great option to support them as well. We're hopeful you will find something that works for you and your budget, and we can make a difference in the lives of those touched by cancer.
Providing Advocacy, Dignity, and Shelter, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing shelter, permanent supportive housing and comprehensive resources to families with children and individuals experiencing homelessness in Lake County. From October through April, we prepare and serve a hot meal once a month on the third Friday starting at 3:30 pm. We then deliver the meal to the local PADS site where guests enjoy a hot, healthy meal. We also provide the necessary food for their breakfast the following morning. You must be 16 or older to serve the meal at the PADS site. Because the meals are prepared in our parish kitchen, anyone responsible enough to work independently in the kitchen may help. During the summer, in lieu of the dinners, we prepare 60 sack lunches and deliver them to the VA Hospital where they are handed out as needed. All ages may prepare the sack lunches beginning at 3:00 pm the fourth Friday of the month, May - September.
Feed My Starving Children
On the last Saturday of each month volunteers participate in a packing event at the Feed My Starving Children location in Libertyville Illinois. Everyone works together to assemble life saving meals to send to hungry children around the world.