Outreach Committee

PEACE, JUSTICE, ENVIRONMENT & OUTREACH COMMITTEE

This committee sees itself as being the hands that Jesus uses to reach out into our world and community.  Many of the activities were started because someone saw a need, was interested and began to do something about it.   Committee membership is not required to do the work of Jesus. None of the activities on this list will require additional costs in the church budget.

*The Soupateria – Mary Cawthorne arranges for volunteers for 4 days each month to help feed the hungry.

*Food Cupboard is supported by ongoing food donations from regular donors, food brought on Communion Sundays or after special appeals or by accessing the Benevolent Fund.  Food  is distributed by office staff or the hostess on request.

*Gleaners Bin in November with the Mennonites helps provide warm underwear, hats and mitts for Eastern European orphans.

*Advent Mitten/Scarf/Sock tree help the Salvation Army provide for those in need in our community.

*Advent White Gift Sunday provides food items for our food cupboard and money to provide for the needy in our community.

*Amnesty International Write for Rights sends letters of appeal to authorities in countries that detain and mistreat political prisoners.

*Feed the Children accepts a huge range of items at their local depot to provide world wide assistance to children and their families and is supported by the UCW. 

*Groups such as NA, Al-anon, AA, Boy Scouts, Girl Guide Trefoil Guild, etc. use rooms at PUC on a donation basis.

*Torch Youth Ministry ministers to the youth of Penticton and needs our support.  Please buy cookie dough from Jeff Everden.

*Downtown Churches for Social Justice is a ministers’ initiative currently advocating for a low barrier shelter.

*Outreach to Care facilities is provided by PUC on a regular basis in the form of worship services involving Rev. Laura, a pianist, often the choir, and substitute leaders when Rev. Laura is away.

*Hospital, Hospice, Care facility and home visitation is done by Pastoral Care visitors as well as Rev. Laura.

*Prayer Shawl Ministry provide knit and crotchet prayer shawls to comfort those facing difficult health or personal issues.

*Refugee Project has brought us a family of 5.  Our original family may also be coming at a future date.  Gerry Nielsen and Jan Neale are on the committee.  Donations of time and money always welcome .and gratefully accepted through the office.

*United Church of Canada Mission & Service Fund receives all offerings designated M&S. UCC head office responds to disasters such as the Fort McMurray fire through its Emergency Relief Fund.  Donations can be made anytime through the office or an envelope. M&S is a practical way to respond to the many needs in our communities, our country and the world with minimal overhead costs.

*Healing Touch uses 2 upstairs rooms on Tuesdays and Thursdays to provide relaxation and healing therapy as an adjunct to medical treatment.  They also provide this therapy at the hospital.  Appointments can be arranged through the office.

*Climate Change study and action group is working on raising awareness with info items in the bulletin.  Website of interest at ok.firstthingsfirst@gmail.com

*Right Relations Group is a small group of seniors from Penticton and Naramata interested in developing better understanding between First Nations neighbours and our local community. They have had several cooperative events.