Thankfulness into Action
Thankfulness into Action is the theme for Island Crisis Care Society’s October campaign to raise funds to support local clients with a history of homelessness, trauma and brokenness in their lives. In the past our church has supported the Blue Bank campaign.
Times have changed, of course, and having a physical box, or even a gathering together is not always possible. Instead, donations may be made online: www.islandcrisiscaresociety.ca/join-us/events/blue-bank
Autumn days are a time to pause and remember the blessings of home, family and well-being, and to be grateful. Yet for some in our community, this season is not such a thankful time. Instead, it brings memories of pain, loneliness and isolation that may feel overwhelming.
During this season of Thanksgiving, let’s reach out to make a difference to those who have experienced the pain of not having a place to call home.
Submitted by the Witness and Mission Committee
Men’s Clothing Drive
Drop off used men’s winter clothing in the narthex or call for a pick up: 250-753-9483
WARM CLOTHING/BEDDING DRIVE
Nanaimo Street Initiatives is starting up with its second annual warm clothing/bedding drive for the homeless in Nanaimo. Last year was highly successful due to the wonderful generosity of many contributors. There was much gratitude expressed by the homeless throughout the winter.
Brechin UC through its Mission & Outreach Team supports this drive again this year and encourages your on-going support as well. This year, 2021-2022, is expected to be an even heavier winter than 2021 due to La Niña so hopefully, people will continue to donate items such as parkas, hoodies, tents, raingear, sleeping bags, blankets, tuques, gloves, warm socks, boots, etc.
If you have items to donate, we can arrange to have them picked up or you can drop them off again at the same place as last year (with Lynn Burrows). Either way, you can phone Lynn (landline: 250 753-3942) to arrange for drop off or pick up.
Thank you very much for your kind consideration.
(Nanaimo Street Initiatives: Dennis Lakusta & Lynn Burrows/Chair, Brechin UC Mission & Outreach Team)
ELCIC Scholarship Appeal
Supporting students at schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land.
As schools around the world are now into the second half of the 2020-21 academic year in very challenging circumstances, so too are the students at schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL).
Earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic, the schools dealt with closures and lock down periods by embracing digital technology and distance learning. Sadly, the continued lock downs have impacted families served by the schools in many different ways. COVID-19 restrictions have meant further barricade closures and a significant loss of tourism for the region resulting in job loss and substantial reduction in income to household.
Many families are now facing significant difficulties with paying tuition for the 2020-21 school year, which is on average $1,600/year per student.