March 2016 Outreach Committee

March Newsletter
The Outreach committee has been busy this month planning the Lenten Project, with the help of Father Ron Hulbert.  Our goal is to look closely and deeply at identifying just who our neighbors are, near and far. Be sure to add your input on the world map in the sanctuary.   In addition, we have a goal to raise $750.00 to support our sponsorship of a home for the mountain-wide Rebuilding Together. Donations can be made by check with “Rebuilding Together” in the details line.  Help us reach our goal.  Our opportunity to give service comes on Saturday, April 30 as we come together again this year to work on our sponsored home.  In addition, the Outreach Committee is sponsoring a “Blessings in a Bag” activity for parishioners during Lent.  “Blessings in a Bag” is a project adopted by growing number of Episcopal churches across the country.  Anyone interested will be invited to take bags of food and other essentials with them in order to be prepared when they encounter someone in need in our community.
The team of volunteers who worked on the homeless count met to debrief our experiences on the day of the count and to do some strategic planning. There was a consensus that we need to continue our efforts to bring the needs of the mountain homeless to the attention of the county by our continued involvement in the homeless count.  Many ideas were generated to improve our effectiveness.  We also looked at ways to get more support in the community.  Sue Walker will speak about the homeless count to the Soroptomists’ at their monthly breakfast in March.
We have an exciting opportunity coming up on March 11th;  the Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County is sponsoring a day-long seminar on the important topic of poverty.  Sasha Abramsky a New Your Times best-selling author is the keynote speaker. Workshop topics will cover Children and Youth Services, Health /services, Education, Criminal Justice, and Food Security.   The symposium takes place at Cal. State San Bernardino and is free.
Sign up by March 4 at www.capsbc.org/2016PovertySymposium or call 909-723-1514.
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