ADVENT PROGRAM OF GIVING


“Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end, her guilt is expiated….Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 40)

As in past Advent seasons we are extending an invitation for parishioners to journey through Advent in union with some of our brothers and sisters in Kalamazoo who need our help. You are asked to bring one of the items on the list for each Sunday of Advent. Your donations will be collected in the back of the church and then distributed to the various organizations listed below. The Liturgy Commission believes that the success of this program is directly related to the fact that all parishioners can participate - from our youngest to our oldest members. We encourage you to do what you can and know that whatever you do is appreciated by many.

Any questions? Call Beth at 343-6256, ext. 113.
Thank you for your generosity!
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WEEK I: 1st SUNDAY OF ADVENT December 3 & 3, 2017
Parishioners in Nursing homes and Homebound.
Please bring any of the following unwrapped or in gift bags. These will be delivered when we go caroling on December 10.
Items needed:
Any small sweet treat, hand lotion, hand soap, handkerchiefs (male & female), powder, decorative tissues and small stuffed animals.

WEEK II: 2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT December 9 & 10, 2017
Keystone Drop-In
The mission of Keystone is to provide a safe & comfortable environment for peers of the mental health system…..To learn to Hope, Love, Dream and Achieve Goals, one day at a time…..We are a home and family that faces our struggles with a common understanding. We care because we have been there.
Items needed:
Deodorant, lotion, razors, combs, brushes, shampoo & conditioner, soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, mouthwash, feminine products, towels, hats and gloves, laundry soap, snack foods and single serve instant oatmeal.

Week III: 3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT December 16 & 17, 2017
Kairos Dwelling The staff and volunteers of Kairos Dwelling provide housing, food, compassionate care and emotional support for terminally guests at no expense to them or their families.

Items needed:
Office paper (8 ½ x 11 white 24lb.), First class postage stamps, Gift cards to Office Max, Meijer, Target, Lowes, Home Depot; paper towels and cans of pop: Vernors, 7-Up, Sprite, Diet Coke, Pepsi. Liquid laundry soap, caffeinated coffee, new pillows, small containers of baby powder, Clorox wipers, nail clippers, Men’s T-shirts (colored), Lysol Spray, disinfectant wipes, paper plates, Solo cups, napkins, Ziploc bags, Hand (soft) soap, dishwasher soap (or pods).

WEEK IV: 4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT December 23 & 24, 2017
Parish Food Pantry
Items needed:
Any non-perishable food items. Or checks made out to “Loaves and Fishes.” Items most needed: catsup, mustard, mayonnaise and tuna.