Frequently Asked Questions

  • When and Where? 10:15 am-12:45 pm in Centennial Hall (overflow to Westminster)
  • Who? Church members, frequent attendees, first time visitors, ESL students, adults, children and anyone in between
  • Why? For fellowship, worship, and doing God’s work with our hands
  • Is there food? Food trucks and Kona Ice will be available in the alley. A donation box will be provided.
  • How will it be organized? Leaders will wear lanyards with their duty and name on them. At registration, General Volunteers will receive nametags with colors on them that correspond to a project. General Volunteers will then go to their clearly labeled assigned project space, receive instructions from their Project Leader, and then start working. A “runner” will check tables to get more supplies and a “boxer” will take away completed items throughout the event. Groups will take turns at assigned times to eat outside in 30 minute increments. Seating will be provided outside. Those who have eaten will return at an assigned time, and the next group goes out to eat. As those who have eaten return, they will be directed as to which project to work on next. Interspersed, there will be worship elements such as prayer and music.
  • Who will lead? Pastor Matt will be our head leader, leading us in worship, giving us directions on transitions between activities, leading us in prayer, etc.
  • Will all generations participate? YES! This is an intentional intergenerational event. Children Youth and Family volunteers will be available at any table with a child participating to help with supervision. Seating will be provided to make work easy for those who can’t stand the whole time. There is no heavy lifting for General Volunteers and no project requires any special skill beyond simple counting and basic reading.
  • How were the projects chosen? After contacting agencies directly to see what was most needed and reviewing all agencies/missions we support in World Mission and Community Missions, we chose projects that met those needs and were easily done in two hours with intergenerational volunteers. All agencies receiving these projects are supported by Community Mission Deacons or World Mission or have received funding through the Forward 150 Mission Funds.
  • Finally, what projects will we be completing and for which agencies?
    • Canteen Run: 100 blessing bags filled with toiletries to be passed out to those currently without an address. These are always needed. Canteen Run meets people where they are: on the streets.
    • Crisis Nursery: 75 blessing bags with toiletries and socks for young children to be passed out to children at risk of abuse or neglect. This will supply about two weeks’ worth for them.
    • Courage Connection: 50 blessing bags filled with toiletries to be passed out to women at Austin’s Place (a women’s overnight emergency shelter) this winter. We will also fill 24 large bags with full sized hair care products for African American women and children in Courage Connection’s residential program who are escaping domestic violence and homelessness; Courage Connection rarely gets hair care products donated for African American women.
    • DREAAM: Mission Possible is providing a hand-made hope chest to keep items in for the young children in this prevention program. We will stamp inspirational journals and books to be placed in the hope chest.
    • Faith in Action: We will place gift soap, tissue, and Christmas cards and stamps in in gift bag to be given to 30 lonely seniors during Advent. They can enjoy the small gift of soap and tissue and then send cards to their loved ones without hardship. This was a need suggested that we could fill by Faith in Action.
    • Jesus is the Way Prison Ministry: We will place provided books about the Christmas story into gift bags, along with a small toy and some candy. These bags will be given to 120 children who have a parent who is incarcerated at Christmas.
    • Salt & Light: We will be hand tying approximately 100 hats and scarves to be donated to the thrift shop. Salt & Light informed us they “fly off the shelves” and they “never have enough” in the winter.
    • Women’s SAFE House: Twenty-four women trying to recover from substance addiction will receive gift bags with full size toiletries to help them with self-care on their journey to recovery. These are always needed.
    • Mission Co-Workers: We will write notes of encouragement to current co-workers serving internationally