5 Areas of Focus: Mission Sunday

 

Mission Sunday is November 11!
Our Mission & Outreach Board has established WCC’s 5 Areas of Focus for mission, and several of our mission partners will be in Founders Hall and the Colonnade between services, sharing these 5 Areas of Focus and explaining volunteer opportunities for involvement. Stop by and find out more about:

HOME
Cranberry Ridge
Families Moving Forward
Neighborhood Program, Kimberly Meadows
Interfaith Outreach Sleep Out

FOOD
Loaves & Fishes
Feeding the Hungry
Sandwich Making
Feed My Starving Children
Food Drives

 ESSENTIALS
Rummage Sale
Thimble Bees
My Very Own Bed

EDUCATION
Nicaragua E2
Tutoring Help @ Kimberly Meadows
Opportunity International

SPECIAL NEEDS
Parables
Music & Memory (seniors)
Mental Health
We Can Ride
Minneapolis Crisis Nursery

WCC – Let’s Fill 10 Backpacks for Our Families Moving Forward Program

 
This year we are looking to fill 10 backpacks for students in elementary through high school in our Families Moving Forward Program. As you are all aware, the costs of school supplies have been going up, and many families cannot keep up with the new prices. We’re asking you to fill a backpack with supplies for a student as part of Beacon’s Back to school drive.

5 Elementary 
Backpack
24 pack of No. 2 pencils Pencil Sharpener
Pack of Erasers Pencil Case Crayons 24 count Colored Pencils Washable Markers
Four-pack Dry Erase Marker Five Pocket Folders
Five Coordinating Notebooks (Wide- Rule ) (With colors corresponding to pocket folders)
Composition Book
Loose Leaf (Wide-Ruled) Paper Small Scissors
Glue Sticks Ruler Kleenex Box

5 High School
Backpack
24-pack of pencils (Mechanical Preferred)
Index Card Packet Small Calculator
Graphing Calculator (TI 83,84,89) [45 needed total] [Can be used] Pocket Folder
Five Notebooks (College-Ruled) Divider Pack (for Binders)
3-Ring Binder (2” or 3”)
ink pens pack (black or blue) Loose-Leaf (College-Ruled) Pack of Highlighters Kleenex Boxes ($2)

Drop off of your school supplies to the bucket in Founders Hall by August 15, or donate by check to Wayzata Community Church and in the memo line, “back to school supplies”. A table will be set up in Founders for the next few Sundays in August to take your donations.

Bonds that Build Homes Join our 2018 Legislative Campaign, “Bonds that Build Homes.”

 

As important as it was to gain the Council’s approval, we still have work to do. Beacon is working hard to secure public funding for Cranberry Ridge, and the timing of that funding will depend heavily on the outcome of the state bonding legislation which is up for vote in the current session. The governor has recommended $1.5 billion in total bonding with $110 million earmarked for housing infrastructure. This is a lot of money, but the need far exceeds this request. The Homes for All Coalition, made up of affordable housing advocates, is recommending that $140 million be spent on housing infrastructure. Beacon staff and volunteers have been visiting with legislators to lobby for their support, urging them to vote for the $140 million request. 

As a part of that effort, Beacon has invited legislators to attend any of three legislative action meetings in the Metro area which will give them an opportunity to meet w

ith constituents to voice their

 support and to offer their views on the need for more affordable housing. The response to the meeting requests has been good, and we expect to have 3-6 local legislators attending each meeting.
 
As was the case with the City Council meetings, your presence is critical. Legislators value the opportunity to meet with constituents and it is our duty to hold them accountable. Listed below are the dates and times for these meetings. I urge you to attend at least one of these. You do not have to b

e a constituent in the meeting location to attend. For more information, and to register, please go to beaconinterfaith.org/advocate. If you prefer, I would also be happy to register you. There will also be more information at our table in Founders Hall on April 8th.
 
April 10th, Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church of Plymouth, 7-8 PM
April 15th, First Universalist Church, Minneapolis, 3-4 PM
April 22nd, Good Shepherd, Chaska, 3-4 PM
 
Thank you again for your ongoing interest and support for this important work. Together, we can make a difference!

January Blankets, Mittens & More Drive

 

Each year in January, WCC collects blankets for people who have to sleep on the floor at the Salvation Army due to overcrowding. Last year we collected almost 600 blankets with your support and we will continue this effort this month.

This year, we would also like to help over 300 students who are experiencing homelessness— with gloves/mittens and hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, and feminine hygiene items.

The Minnesota Internship Center is an alternative project-based high school that serves youth between 15-20 years old.  Many of the students had to make the hard choice to either go to school or go to work to help pay rent and bills for their families.  MNIC tries to bridge this gap by offering paid internships so students can get their high school diploma and contribute to their families’ financial needs.  For youth who have fled abusive or nonexistent households, the internships equip them to enter the workforce with real skills and trades. MNIC and HSRA also teach their students important life skills to help them become autonomous and self-sufficient.  

You can help by giving blankets, gloves/mittens and hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, and feminine hygiene items during the month of January. Please place your donations in each of the green buckets located at all WCC entrances this month.

This winter, EVERY donation counts. Please help us fill all our buckets to overflowing so that those who are so young, and cannot exist on what they earn, can stay warm and healthy during the cold months ahead.

Read more about the Minnesota Internship Center at mnic.org.

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