From Mother Pippa 6.7.2022

Some weeks I try to concentrate on the nuts and bolts of St. Mary’s events. However, today I’m going for the bird’s eye view as I hit some summer high points.

Strawberry Fest is just over two weeks away! I hope you will pitch in to help plan the fest or volunteer a couple hours on the day. Or perhaps you could help us spread the word by posting flyers in your community or passing out invitations to your family and friends. We have our volunteer sign ups posted and I am really looking forward to seeing us all come together for this important celebration and fundraiser.

In July we will be collecting underwear, socks and bras! The Hospitality Center in Racine is a Diocesan run ministry, and one of their ministries is to provide clothes to people in need. We are looking for NEW men’s, women’s and children’s undergarments, including: socks, bras, underwear, and undershirts. Donations can be placed in the bin in the Narthex throughout the month of July. On July 31 we will celebrate with a Sundae Sunday!

In August our Outreach focus turns towards a school supply collection for Family Promise. They are currently sheltering four families with seven children between them, and we are going to help supply them for the school year. Items requested include: Crayons, Color pencils, Markers, Pencils, Kindergarten pencils (larger than regular pencils), Loose leaf paper, Spiral notebooks, Highlighters, Pens, Hand Sanitizer, Hand Soap, Disinfecting Wipes, and Paper Towels. We will again collect items in the Narthex.

Our patron feast day is coming on August 14. We will celebrate St. Mary’s Day with one service at 9 a.m., followed by a potluck. Please mark your calendar and join us as we celebrate the life and ministry of the people of St. Mary’s.

August contains a fun bonfire event. On August 20 we will roast marshmallows, sing camp songs and otherwise enjoy time by the beautiful Bark River.

Every year Dousman hosts a Rummage Sale weekend, and we are joining in this year. Do you have items you’d like to sell? Sign up for a space and come to the church on Saturday, August 27 to put your goods up for sale. The church will sell food and beverages to the shoppers.

Prayers and Blessings,
Mother Pippa

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