Can you believe that it is August? It seems like the summer has sped by, and now it is time to start thinking about back to school.
During August we will collect school supplies for the kids in Family Promise. Family Promise’s mission is to “help families experiencing homelessness and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.” Working together, Family Promise volunteers provide temporary housing, meals, and services to more than 125,000 family members annually. They mentor families at-risk of experiencing homelessness. They teach financial literacy. They help find jobs and affordable housing. They create programs to meet specific needs in their communities. And they advocate for public policies that alleviate poverty and promote the economic stability of low-income families.
Wisconsin’s Family Promise has 28 families (58 children) who are interested in receiving school supplies. Of the children, twelve are in kindergarten, 20 are in elementary school, 18 are in middle school and 8 are in high school. We will be collecting in-kind and financial donations for the next three Sundays, August 7, 14 and 21. Since school begins the last week of August, we are ending our collection August 21 to try to equip the kids before they return to school.
On August 14 (St. Mary’s Day), Joe Nettesheim, the Family Promise Director, will join us at church to talk about the program. Please bring your questions and thoughts as we learn more about this amazing ministry.
As I mentioned, August 14 is St. Mary’s Day. We will have a single service at 9 a.m., followed by a potluck. Please bring a dish to share as we celebrate our patron saint’s feast and look back over a wonderful summer!
Finally, a reminder that Lynn is out of the office this week, and the office will be closed on August 9 so I can work the elections. Don’t forget to vote!
Prayers and Blessings,