Annual Lenten Project
Our annual Lenten Project is Sunday, March 31!
We will gather after worship, from 11:30 to 3:30. Stay for as little or as long as you like. A light lunch and beverages will be served.
In partnership with the Motor City Mitten Mission (MCMM) we will be making balls of “plarn” (“plastic yarn”), which will be used to create mats and pillows for the homeless. This is an all ages, all abilities activity. While the process of making the plarn is not a complicated one, it has many steps. But because of this, there is generally at least one step that a person is capable of doing.
We need 500 to 700 plastic grocery bags, so please bring your extras to church in March. A collection bin is in the main hallway.
Please sign up in the church office, in person or by telephone, or just drop by. Please direct any questions to Allison Gudenau or Catherine Fly.
From the Motor City Mitten Mission website:
Our mats and pillows project (The Plarn Farm) is a large initiative of our organization that we focus on when we are not out in the field with the homeless. Our mats and pillows are made of recycled plastic bags that are then crocheted into mats with a strap, tie, and a pillow. These mats and pillows are ideal for our harsh Michigan elements as they are remarkably comfortable and offer just enough to create a barrier between the ground and the body to help retain body heat while sleeping.
Our mats and pillow project is an activity that helps both the environment as well as the homeless, it is not a difficult task, does not require a set time commitment and is an activity that can even be worked on in the comfort of your own home.
February Outreach:The United Nations Refugee Agency
Your outreach gifts in February will support refugees fleeing violence in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, Central America and now Myanmar. “The global refugee crisis is a humanitarian catastrophe. Human suffering like this has never been witnessed before.” The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees states “there is nothing more heartbreaking than to talk with refugee children left with deep scars on their bodies and souls from what they have lived through. A whole generation of children is marked by violence and trauma.”
There has been fighting in Syria for 6 years; over 5,000,000 refugees have fled their homes seeking safety and shelter. Half the Syrian refugees are children, most of them under age 11. From the Za’atri Camp, a vast tent city in the Jordanian desert: “The women and children crossing the border have brought nothing with them. They are desperate.”
One finds it difficult to imagine the scope of humanitarian needs. In the refugee camps the UNHCR, the world’s leading refugee agency, provides shelter and protection, food, blankets and bedding, water buckets, warm clothes and medical care. The UNHCR is in the slums and aban-doned buildings of neighboring cities (in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey) providing fleeing fami-lies with hygiene and baby kits, food vouchers and access to medical care.
The sheer size of the global refugee crisis, with its continuing impact and horrifying num-bers, threatens to overwhelm the UN Refugee Agency’s capacity to respond.
Please be generous in helping the UNHCR to rebuild lives by lifting refugees out of misery, isolation, hopelessness and trauma. $100 provides ten sleeping bags to keep families warm, $50 can support a family for a week, $40 can provide four families with jerry cans to access clean wa-ter.
Place your gift in the blue or yellow envelope and label it UN Refugee Relief.
The Outreach Committee
Welcome to Grosse Pointe Congregational Church. At Grosse Pointe Congregational Church, or GPCC, I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Thank you for dropping by via your browser. GPCC is a church on-fire with the power and love of the Holy Spirit. Through God's wondrous love, we are a caring congregation: caring for the spiritual and hunger needs of our members and non-members.
We feed spritual hunger pains through music in Sunday worship, and thorugh our art gallery, which changes every 1-2 months. Please visit our Facebook Arts Ministry page for upcoming events and information.
Our congregation is part of the United Church of Christ (www.ucc.org) family and we come from all walks of life to center our lives and hearts on God. Each week the services adn sermons encoaurge us to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ as we discern what we believe we hear the Still-Speaking God saying.
If you are looking for a church family, we'd love to adopt you as a brother or sister in Christ. We also invite you to listen to our weekly sermons, and if your life is changed or you are inspired by God to give to our ministries, please click here: DONATION.
Rev. Richard Yeager-Stiver