Outreach: Helping our Neighbors

Christ Church has had a long tradition of outreach ministry. Various projects are oriented toward the Christ Church Parish Family, others toward the local community and still others with a focus much more global.

Christmas Angel Tree and Adopt-a-Family
Now through Dec 6

Christ Church is partnering with Saint John's Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, Queens, to adopt two families in need for this Christmas Season. Both families are here in our area, and one, in particular, is recovering from particularly devastating family circumstances. We'll be looking to provide these families with clothes, toys, and various linens and housewares.

Simply take a card from the Angel Tree at the back of the church, and return your gift, wrapped as noted on the card, back to the church by Wednesday, December 6. We'll deliver the gifts to the hospital auxillary in time for them to be under the tree on Christmas.

Thanks for making the Christmas season of two local families a little brighter this Christmas season! If you have any questions, contact Fr. David.

Outreach and Social Justice Group

In keeping with the traditional Lenten Discipline of almsgiving, Christ Church is seeking to expand its ministry footprint by being more dedicated to outreach ministries in our the wider community. We are looking for a few volunteers to gather in the next few weeks to plot our next steps forward - from possibly adopting a refugee family, to creating a food pantry for our community, to ideas we haven't thought of yet, we want your help, and your input. Please contact Fr. David at dsibley@christchurchmanhasset.org if you'd like to participate in this important task of gospel ministry.

Use Amazon Smile

Did you know every Amazon purchase you make can benefit Christ Church? Amazon donates 0.5% of every purchase made using Christ Church's AmazonSmile address to our Alms Fund, which provides food and shelter for the needy, scholarships for youth, and other charitable outreach. Help make a difference for the items you'd be buying anyway. Make a bookmark for our AmazonSmile address and visit it for all your Amazon purchases!

Episcopal Charities Appeal

Episcopal Charities funds social outreach and justice programs throughout Long Island. Checks should be made out to Episcopal Charities of Long Island and may be mailed to Christ Church, 1351 Northern Blvd, Manhasset, NY, placed in the offering at church or sent to Episcopal Charities of Long Island, 36 Cathedral Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530. If you are sending in your contribution directly to the Diocese, please note 'Christ Church, Manhasset' on your check.

Helping Hands

There are times when some of our Christ Church family need assistance, whether it is to have a meal provided for them or to be driven to an event, a doctor's appointment or to Church. If you would like to join this group of volunteers or if you have a need for a "helping hand", please let us know or talk to the Rector. Thank you in advance.
Contacts: Holly Melichar and Carol Allen.

Operation Christmas Child boxes loaded and ready for delivery!

Operation Christmas Child a Success!

Many thanks to all for your efforts and thoughtfulness in filling the shoeboxes for our Operation Christmas Child outreach project. 146 boxes were delivered this past week to the drop off point in Sea Cliff. From there, the boxes go to Westbury to be packed up and sent to the Distribution Center in either Maryland or North Carolina to be shipped out to children around the world and in the United States.

Food for the Hungry

The Long Island Council of Churches Food Pantry (450 N. Main Street, Freeport, 516-868-4989) fed more than 1400 people each month in August and September just from their Freeport pantry. In recent months there has been a growing number of requests for assistance from working families who have had their SNAP (food stamps) benefits reduced due to Congressional budgets cuts.

This would be a great time to donate unopened food (please check the expiration dates), particularly:

*Canned tuna, chicken, salmon (in water), canned stew, canned ham
*Nuts,(low salt), Peanut Butter (low salt)/jelly
*Canned vegetable/soups (low salt/low fat)
*Canned/dried fruit
*100% fruit juice
*Dry milk/Parmalat
*Complete Pancake Mix/Syrup
*Hot/cold breakfast cereal
*Pasta, rice, canned beans
*Tomato/spaghetti sauce
*Infant Formula Powder, Enfamil w/Lipil or Similac Advance
*Diapers (size 3-5)
*Shampoo, Soap, toothpaste, brushes, toiletries
*Paper towels, Toilet Paper
*Clothing - Fall/Winter
*School Supplies (notebooks, pens/pencils, crayons, rulers, calculators)
*grocery bags

We thank both the Allen and the Carr families who diligently continue to deliver the food donations to the Freeport location each month.

Inspiration

Yet I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; O my God, do not delay.    Psalm 40:17