There is so much going on with our Outreach Ministries! A great way to stay up-to-date on all events and service opportunities is to follow along with the weekly Outreach Update. To sign up to have this delivered to your inbox, please contact Outreach Director, Rachel Estes at rachel.estes@canterburyumc.org, or check out the latest below.

Outreach Emails

  • February 8, 2024

    Thank you!  

    I wish I could send little bouquets of daisies to each of you for the ways you show up as the church when we ask for help! We needed bags for migrants…y’all showed up. We needed socks for folks on the streets…y’all showed up. We asked for MORE soup…y’all ladeled up. And we asked for Westerns…y’all giddied up! If you know a friend who isn’t getting these emails…please share their email and I’ll invite them to join this holy circle of LOVE in action!

    Rise Against Hunger

    Thank you in advance for all the ways this church invests, shifts, accommodates and SERVES during Rise Against Hunger! We are in big need of folks MONDAY 11-1pm and 3:30-5:30pm…can you help?

    • Please make sure selena.pitsch@canterburyumc.org knows you need childcare
    • Everyone will need to wear a hairnet even if you bring a hat (hairnets provided)
    • Please consider donating towards Rise Against Hunger- .40/meal…can you feed 100 kids for $40 or 1000 kids for $400 or 5 kiddos for $2.00? Any bit helps!
    • Sign up for shift here.

    OPPORTUNITIES

    Service Smatterings

    • Thinking about Meals on Wheels? Easy route-all one building…takes 30 minutes! Wednesdays-need a volunteer 4th Wednesday of the month…is it you!? You pick up the food between 9:45-10:15 at United Way and then drive 10 minutes and spend 30 delivering food-it’s about a 75 minute commitment once a month-would love to have you on the team!
    • BOOK CLUB! Canterbury has a Book Club, and we hope you will join us. For more info and to sign up please visit here.
      • Until Unity, March 4th
      • The Daughter of Cana, April 1
    • Lunch and Learn! A ministry from Costa Rica will share their work with a faith based prison on Wednesday, February 21, 11:30-1pm RSVP here.
    • Evening service need: Tuesdays 5:30-6pm-Transportation to ESL (English as Second Language) classes…pick up families at West Homewood apartment-drop at Homewood Library and/or pick up at Library and drive home 8-8:30pm. Sign up here to help!
    • We are helping a ministry prepare bags for folks coming out of prison. Do you have any of those drawstring backpacks at your house? We thought that might be the best way to share the needed items in a way that can be most useful. So, any backpacks welcome but specifically the drawstring kind! Drop off outside Outreach office BEFORE 2/15 please!
    • We would love a few more Birthday card writers for Donaldson Prison. If you’d like a project to do from home this is a great one! Email Heather Gant (hgant2008@gmail.com).

    Project Chairs Needed

    1. Looking for someone to coordinate BookAPalooza! Basically helping get the word out, organize the donations and work with the librarian at Hemphill to set up a book fair there where kids will pick out books. This is about a 3 week total project, last two weeks of April-first week of May! Please email me if you could head up a small team of folks! rachel.estes@canterburyumc.org

    2. I have a dream…(it’s like I’ve never said that before!). I would love to have a church wide decluttering…where we have a week in July that Canterbury Hall is filled with all the things from closets, corners and cubbies…from costumes to books (@Rachel) to furniture, etc. We let the community and other churches know, they come purchase for near to nothing and then a thrift store comes to take it away on that Thursday. Is that anyone’s deep gift/passion/talent? Coordinating decluttering? I know that we have things Canterbury doesn’t use anymore that would be so welcomed elsewhere…but smarter co-workers know I’m not the one to lead the effort! Ya’ll let me know if this is making you giddy! rachel.estes@canterburyumc.org

    Upcoming Dates!
    2/25 & 2/26  |  Rise Against Hunger at Canterbury
    2/25  |  Easter Baskets available
    3/17  |  Easter Baskets due
    4/3  |  Narcan Training 6pm
    4/17  |  CPR/AED Training 6pm

  • February 1, 2024

    Thank you!  

    You all sure responded to the call for soup, cornbread and fixings! I’m grateful for the way our shelves bulged with your donations! The food was received so happily and someone from another church heard about our success and requested the recipe so the effort could be duplicated there! Yahoo! Soup Disciples!

    Rise Against Hunger

    Thank you in advance for all the ways this church invests, shifts, accommodates and SERVES during Rise Against Hunger! The community starts calling us 8 months out to schedule around our dates. What a gift to be able to share this meaningful service activity with so many! February 25 & 26 the building will be humming with people coming and going – the parking lot will be coned off for giant semi trailers and we will watch the meals we pack take off for children who will learn, serve and grow better because of the work here. THANK YOU! (And if you are able to help us set up or clean up after – you’d be SOOOO welcome! Email me and I’ll happily say YES to the gritty un-glamourous work of prepping and schlepping!)

    OPPORTUNITIES

    Service Smatterings

    • Thinking about Meals on Wheels? Easy route-all one building…takes 30 minutes! Wednesdays-need a volunteer 4th Wednesday of the month…is it you!? You pick up the food between 9:45-10:15 at United Way and then drive 10 minutes and spend 30 delivering food-it’s about a 75 minute commitment once a month-would love to have you on the team!
    • BOOK CLUB! Canterbury has a Book Club, and we hope you will join us. For more info and to sign up please visit here.
      • The Same Sky, February 5th
      • Until Unity, March 4th
      • The Daughter of Cana, April 1
    • Firehouse Ministries 2024 – please sign up as a family…friend group…small group…Sunday School class! We have some funds to reimburse if that is a barrier to signing up for this JOY! Click here to sign up.
    • We are helping a ministry prepare bags for folks coming out of prison. Do you have any of those drawstring backpacks at your house? We thought that might be the best way to share the needed items in a way that can be most useful. So, any backpacks welcome but specifically the drawstring kind! Drop off outside Outreach office!
    • We would love a few more Birthday card writers for Donaldson Prison. If you’d like a project to do from home this is a great one! Email Heather Gant (hgant2008@gmail.com).

    Action Items

    – Sign up for Firehouse Ministries meals in 2024
    – Drop off backpacks in front of outreach office!
    – Answer my basic survey about how we can make outreach better for you! Click here.

    Upcoming Dates!
    2/25 & 2/26 Rise Against Hunger at Canterbury

  • January 11, 2024

    Thanks for coming to hear John Archibald!

    So thankful for the packed room, great questions and the welcome you offered to this local celebrity! I appreciated his perspectives and musings on the past and present. I will be seeking input on other local authors who might fit the bill! Happy to receive suggestions!

    Two immediate needs!

    1.  Could you serve Firehouse dinner next Tuesday, January 16th? 6:15-7:45pm 4-6 people make short work of it! Serve about 80 men and if you need reimbursement on the food purchase, please ask! Please email rachel.estes@canterburyumc.org to say YES!

    2.  We need 30 filled ziplock gallon bags by 9am on TUESDAY, January 16th (you can leave on metal shelves behind round desk) Filling: granola bars, juice boxes or the small waters, small hand sanitizer, package of cookies, nuts, beef jerky, a clementine or banana, a note of encouragement and prayer. These will be handed to migrants who ICE is bringing to ASP before they head to their next stops-some will get on buses and some on flights so please keep everything 3 ounces or under.

    OPPORTUNITIES

    Service Smatterings

    • Thinking about Meals on Wheels? Easy route-all one building…takes 30 minutes! Wednesdays-need a volunteer 4th Wednesday of the month…is it you!? You pick up the food between 9:45-10:15 at United Way and then drive 10 minutes and spend 30 delivering food-it’s about a 75 minute commitment once a month-would love to have you on the team!
    • BOOK CLUB! Canterbury has a Book Club, and we hope you will join us. For more info and to sign up please visit here.
      • The Same Sky, February 5th
      • Until Unity, March 4th
      • The Daughter of Cana, April 1
    • Firehouse Ministries 2024 – please sign up as a family…friend group…small group…Sunday School class! We have some funds to reimburse if that is a barrier to signing up for this JOY! Click here to sign up.
    • Sign up for Rise Against Hunger! Two opportunities this year! Our partner ministry Avondale Samaritan Place will be hosting February 18th and Canterbury’s event will be February 25-26th! Sign up here for Canterbury and to sign up for ASP’s packing, sign up here.
    • We would love a few more Birthday card writers for Donaldson Prison. If you’d like a project to do from home this is a great one! Email Heather Gant (hgant2008@gmail.com).

    Action Items

    – Sign up for Firehouse Ministries meals in 2024
    – Register for Rise Against Hunger February 25-26
    – Answer my basic survey about how we can make outreach better for you! Click here.
    – NorthStar ministries is having a CLEAT Drive! Take cleats to one of the locations on the announcement below!

    Upcoming Dates!
    1/16 Migrant bags due!

    2/25 & 2/26 Rise Against Hunger at Canterbury

  • January 4, 2024

    Wrap Up

    Thanks so much for making seasons bright for so many! Our Christmas Village brought peace AND joy to so many families and made Christmas morning delightful, I’m sure!

    Your soup continues to warm hearts and bellies during these strangely cold Alabama nights.  What a gift to offer love in a bowl at Church of the Reconciler.

    Your donations allowed us to send funds to the warming station, to shelters, to social workers with families who were suddenly in crisis and needed basics during the holidays.  I can’t stress how much the gift of nimbleness allows us to make transformative impact!

    Those of you who wrote Christmas cards to inmates, packed gift bags for folks celebrating their IDs and who left an extra big tip at a meal made differences you’ll never see but sent ripples through families.

    OPPORTUNITIES

    Service Smatterings

    • Thinking about Meals on Wheels? Easy route-all one building…takes 30 minutes! Wednesdays-need a volunteer 4th Wednesday of the month…is it you!?
    • BOOK CLUB! Canterbury has a Book Club, and we hope you will join us. The January 8 meeting will be in Wesley Hall 11:30am – 12:30pm. John Archibald, the author, will be joining us! For more info and to sign up please visit: www.canterburyumc.org/grow/adults/
      • Shaking the Gates of Hell, January 8th
      • The Same Sky, February 5th
      • Until Unity, March 4th
      • The Daughter of Cana, April 1
    • Firehouse Ministries 2024 – please sign up as a family…friend group…small group…Sunday School class! We have some funds to reimburse if that is a barrier to signing up for this JOY! Click here to sign up.
    • Sign up for Rise Against Hunger! Two opportunities this year! Our partner ministry Avondale Samaritan Place will be hosting February 18th and Canterbury’s event will be February 25-26th!  Canterbury:  https://rah.my.salesforce-sites.com/events/homepage?id=7018c000001DY9LAAW And to sign up for ASP’s packing head to their website:  https://www.avonumc.net/avondale-samaritan-place/
    • We would love a few more Birthday card writers for Donaldson Prison. If you’d like a project to do from home this is a great one! Email Heather Gant (hgant2008@gmail.com).

    Action Items

    – Sign up for Firehouse Ministries meals in 2024
    – Register for Rise Against Hunger February 25-26
    – Answer my basic survey about how we can make outreach better for you! Click here.

    Upcoming Dates!
    1/8 | 11:30-12:30pm
    John Archibald discusses Shaking the Gates of Hell

    2/25 & 2/26
    Rise Against Hunger at Canterbury

  • November 30, 2023

    Seasonal Treats:

    1. Please volunteer for a shift at Christmas Village! It’s fun and if you can’t do the whole shift-just mark it in the comments! Sign up here.
    2. Cookies with Santa at Avondale Samaritan Place on 12/10, 2-4pm-great ways for teens to serve! Sign up here.
    3. Sign up for the Community on the Rise Field trip with me 11/30! They have a project for us and we’ll be eating lunch and learning about the ministry there! Email jennifer.dunn@canterburyumc.org to sign up!
    4. Sign up here to write 5 Christmas cards to women incarcerated this holiday. Encourage them with your words of love and reminding them they are not forgotten by God or our community. (Each slot is committing to 5 cards).
    5. Mail 2 notes of thanks to the department of ALEA who have helped Community on the Rise clients access their drivers licenses. These folks do hard work with tons of patience! Flood them with our appreciation:  ALEA Records Unit, Attention: Jerilyn Spencer, PO BOX 1471, Montgomery, AL 36102
    6. Sign up here to write 5 Christmas cards to men incarcerated this holiday. Encourage them with your words of love and reminding them they are not forgotten by God or our community. (Each slot is committing to 5 cards).
    7. Please consider filling up 3 stockings for senior citizens that our Beeson Social Workers will deliver. Sign up here.
    8. Fill 5 little bags with encouragement and treats for Community on the Rise to give to their clients when they receive their IDs…a BIG step! Sign up here.

     

    OPPORTUNITIES

    Service Smatterings

    • Thinking about Meals on Wheels? Easy route-all one building…takes 30 minutes! Wednesdays-need a volunteer 3rd OR 4th Wednesday of the month…is it you!?
    • BOOK CLUB! Canterbury has a new Book Club, and we hope you will join us. January’s meeting will be in Wesley Hall 11:30am – 12:30pm. John Archibald, the author, will be joining us! For more info and to sign up please visit: https://www.canterburyumc.org/adults
      • Shaking the Gates of Hell, January 8th

     

    ‘Tis the season! Pick up your Acts of Service card at Canterbury or email Rachel rachel.estes@canterburyumc.org

     

    Action Items:
    Pick up an Acts of Service card-or have Rachel email you one!
    rachel.estes@canterburyumc.org

     

    Upcoming Dates!
    12/4  |  11-1pm  |  Pop Up Shop (Thistle Farms & Community on the Rise) at Canterbury
    12/10  |  2-4  |  Cookies with Santa at ASP! Best picture with Santa opportunity!
    12/11  |  11-1pm  |  Field Trip to Community on the Rise
    12/18  |  11-12  |  Field Trip to eat at WE cafe

  • November 21, 2023

    QUICK HITS:

    1.  Please shop for Christmas Village-Snoozy’s can fill your order over the phone or send it by Amazon…ALL GIFTS NEED TO BE AT CANTERBURY by November 27! Thanks!
    2.  Please volunteer for a shift at Christmas Village! It’s fun and if you can’t do the whole shift-just mark it in the comments! Sign up here.
    3.  Cookies with Santa at Avondale Samaritan Place on 12/10 2-4pm-great ways for teens to serve! Sign up here.
    4.  Sign up for the Community on the Rise Field trip with me 11/30! They have a project for us and we’ll be eating lunch and learning about the ministry there! Email jennifer.dunn@canterburyumc.org to sign up!

     

    Canterbury is hosting the annual “pop-up” store for parents in the Avondale area to shop for new Christmas toys for their children at affordable prices at Avondale Samaritan Place. Gifts need to be purchased and delivered to either Avondale UMC or Canterbury UMC by November 27. You are encouraged to shop local or from the easy and convenient Amazon Wish List. Financial donations are also welcome. Questions? Contact Jennifer Dunn at jennifer.dunn@canterburyumc.org.

     

    OPPORTUNITIES

    Fall Service Smatterings

    • Thinking about Meals on Wheels? Easy route-all one building…takes 30 minutes! Wednesdays-need a volunteer 3rd OR 4th Wednesday of the month…is it you!?
    • BOOK CLUB! Canterbury has a new Book Club, and we hope you will join us. January’s meeting will be in Wesley Hall 11:30am – 12:30pm. John Archibald, the author, will be joining us! For more info and to sign up please visit: https://www.canterburyumc.org/adults
      • Shaking the Gates of Hell, January 8th

     

    ‘Tis the season! Pick up your Acts of Service card at Canterbury or email Rachel rachel.estes@canterburyumc.org

     

    Action Items:
    Purchase items for Christmas Village from Snoozys locally or Amazon
    Pick up an Acts of Service card-or have Rachel email you one!
    rachel.estes@canterburyumc.org

     

    Upcoming Dates!
    11/1-11/27  |  Collect gifts for Christmas Village!
    11/30  |  11-1pm  |  Field Trip to Community on the Rise
    12/4  |  11-1pm  |  Pop Up Shop (Thistle Farms & Community on the Rise) at Canterbury
    12/10  |  2-4  |  Cookies with Santa at ASP! Best picture with Santa opportunity!
    12/18  |  11-1pm  |  Field Trip to Community on the Rise

  • November 15, 2023

    Holy Santa Fe Soup y’all! It was like STONE SOUP last week!

    Thank you so much for filling the freezer! We are set for soup for Reconciler for 2023…Don’t worry if you missed making it…I’ll be asking again in January! I can’t tell you how much I appreciated your love, support and soup when I had a bit of a panic! The reviews from Church of the Reconciler are STRONG…we have had marriage proposals over this! (Little do they know it’s a village crock pot with many chefs!). Thank you for coming together and “when they are hungry, You fed them…”

    Canterbury is hosting the annual “pop-up” store for parents in the Avondale area to shop for new Christmas toys for their children at affordable prices at Avondale Samaritan Place. Gifts need to be purchased and delivered to either Avondale UMC or Canterbury UMC by November 27. You are encouraged to shop local or from the easy and convenient Amazon Wish List. Financial donations are also welcome. Questions? Contact Jennifer Dunn at jennifer.dunn@canterburyumc.org.

    OPPORTUNITIES

    Fall Service Smatterings

    • Thinking about Meals on Wheels? Easy route-all one building…took 30 minutes! Wednesdays-need a volunteer 3rd OR 4th Wednesday of the month…is it you!?
    • BOOK CLUB! Canterbury has a new Book Club, and we hope you will join us. January’s meeting will be in Wesley Hall 11:30am – 12:30pm. John Archibald, the author, will be joining us! For more info and to sign up please visit: https://www.canterburyumc.org/adults
      • Shaking the Gates of Hell, January 8th
    • We need 2 more Panera Volunteers! The job: pick up donations at 8:50pm on a Tuesday night and deliver on your way to work or dropping off kids at Canterbury on Wednesday morning. Great, quick, meaningful service! Email Chris Glaub to say yes: cag6@georgetown.edu
    • You have a snazzy opportunity to help folks with TAX Prep- I know there are folks out there opposite of me who LOVE this! More info is on our website at www.uwca.org/taxvol.  The first step for volunteers is to complete their training and certification, beginning with Orientation Sessions on Oct 20 and Nov 7, then they can register for the date that they would like to attend the full volunteer training, where they learn both tax law and tax software to complete their open book certification. Once they are certified, we will provide them a link to the volunteer calendar to schedule shifts: anytime Monday-Friday between 8:30-4:30.
    • BAKESGIVING! Are you starting to cook for the holidays? Could you spare a few dozen of your treats? An Extra pie? Have your high schools bake up some deliciousness for service hours? Sign up here!

    “Tis the season! Pick up your Acts of Service card at Canterbury or email Rachel rachel.estes@canterburyumc.org

    Action Items:
    Purchase items for Christmas Village from Snoozys locally or Amazon
    Pick up an Acts of Service card-or have Rachel email you one!
    rachel.estes@canterburyumc.org

     

    Upcoming Dates!
    11/1-11/27  |  Collect gifts for Christmas Village!
    11/19  |  2-4pm  |  Swing by Bakesgiving at ASP!
    11/30  |  11-1pm  |  Field Trip to Community on the Rise
    12/4  |  11-1pm  |  Pop Up Shop (Thistle Farms & Community on the Rise) at Canterbury
    12/10  |  2-4  |  Cookies with Santa at ASP! Best picture with Santa opportunity!
    12/18  |  11-1pm  |  Field Trip to Community on the Rise

  • November 8, 2023

    Sorry Ahead of Time…but…we need SOUP!

    • Can you make double recipes of Santa Fe soup for Church of the Reconciler? Here is the recipe for it (or pull out your Food for Thought Junior League cookbook!!).
    • Store in gallon zip locks…store flat to freeze, bring to Canterbury.
    • Have your Scout Troop make several batches, ask your neighbors, teach your kids how to make this easy nourishing soup! If you want to, send corn muffins and/or peanut butter cookies!
    • Deliver during church hours to the UMW closet near the admin hallway bathrooms…open the closet, there is a freezer in there…place in freezer.
    • Kathy Jackson picks up 4 gallons of soup every Wednesday to take to Reconciler to serve on Thursdays and the men are filled with another warm, delicious reminder that God loves them

    Canterbury is hosting the annual “pop-up” store for parents in the Avondale area to shop for new Christmas toys for their children at affordable prices at Avondale Samaritan Place. Gifts need to be purchased and delivered to either Avondale UMC or Canterbury UMC by November 27. You are encouraged to shop local or from the easy and convenient Amazon Wish List. Financial donations are also welcome. Questions? Contact Jennifer Dunn at jennifer.dunn@canterburyumc.org.

     

    OPPORTUNITIES

    Fall Service Smatterings

    • Thinking about Meals on Wheels? Easy route-all one building…took 30 minutes! Wednesdays-need a volunteer 3rd OR 4th Wednesday of the month…is it you!?
    • BOOK CLUB! Canterbury has a new Book Club, and we hope you will join us. January’s meeting will be in Wesley Hall 11:30am – 12:30pm. John Archibald, the author, will be joining us! For more info and to sign up please visit: https://www.canterburyumc.org/adults
      • Shaking the Gates of Hell, January 8th
    • We need 2 more Panera Volunteers! The job: pick up donations at 8:50pm on a Tuesday night and deliver on your way to work or dropping off kids at Canterbury on Wednesday morning. Great, quick, meaningful service! Email Chris Glaub to say yes: cag6@georgetown.edu
    • You have a snazzy opportunity to help folks with TAX Prep- I know there are folks out there opposite of me who LOVE this! More info is on our website at www.uwca.org/taxvol.  The first step for volunteers is to complete their training and certification, beginning with Orientation Sessions on Oct 20 and Nov 7, then they can register for the date that they would like to attend the full volunteer training, where they learn both tax law and tax software to complete their open book certification. Once they are certified, we will provide them a link to the volunteer calendar to schedule shifts: anytime Monday-Friday between 8:30-4:30.
    • BAKESGIVING! Are you starting to cook for the holidays? Could you spare a few dozen of your treats? An Extra pie? Have your high schools bake up some deliciousness for service hours? Sign up here
    • Finally, be looking for a holiday BINGO card of service activities to get yourself in the spirit of things…with so many ideas and all flexible timing…you will have JOY in your HEART!

    Action Items:
    Make soup
    Thank a Veteran for serving our country!
    Purchase items for Christmas Village from Snoozys locally or Amazon

     

    Upcoming Dates!
    11/10  |   8:15-2:45pm  |  EJI/Peace and Justice Field Trip (email me!)
    11/13  |  11:30-12:15  |  Lunch at WE Cafe at Urban Ministries
    11/1-11/27  |  Collect gifts for Christmas Village!

     

  • October 26, 2023

    Closing some loops of your kindness:

    • Today we assisted with funds for a power bill and a rental deposit for a woman fleeing her abuser. After finding her at her last location, she was forced to abandon the lease to get her children and herself safe. Grateful to provide peace and safety.
    • We have gathered socks-seemingly boring socks…that will transform lives this winter.
    • We take yarn in from the Knit Wits to the women’s prison…who knit lap blankets…and then we take out to Meals on Wheels clients…it’s a joy to see collaborative ministry!!!

    OPPORTUNITIES

    Fall Service Smatterings

    • Thinking about Meals on Wheels? Easy route- all one building…took 30 minutes! Wednesdays- need a volunteer 3rd OR 4th Wednesday of the month…is it you!?!?
    • We need a small team who can turn the Avondale Samaritan Place Gym into a decorated wonder! Ok…wonder may be a stretch…maybe just a festive feel! Please let Leigh Ann know if you have that creative bone in you that loves a blank slate and a small budget! leighann.sisson@gmail.com
    • BOOK CLUB! Canterbury has a new Book Club, and we hope you will join us. All meetings will be in M200. 11:30am – 12:30pm. For more info and to sign up please visit: https://www.canterburyumc.org/adults
      • Before We Were Yours, November 6
    • You have a snazzy opportunity to help folks with TAX Prep- I know there are folks out there opposite of me who LOVE this! More info is on our website at www.uwca.org/taxvol.  The first step for volunteers is to complete their training and certification, beginning with Orientation Sessions on Oct 20 and Nov 7, then they can register for the date that they would like to attend the full volunteer training, where they learn both tax law and tax software to complete their open book certification. Once they are certified, we will provide them a link to the volunteer calendar to schedule shifts: anytime Monday-Friday between 8:30-4:30.
    • BAKESGIVING! Are you starting to cook for the holidays? Could you spare a few dozen of your treats? An Extra pie? Have your high schools bake up some deliciousness for service hours?  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0948AEA82EA75-bakesgiving#/

     

    One of the Beeson seniors who came to lunch yesterday died peacefully this morning. His name was Otis Boyd, and he was 85. Our social workers first started working with Otis several years ago when he was staying at Firehouse Shelter. They helped him get off drugs and into a boarding home. Otis shared a few times recently, “When I’m with you, I know everything will be ok.” speaking about the entire ASP team. Yesterday was so special and a good last day for Otis. May he rest in peace and rise in glory…and may God’s perpetual light shine upon him.

    Otis’s story is a true testament to the beautiful work that God has done and is doing in so many lives through ASP. Thank you for being a part of that!

     

    Action Items:
    SOCKS (bring them to church or deliver from Amazon)
    BOXES (we need large brown boxes broken down in all sizes for Christmas Village

     

    Upcoming Dates!
    10/29  |  5pm  |  SOCKS are due!!!!
    11/6  |  11:30  |  Before We Were Yours Book Club
    11/10  |   8:15-2:45pm  |  EJI/Peace and Justice Field Trip (email me!)
    11/13  |  11:30-12:15  |  Lunch at WE Cafe at Urban Ministries
    11/1-11/27  |  Collect gifts for Christmas Village!

  • October 19, 2023

    THANK YOU!

    • We were able to send $1400 to Morrocco and as I receive pictures of the change you are helping create, I will share them!
    • We sent some funds to a long time Panamá friend so that she can build a house to stay safe and peaceful.
    • We received donations for Israel and will be sharing those with World Kitchens to feed civilians.
    • Funding to repair a kitchen fire so that a formerly unhoused man can stay in his new space.
    • Socks are sliding in the door…yahoo!!!

     

    OPPORTUNITIES

    Fall Service Smatterings

    • Thinking about Meals on Wheels?  I’m running a great route on October 24th and would love for you to come with me and see if it fits your interests!  After that we will want a regular delivery person on 4th Wednesday of the month…
    • We need a small team who can turn the Avondale Samaritan Place Gym into a decorated wonder! Ok…wonder may be a stretch…maybe just a festive feel! Please let Leigh Ann know if you have that creative bone in you that loves a blank slate and a small budget! leighann.sisson@gmail.com
    • BOOK CLUB! Canterbury has a new Book Club, and we hope you will join us. All meetings will be in M200. 11:30am – 12:30pm. For more info and to sign up please visit: https://www.canterburyumc.org/adults
      • Before We Were Yours, November 6
    • You have a snazzy opportunity to help folks with TAX Prep- I know there are folks out there opposite of me who LOVE this! More info is on our website at www.uwca.org/taxvol.  The first step for volunteers is to complete their training and certification, beginning with Orientation Sessions on Oct 20 and Nov 7, then they can register for the date that they would like to attend the full volunteer training, where they learn both tax law and tax software to complete their open book certification. Once they are certified, we will provide them a link to the volunteer calendar to schedule shifts: anytime Monday-Friday between 8:30-4:30.
    • BAKESGIVING! Are you starting to cook for the holidays? Could you spare a few dozen of your treats? An Extra pie? Have your high schools bake up some deliciousness for service hours?  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0948AEA82EA75-bakesgiving#/

     

    Action Items:
    SOCKS (bring them to church or deliver from Amazon)
    BOXES (we need large brown boxes broken down in all sizes for Christmas Village

    Upcoming Dates!
    10/24  |  10:30-12  |  Practice delivery of Meals on Wheels
    10/29  |  5pm  |  SOCKS are due!!!!
    11/6  |  11:30  |  Before We Were Yours Book Club
    11/10  |   8:15-2:45pm  |  EJI/Peace and Justice Field Trip
    11/13  |  11:30-12:15  |  Lunch at WE Cafe at Urban Ministries
    11/1-11/27  |  Collect gifts for Christmas Village!

  • October 5, 2023

    Last week to participate in this: We have a unique opportunity this week and next-it’s a little wacky but bear with me. There were a series of massive natural disasters in August and September and Canterbury received and sent funds to UMCOR in response. Then I received a call from a friend who just returned from living in Morocco with the State Department. Her women’s group is adopting a school and a program for senior citizens. Both were devastated by the earthquake where almost 3,000 people were killed and communities destroyed. This week, I invite you to consider making a donation to Canterbury’s outreach fund that would be earmarked for Morocco-and on October 10, I will send what we have collected to the International Association of American Women. These funds will go directly to a school and to the seniors program. Today as I saw our Encore program and our preschoolers pass each other at Canterbury I was reminded again how we can make a difference across the world for these same groups of friends.

    OPPORTUNITIES

    Fall Service Smatterings

    • Consider chatting about a book with 5-6th graders at I-3 Academy in Woodlawn. They are looking for volunteers for 1 hour on the next 4 Friday mornings. Click here to volunteer and learn more.
    • We need a small team who can turn the Avondale Samaritan Place Gym into a decorated wonder! Ok…wonder may be a stretch…maybe just a festive feel! Please let Leigh Ann know if you have that creative bone in you that loves a blank slate and a small budget! leighann.sisson@gmail.com
    • BOOK CLUB! Canterbury has a new Book Club, and we hope you will join us. All meetings will be in M200. 11:30am – 12:30pm. For more info and to sign up please visit: https://www.canterburyumc.org/adults
      • A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice and Freedom, October 9
      • Before We Were Yours, November 16
    • Thank you so much for donating clothes for the young adults who will be interviewing for internships, jobs and scholarships!  So proud to provide them with a rack of clothes and also a small stipend for new undergarments for those who need them!
    • FLOWER POWER! We need help for flowers in the Sanctuary! There is a flower arranging workshop on 10/29 at 1pm in the sanctuary. Please consider being a part of this important ministry!

    SOCKTOBER!! Sock it to me!! 
    Socks are the item of clothing most needed in homeless shelters. They’re also the least donated. New socks contribute to better mobility and minimize the possibility of frostbite and reduce the risk of cellulitis, impetigo, fungal infection, trench foot, and skin breakdown. Living on the street, many unsheltered people rarely take their shoes off. They walk often and don’t always have laundry facilities at close reach.

    Please consider donating clean white socks during the month of October. We will share them with our partner ministries to pass out during the next few months. There will be a wagon outside the front doors of Canterbury to collect them until 10/29. THANKS!

    Meals on Wheels…(again? sorry!)
    We have a robust team serving East Lake Villa Maria on weekdays…we have another team covering the Southside route on every Wednesday of the month…still another team covering meals to different seniors in East Lake every Tuesday and Wednesday. I’m wondering if there are volunteers to create another amazing group for Freedom Manor…it’s inside and a relatively easy route! I’m going on OCTOBER 24 and would love to take a group of anyone interested to see how it works! There is a need for Tuesday and Wednesday deliveries. You can commit to once a month! Please RSVP to rachel.estes@canterburyumc.org if you can come with me 10/24 from 10:45-12pm.

    Upcoming Dates!
    October 9  |  11:30-12:30  |  Book Club-A Knock at Midnight
    October 16  |  11:30am  |  Join me for lunch at WE Cafe at Urban Ministry!
    October 29th  |  5pm  |  SOCKS are due!!!!
    November 1-27  |  Collect gifts for Christmas Village!