Outreach

  • Food Pantry
  • Mission Partnerships
  • Providence Rescue Mission
  • Denominational Mission Support
  • Bread For The World
  • RI Family Shelter
MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE
July 22, 2018 
4 PM on the church lawn
Music at 5 PM, by Woodbury Chancel Choir, Bayside Beat. One Voice, and others!
Bring your lawn chair and a dish to share-hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks provided!
Bring your friends and neighbors, too! This is rain or shine, indoors if raining!
Donations this year will support Friend's Way!

Summer Mission Projects
Welcome Home Kits
to help the homeless at Crossroads
We invite you to help us create "Welcome Home Kits" which will give homeless families the tools they need to move into an apartment setting. 
Dishes and gently used household items
Cleaning supplies
Paper towels, toilet paper
Shower curtain & rings
Dish soap, laundry detergent, laundry baskets
Pillows, sheet sets
Can, opener, sponges, dish cloths, pot holders
New children's PJs
Soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes

School Supplies
We will once again be collecting school supplies for Michelle Johnson's classroom this year.  Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated.
Please sign up after church!
Wide-ruled notebooks-10 red, 10 yellow
Pocket folders-10 each of red, yellow, green, blue
Pencil boxes & pencils
Glue sticks
Crayons-24 ct.
Colored pencils
Kid's scissors
Large pink erasers, pencil top erasers
Sticky notes
Scotch tape refills
Paper towels, tissues, Lysol wipes, hand sanitizer, windex

Our church supports the work of Nancy Collins who has served in the PC(USA) mission field for twenty years.  She reports on her work several times a year through Mission Connections, a program of Presbyterian World Mission.  From mid-June until December 2017, Nancy was in the USA on interpretation assignment, speaking to churches about her ministry as regional liaison in East Central Africa.  She was also able to attend her son Charles pinning ceremony upon completion of his nursing degree.  On December 4, 2017, she returned to Zambia.

In one of Nancy’s latest newsletters she writes about “The   Values of Partnership”. She quotes from the Policy of the General    Assembly, PC(USA) 2003:  The practice of partnership guides our whole connectional church. We give visible recognition of our      belonging to one another as one denominational family.”  During her time in the U.S. she had an animated discussion with church members in Greenville SC about mission practices and plans. They talked about ways Americans assume they can apply solutions that work in the American context to the context of the international church partner and about the need to check those assumptions with the international partner.  In short, it is important to rely on input from agency partners around the world who know first- hand the needs of others in order  discern how to serve them.  Nancy says that partnership takes a lot of patience, humility, and perseverance.  It takes time to listen. It takes prayer and study.

Nancy is very grateful to all who support her ministry, financially and with prayer.  Such generosity has made it possible for her to respond to God’s call on her life. 


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY AT FRIENDS WAY! 
The Outreach Committee continues to support this humanitarian service to help our community. Friends Way is the only children's bereavement center in Rhode Island which provides services to youngsters in RI, CT, and nearby MA who have recently lost loved ones. Our help is needed to serve pizza and salad every Tuesday evening. If you are interested in helping with this service, please contact Deb Lewis at 461-0951. 

From Susan Stevens, Executive Director of FRIENDS WAY: "I am writing to thank you for your generous $100 sponsorship to our Funny 4 Funds event on Thursday, February 15th. We had a very successful evening that was fun and lively for the 200 people who attended. Through the sponsorships, silent auction, and raffle we raised almost $13,000. We greatly appreciate your compassion for the grieving children, teens, and families that we serve."

Bible Study
2 Wednesdays per month, 7 PM
(see Calendar)
Large Conference Room
Drinks & Snacks Provided!
If you’re not busy every other Wednesday nights, join us! We’re learning and growing together at our Bible study! We meet every Wednesday at 7:00pm in the large conference room. Drinks and snacks and fun await. We hope to see you there.

Lunch Bunch
Wednesdays at 12 noon

Food Pantry
Thursday, July 26, 6:30 PM
Thursday, August 30, 6:30 PM

Food Pantry needs:
Peanut butter 
Jelly
Rice Sides
Instant Potatoes
Canned Ham
Coffee
Juice
Cake/Brownie Mix
Spaghetti Sauce
Canned Fruits
Tuna
Beans
Applesauce
Cereal
Soup

Helping Our Neighbors
Friends Way, diagonally across West Shore Road from Woodbury, is the only children’s bereavement center in Rhode Island. They work one-on-one or in groups with children and teenagers who have lost a family member, to help them grieve and heal. The Outreach Committee visited them recently to see how we might help them fulfill their mission. We found them a very professional group, operating based on the model of the Dougy Center in Portland, OR. (Google it for more details.) All services are free with support coming from private sources and grants from local partners such as Gateway Health Services, Hasbro, Lifespan and Butler Hospital. They do no actual counseling but refer to Butler’s psychiatrists. There is a board, one director of services, and about 65 volunteers presently. All volunteers receive 20 hours of training and commit to giving 4 hours every other week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings. Would YOU or anyone else you know be interested in this opportunity?
Other opportunities include serving and cleaning up after their pizza night every other week (no training required), publicizing their fundraisers and events, sending them brochures for their bulletin board about any free family-related events such as Music in the Village, the Pumpkin Spooktacular in October, and urging any families you know who are struggling with such grief to give them a call. The Outreach Committee will be applying for a Presbytery grant for them. If you have questions, please see Jane or Rudy.


See Links page for RIPTA schedule


                   The outreach ministry of Woodbury encompasses many facets of hospitality and mission.  In hospitality we open our doors and hearts to all people in the name of Christ.  In mission we bear witness to God’s love to neighbors both near and far. This ministry is exciting and alive!   

 

Community outreach programs include a wonderful Music in the Village concert in July, a beautiful Living Nativity with live animals and human portrayals held in Advent, a fun-filled Memorial Talent Show which benefits outreach causes,  monthly community free pancake breakfasts, and a busy food pantry which is open to the community once a month. 

 

The church maintains a relationship with the Conimicut Village Association which works to improve community spirit and beautification.

 

Hunger is an important mission focus.  A food drive is held in October for the food pantry and donations continue throughout the year.. A Two Cents A Meal program raises funds for the  pantry. The church is partnered with Bread for the World which advocates for change in hunger programs through legislation. 

 

Organizations supported by Woodbury include Church World Service Gift of Heart Kits and CROP Walks, Heifer Project International,  the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center,  and  RI Family Shelter. Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets are provided for local families.


The congregation supports Nancy Collins, a PC(USA) mission worker, serving in Cairo, Egypt.

Two denominational offerings are supported by the congregation:  The Peacemaking Program of the PC(USA) and One Great Hour of Sharing.  The church also supports the denomination through its mission pledge. 

 

Many wonderful people contribute to the outreach ministry at Woodbury.  Through service, benevolence, and hospitality we seek to do God’s will in our community and in the world.