Our theme for Lent has been “The Potter’s Hands”. We have been sharing how we are using the Potter’s hands in our daily life through our “good deeds”, etc. Along with that our mission opportunities have given us more chances to serve and use the Potter’s hands.
Congregants used their talents and hands to create goods to be shared with those in need. People put together a meal for the homeless and collected spices to add to the meals made at the shelter. Warm and cozy tied fleece blankets were made. A favorite activity was led by one of our talented congregants. She taught us how to make lotion and bath scrub which were bottled and packed in brightly colored gift bags. Bags will be shared with others who can use a lift.
The congregations also gave of themselves by donating books and puzzles to Wizard’s Wardrobe which tutors young ones in the South End of Albany, collecting board books and scarves for the young mothers and babies who use Mary’s Corner, and donating gift cards, stuffed animals and candy to supplement Easter baskets for 7 families in need.
Our last activity of mission during Lent was our annual One Great Hour of Sharing auction. Handmade and household goods are donated to be auctioned. A night of delicious desserts, lots of laughs, and time with friends brought about a successful auction raising over $2000 for OGHS.
Undie Sunday was a HUGE success!! Over 470 pieces of women’s and children’s underwear and socks were collected and sent to the Equinox shelter for battered women. THANK YOU to all who donated !! You have helped restore dignity to these women and their families.
On May 7, LPC sent out 17 brave walkers to the Albany CROP Walk to “end hunger one step at a time.” Several walkers completed the “Golden Mile” while others braved the rain and walked the three miles. Those who could not walk supported our walkers through prayer and donations totaling about $1400. THANK YOU to our brave walkers; we are very proud of you! Thank you to all who sponsored our group; we are very proud of you!
Last Sunday, our busy congregants stayed for a cup of soup and a cutting session. After collecting many, many plastic grocery bags, volunteers stayed Sunday to cut the bags into strips. These strips were then wound into balls like yarn. Those not completed were lovingly taken home to be cut and/or wound. The balls are being taken to Colonie High School where student volunteers have been using the strips to create mats for the homeless. (see photo gallery)
Special collections for the month:
Personal items: toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, etc
Purse Project: ladies’ purses filled with personal items commonly found in a purse
Sweatshirts and pants for the elderly being discharged from hospitals
Last week, we had the privilege of having Eric, from Interfaith Partnership on Sheridan Ave in Albany, join us during our service. He spoke passionately about the various services that they provide such as meals, clothing, legal assistance, health care, etc. and how we can help. LPC has supported them through our mission funds as well by collecting clothing, bedding, creating Love kits, making meals and more. This month, we are collecting personal items such as toothpaste, soap, toothbrushes, etc. to fill Love kits in February that will be delivered to them. After he spoke he was presented with a “big” check representing our monetary support. (See photo gallery.)
Come one, come all! Join us for a fun night with delicious desserts and mission. This Friday, 3/18, there will be a silent auction at LPC at 6:15. Look for beautiful homemade crafts such as a wreath, quilt hanging and jewelry and delicious goodies such as fudge and apple pie.(*check out the photo) Come and post your bids while you feast on delicious desserts. Bids will be revealed at 7:30.
February 14, we will be sharing our love to the homeless of Interfaith Partnership. After a light lunch, we will be assembling “Love Kits” to be handed out. These kits will contain self-care items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, etc. Stay and be a part of our assembly line of love.
The blanket pile has grown and grown. We have exceeded 50 blankets and sheets!! Interfaith Partnership will be receiving our “blanket hugs” for the homeless. Blankets are an ever-growing necessity as the weather grows colder. Each person who stays at the shelter keeps the blanket they use on their bed; leaving with a warm hug.
Look for a photo in the gallery!
RESTORE HOPE; ELEVATE DIGNITY
Beginning today and running to Mother’s Day, we will be collecting women’s, girls’ and boys’ new underwear and sox for the Equinox Women’s Shelter. Dignity begins with the basics.
Friday, March 20, there will be a corned beef dinner and silent auction to benefit the One Great Hour of Sharing missions. Bidding will begin at 5:30 pm as we munch on cheese and crackers. Dinner will begin at 6. Items that have been brought in for bidding are items such as beautifully handmade shell frames and jewelry. A quilted Easter table runner will be raffled.
Hope to see you there.