Change The World

calendar with Wednesday the 7th circled

Share the Love 

Can you fill the May calendar with names of 31 people who could use a reminder of God’s love?  Send an e-mail, a card or letter, perhaps bake some cookies or make a phone call. 

bag lunch of apple and turkey sandwich

Lunches for Interfaith

Our Youth  will be making 45 bagged lunches (sandwiches) for the Interfaith Homeless Shelter and delivering them to Sheridan Ave. in Albany.

Pink food truck

Food Trucks Festival

Food Trucks, including Livin’ the Dream, Heisenburgers, DiFolco’s Roaming Occasions  as well as church programs display tables and children’s activities are planned for May 21 between 12:00-4:00 PM in the church parking lot.

Shelves of foodFood
Pantries

A drop-off food drive will be held on Sunday, May 1 at the church garage from 9AM to Noon for food pantries and Veterans. Items especially needed include: toiletries, reusable bags, sugar and coffee. Peanut butter, jelly, creamer and jars of spaghetti sauce, all in plastic jars are needed as well.

thank you, shine one, thinking of you groups of cards.

Card Making Project

Address Christmas Cards, which have been collected, and embellish greeting cards to be delivered to Local Nursing Homes, V.A. Hospital, Blue Star Mothers (for Military Members), and Community Hospice. Glue and color bits and pieces to decorate plain cards. Add a message of encouragement or fun saying.  All supplies will be available in Fellowship Hall Sunday May 15 for everyone of every age to get crafty for a valuable, personal, hands on, mission. Kits to do from home will also be available. Please call the office if you would like one or more. Our goal for this first year is 200 cards. Can you help? 

Boy sweeping dirt into a dustpan held by a girlSunday School Clean-Up

Sunday School will have a special Mission project May 15th during and after Sunday School cleaning out the storage closets, nursery and preschool room and organizing the supplies. These rooms are used by many and are in desperate need of a deep clean. All ages are welcome to sign up! A pizza lunch will be provided to all who volunteer.  

marigolds and american flags in flower potsNursing Home Residents

We will be preparing potted plants for nursing home residents. Even in a COVID world, April showers bring May flowers and that tradition continues. Volunteers are needed to help pot 120 marigolds and zinnias which will be delivered to The Rosewood Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility on Saturday, May 14th. Individual pots need decorations, so volunteers will both pot and decorate the potted plants (no art majors needed). In June, staff and residents plant the marigolds and zinnias in Gardens outside resident windows. We are not sure if we will be able to deliver our gifts to residents in person due to COVID but people will know that we, at the First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush, are thinking of them and sending them love.

Red Bird Mission

 

Red Bird Mission

We will also be participating in the Red Bird Mission Shoebox Project for needy families in Kentucky. Personal hygiene items for adults and children are placed in shoeboxes and delivered to those in need. The Red Bird Mission and Clinic in Beverly, Ky., has provided ministries in the Appalachian Mountains region since 1921. Today, the need remains critical in this isolated, rural, distressed area. Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing, and rugged mountainous terrain provide obstacles to a fuller life for the residents of this area. Shoeboxes and lists of needed items will be provided.

List of Needed Items