Outreach Council

Outreach Council

Stockings Shipped to Troops Overseas Next Month

October may seem early to start thinking of Christmas stockings, but in order to get stockings to the military men and women stationed overseas, they need to be shipped in November. Outreach Council will place a bin in the narthex in October to collect stocking stuffers for Military Connections, a non-profit organization located in Penn Hills.

  • Granola Bars
  • Power Bars
  • 5-Hour Energy
  • Rice Krispie Treats
  • Candy Cane
  • Individual Bags of Cookies
  • Slim Jims
  • Mints and Gum
  • Individual Bags of Trail Mix
  • Pop-Tarts
  • Lollipops
  • Individual Bags of Nuts
  • Individual Bags of Crackers
  • Chocolate Candy
  • Skittles
  • Starburst
  • Individual Bags of Snacks
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Cheeze-Its
  • Single Serve Powdered Gatorade
  • Christmas Candy and Snacks

The Christmas Stocking campaign hopes to be a morale booster for service men and women who are away from home for the holidays. It’s the goal of Military Connections to ship thousands of stockings to the troops overseas.

If your group, work, or organization is interested in stuffing the stockings, Military Connections can provide the stockings and guidelines. You can also volunteer to help stuff the stockings on-site in Penn Hills. The volunteer date has not yet been announced. For more information, contact LaVerne Sembower or check their website: www.militaryconnections.org

Fair Trade Fair on October 21st
– Save the Date!

Shopping is even more fun when people around the world are helped with the dollars we spend. The Outreach Council will be holding the Third Annual Fair Trade Fair on Sunday, October 21st. All of the items available for purchase have been made by crafters around the world who receive a fair wage for their work.

A variety of items will be available, including useful home goods, decorative items, jewelry, and some clothing. Take advantage of this chance to find unique gifts for yourself and others. Plan ahead for Christmas, wedding gifts, and/or birthday gifts.

If you are interested in shopping but won’t be in church that Sunday, please contact the church office. Feel free to contact them with any questions. See you at the fair on Sunday, October 21st


The Missions and Outreach team has arranged for our church to have on its property an outside bin for collecting clothing and shoes. We will be working with the group called Mission Partners who will supply the bin which collects gently used clothing, shoes, belts and hats to be distributed and processed to help our world. Mission Partners will even return a portion of any proceeds it may get from such items to our church mission fund. The bin will be arriving in the near future and the Trustees have authorized its placement in the corner of the upper parking lot.


Once again, our nation has been hit by hurricanes and fires. We all feel the need to help in some way.

With that in mind, the Outreach Council will be offering again our Raining Pennies from Heaven Calendar for the month of November. The calendar helps us recall all the things and opportunities God has blessed us with. Then, in turn, we will collect change each day to give to UMCOR- United Methodist Committee on Relief. UMCOR is already in the areas devastated by hurricanes last month in North Carolina, and South Carolina, and by the fires in California. UMCOR also continues to aide those recovering in Puerto Rico. UMCOR is one of the first disaster relief agencies to arrive and one of the last to leave as they continue ministering after many others have ended their help.

The calendar will be included in the November newsletter and will also be available at Sunday worship on October 31. Start saving your change!