OUTREACH COUNCIL NEWS
Update from Lost and Found Pharmacy – the recipient of our Prescription Bottle Collection
The Lost and Found Pharmacy sent their thanks and blessings to TTUMC. Located next to McDonald’s at the intersection of Frankstown and Duff Road, the Lost and Found Pharmacy is where the prescription bottles are delivered.
Sean and Shannon Parsons provided some updates about what’s been going on and the continued happenings at the pharmacy and the soda shop:
Not to take away from the new Hershey ice cream flavors, such as Better Brownie Batter and Salted Caramel Truffle, but the new paninis that the staff had been working on over the past year and the homemade chicken tortilla soup have become local favorites. If you’re in the neighborhood, it’s worth stopping by just to step back in time and sit on a stool at the old fashioned soda shop counter.
As written in their letter, weekly soda fountain events include Bible Studies at 7:00 pm on Tuesdays and every other Wednesday, board game nights (for “kids” of all ages) on Fridays starting at 6:30 pm, and Kid’s Time every Saturday at 12:30 pm.
Their 3rd year anniversary celebration will be a car cruise and classic rock music on June 1st. In the summer, keep an eye out for the second Flea Market. Last year this served as a fundraiser for their Pharmacy Patient Assistance Fund. And in the fall, look for a Gong Show to continue the fun that was had at their “Pharmacy Feud” last October!
The Soda Fountain has a section of fair trade items. They also have everyday items that you may need when picking up a prescription, such a toothpaste and toilet paper. The proceeds from anything purchased from the soda fountain (including over-the-counter medications) go into the pharmacy financial aid fund.
Sean and Shannon reported that throughout 2018, The Pharmacy Patient Assistance Program had the honor or subsidizing $17,000 of the cost of medications for Medicare Gap, uninsured and high copay situations faced by people on our community. In addition, the Pharmacy has extended its cash prices whenever they have been lower than people’s copays through insurance, thus saving people even more on pharmacy costs. After number crunching, they stated that the pharmacy has saved people in the community over $250,000 since opening in June of 2016. They expressed their thanks to God!
Visit Lost and Found Pharmacy to see for yourself what they’re all about. There’s always a friendly face to greet you. You can visit their website to learn more at: lostandfoundrx.com.
Pittsburgh, PA, 15235
Mon – Sat: 8 AM to 6 PM
Closed on Sundays
Mon – Thurs: 8 AM to 6 PM
Fri – Sat: 8 AM to 8 PM
Closed on Sundays
Missions and Outreach Lenten Activity
Our Lenten activity this year will be similar to last year’s collection. For six weeks during Lent, we will be asking you to focus your prayers on one organization, and then on Sunday, we will collect an item for that organization.
This year Ash Wednesday falls on March 6th, and the 1st collection will be Sunday, March 10th.
The six collections and organizations are as follows:
Sunday, March 10th = Easter Egg Hunt Items for Military Connections. Their needed Easter supplies is defined as the following: new or gently used plastic Easter eggs, gallon-size Ziploc bags, Tootsie Rolls, Jolly Ranchers, Starburst, Caramels, Taffy, Skittles, Granola Bars, Fruit Snacks, Chewing Gum and Slim Jims.
Sunday, March 17th = Children’s Books (elementary school age, ideally) for Pittsburgh Public Schools
Sunday, March 24th = Paper Products (Kleenex, paper towels, and especially toilet paper) for Rosedale Food Bank
Sunday, March 31st = Men’s and Women’s Dress Clothes. The men’s dress clothes (ties are most needed, but also suits and dress shirts) are for “A Tie for Every Guy” event sponsored by Wesley Center AME Zion Church. The women’s dress clothes (suits, blazers, blouses, skirts, dress pants, jewelry, panty hose, dress shoes) are for Dress for Success. They are also in need of women’s professional clothing, such as scrubs, lab coats and work pants (Dickies/Dockers).
Sunday, April 7th = Diapers for Lincoln Park Food Bank
Palm Sunday, April 14th = Kitchen and Bathroom Items for Sojourner House. Their list of needed items is as follows: kitchen towels and dish cloths, shower curtain liners and bath mats for both inside and outside of the bathtub.
Each week there will be a container in the narthex, likely on the table, to collect the items. Thank you for your prayerful consideration of these organizations during Lent. If you have any questions, please contact the Church Office.
Clothing Bin For Missions
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 has been placed in the corner of the upper parking lot and the Trustees have authorized it.
Fair Trade: Economic action to create a just global economy
Why Fair Trade? Fair Trade products often come with a higher price tag, but that higher price ensures that the workers are paid a decent wage.
- Fair Trade purchases support farmers by ensuring a fair price for their products providing a living wage for the workers.
- Fair Trade cooperatives reinvest in the people and communities in which they are located.
- Their farming practices promote environmental sustainability.
Your purchases of fair trade coffee, tea, and chocolates help promote justice. Give voice to your faith through your wallet!
Please note that prices have changed for our fair trade products.