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Outreach Plans for reaching out even more in 2018

As we begin a new year, Outreach Ministry has new and exciting plans.  Of course, we will continue with our monthly lunches every fourth Wednesday at Let’s Help, monthly collections in the bins in the narthex, and sales from the Servant Shop. 

In January, we will continue our long tradition of supporting Doorstep by joining with three other congregations to fill the food pantry and help in the clothing bank.  For more details and to participate, contact Sharon Koepke at 478-1329.

Also in January we will be holding meetings to discuss building on our ministry for children in need.  2017 was our first year to serve for six weeks as a site for the Summer Lunch Program with USD 501 as sponsor.  We are recommending that this not only be continued but that we explore expansion during the summer and, possibly, after school during the school year.  Keep on the lookout for the meeting dates and times.

We have recommended that St. David’s join 20 other congregations in Shawnee County and become a member of Topeka JUMP.  The Vestry will be considering this when it meets in January.  For more information about Topeka JUMP, go to topekajump.weebly.com

We have several other new activities that will be considered when we meet during 2018. Our meetings are at the church on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm.  ALL ARE WELCOME!

This month's blog is from Larry Buening

Larry chairs the Outreach Committee

Junior Warden Insights

Do you notice all the things that need to be repaired, cleaned, replaced, and straightened up when you are in St. David’s? Like many other things in my experience, the Jr. Warden has a whole lot more work to do than I ever noticed when someone else had the responsibility. Hiring someone to scrape the parking lot and sidewalks when it snows, turn off the sprinkler system, arrange to have the fire safety and security systems monitored and repaired, get parishioners together to clean, have the carpets cleaned (have we ever done that in this building?), schedule the electrician to have bulbs and ballasts replaced, evaluate the work done and deciding if we need to change vendors - this is just a small sample of what Junior Wardens do. 

Thank goodness someone stepped up to get rid of that ugly storage shed that we haven’t used in a few years.  We still need to find someone to haul off that ugly, faded sign at the east end of the church.

We now have several security cameras monitoring entrances and movement at doors and in hallways, while being sensitive to the privacy of those who use our building.

All of this requires input from and approval from the Vestry! 

One last note - our parking lot is in need of repairs or refurbishment.  The Vestry and I are aware of this and are looking at various options for this work.

This month's blog is from Lynda Crowl
Lynda is our Jr. Warden

Parish Life

St. David’s is a caring community that has roots in the community, but also is always seeking ways to reach in to the parish as well, finding ways for parish members to engage one another.  Our Inreach Ministry is charged with this.  Steve Crowl chairs this committee.

The Inreach Ministry’s mission is to insure that parishioners have opportunities to care for one another, share with each other and continue their spiritual journey.  It is divided into several groups, including a very active Parish Life committee led by Barb Waters.

Parish Life organizes our St. David’s Day luncheon, as well as other meals during the year such as the annual Lenten Soup Suppers.  They have also sponsored other meals throughout the year, ice cream socials, and so much more.

A major event put on by Parish Life is the annual Holidy Bazaar.  It is now in its eighth year and is the major fundraiser for our parish family.  The Bazaar offers numerous handmade gifts, stocking stuffers, and includes a bake sale.    This year’s Bazaar will be on November 4th from 8am through 4pm. Breakfast will be available for purchase that morning as well.

Parish Life always welcomes anyone who would like to be a part of the team, and always appreciates extra hands during the Bazaar. If interested in helping out, or if you would like to join the Parish Life team, feel free to contact watersrptgtopeka [at] aol [dot] com (Barb Waters)!


Barb Waters

This month's blog is by Barb Waters.
She leads the Parish Life committee


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