PHILLIPINES TYPHOON HAIYAN APPEAL
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Jesus’ words in Matthew to satisfy hunger and thirst (Matt. 25:36) call us as members of the church to respond to those in need. The need is great. We are able to respond quickly through United Church partners in the Philippines and ACT Alliance Philippines. They have the capacity to direct funds where the need is greatest. We are already there.
Three things the people of The United Church of Canada can do:
1. Donate to provide immediate support and long term rebuilding for those impacted by Typhoon Haiyan
2. Pray for those affected and those engaged in relief efforts
3. Learn more about the issues surrounding this disaster and United Church of Canada partners
All donations received BY DECEMBER 8TH will be matched by our Canadian government.
ACT Alliance partners on the ground in the Philippines are co-ordinating relief and reconstruction efforts. Share this with your friends. www.youtube.com/unitedchurchofcanada
Threads of Hope assists the economically oppressed in under-developed countries to establish home enterprises that will provide an income, through the development of products that can be sold world-wide. Funds generated through sales and donations will primarily be used to help meet the physical, educational and spiritual needs of the communities where the products are made. Items they are in need of: Sewing thread, embroidery thread, buttons, sewing needles, knitting needles, snaps/fasteners. A labeled box for your donations of these items is at the back of the Sanctuary.
Flamborough Food Bank
Thank you for your continuing support of the FFB. Please continue to bring in food weekly or monthly. Your donations can be left in the food boxes outside the Hall upstairs or in the back of the Sanctuary. Donations are brought up to the Food Bank in Carlisle after the 1st Sunday of each month.
Collecting for Charities
Please continue to bring in used postage stamps of all denominations. Leave at least 1/4″ around the stamp when cutting it from the envelope. Stamps are collected, bundled, and delivered to the Leprosy Mission who sell them to stamp dealers in order to help support their work in combating and treating Leprosy.
We also collect used eyeglasses to send overseas through local Optometrist, Dr. Derrick Thornborrow. They are distributed to those in need in third world countries who otherwise have no access to eyewear to correct their vision.
Other items we collect are empty ink cartridges from printers, Campbell’s Soup Labels, pennies for Outreach, and Canadian Tire money.
They can be put in the labeled drawers in the hallway upstairs outside the washrooms, or in the wicker stand at the back of the Sanctuary against the wall.
You may recall that the 2007 Vacation Bible School raised about $150 and chose to use the money to make loans to needy entrepreneurs in emerging countries through the KIVA web site which connect generous lenders to those borrowers using micro finance organizations in their respective countries. Since that time 62 loans have been made, many of which have been fully repaid and the money relent, to recipients in 36 different countries. For more information on KIVA and our loan portfolio, visit the internet sites: www.kiva.org/lender/stjames2706 and www.kiva.org.
M & S FUND
World Development and Relief (WDR) is the only area within the Mission and Service Fund to which you can designate funds. In fact, United Church people give close to $500,000 annually in support of WDR. The amount of money the United Church actually budgets for world development and relief spending is close to four times this amount. Additional funds for this work come from Mission and Service Fund contributions. All WDR money is spent on overseas development projects, emergency relief efforts and rehabilitation. To make an online donation to the M & S Fund or specifically the WDR Fund please visit http://www.strategicprofitsinc.com/unitedchurch/donate/index.php
Examples of M&S Fund Dollars at work in the Hamilton Area:
- The Bridge (Hamilton) From Prison to Community – This Hamilton-based group offers support, encouragement and guidance to ex-offenders, victims and families of each, who want to do an “about face” or improve their lives. – $6,000
- Wesley Urban Ministries offers a variety of outreach ministries to the needy in the inner city of Hamilton. This historic United Church Ministry has served the downtown core for over 50 years, and is one of the United Church’s largest, most diverse urban ministries. – $107,836
Wesley Urban Ministries – www.wesleyurbanministries.com
Drummond House – www.drummondhouse.ca
Flamborough Food Bank – www.inform.hamilton.ca/details.asp?RSN=28931
United Church of Canada – M & S Fund – http://www.united-church.ca/funding/msfund