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Current Mission Activities
The Mission Committee’s 4th annual Head to Toes Project (2017)
has been a great success. We received the Golden Shoes Award for the third year in a row. Beulah members donated 105 new hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves. These donations, along with socks, underwear and some long pants for preschoolers were divided and delivered to the Orion and Sherrard School District Elementary Schools. Sixteen pairs of snow boots were also warmly received by each district. The Orion school nurse gave Jan a big hug and thank you. Now that gratitude is being passed on to all of you at Beulah. Thank you for your generosity in supporting the children in our area again this year.
2017 Back to School Mission Project Results
Kids are now heading back to school and we can be proud of the help we provided for many of these students. Beulah collected over 200 school supply items. These items along with those collected at Trinity Lutheran in Coal Valley were delivered to Winnie’s Place Shelter for Women and Children on July 31. The combined collection of items from both churches is enough to outfit 20 students with supplies for the start of school. In addition, we received generous cash donations. The cash donations were used to purchase supplies requested by the Sherrard Schools (folders, dry-erase markers, and change of clothing for the preschool children). Thank you to everyone who answered this call to service with your donations to this project.
2017 Golden Shoe Award
Beulah Church received the Golden Shoe award for a second year for raising $1,250 at the September 25, 2016, Quad Cities CROP Walk for Hunger. Accepting the award on behalf of Beulah Church are Barb Anderson and Jon & Wanda Cross.
2016 Head to Toes
The Mission Committee was able to deliver warm clothing to both the Orion and Sherrard school children. The generosity of church members allowed us to give out 41 pairs of mittens/gloves, 31 hats, 15 hat / glove sets, and 47 pairs of socks. A total of 69 pairs of winter boots were purchased and distributed to needy students.
Beulah’s Mission Trip to St. Louis
(May 1 – May 5, 2016)
On May 1, a team of five from Beulah headed to St. Louis for a Mission Trip. That morning during Sunday School hour the Children and Adults helped the mission team get ready for the trip by decorating 300 lunch sacks that we used to pack lunches that we handed out to the homeless people. They also put stickers with inspirational messages on little snack size candy bars to be included in the sack lunches. While the sacks were being decorated, several Adults were individually wrapping more than 300 cookies that were lovingly baked by Beulah members, also to be included in the sack lunches. During worship service that morning, a commissioning service was held for the mission team and the children and the rest of the congregation were asked to pray for the mission team that week.
Equipped with the cookies, decorated sacks, and the blessings and prayers of the Beulah Congregation, the mission team headed out late Sunday afternoon and arrived at the AMEN house (part of the Oak Hill Presbyterian Church) late that evening. After settling into their bunk beds and resting for the night, they were ready to begin their 3 ½ days of mission activities which were planned by the AMEN St. Louis organization. Each day after breakfast, their day started with making 100 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and packing those sandwiches along with the cookies, miniature candy bars, and other lunch items into the decorated sacks and then delivering those sack lunches to the homeless day shelter. The colorfully decorated sacks were a welcomed site by the shelter.
Monday: After delivering the sack lunches, we headed over to the Board of Religious Organizations (BRO) to work in Santa’s Workshop. This organization reconditions donated toys and books and packages these toys into gift bundles to give to over 5,500 needy children in the area. It was amazing to see all the toys and the dedicated volunteers that keep this program going. Check them out on the Web to see more about this organization www.brostl.org. After a quick meal back at the AMEN house, we then headed out to a downtown parking lot for Churches on the Street,
www.churches.on.the.street.org. This organization provides food, clothing, personal hygiene products, and spiritual uplifting to the homeless and needy people from the nearby housing projects. They provide meals 52 weeks a year on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays alternating between 3 different locations. It was inspirational to hear how one person’s idea/dream had blossomed, despite the setbacks, into this great ministry that serves so many needy people in St. Louis on a “shoe string budget”. We felt privileged to be a part of this ministry for one night.
Tuesday: After our assembly and delivery of 100 sandwiches and sack lunches (after some process improvements, we now had our assembly line and quality control in top notch shape), we were off to a shopping adventure. Our mission was to search and find small stuffed animals, toys, and books that could be used by the BRO organization. Where did this shopping adventure take place? At the Good Will Warehouse. This warehouse is where all the items that did not sell at the Good Will Stores end up. All these rejected items are dumped into large bins lined up in rows. The men appeared to be a bit hesitant, but Wanda was ready for the challenge of dumpster diving to find treasures. In the end, we all successfully filled our shopping carts and left with many toys that will bring a smile to a child’s face this next Christmas. We also left with many memories of a very unique shopping experience. We then spent the rest of the day prepping the site for our paint job for the next day.
Wednesday: After delivering our last set of 100 sack lunches (300 total for the week), we hurried to our paint site. We knew we had a big day ahead of us and wanted to get started as soon as possible. This job brought us to Southampton Church, which is a church that had closed its doors several years ago. This church was being renovated and reopened by the Presbytery as an outreach church to be used for worship services, as well as a meeting place for groups and organizations in the neighborhood. Our assignment was to paint a long L-shaped hallway, with lots of doors and windows. A previous group had painted a first coat on half of the hallway. We are proud to say that our team of five not only finished the first coat on the rest of the hallway, but we also did a second coat throughout the whole hallway. It was a long day and we all were splattered with a lot of paint, but that did not diminish the pride we felt for the accomplishment of that day.
Thursday: Our last assignment for the week was to help out for few hours at a local food pantry, Isaiah 58. We cleaned out and organized a section of the room that they use for food distribution days. With our work done, it was then time to head home. As we headed out we made a quick tour stop at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis to admire the beautiful mosaic tiled collections throughout the cathedral. We then did a quick drive-by Busch Stadium to get an up-close look.
As we drove home, we all reflected on our experience that week. It was a great week of service and fellowship. The news frequently highlights all the bad things in St. Louis and other big cities, but amidst the violence we saw and experienced all the good work that many people are providing. They truly are God’s hands and feet ministering to all the children of God. It was a very educational, humbling, and rewarding experience.
With God’s Grace,
The Beulah Mission Team (Pastor Wayne, Jon & Wanda Cross, Dennis Morgan, & Renaud Dasilveira)
Beulah Church Recipient of Golden Shoe Award
On February 2, 2016, Beulah was presented with the Golden Shoe Award at the annual Churches United Banquet held in Bettendorf. Our church was
given this award for raising more than $1,000 at last fall’s annual CROP Walk. Because this was our first year of achieving this level, we received a golden shoe mounted to a plaque (shown in picture). For each year that we raise more than $1,000, we will receive an additional label to add to the plaque. We were one of only 7 churches in the whole Quad Cities area to raise more than $1,000. Churches United surpassed their goal of raising more than $50,000 in the Quad Cities Area. Nationwide, the CROP Walk has raised more than $12 million dollars through 1,200 walks and more than 116,000 participants.
CROP Hunger Walks help to support the overall ministry of Church World Service, especially grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts around the world. In addition, each local CROP Hunger Walk can choose to return up to 25 percent of the funds it raises to hunger-fighting programs in its own community. CROP Hunger Walks help to provide food and water, as well as resources that empower people to meet their own needs. From seeds and tools, to wells and water systems, to technical training and micro-enterprise loans, the key is people working together to identify their own development priorities, their strengths and their needs something CWS has learned through some 68 years of working in partnership around the world.
The Beulah Mission Committee would like to thank all the walkers who participated in last October’s CROP walk and all the people who generously donated to this cause. Beulah is doing their part to “help end hunger one step at a time.”
Beulah Supporting Presbyterian World Missionary
In December of 2015, the Beulah Mission Committee decided to contribute $450 from its funds to support a missionary overseas. Looking through the Presbyterian World Mission Giving Opportunity catalogue, there was a name that was recognized by some of the committee members, Rev. Janet Guyer. Janet is the daughter of John & Betsy Guyer who were missionaries that Beulah had ties with in years past. We are happy to once again be linking up with the work of missionaries overseas.
Rev. Janet Guyer – Malawi: Janet is serving as a regional facilitator for women and children’s interests. She accompanies African partners as they strive to address the marginalization of women and children in the communities. She assists with strategic planning, works with women leaders as they seek to expand their skill sets, support initiatives that promote the well-being of women and children and encourages relationship building among women across Africa. She also engages with Presbyterian Women and other US constituencies to come alongside and promote these efforts. Janet’s ministry focuses on the countries of Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Ethiopia. Janet has been under mission appointment since 1989.
Beulah Church received the following Thank You Note:
Dear Beulah Presbyterian Church,
Thank you so much for joining the community of congregations which directly support mission co-workers! We hope that your recent gift marks the beginning of many years of partnership with Janet Guyer. Please let me know if you have any questions, OK?
Presbyterian Mission Agency
Previous Mission Activities
The final Mission project for 2015 has been our "Head to Toes" project. With the support of a grant from Presbytery of Great Rivers and all the members of Beulah, we have supplied the children of Orion and Sherrard School Districts with winter boots, hats, gloves, socks and scarves. This year we have purchased and given out 65 pairs of boots allowing children to stay warm and enjoy our mid-west winters. Thank you for the donation of 135 hats, gloves, and socks. All items are shared with families in our area.
2015 Annual Quad City Area CROP HUNGER WALK
Seventeen members of the Beulah Presbyterian Church, Orion, participated in the Crop Hunger Walk in the Quad Cities on Sunday, October 4, 2015. They walked and raised $1,150 for the cause. Churches United coordinates, plans and operates the Quad Cities CROP Hunger Walk for Church World Service. These funds are directed to CWS with 25% coming back to the Quad Cities. For these Beulah members, it was a great day of fellowship and service helping to end hunger one step at a time.
Oct. 4, 2015: Beulah members gathering after Sunday morning worship to head out to the annual Quad City Area CROP HUNGER WALK.
Just completing the first loop of the 6 mile walk, walkers are ready to cross the Centennial Bridge from the Iowas side to the Illinois side.
Women's Abuse Shelter Project
The Mission Committee would like to thank everyone for your generous support of supplies from the wish list for the Women’s Abuse Shelter. Carol Browning organized this project. We would like to also give a special thanks to Karlyn Crosby who collected money & supplies from her place of employment and neighborhood. Andrew Atkins and Leila & Emily Kajdic helped Karlyn canvas the neighborhood and shop for supplies. Carol Browning and Barbara Anderson delivered 2 cars full of supplies Easter Monday to the shelter. The four ladies from the shelter who helped unload the cars were as excited as children opening presents on Christmas morning. The manager said, “I knew you were donating supplies, but I didn’t think there would be this much!” She was especially happy that Iowa and Illinois bus tickets were purchased. Wanda Cross bought the bus tickets from the money donated to this project from session, the Women’s Circles’, and individuals. The Iowa ticket master even gave us a 50% discount on the bus tickets, giving us twice as many Iowa tickets to give the shelter.
In the following weeks, the Mission Committee members went to the Shelter for 2 work sessions. They needed the items on their pantry shelves removed and crated so the shelving units could all be moved for work that needed to be done to the floors. A week later when the floor work was completed, the committee members went back to uncrate and restock the shelves with all their supplies. The manager was very appreciative of the work we did for them.
Work Day 1 - Unloading Pantry Shelves at Women’s Shelter
Work Day 2 - Restocking Pantry Shelves