Sandwich Sunday for St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy We are so excited to start a new Mission here at OPCC. We are calling it Sandwich Sunday for St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, let me tell you a little about their mission. St. Luke’s, on Buffalo’s East side, was purchased by Norm Paolini and Amy Betros over 15 years ago. Led by the love of God and 15 missionaries and a priest, they provide the people of the neighborhood with food, drink, clothing, shelter and prayer. The school, church, convent, and rectory were all purchased so as to provide these services to our brothers and sisters. Used furniture is also distributed to those in need. Our sandwiches will help them provide food to feed over 300 people each day.
In addition, there are two structured programs for men with addictions and young high school aged men who are in need. They also run a school in conjunction with Canisius College. St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy does NOT receive any money from the government. Trus8ng in God’s providence, the ministry depends on dona8ons. God con8nues to bless the work of the Mission by inspiring those who have to share with those who do not.
Pick up a pamphlet and DVD from the table in Narthex on your way out from church. If you take a DVD, please return it the next time you come to church so others may see what St. Luke’s is all about.
We will be doing this mission on the first Sunday of each month. You can bring sandwiches that you make from home that will be taken down to St. Luke’s. Bring them individually wrapped, put them in a bag and write how many there are on the bag. There will be coolers that will be provided until they are taken down to St. Luke’s. Sandwiches can be made of any breads, bagels or rolls, and can be made of meat, or cheese. PLEASE: No condiments. You can make as many as you would like. The church will also be making sandwiches a;er service to be taken down if you wish to join us for a few months.
We will need 2 folks to deliver these sandwiches to St. Luke’s each month. There will be a signup sheet for 6 months at a time in the Narthex on the bulletin board. A map with be provided as to where to take the sandwiches when you get to St. Luke’s.
They need 600 sandwiches a day to feed the men, women, and children that come to their doors. You can make as many as you wish. Whatever we take down will be a blessing to them. Each one of us needs to look at the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help.” That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. - Romans
If you have any questions please call me. Polly Giordano 675-4387
It has been quite a year for our church! Of the many things we learned, one is that not only were we able to find a way to worship outside, but we really enjoyed it! Many in our congregation have said that they would like to continue outdoor services once the weather permits. To that end, this letter is to inform you of an exciting undertaking that Church Council has been talking about the last few months. Council has decided to investigate congregational interest in putting a permanent cover over the beautiful patio we have at the back of the church.
Going forward, this structure will allow us to be able to use the patio, not only for outdoor worship, but for fellowship gatherings and other events in the life of our church and its members. We propose that we build a permanent structure to be attached to the end of the fellowship hall that would cover the patio. You will find a rendering of the proposed structure at the end of this letter.
The plan is threefold. First, we find out what kind of interest our membership has for adding such a structure. Second, with interest in erecting the structure, we propose that we ask members for donations to build the structure, which will keep the cost to the church at a minimum. Third, if we have enough interest, and funding for the project, we will move forward with obtaining the architectural plan to be approved by the town, and obtaining a builder as soon as possible.
At this point, we project the cost to be no more than $25,000. Our goal is to raise much of that amount from interested church members. If enough interest and money are raised, we will proceed with the project. To begin the process, we have asked Robyn Young, our Treasurer, to set up a separate account for us at Great Erie Credit Union. From April 15-May 15 we will be running the “Patio Pavilion Project” campaign. Anyone interested in making a donation can write a check to the church that notes the money is for the “Patio Pavilion Project” campaign. It will be deposited into the separate account at the credit union. As a council we approved a payment from church funds of no more than $7,000 to be used to assist in building the structure. This means that we must raise $18,000 or more to pay for the structure. If we do not have the interest or the funds needed to build the structure, the money will be returned to all those members who donated to the fund, and we will not move forward in building the pavilion.
There is one last bit of news to add to all of this information. Ann and Dick Maul have purchased a large tent (20x20) that will be erected on the patio this spring. It will remain in place until we are hopefully able to build the permanent structure so that outdoor services can continue even during inclement weather. We are hoping to have a “tent raising” party outside on the first Sunday that the tent is installed. This would be a safe way to have a time of fellowship, which we have all been missing. We will let you know the date once plans have been finalized.
Finally, please take a look at the enclosed drawing. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to give any of the Council members a call, or email your questions to one of us. During this pandemic, our church has grown in attendees, and we feel our “Patio Pavilion Project” is an awesome opportunity to bring our church family together again. We look forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts and sharing our excitement about this proposed addition!
The sanctuary is ready, the service is ready, and we're ready to have church together again! Join us online or in person today for Sunday services!
During lent this year we are asking our members to collect either 1 non-perishable food item each day during lent, or donate $1 each day. These donations will be delivered to FeedMoreWNY in the city of Buffalo. Please consider giving to those in need in our community.
Merry Christmas Church Family! We wish we could all be together for Christmas Eve service, but the next best thing is this online service! A special thank you to Sandy, Lenny, Erin, Lissa, and the worship team for all their help putting this together. We are blessed to worship together even when we are apart!