As Christians we are called to Love God, Love Neighbor & Change the World.
Here are some ways that we can take action to change the world.
1. Participate in our August Mission Camp for FeedMoreWNY
Mission Camp is a way for individuals and families to come together and help our community.
Our August Mission Camp is focusing on issues of hunger in our region.
You can download the August Mission Camp activity packet here. If you would like to have one mailed to you call the church office at 632-8221 or email us at email@example.com. There four activities in the packet, one for each of the 4 weeks of August, each focuses on a different aspect of hunger. At the end of each activity, there is a donation & an advocacy action suggested.
We will have a kick-off on Tuesday August 4 at 6 pm. We will be joined by a representative of FeedMoreWNY to discuss hunger in our region. Contact the office if you would like the Zoom link for the kick-off meeting.
2. Participate in our School Supply Collection for School 6
We don’t know exactly what school is going to look like this fall, but it seems clear that each student is going to have to have their own set of supplies, either for use in the classroom or for at home learning or both.
So we are adapting our school supply collection for School 6 this year.
St. Paul’s will be purchasing 250 string backpacks.
We will fill each backpack with:
- 10 pencils
- a 24 pack box of crayons
- an 12 pack box of colored pencils
- a spiral bound notebook of paper
- a pair of scissors
- 5 glue sticks
- a hand pencil sharpener
This will provide supplies for about 1/2 the students at School 6.
We will also be doing gift bags for the teacher at Harris Hill & School 6. We will decide what will go in them once it is clear what the year will look like.
There are two ways that you can help:
- Make a contribution toward purchasing supplies – you can send a check, cash or make an on-line contribution – just note it for school supplies
- Purchase something from the list and drop it off at church. If you are purchasing crayons or pencils please buy the size requested. All the other supplies any size you want it fine.
Thank you so much for your generosity and being a part of helping our School 6 kids.
3. Address unequal opportunities
In the Buffalo region more than 50% of the children live in poverty. That means that more than half the children in our region don’t have the access to technology, educational opportunities and enrichment activities that most of the children in our congregation do.
The Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable issued a report in 2018 about the inequities in our region and what we could gain as a community if they were addressed. You can find the report here – https://cfgb.org/wp-content/
Say Yes Buffalo has started a drive to provide reliable technology to students in Buffalo. You can find the link to the drive here (https://sayyesbuffalo.wedid.
4. Write to your elected representatives and express your opinion
You can find information on the Erie County Legislature here – https://www2.erie.gov/
You can find information on the State Legislature here – https://nyassembly.gov/ & here https://www.nysenate.gov/
5. Volunteer for Hearts & Hands Faith in Action
This is a group of volunteers that help senior citizens in our communities. You can grocery shop, provide transportation to appointments, be a phone buddy to help someone stay connected or help with home repairs & yard work.
Find more information here – https://hnhcares.org/