At St. Paul’s the goal of Outreach is to encourage each member to put their time and talents towards helping those outside our own walls. This strengthens not only the local and worldwide community but also deepens our own Christian growth. We support several projects and strive to facilitate each member’s own Outreach interests by offering to share willing hands and our building whenever possible. We call this The Mission at Our Doorstep. In this endeavor our charge is found inMatthew 25:35-36: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink."
Founded and based in Raleigh this is an organization whose goal quite simply is to eradicate starvation in third world countries. We raise funds and partner with other parishes and UNCW to hold an annual packaging event for meals to be shipped to schools and orphanages that literally save lives. Come and join us!To participate, contact Bill Anylan at St Paul’s (910) 762-4578.
The 2013 event was at UNCW Nov 16. and over 285,000 meals were packed!
“I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me”
United Thank Offering (UTO)
UTO is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, men, women, and children nurture the daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. United Thank Offering is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the UTO monies to support mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and in invited Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world.
The UTO Blue Boxes can be found in the St Paul's Narthex or the Parish Hall. Please pick one up. For more information, go to www.episcopalchurch.org/uto or email Zona Tounsley at email@example.com.
Mother Hubbard's Cupboard
MHC serves those who are hungry in the Wilmington area through distribution of emergency food. This service is provided by volunteers in partnership with the community, without regard to race or religion and with care to preserve the dignity of the individuals being served.
Once a month, a needy individual or family may come to Mother Hubbard’s to receive a 3-5 day supply of groceries. People without stoves receive a smaller bag and are served once weekly. People requesting food are asked to show identification and self-declare their need.
To volunteer please contact Mother Hubbard’s at motherhubbardsnc.org or Peg Brunton
Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network (WIHN)
Unites communities of faith in a collaborative effort to assist homeless families. On a rotating basis, 13 host congregations
provide accommodations and meals for up to 4 families for one week, 4 times a year. St Paul’s has supported this mission for 10 years and is now making the transition from host church to support church. This ministry provides many opportunities for parishioner involvement. See Suzanne Joyce for more information.
The 2014 Outreach Ministry Fair dates will be posted later this year.
The 2013 event focused on Outreach to share information about ministries such as:
LYNAY (Loving your Neighbors as Yourself-aging in place ministry under consideration)
Habitat for Humanity
Mother Hubbard's Cupboard
Episcopal Farm Workers
United Thank Offering
Episcopal Relief and Development
International Seaman's Center
Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network
The mission of the Samaritan Ministry is to provide assistance to those people coming to our doors seeking help with food, bus transportation and financial assistance for life's basic needs such as utility bills, rent or medications. Contact Merrilie Crafts for more information or if you are interested in volunteering with this ministry.