Stone United Methodist Church
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Creating a Community of Caring Christians

Fairview/Fairmont Outreach

  
FAIRVIEW/FAIRMONT OUTREACH
 
 
    
    
 
    
Fairview/Fairmont Outreach


 

  

           

Reflections from Fairview/Fairmont Outreach

 

 The best way I can describe this summer is full. Our schedule has been full. Our plates have been full. My heart is full. This summer was my first as the director of the Outreach and man was it a blast! My favorite event we did this summer was a weekly community dinner. Every Monday at 6pm we gathered as a community and broke bread together. The community rallied behind our efforts and supported any way they could. Residents of Fairview/Fairmont donated supplies, helped cook food, carried tables and drink coolers up to the picnic tables, and helped clean-up at the end of the night. Neighbors met each other for the first time, families spent quality time together, and Outreach staff met lots of new faces. Monday nights became sacred space. From the outside looking in I’m sure it just looked like grilling hotdogs and playing basketball. But to see just the surface, is missing the point. Transformation happens in relationship. And over hotdogs and basketball, that is exactly what happened: relationship building.

 We also spent a lot of the summer on the move! Kids and families got a wide range of experiences with the various field trips the Outreach took this summer. We did everything from feed animals, to watching world renowned acrobatics, to playing bingo with seniors. We had field trips to Deer Park in Jamestown, Cirque du Soleil in Erie, and Conneaut Lake Park. We took four trips to the Meadville Area Rec Complex. And last but not least, we volunteered at AristaCare nursing home. At the beginning of the summer we set a goal to reach as many different interests, ages, and create a variety of different experiences with our field trips. We met our goal with the help of the First Presbyterian mission committee, CATA, Hubbard Bus Service, Tickets for Kids Charities, Active Aging, and the MARC. We wouldn’t have been able to do the trips we did without all of these people and agencies. We are thankful for all that they do to support the ministry of the Outreach.

 My hope and prayer is for this momentum from the summer to continue into our fall ministry. As kids go back to school and the rhythm of the Outreach changes, we will strive to be a safe space for all residents of Fairview/Fairmont. We will work to see that every person that comes into our program will gain knowledge and understanding of who they are, what they are capable of, and the love that is surrounding them by the Creator of the universe. We will work to create space where people are exposed to new experiences and expand what they thought was their comfort zone. Please join me in praying for a successful fall at the Outreach. Along with prayer there are many ways you can support our ministry. We are taking donations for female hygiene products, diapers, diaper cream, toothpaste, deodorant, small toys (new or gently used), and craft supplies. Donations can be taken to First Presbyterian Church, Stone United Methodist Church, or the Outreach. Outreach office hours for the fall will be Monday-Thursday 10:00-3:00 or by appoint.  

-Sarah Miller

 

 

 

 

                

Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.      Matthew 6:8 (NIV) 

God’s Promise:

It’s not that He doesn’t know --- He just wants the pleasure of your company.

 

 

 

 
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