Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Praise Team Rehearsal
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Praise Team Rehearsal
BEYOND OUR DOORS
We support the global and national efforts of United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) http://www.umcor.org/. These efforts include incentives such as "Imagine No Malaria" (for more information, visit the Imagine No Malaria website) and "Disaster Relief" for ongoing weather related needs due to natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods and earthquakes.
Our church has sponsored many weeklong Mission Trips where youth and adult volunteers from our church traveled to different areas in the United States, such as Vermont, North Carolina, and Iowa. The volunteers have fixed roofs, built decks, cleared debris, replaced drywall, repaired fences – anything that was needed to help people whose homes had been devastated. If you are interested in joining next year’s crew, contact Pastor Dale Reese. Additionally, in recent years we have supported many of our youth in missionary trips to Africa.
As Christians we are called to a life of mission and service to our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are to be Christ in the world serving “the least of these” as the Scripture directs us – Matthew 25:40. This is the purpose of the Outreach Council of Trinity Tower United Methodist Church. Since being formed in 2003, the Outreach Council has positively impacted the lives of the less fortunate and homeless in the local Pittsburgh area; more importantly our lives have been positively impacted by those we seek to serve.
Outreach exists solely on donations. We rely heavily on our fund raising events and the generosity of people and businesses/organizations willing to make donations of toiletries, purses, blankets, clothing, etc. We remember that no one aspires to be homeless, no young girl dreams of becoming a battered woman and no child should ever feel anything less than love. Truly we thank you for “Helping us help them”.
Deuteronomy 15:11 For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’
One of our first local outreach endeavors was a project called “Wrapped In Love”.
“Wrapped In Love” provides scarves, hats and gloves to the homeless. The first year we collected nearly 200 new, homemade and gently used warm weather items and distributed them directly to the people in need of them the most. To date we have exceed 1,000 warm weather items donated to area shelters. That initial project led to many other local service projects. A brief description of some of those projects is following.
The Blessing Board, an organization that picks-up and receives donated furniture, appliances and household goods and re-donates them to people in need or for any one that asks. In addition to collecting household goods for the ministry, several members of our congregation help to organize and distribute these goods to needy families.
Dress for Success by throwing an annual jewelry party! Each spring, the church hosts a jewelry sale, and all of the free jewelry earned through the party’s sales goes to Dress for Success. Concurrently, we hold a career clothing collection. Church members donate new or gently used business attire that is sent to DFS along with the jewelry. (The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.)
As part of our church’s focus on both mission outreach and taking care of the environment, we collect old neckties and send them off to the Outer Banks, to a shop called “Endless Possibilities.” Endless Possibilities is a gallery that doubles as a fundraising program of the Outer Banks Hotline Crisis Intervention and Prevention Center. It is part weaving program, part community center, part recycling program, and part haven. The neckties are woven into wall hangings and rag rugs.
On the second Saturday of each month, from 10:30-1:00, a group of TTUMC volunteers serves at the Lincoln Park Food Bank. We greet clients and help distribute food, hoping to show the love of God to those we serve.
Military Connections is a non-profit corporation that sends equipment, care packages and supplies to military personnel stationed overseas. Located in Penn Hills, they will celebrate their 10th anniversary July 2013. Trinity Tower Church provides snacks and personal items for Operation Christmas Stocking and for Easter bags.
Recently, we have become involved in helping The Neighborhood Academy – a school (operating without government funding) striving to break the cycle of poverty through education – by providing nutritious snacks for the students.
The Penn Hills Service Association ministers to people in the Penn Hills community who need food, clothing, and/or convalescent supplies. TTUMC supports the PHSA by collecting food on the first Sunday of each month. Here are the suggested items for each month:
If you enjoy knitting or crocheting, consider helping with TTUMC’s Prayer Shawl Ministry. Shawls are knitted or crocheted by several women in our church and given to individuals who have chronic illness, have recently been hospitalized, or who are bereaved.
Our purse and toiletry collection is another mission that helps others while finding new uses for items that might otherwise be discarded. Gently used purses are filled with small toiletry items such as shampoo, tissues, and hand sanitizer. These are distributed to women in the homeless shelters in the Pittsburgh area, a small gift to let them know that someone cares about them.
Red Bird Mission is a United Methodist mission in Appalachia (Beverly, Kentucky). Trinity Tower has supported this mission for many years by collecting Box Tops for Education and Campbell’s Labels for Education. The box tops and UPC’s are used in helping them obtain school supplies. Red Bird Mission has been the United States’ top recipient of the box tops & labels.
TTUMC collects and delivers a number of items to Pittsburgh’s Ronald McDonald House. Items needed include cereal, peanut butter and jelly, plastic silverware, paper products, individually wrapped snacks, and tea. A complete list is available at the church. Look for the bin marked “Ronald McDonald” in the narthex for your donations. (We also collect aluminum pop can tabs for this facility.)
Shining Arrow is a Penn Hills program for developmentally challenged children and adults. TTUMC collects aluminum cans that are turned in for cash by Shining Arrow. You can place your aluminum cans in the container by the Youth Room.
This year marks the 9th year for our church’s “Sock Hop Through the Ages” Festival Fundraiser and Car Cruise. This event is organized by the Outreach Council of TTUMC. Each year, the day includes live performances by local bands, a Silent and Gift Basket Auction, car cruise, interactive crowd participation dances, kid’s games and picnic-style food. Every dollar raised at our annual Sock Hop fundraiser does not stay in the church, but rather goes back out the door to minister to the needs of men, women, and children in 17 different shelters throughout Allegheny county and surrounding counties.
Our Teddy Bear Ministry was started by a sister of two TTUMC members who have continued her outreach to the sick, bereaved, and hurting. This ministry is a branch of our Shepherd’s Group.( See Get Involved-Adult Opportunities). If you know someone who is hurting whose day would be brightened by the arrival of a teddy bear, contact the church office.
YoungLives is a local Christian ministry whose mission is to provide support and mentoring to teenage mothers and their children. Through their program of loving support and weekly Bible studies, lives at risk are turned around. The young women learn of God’s love and how God’s purposes can be fulfilled in their lives. Trinity Tower Church supports this ministry by providing a campership for their annual summer camp program and donating gifts at Christmas for the girls and their children.