Church in Community Annual Report

CHURCH IN COMMUNITY  

COMMUNITY GARDEN:  Submitted by Sarah Henthorn

The Middleton Canyon Springs site produced 5306.9lbs and the Trinity Community Garden had 2305.5lbs.  A total of 7136.8lbs were gleaned and 178lbs came from Duncan (farm donation) for a total of 14,927.2lbs!  That is quite an increase over 2019.  Our grand total is now 404,927.2lbs  for thirteen years!!!  We are so thankful for the leadership of Paulette Blaseg who continued after Sheila Anderson’s move to Oregon and for all the super dedicated volunteers who work so hard to supply food throughout Canyon and Ada counties.  You are truly appreciated.  

CROP WALK:  Submitted by Steve VanAtter

The Crop Walk was a virtual event this year.  It raised $4300 which went to the Wilder Food Bank, Caldwell Salvation Army and Nampa Seventh Day Adventist Food Bank.  Hopefully it will be an actual event next fall. Thanks for your on-going contributions and participation.

EQUAL EXCHANGE COFFEE & CHOCOLATE SALES:  Submitted by Renee VanAtter

We have had a few phone orders since the start of COVID.  Remember to call Renee VanAtter if you are needing coffee, chocolates, teas or other goodies.  By purchasing these items Trinity members support Equal Exchange which provides a living wage for farmers as well as programs that support people to get loans to start their own businesses.  Thanks for your purchases.

FOOD PANTRY:  Submitted by Joyce Becht

We did not do any monthly food collections which we paired with Bible verses last year due to the pandemic.  We are grateful for any in-kind donations.  Kellars and VanAtters shop for the pantry when needed, keep inventory and check expiration dates on all our supplies.  Pastor Meggan uses these resources to help low income families.  Many thanks for helping to feed others in these desperate times.

FOOD PRESERVATION CLASSES:  Submitted by Sarah Henthorn 

 No classes were offered due to the pandemic.  There was no way to properly provide social distancing.

NOISY OFFERINGS  Submitted by Joyce Becht

What wonderful donations you gave in spite of difficult times with the pandemic!  You did not miss a beat!  We had a wonderful total of $1588.49!  Your generosity is so gracious to all the worthy causes on our list.  Thanks again for your massive support.  We always welcome your input as we continue to explore new programs along with our old favorites for the new year.   Virtual hugs to all!!!

SERVICE PROJECTS:  Submitted by Joyce Becht

Souper Bowl of Caring raised $72 which was used to buy supplies for our food pantry.   Thanks for thinking of others … Feed my sheep.

Community Dinners  at First United Presbyterian Church on Tuesdays were canceled for Feb. 11, Apr. 14 and May 12 due to the pandemic.   Hopefully 2021 will be available for us to serve.  

God’s Work, Our Hands:  West Middle School Oct. 12  We decided to honor our hard-working school  staff with a catered lunch done by Silver City BBQ.  They were served pulled pork, potato salad, barbecued beans, cole slaw and various dessert treats.   We received many thank you notes and comments on this special meal.  We continue to keep that staff and children in our thoughts and prayers.

Gloves/Hats/Mittens/Socks Nov. 29  Socks are always needed at the shelters so we used our funds to buy for the women and children at VWCS.  The Lighthouse Mission for Men had been relocated to Boise at that time.  Thanks for your warm donations.

Thanksgiving Food Boxes x 6 Nov. 22 and Christmas Food Boxes x 8 Dec. 20

Your donations of gift cards were absolutely phenomenal! Steve & Renee VanAtter and Tim McHugh shopped for and assembled the food items in each box plus a gift card for a ham or turkey.  With extra monies donated extra items were purchased for the boxes to help with Covid matters – toilet paper, sanitizer, wipes and soap plus 4 turkeys! Information about Trinity’s on-line Christmas services were also included.  They were joined by Sarah Henthorn to do the deliveries.  We are so thankful for these willing volunteers.

Thrivent Project for Trinity New Hope Totes x 16 Dec. 19   VanAtters applied for a Thrivent money card which they used to purchase fruit and granola bars which filled our totes along with Advent Devotionals & Christmas cards and information about Trinity’s on-line Advent and Christmas services.  Emily Bentley along with Cedar and Pearl helped deliver wagons full of goodies to our neighbors in Trinity New Hope.  Again we are so blessed with our volunteers and their gift of time and talents.

Thanks again for all you do to shine a beacon in our community.  Your generosity and compassion  are truly appreciated.  Blessings abound.

Nampa Idaho
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