Casseroles for Degage Ministries | Degage provides many services to low income residents and the homeless in the downtown GR area. They are in need of casseroles for breakfasts and dinners. Would you consider pulling a few others together and as a small team take on this fun service project? In a nutshell this would involve choosing a recipe from those provided, purchasing ingredients, scheduling a time to use the church kitchen (casseroles cannot be made at a home), making and cooking them together and then delivering them to Degage. It’s that simple! If you’d like to know more contact Karen Knister for details.
Family Promise provides emergency shelter and basic needs to families with children facing homelessness. These families are typically housed in churches like Thornapple. But during the COVID-19 pandemic the 75+ families are being housed in hotels.
Rather than hosting, at least through January 2021, our Love Mercy Do Justice team is collecting and delivering food donations for Family Promise. Food Wish List: macaroni, jam or jelly, Rice a Roni, popcorn, trail mix, pancake mix, syrup, Ritz crackers, white rice, oatmeal, canned green beans, canned chicken, Hamburger Helper, Manwich and condiments. Other food items are welcome, but nothing perishable. Items can be dropped off in the collection bin at Thornapple Mon-Thurs, 9am-Noon. Thank you for helping to end homelessness…one family at a time!
Multi-Generational Outreach Opportunity | Thornapple has a great opportunity to bless the residents at Covenant Living of the Great Lakes Retirement Community who would benefit from some encouragement, especially during the COVID crisis. We can do this by writing cards and/or sending prepackaged treats (some suggestions were Twinkies or chocolate.) The cards should be written generically and placed in an envelope and then sent in a separate envelope to Covenant Living, c/o Rebecca Pohler, 2520 Lake Michigan Dr. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. Treats can be ordered via Amazon and sent directly to Rebecca. We would encourage you to do this now and continue to over the next few months. Your notes of encouragement will help the residents get through an incredibly difficult period in their lives.
Project Art Box | If you can build or paint art boxes or pickup/deliver artwork to care facilities, please contact Audrey Wendt to get involved with the ministry she shared about with Pastor Remy in worship on December 27.
Donate Blood | Blood Drive
Partnership with Thornapple Covenant Church and Cascade Fellowship
Working with our neighbor church, Cascade Fellowship, we are hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive every other month from now until May 2022. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, an appointment is needed. Go here to make an appointment (search by zip code and select desired date at Thornapple or Cascade Fellowship – there are multiple slots for each time so spouses can sign up together, you just need two accounts) – allow more time than normal to donate as there are added safety procedures in place.
Volunteers will be needed to help with the drive: loading/unloading supplies; greeting and screening donors; serving post-donations snacks.
Contact Beth Van Over with questions.
Future Blood Drive Dates, 11am-5pm each day:
- March 29 at Thornapple | Sign up to Volunteer
- May 24 at Cascade Fellowship
- July 19 at Thornapple
- September 27 at Cascade Fellowship
- November 29 at Thornapple
- January 24, 2022 at Cascade Fellowship
- March 28, 2022 at Thornapple
- May 23, 2022 at Cascade Fellowship
Note: Donors can give every 56 days so these are spaced so you can give each time.
Ideas for Serving
Nursing homes and retirement communities are going through difficult times these days. The residents are lonely because visitors are restricted or not allowed at all. The workers are overwhelmed between caring for the residents and being there for them in place of family members who cannot come in. You can help! Pick a nursing home. Contact them and tell them you’d like to send notes to residents and workers to encourage them. Ask how they would like you to address the notes. Then send cards to residents to brighten up their days. Send cards to workers encouraging them and thanking them for their service to our senior community. Adults and children can participate in this opportunity to make a difference.