Support for Chosen Vessel Ministries
Epiphany's Outreach Team is supporting Chosen Vessel Ministries of Memphis as a primary outreach mission in 2017. Founded by Epiphany member Linda Barnes, Chosen Vessel Ministries guides and counsels women newly-released from prison as they attempt to re-enter society, and helps women in need find employment and housing and become productive members of society.
Here are some of Chosen Vessel's immediate needs; a bin for donations will be placed in the Schaeffer Memorial Chapel foyer each Sunday:
In the future, there will be additional opportunities to help. Working together, Epiphany Lutheran and Chosen Vessel Ministries can make a huge difference in the lives of women in need. For more information, Linda may be reached at 901-361-4763 orby e-mail.
The faith community of Epiphany takes Jesus’ command to “feed my sheep” literally. Our community garden produces approximately one thousand pounds of produce annually that is donated toPage Robbins Adult Day Centerand the Collierville Food Pantry. We welcome everyone to become involved in this ministry. See Pastor Monica or Wendell Kruse for details.
The garden is is going strong! Please join us Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8:30 - 11:30 am. Many thanks to the Leadership Collierville Youth for their hard work on improving the garden March 8th!
In 2016, the garden produced more than 1,400 pounds of food - a new record!
* Thrivent Financial is providing supplemental funds for this activity.
Support our Garden Ministry!
Not everyone is able to work in the garden but we can all support our hard workers! We are looking for volunteers to take food from the garden to the food bank each Thursday morning. Please contact Christine Fox if you can help. This involves picking up produce at the garden by 9:30, delivering it to the food bank, and then bringing the empty containers back to the garden.
Please contact Christine Fox for more information or to join the Outreach/Service Team!
Collierville Food Pantry has a continuing need to stock the pantry with food staples and other household items. We will continue to collect canned vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, soup, canned meats, dry beans, and canned fruits to support the pantry (in addition to the fresh produce provided by our Epiphany Community Garden!).
Each week, we will designate a particular category of donations in an effort to involve more people. While all donations are welcome, we will be focusing on these particular items these weeks:
August 6 - canned soups
August 13 - paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex)
August 20 - canned meats
August 27 - canned vegetables
September 3 - Boxed macaroni & cheese
September 10 - canned fruits
September 17 - canned hams
September 24 - baby food and products
October 1 - pasta and sauces
October 8 - cereals
October 15 - toiletries (soap,toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, etc.)
October 22 - peanut butter
October 29 - drinks ( fruit juices, coffee, dry milk, etc.)
For added convenience, you're invited to grab a few of the reusable grocery bags located by the door of the Chapel. For more information about donating items to the Collierville Food Pantry, please contact Candy Knight.
New System for Food Pantry and Chosen Vessel Ministries Collections
Thank you to all who continue to donate so generously to our chosen ministries, especially the Collierville Food Pantry and Chosen Vessel Ministries. However, due to limited storage facilities, and a lack of volunteers for weekly donation deliveries, we have decided to institute a new system to better consolidate donations.
Beginning in September, donations should be brought to church on the first Sunday of each month. For the remainder of the year, the schedule is as follows:
"Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace." ~ELCA
God's Work, Our Hands Sunday September 10th!
Thanks to all who made our God's Work, Our Hands project this year, a Sobriety Celebration for women in the addiction recovery programs with Chosen Vessel Ministries, a big success!
Partnering with Kingsway Christian Church
We are very excited to be partnering with Kingsway Christian Church on several upcoming projects!
11/13/17 Epiphany members will work together with Kingsway to "learn the ropes"
of the Room in the Inn program.