NEWS FROM MISSION OUTREACH

The committee met on Monday, Feb. 10th, in the Parish Hall. Among the items discussed:

Transportation: Lucy Salisbury, Waldo CAP’s Mobility Manager for four Maine counties, and coordinator of the local “Ride with Pride” program, spoke about transportation options for persons living in Waldo County, generally, and specifically for Belfast. As the committee considers how we as individuals and a parish can help to fill transportation needs, the most immediate and obvious answer is to help publicize the options that already exist, so that both potential users and volunteer drivers will know where to turn. We will be working on that aspect over the next several weeks and months. Brochures and schedules for Waldo CAP transport options are in the rear of the church. In addition, a fundraising auction to support “Ride with Pride” will be held in May. The committee expects to assist with soliciting donations and perhaps in other ways that we will tell you about in the coming weeks.

Window Dressers is gearing up to plan for another successful build in November. Sharron Walsh, who was St. Margaret’s representative to the planning committee for the last build, is looking for someone to assist her this year. You needn’t have been involved previously, but if you enjoyed your participation and the results from our first efforts, please consider taking on slightly more responsibilities this year. It’s a wonderful chance to build community, have fun, and do something worthwhile for the environment. Give Sharron a call at 218-4113 or email her: WALSH9482@roadrunner.com

The committee will visit the Jackson Food Pantry on Monday morning, March 24th. This is an opportunity to see a different model of how a food pantry operates. Any parishioner is welcome to join us. We will carpool from the church, leaving at 9 and returning before noon. Please give Mary Rackmales, 338-4518, a call if you would like to go. You may also email her: rackmary@myfairpoint.net

Are you interested in the environment and how the parish and individual parishioners can become “greener”? Margie Spencer-Smith and Charlotte Herbold will welcome your input and help. Send them an email: Margie, margiess@roadrunner.com; Charlotte, herboldcharlotte@gmail.com.

WERU, 89.9 on your radio dial, is broadcasting the 16th annual Homelessness Marathon, live from Brattleboro, Vermont, from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19th. This is a live discussion/call-in show. As we consider the homeless problems in our area, this is an opportunity to be part of a nation-wide dialogue.

South Sudan: Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has called for a day of prayer for peace in South Sudan to be observed this Sunday, Feb. 16th. The Episcopal Church in South Sudan and the Episcopal communities in Sudan and South Sudan have played important roles in working toward peace, and the bishop asks that we join them. She said, “I ask your prayers for peace as well as your awareness and involvement in the lives of our brothers and sisters across the globe. The Prince of Peace serves the whole world. As his disciples may we do no less!”