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Synod Assembly 2017 Service Project

Introduction to Assembly Service Project: New Beginnings

New Beginnings of Central Florida (www.nbcfl.org) is a faith-based, non-profit organization in Central Florida helping the homeless, hungry and poor to learn how to live a responsible life. New Beginnings can provide a home, food, clothing, professional counseling, job opportunities, spiritual training and mentoring. Above all, they offer hope and encouragement. Since that first conversation, God has been amazing at transforming lives – not only of those in need, but those who support and are involved in New Beginnings.

New Beginning’s mission is to empower people in need to live a responsible life, and they accomplish this by teaching one to fish rather than by just handing out fish.

We are asking the congregations of our synod to help bless this ministry in three ways prior to the Assembly:

  • To bring items from the attached list to the New Beginnings Display area. This has been divided up by Conference.
  • To bring gift cards (see the attached list for specific cards/amounts that are needed)
  • To bring loose change (that is going towards 100 folding metal chairs they are needing to purchase for their outreach events)

Each congregation may choose to hold a drive for items (or a specific item) from your Conference’s list.  Or put the word out for people to just bring gift cards (we will have a “tree” at the assembly where all the gift cards brought in will be attached!).  Or take up a “noisy” offering of loose change during September. You can do just one, two, or all three!  Be creative!  Be generous!  Be the blessing for this ministry that will change lives for our homeless and hungry right here in Central Florida!  And know you are going to make a huge difference in the lives of people who really need to see what the love of Jesus is all about.

There will also be an area for people to make cards and write encouraging notes for those who are recipients of New Beginnings Ministry.  Finally, we will have on hand people from this ministry to answer any questions you may have or if you want to learn more about this ministry here in Central Florida.

Thank you in advance for your prayers and support!

Rev Julie Frank, Rev Melinda Plumley, and Rev Stan Reinemund, Service Project Coordinators

We encourage each congregation to gather items listed below (by conference) and bring them to the synod assembly in October.  You may also wish to donate a gift card (any amount) from Lowes, Home Depot, Aldi, Target, Walmart or VISA; or a fast food gift card in the amount of $5.00 per card.  We will also be accepting loose change that will go towards the purchase of 100 stackable metal chairs that are needed for the various areas of ministry.  Be creative!  Be generous!  Be the blessing for this ministry that will change lives for our homeless and hungry right here in Central Florida!  And know you are going to make a huge difference in the lives of people who really need to see what the love of Jesus is all about.   Thank you in advance for your gifts!

To find out which items your conference is being asked to donate, click on your Conference below.  To find out what congregation your Conference is in, talk to your pastor or find the list here.

 

Download the list of items to collect and share it in your congregation: Assembly Service project items to collect

Download and print the entire introduction/description of the service project and share it in your congregation: Assembly Service Project full description to print

Broward-Bahamas and Panhandle Conferences

Emphasis: Facilities

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Napkins
  • Paper Plates
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Dish Soap
  • Bleach
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Kitchen Sponges
  • 3-4 Lithium ion battery operated weed eaters
  • 5×8 trailer for lawn equipment

Tradewinds & Mid-Gulf Conferences

Emphasis: Pantry (NO glass please!!)

  • Canned meats
  • Canned vegetables
  • Hearty soups
  • Canned chili
  • Pasta
  • Condiments
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Pork and beans
  • Instant coffee
  • Crackers
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Boxed meals (mac & cheese, hamburger helper, etc)
  • Individual packs of crackers, chips, other snacks
  • Pancake mix (just add water kind)
  • Baggies (quart & Gallon Freezer)
  • Cleaners (floor, counter, tables)
  • Paper Towels
  • Garbage bags (42 gallon)

Broward-Bahamas Conference

Emphasis: Office

  • Pens
  • Staplers
  • Staples
  • Scotch tape
  • Paper clips
  • Post-it notes
  • Xerox paper
  • Garbage bags 13 gal
  • Address labels
  • Copy paper
  • Tissues
  • Clip boards

Heart of Florida & Gulf Coast Conferences

Emphasis: Helping Hands Outreach & First Aid

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Band Aids, Neosporin, cleansing wipes, etc.
  • Paper towels
  • Cleaners: wipes or sprays
  • Travel size toiletries
  • Disposable gloves for serving food

Pinelands & Lake Conference

Emphasis: School Supplies

  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Pencil cases
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Pens
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors

Space Coast & Tampa Conferences

Emphasis: Residences

  • Twin sized cotton sheets
  • Waterproof mattress pads
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Antiperspirant for men and women
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Laundry detergent
  • Tooth paste
  • Toothbrushes

First Coast & Caloosa Conferences

Emphasis: Outdoors/Homeless

  • Tents
  • Sleeping bags
  • Tarps
  • Powdered Ensure
  • Socks
  • Backpacks
  • Bug spray
  • Flashlight/batteries
  • Canned meats
  • Instant coffee

Flagler/Volusia & Sun Coast Conferences

Emphasis: Events

  • Hot/Cold Cups
  • Plastic/Paper cups (5-7 oz)
  • Plastic ware
  • Paper plates
  • Napkins
  • Blue plastic table cloths
  • Blue plain t-shirts (all adult sizes)
  • Clipboards
  • Pens
  • Sharpies

First Coast & Caloosa Conferences

Emphasis: Outdoors/Homeless

  • Tents
  • Sleeping bags
  • Tarps
  • Powdered Ensure
  • Socks
  • Backpacks
  • Bug spray
  • Flashlight/batteries
  • Canned meats
  • Instant coffee