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(Serving at our Annual Chicken Barbeque)
The annual chicken barbeque is not only a wonderful fellowship opportunity for both members and neighbors alike, but it also raises funds to support local organizations such as Bellevue's food pantry, Fishes and Loaves, the Pass It On Clothing Closet and the St. Paul's Day Care.
(Our Farmer's Market - BBQ)
Part of our annual Chicken BBQ, the best bakers in the world bake & cook their hearts out!
(Gathering supplies for Hurricane Sandy Trip)
Pastor Diane Carter made a trip along with Gary Adams to New York to take our donations to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
(Helping build a local Habitat for Humanity house)
In addition, St. Paul's members have worked alongside Habitat for Humanity to build a house in Bellevue, they have traveled to Mississippi to assist with the re-building efforts following Hurricane Katrina and member, Marty Siegel, has been serving as a short-term missionary in the Ukraine for many years. Read about the church's experiences in Mississippi below and check out the S.A.R.A. page for more information about our Ukrainian outreach.
(Helping Katrina Victims rebuild)
On June 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, destroying everything in its path.
In June, 2008, almost 3 years after Hurricane Katrina, 5 adults and 2 students from our church and 2 students from local UCC churches packed our work clothes, saws and hammers and headed out in 2 suburbans for The Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi.
We were assigned to help with the rebuilding of a home completely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Newly built homes had to be 12 feet up from the ground and able to withstand 150 mph winds, due to a new law enforced. So, constructing these homes was no easy feat. We were assigned to finish putting up siding, putting up soffit, painting the outside of the house and putting up outside stair steps. We were unable to construct the outside steps because of the lack of lumber available with all the many other construction projects going on.
We did meet the family whose home we worked on. They were very appreciative and thanked us repeatedly. They also shared many pictures and stories about how they survived the storm and how blessed they were.
Our group decided to travel to New Orleans, since we could not work our last day, due to the lumber shortage. We witnessed major destruction on our way to New Orleans. Huge bridges, countless homes, schools and whole towns were completely wiped out. To think that it had already been three years, since the hurricane hit, was almost incomprehensible.
Everyone in our group was so glad for the opportunity to have been a part of this mission trip. We were warmly welcomed by everyone there and learned so much from the people. We are reminded of the Back Bay vision statement "To do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God each time we think of our mission trip.
S.A.R.A. - Martha Siegel, missionary to the Ukraine
Sharing Americas Recourses Abroad better known as S.A.R.A. is a medical mission group of the Ohio Conference of The United Church of Christ. We are ecumenical and have members and supporters who do not have a medical back ground but a love for Missions. I became involved with S.A.R.A. in 1998 and since then have made 12 trips to Ukraine staying and working (I'm an Occupational Therapist) at the Good Samaritan Home for Children. This home is part of the Hungarian Reform Church and receives support from the Dutch Reform Church part of our wider church. I truly consider Good Samaritan my second home and feel blessed to be able to go there to work with the special needs girls.
I'm planning a trip for early September 2012 I would encourage you to take a look at the S.A.R.A. link spend some time in meditation and see if God speaks to your heart to go along or help support in anyway you feel called to do. Thank you for taking the time to share this time with me.
SARA's Mission: To offer medical assistance to improve the well-being of poor people around the world.
SARA (Sharing America's Resources Abroad) is a nonprofit organization incorporated in Ohio. It is an ecumenical ministry affiliated with the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ. SARA distributes medical supplies, equipment and expertise throughout the world. SARA believes that by helping people to help themselves, and by giving them a boost towards self-sufficiency, the world will become a better place.
Resources to accomplish SARA's mission come from volunteer participation and charitable donations provided by health-care providers, religious organizations, businesses, not-for-profit corporations and concerned individuals. SARA is particularly interested in working with other not-for-profit organizations who are seeking to serve others in the same way.
(from SARA website- http://www.saragroup.org)
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