Old First Outreach Call to Action

Old First Outreach Call to Action

Old First Outreach Call to Action 

Mother Theresa once said: “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”Here at Old First, we can, and do, feed hundreds of people in Philadelphia. In fact, we serve close to 4,000 hot meals every year! But this takes a lot of work, and it is important to understand all the work that goes into our ministries and the work they accomplish. So, I would like to encourage all members of Old First to consider how they may support Old First’s Outreach mission this year. In January Michael made the call to “make volunteering more accessible, but also supported more.” So below are some easy and fun ways that you can get involved. 

Here is what we propose: 

    1. Regular Old First Saturday Breakfast: We have begun reserving a Saturday Breakfast for a breakfast team composed of Old First volunteers. Individuals can sign-up to help prepare and serve to-go breakfasts. Don’t worry, Outreach provides a menu, recipe and a shopping list, and will cover the cost of the ingredients. Cooking skills aren’t required – there are plenty of tasks that don’t involve cooking! Want to help out but can’t make it on a Saturday? You can shop for ingredients or pre-make and freeze/refrigerate a recipe. Dates reserved for 2024: June 29, August 31, November 30. Sign up here: Old First Saturday Breakfast Team. 
  • Community Dinners: We encourage SLGs to consider whether they can sign up for a dinner as a group. This is a great opportunity for SLGs to spend time together serving the mission of the church in other ways. Upcoming available dates: June 23, June 30, July 14. Sign up here: Community Dinners (signupgenius.com).   
    1. Service Camps: We have 4 service camps coming in June and July. For those who are interested, we could always use a few volunteers to meet with the students to help them process and reflect on their time serving in Philadelphia. Meet with the group to share your own thoughts on service and to reflect on what they saw and did while in Philadelphia. Feel free to join the group in a volunteer activity too! Service Camp weeks are 6/10, 6/17, 6/24 and 7/7. Reflections will be held in the evenings or in the mornings and specific times are dependent on their final schedules. Please contact Deanna if interested (outreach@oldfirstucc.org) 
  • Outreach needs matchmaking: We will regularly update this task list [Outreach Task List] which identifies what we could use help with – this will allow you to consider other ways to support Outreach on your own time, with your own unique skills. Once you sign up, Deanna will reach out to get you the information you need to get started on your own time! 

Old First is committed to helping our members recognize, develop and celebrate the gifts God gives them for doing ministry in our congregation and in our world. We invite you to find your way to help us be the Church!

Please reach out to Deanna with any questions or if you’d like more details: outreach@oldfirstucc.org