Dear Old First,
These past few months, I have predominately written to you asking for your continued support in our outreach ministries. While that is still very much needed, especially as it relates to our Saturday Morning Breakfast ministry (we’re still in need of volunteers, breakfast teams and or individuals to prepare pre-made breakfast casseroles), this week I want to focus on the success of our Outreach Ministries and what that looks like today.
Let me begin by asking you a question, what does outreach mean, and really what does it mean to you? I’m sure it has a special meaning to each and every one of us, but as it relates to us as a congregation, it’s defined as ‘lending a helping hand’. It’s what makes up the essence of the outreach ministry, and it’s what makes Old First Reformed United Church of Christ so incredibly special.
To date, we have hosted a number of Urban Service Camps from across the country. Not only have we hosted these groups, but more importantly. have volunteered alongside them, provided mini tours of the church and it’s history, and worked side by side to clean up the outer gardens of the church.
Out of our Urban Service Camp ministry, we’ve created new partnerships with a number of organizations including Wissahickon Restoration Volunteers and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
We’ve worked hard Saturday mornings, serving breakfast to 80+ men and women each week rain or shine. Not to mention providing our guests with a wide range of clothes and toiletries via our weekly Clothing Cupboard.
Lastly, over the summer we’ve grown in partnership with social service organizations like MANNA, Broad Street Ministry, New Jerusalem, SHARE and Bebashi.
There’s a lot of good that has happened over the summer thanks in part to you. I hope that as we come out of the summer and merge into fall that we continue the excellent work. Let’s continue to define ‘outreach’ as it is so much apart of Old First and the church community.
Alesha ~ Outreach Coordinator