It says it in the name: Grace Community Church. It really is a “community church.”
While Grace participates in many community efforts throughout the year, sometimes those efforts extend beyond the boundaries of Boone. As Christmas approaches, some folks might be ready to start shopping. Grace Community Church is offering not only a chance to start, but also an opportunity to extend one’s grace and faith to those in need. As a church family, Grace member are again participating in Operation Christmas Child. Last year’s goal of collecting 100 boxes of goods, gifts and necessities for people in need was exceeded by nine. So this year’s goal is 100 again.
In the spirit of Christmas and charity, the Salvation Army is also getting ready to put the red kettle back into action for its annual Christmas campaign for charity. But, as always, help from the public is needed and appreciataed greatly. To volunteer to be a bell ringer, go to www.ringbells.org.
Augustana Women of the ELCA at Augustana Lutheran Church stay in the giving and charitable spirit year round with programs like quilting, baby care kits and school kits. Quilting takes place at the church every Wednesday from 9 – 11 a.m. (when there are no Circle meetings). Extra hands are always welcome. It’s also a great place to learn the skill from others with more experience.
The quilts are added to baby care kits to be shipped to the Lutheran World Relief, and then around the world to people in dire need. The kits left Boone on Oct. 15, but another baby kits collection will begin in the spring. Items needed include sleepers, T-shirts, hand towels, soap, socks, cloth diapers, blankets, jackets and sweaters. (Specifics can be found on lists that are taped to the outside of the tub under the table in the fellowship hall.) Donations to the tubs are what make this charity possible as well as monetary gifts.
School kits are still available to be filled, providing the supplies to children returning to school after the disruption of war and helping parents continue their children’s education even while living in a refugee camp. They may also be used for adult literacy classes. Empty backpacks are on a table in the back of the sanctuary with instructions inside.