Our 4th and last Community dinner of the year was October 28. We only served 55 people plus our 7 servers. Not sure why the count was down as they have been pretty steady at 80. The leftovers were donated to House of Ruth and Hospice. Joyce Favero has decided to stay on as coordinator of Community dinners. I am happy about this. We will again sponsor four dinners next year. As always, I can use your help.

In December we have white bags. These are personal care items divided between Helping Hands, Siren/Eaton and Eaton Clothing and Furniture. Bags will be distributed December 13 and brought back to church December 20.

Bill and Carol Yerkes are heading up the winter coat program again this year. Bill indicated they have been doing it for 10 years. A big Thank You to them for doing this very worthy project. In last month’s Chanticleer I indicated the coats went to Eaton County Clothing and Furniture. They also go to Siren/Eaton Shelter. We again will be adopting a family or families for Christmas to provide gifts for them. Please help if you can.

The Mitten tree will already be up when you read this. It is in the Bess Fulton room waiting to be decorated with hats, mittens, gloves, and scarfs.

Pastor Tom met with the director of the Crossroads Teen Center. We are still in discussion as to how we can be of help to them.

Pastor Tom showed us a zip lock baggie with a small package of Kleenex, a couple packages of hand wipes, tea bag, and cough drops. He indicated if you see a homeless person you might offer a bag to them as these are items they probably don’t have. It was suggested that a candy bar and fast food gift certificates could be put in the bag also.  I hope all of you have a most Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year. Stayed Tuned
Mary Normand, Outreach Chair