While missions is part of the regular and ongoing workings of any church, it might look and feel a little different here at The Phoenix. But missions are a very important part of our commitment to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the world. To that end, in addition to encouraging you to "do" missions at home, in your community, we also will coordinate at least four major projects each year. While the "doing" might also be in your community, you'll be doing it along with other members of The Phoenix church family, regardless of where they live.
October - November - December
The fall is a season of festivals, holidays and food! But not everyone in our communities has enough food to keep their household well fed. Almost every community has a soup kitchen or a food pantry. Throughout the fall, we encourage you to donate non-perishable food to your local food pantry or volunteer to serve meals in your local soup kitchen or homeless shelter. I promise, they will be glad of your help. Just call and see when they can use you most. Plop your food bags on the bathroom scale and let us know how much you donated. We'll add it up to see what a difference The Phoenix made in the world. Be sure to take pictures and send them to us so we can post on our Facebook page and our website. It will be great to see what others are doing in our community.
January - February - March
Throughout most of the country and a lot of the world, these are the coldest months. We know that there are many children and adults who don't have enough to keep them warm. Do you knit or crochet? Take your scrap yarn and make some hats or scarves and donate them to a local school or children's after school program. Hit the "after Christmas" sales and pick up those leftover mittens and gloves. Stock up on socks. Homeless shelters say that socks and underwear are their most needed items.
April - May - June
Spring and early summer is a time when we do that spring cleaning and jump into the joys of summer. That's not always as easy as it seems, however, for families who use the SNAP (formerly food stamps) program. There are lots of things you can't get with your SNAP benefits. The list includes: toilet paper, laundry detergent, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, cleaning supplies, diapers, deodorant, shampoos, razors and shaving cream, lotion, sunscreen. These aren't luxury items and every food pantry and shelter has need for them when folks show up to get the food they need. By collecting these items throughout the spring, you can help your local shelter organizations, Salvation Army and food pantries. You might call your local pantry or shelter and ask what they are most in need of. Again, be sure to take a photo to send to The Phoenix so we can share your mission work.
July - August - September
Remember when you were a kid and got your new school supplies? You were so excited to have that pristine #2 pencil, just waiting to be sharpened on that first day of school. A lot of kids don't have that memory. You can help make those memories for children in your community by collecting school supplies when they're on sale, especially through the summer. Your local elementary school principal or community children's program can probably use every inch of school supplies you collect and share. Just give them a call and start your list.