This year, we will kick-off our campaign to build up to Giving Tuesday with our run for Rachel’s Home. Our team from Central and our friends from the hospital will be running in the Road to Hope Hamilton Marathon, Saturday November 4th and Sunday November 5th. Our entry fees will support the Road to Hope charities and our fund-raising will support Rachel’s Home. Please support our efforts by visiting our page at Canada Helps
Join our team of volunteers for Mike’s Lunch Baskett 2017
For the past year a faithful band of volunteers from Central has been preparing, setting up and serving a hot nutritious meal, followed by clean up for ~50 – 90 guests at the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank on the 4th Saturday of every month. Each of our volunteers helped out 1 or 2 Saturdays in the year. The Program Coordinator at the Food Bank, Dianne McLeod, recently performed a satisfaction survey with the guests at Mike’s Lunch. In her words –
“The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and much of that was due to our amazing volunteers. Every single person mentioned that they felt welcome and the volunteers were kind and respectful. Thank you!
Guests told us that they come to Mike’s to stretch the little bit of money they have for food and that, for many, Mike’s is the only meal that they have each week that is not from a can or a box. A number of guests live in rooms and don’t have access to cooking facilities other than a microwave. Others live alone and come to Mike’s for the social aspect.
Guests may include the homeless, the lonely, the unemployed, seniors not able to manage on their limited incomes, those with mental health issues and families/single parents with children that are financially struggling. Food is important, but this, like everything else at the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank, is about more than just food. For many guests, this is their time to meet, to talk, and to have a time of fellowship. Mike’s Lunch Baskett doesn’t just feed bellies; it also feeds souls.
The Missions and Outreach Committee committed to continue our support of the program each month on the 4th Saturday of the year in 2017. Four other churches – Calvary, Temple, Trillium and Forward – have also stepped up so that the program can run every Saturday. We will need some more volunteers for 2017 so even if you can help just one Saturday of the year, please contact our committee. We hope to continue in 2018.
Contact Denise at 519-658-5857 or email@example.com.
Yes, our #FillTheNet campaign is over. With your help, we reeled in 2,280 cans of Tuna, Salmon and other fish for the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank.
That’s quite a haul. Trust me, I know! Henry and I dragged all that fish back to the hall to be picked up by the Food Bank. That was a lot of weight.
We, the members of the Missions & Outreach Committee, would like to thank you for your generous support of this project over the summer. Back in May, we set an initial goal of 500 cans. I think we knew, even then, that your support would push us well past that, but when we reached that goal by the second week of July, we realized that this was going to be big.
Providing nutritious sources of protein to its members is always a struggle for the Food Bank. This fish will provide more than 5,000 servings of fish to our friends in our community who struggle each day. This is an amazing display of God’s love in action.
Thank-you again for your amazing generosity.
This Sunday, we will have a special service at 10:00 am to welcome Tim Gibb, our new Family Pastor. We will return to our fall schedule of services, Sunday September 17th. Our Contemporary Service will be at 9:15 and our Traditional Service will start at 11:00.
We’ve decided to extend our Fill the Net Campaign for one more week.
We collected 175 cans on Sunday bringing our total catch to 2,253. With a big haul this week, we can reach 2,500, but we need everyone to accept this challenge. If everyone brings in at least two cans, we will get there.
So Central, let’s do this!
We passed 2,000 cans this week. Our haul for the week was 169 bringing our total catch to 2,078. 2,500 may be out of reach, but with a big week, we could reach 2,375. That would be 1,000 more than our record catch, set last year.
Remember, every can supports our friends at the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank. So, keep shopping for those bargains and keep posting them on our Facebook page.
Let’s make this happen!