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"Christ makes us one body ... connected to each other."

Romans 12:5 (GWT)


COVENANT TO CARE FOR CHILDREN

Holy Cross continues to be in “covenant” with Covenant to Care for Children (CCC) and its Adopt-A-Social-Worker program  This “covenant” is basically a promise that our congregation makes with a specified Department of Children and Families (DCF) social worker to meet the extra needs of his or her clients (age birth to 18 years) who are abused, neglected or at-risk.  Holy Cross’ “adopted” social worker is Mimose Ulysses-Laurenard, who works at the Bridgeport DCF office.  Our covenant includes coordinating gift-giving projects to benefit the children under Mimose’s care.  Also, if Mimose has a special need with one of the families under her care, she presents that need to us, in hopes our congregation would be of some assistance.

For many of these children, the Easter baskets and Christmas gifts are the only ones they receive, as well as the filled backpack, which gives them a good start to the school year.  The Placement Packs are given to Mimose for her to give to a child, upon removal from the home, so that they have some tangible items to help them as they transition to a foster home.  In addition to the necessary items like toothbrushes and toothpaste, diapers and wipes and soap and shampoo, every pack contained a teddy bear and a hand-made blanket.  The blankets were made with love by members of our Dorcas Guild and Mission Quilter’s groups.  Special thanks to the ladies in these groups, who have given of their time and talents!

DORCAS GUILD

Our meetings are held January through June, and again in September and October.  We meet on the second and fourth Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for devotion and fellowship and end our meetings at 1 p.m., with lunch and a dessert made by one of us.  We are a small group of women who are busy crocheting and knitting afghans, healing shawls and baby blankets.  Anita Schoch and Myrtle Anderson distributed the following in 2014:  33 healing shawls to St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 12 blankets to Griffin Hospital and 11 blankets to Masonic Care.  In addition, six blankets were given to our Covenant to Care for Children social worker.

We are still actively looking for new members and welcome all who are interested in joining us twice monthly (Thursdays) from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., or as your schedule permits.  We welcome you to join us.  WHY NOT give us a try – we are very eager to show you the art of crocheting and knitting.

ROCK OF AGERS

The Rock of Agers is a senior Bible study/fellowship group that meets the third Wednesday of each month September through June.  We gather at 11 a.m. for a one-hour Bible study discussion followed by a bag lunch, which each person brings.  Two members prepare the coffee and tea and provide a dessert to share.  We join in fellowship and go, refreshed spiritually and physically, on our separate ways by 1:30 p.m.

FEEDING CHILDREN EVERYWHERE

Feeding Children Everywhere is a social charity that empowers and mobilizes people to assemble healthy meals for hungry children.  The goal of Feeding Children Everywhere is to bring people together to make a tangible difference in the lives of hungry children.  The by-product of people coming together is healthy meals for hungry children.  To date, FCE has sent millions of meals to four continents across the globe; including countries like Hatai, Kenya, Ghana and Brazil.  For every dollar received, Feeding Children everywhere will package and ship four healthy meals to hungry children around the world.  The way that they are able do this is by partnering with churches like Good Shepherd to host meal packing parties.  We are looking forward to hosting such an event on the afternoon of April 26th, 2014 - we would love for you to join us and be a part of it.  For more information please take a look at their website:www.feedingchildreneverywhere.com

SOCIAL MINISTRY

Christmas-at-Sea: The Seafarers and International House serves seafarers of merchant ships and one of their biggest projects of the year is Christmas-at-Sea.  In October a month-long collection was held and members donated sweatshirts, socks, T-shirts, cans of nuts and chocolate bars.   With the generosity of the congregation we met our goal of 25 satchels.  Thank you to Edith Skoog for knitting and donating 25 handmade hats, and to Emily Struzik for making 25 handmade Christmas Cards.  Ruth Setaro, Port Chaplain from the Seaman’s Church, delivered the satchels on November 18 to the captain and crew of the M/V Global Bay when they arrived in New Haven with 20 Philippine crew members.  The captain and crew could not have been more excited and happy to receive the satchels in anticipation of opening them on Christmas Eve.

Community Supper: “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.  Honor one another above yourselves.”  (Romans 12:10)  This love-in-action occurred when a hot meal was served to folks in need coming to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bridgeport on the first Tuesday of every month.  Grocery shopping was accomplished in the morning.  Cooks arrived at 1:15 p.m. and are able to depart several hours later.  At 4:30 additional help arrived for last-minute preparations and even more volunteers arrived to serve from 5 to 6.  Cooking/serving was accomplished in 414 volunteer hours.  In 2014, Grace Lutheran provided 13 volunteers; Holy Cross provided 24 volunteers and friends of these churches provided six volunteers.  This past year 1,279 meals were prepared and served at a cost of $3,023.  Many members demonstrated God’s love in action with their prayers, monies and encouragement.

Crop Walk: This past year, the annual CROP Walk for hunger took place on Sunday, May 4.  A total of $645 was raised.  CROP supports world hunger and 10 local food programs.

 Dinner When You Need it: This program is exactly what it is named.  When we are alerted to a need, we arrange for a rotation of meals to be delivered.  We continue to provide meals, along with dessert, as long as needed.   We ask the dietary concerns and the likes of those that need this extra help.  We deliver the meal when convenient and stay for a short friendly visit.

Summerfield Food Pantry and Clothes Closet: The Food Pantry and Clothes Closet at Summerfield United Methodist Church located in Bridgeport collect non-perishable food items and clothing, which are then distributed to its members and the community.  Holy Cross members and Preschool families generously drop off their donations into two large boxes located in the narthex, one for food and the other for clothing.  A take-home list of suggested food items most needed is on the narthex table.  Deliveries from our church to Summerfield United are made twice a month or as needed.  Many families who are less fortunate have benefited by this program due to the extraordinary giving spirit of our members.