Love INC’s $25,000 in 25 Days Campaign
The Corona Virus Pandemic has created a lot of changes in our lives and normal practices. Love INC, a Christian non-profit that provides resources for people in both Osceola and Wexford counties, has been forced to re-imagine their fundraising. Normally, much of the funding for their ministry comes from their annual fundraisers (a golf outing and a dinner) as well as donations from local churches. We have a history of supporting Love INC, but with the cancellation of our rummage sale, our church is not able to support them in the same way we have in the past. This is true for many other churches as well.
This year Love INC is trying something new. They are doing a letter writing campaign. They are sending out letters to people who have supported them in the past and asking for donations August 1 – 25. Their goal is to raise $25,000, the equivalent of what their fundraisers brought in last year. If you have supported them in the past, please watch for your letter. If you would like to support them, you can give online at their website https://loveinccadillac.org or contact the church office for a copy of the letter (after August 1).
This is one way we can work together with other members of our community to help people in need.
 
The food pantry is open 10 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the garage behind St. Philip Neri Catholic Church.
 
What a joy it has been to see the contributions to our Food Pantry! During the month of August, we are asking for donations of cans of fruit of any brand or type. You may leave your donation in the hamper next to the front door of the
church. Thank you for all of your gifts!
The July/August edition of Upper Room Devotional Booklets (both regular and large print) are in baskets at both the front and back entryways of the church. You may pick them up at your convenience.
A NOTICE for Osceola Senior Citizens: Just so people are aware-the Commission on Aging is up and running although their actual meal sites are closed. Any senior that needs a meal should contact COA and they will deliver right to their door. They want to make sure NO senior goes without. COA phone: 231-734-5559
While we have all been inundated with news about the facts and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, if you seek regional information regarding services, testing, prevention, etc., Spectrum Health offers the following informational link:   https://www.spectrumhealth.org/covid19.
For the Cadillac area northward, Munson Healthcare’s link is:   https://www.munsonhealthcare.org/services/community-health/covid19/new-coronavirus-(covid-19)
    

Volunteers Sought for the INC Spot Resale Store

Love in the Name of Christ of Wexford and Osceola Counties is in great need of volunteers at our Reed City INC Spot Resale Store. Come join our team and help others in need! Workers are needed to run the cash register and to process donated items that come into the store. Whether you are available once a week or once a month, we would be glad to have you. We will work around your schedule and look forward to putting your gifts and talents to good use. Please contact Becky at 832-9495 or stop in and talk with her. Thank you for your consideration in helping keep the store a vital part of our local downtown community.

Hospice Volunteers Sought
Would you like to read to a patient who can no longer see the pages? Watch a Tigers game with a patient while his/her spouse goes out to get groceries? Document a life story for someone who wants to leave his/her stories behind for their loved ones? A flexible volunteer orientation training program is offered at no cost. Many opportunities are available in Reed City/Big Rapids and surrounding areas. Average time commitment is one hour per week after orientation is completed.
Caring crafter volunteers are also sought, if you like to sew, knit or crochet items for hospice patients receiving end of life care. A variety of items are welcomed, which include: blankets, quilts, activity aprons, adult clothing protectors and special request items such as bereavement bears and memory pillows.
If you are interested contact: hospice.volunteers@spectrumhealth.org or 616-391-4240.

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