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Special Christmas Offering
This year our Christmas Offering will support the three organizations, doing great work in our communities:
1. Casa Pacifica is a campus-based residential center offering assessment, crisis care, medical and educational services for abused and neglected children: to see their local, wide-ranging services, go to www.casapacifica.org/
2. Camarillo Hospice is a volunteer hospice and grief counseling center dedicated to the dignity of life by providing free care, comfort, support and counseling to individuals and families facing a life-limiting illness and/or grieving the loss of a loved one. Visit them on-line at http://www.camarillohospice.org/
3. Sierra Service Project: CUMC has been sending kids to help repair homes in rural and urban communities throughout California, Arizona and other locations for 24 years now—we know this transformative program works! We already have a large group signed up for 2015 that will need our strong support, and this offering will contribute to that. More at http://www.sierraserviceproject.org/
Be sure to use your Christmas envelope or mark Christmas Offering on your check. Thank you for your continued support! God Bless, Church & Society Committee
Food Pantry Needs Restocking
As we celebrate Thanksgiving and our thankfulness for the bounty that has been presented before us, let us also remember those who are less fortunate. The Camarillo Food Pantry at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church and other reserves have been dwindling faster than can be kept up. With the economy in such a state of flux, there are fewer commodities available for use in our local Food Programs. At the same time, the number of people they are serving has reached new heights. As you prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas, help restock the Camarillo Food Pantry. Put a few extra cans of fruit or vegetables (or even meat and tuna), boxes of rice, cereal, and mac-n-cheese boxed dinners in your cart and bring them to the Information Station on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month. Let us give thanks to God for the bounty so freely bestowed on us, by sharing with those who are in need.
Change is Good - When you're in church on Sunday mornings, put your loose change in the offering plate to help our missionaries in Cambodia and Chile. This is an on-going effort.
Medical Supply Donations - Help CUMC support the community by donating durable medical equipment to our supply room. Wheelchairs (with foot rests please) are needed. We can accept items such as walkers and shower chairs, but no large items like electric wheelchairs or beds. These are then loaned to Camarillo residents for as long as they need them. Call the church office at 482-4312 (M-F, 8 am-4:30 pm) for more information.