MINISTRY OF JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY INTERFACE NOVEMBER REPORT
Family Promise continues to occupy the lower level of our church and we continue to provide ongoing services for families in need. The FP board works toward its fund-raising goal for new building renovations, currently at approx. $165K. FP held our FPA parking lot sale on November 12-13 and raised over $5000.
East Mountain Food Pantry
East Mountain Food Pantry continues as an ongoing weekly COGS mission. This is a vital service to fringe families experiencing food insecurity in the east mountains. There are on site volunteer opportunities available at EMFP however, the commitment is long term (not a “one and done” kind of thing). Food distribution has been cut back due to supply chain issues. We are attempting to present all families with a Thanksgiving centered food delivery package over the next few weeks.
A check for $350 was delivered to the HopeWorks office last month. This is our final donation for the year. There will be three next year.
Zia Pueblo Food Drive continues as an ongoing mission of the church. Any free will
cash donations are used to purchase food items for each delivery. Paul Hook at First Congregational, UCC has made this an ongoing monthly mission to supply food, clothing and personal hygiene items to ZIA. Next pick up from FCC is November 21. A thanksgiving theme will be the focus of our ZIA food drive for this month. Donations of warm clothing are needed as we get into the colder part of the year.
East Central Ministry
Ongoing “war zone” mission. ITEMS NEEDED: Non-perishable food, clothing and cash donations are always appreciated. Warm clothing and blankets are needed now.
Interfaith Bible Chapel
is a relatively new mission for COGS. Pastor Joanne will be setting up warming tents for the winter months. She does an incredible amount of good with extremely limited resources. Their overnight shelter is now operational. ITEMS NEEDED: A reliable refrigerator/ freezer, non-perishable food, warm clothing and cash is required on a regular basis.
Luthern Family Services
Refugees are beginning to arrive in New Mexico. The displaced families are going to need our help getting re settled. Members of COGS signed on as volunteers. Two weeks ago, the leader of our Ministry of Justice and Community assisted LFS setting 7 storage shelves in their offsite storage units and moved items from their building into the units.
Jon Mitovich, Ministry Leader
Justice and Community Ministry, Church of the Good Shepherd, UCC