Sunday, January 20, 2013
Living Word United Methodist Church’s offering for "The Ghana Project"—for people on the other side of the globe—reaches six figures and some change, literally.
Living Word United Methodist Church congregants in Wildwood again this year were challenged by lead pastor, Rev. Michael McIntyre, to spend half of what they would have spent on gifts for family and friends at Christmas and to again give the other half to children in Northern Ghana who are dying because they lack basic necessities: clean water, food and medicine. On Christmas Eve, 1,242 people attended worship and presented their “Ghana Christmas Miracle Offering.” Donations kept coming in this month, and the tally was just announced: $260,075.96. Since 2010, more than $659,000 has been collected at Living Word for the Ghana Project. One hundred percent of funds raised go to people in Ghana. Through the Ghana Project, church …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Sponsored by Eureka High School Student Council members, this annual food drive benefits area food banks.
Eureka High School’s students, staff, parents and community members donated more than 34,000 items during the 2012 canned food drive. Students worked together to sort the canned goods and other items on Friday, Nov. 9, according to a Rockwood School District spokesperson. As Thanksgiving Day approaches, what other food drives have you contributed to this year? Which food banks still need items? A local food pantry is located within the Eureka United Methodist Church. Read introductory article: Eureka Food Pantry Lends Help One regional food bank always needs assistance. Circle of Concerns' Food Pantry service covers Rockwood, Parkway and Valley Park School Districts. Its headquarters are located in Valley Park. See this relevant …
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Check out this round up of volunteer opportunities.
Help Seniors with Tax Preparation AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is a volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service in need of volunteers to help taxpayers prepare their 2012 tax returns. Volunteers receive free tax training. Training starts in November through December and volunteers are needed February through April 15. For more information on how you can join the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide team, visit our Website at www.aarp.org/tavolunteer8. Send Me Saturday Lutheran Congregations and faith-based organizations will go out to 14-area community based projects to volunteer for four hours Oct. 27. Additional volunteers are needed. Each project site provides light breakfast and lunch. Individuals interested in participating must pre-register…
Sunday, September 23, 2012
This new community service initiative, plus several back-to-school activities were a great springboard for this Eureka school's new year.
St. Mark's Lutheran School in Eureka is off to a great start for the 2012-13 school year. Students already are working hard on their first service project of the year: Helping Shoeman Water Projects, a non-profit organization whose volunteers raise money for wells and water purification systems in Africa. Students are donating shoes, chapel offerings and volunteer hours. Pastor George "The Shoeman" Hutchings recently stopped by St. Mark's School to say hello and attend weekly chapel service with students. St. Mark's students also are enjoying the addition of a new, state-of-the-art media center, which features new Dell computers, updated software and flooring from Zickel Flooring. In addition, this summer, volunteers painted and …
Sunday, September 2, 2012
More than 30 musical acts, camping, art, and an array of family activities are available Sept. 7-9 in Eureka at the 11th annual Tapestry of Community Offerings (TOCO) event held at Jellystone Park.
For the 11th consecutive year, the Tapestry of Community Offerings (TOCO) Family Music Festival offers a super selection of family activities at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp Resort in Eureka, beginning Friday, Sept. 7, at 3 p.m. and ending Sunday, Sept. 9, at 3 p.m. For charitable and educational purposes, TOCO assists regional children and families in need through community partnerships. TOCO members take a progressive role in community-based pledges to reduce, reuse, and recycle, for sake of building a diverse and sustainable community. TOCO members indicate they have kept an estimated 160,000 pounds of materials out of landfills since 2010. Camping options at Jellystone Park range from primitive walk-in campsites to deluxe cottages …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
By buying a raffle ticket at the Wildwood city tent Saturday at the Founders' Day Celebration, raffle ticket participants will help Circle of Concern feed more people.
A raffle will be hosted by Wildwood Founders' Day for Circle of Concern, an area food pantry headquartered in Valley Park. Circle of Concern assists families in need that live in the Rockwood, Parkway and Valley Park School Districts. Each month, this agency feeds more than 1,800 individuals and provides financial assistance to families on a case-by-case basis. Once a month, families go to Circle of Concern and receive a seven- to 10-day supply of fresh food. The goal is that each food order helps the family save money at the grocery store, so they can put their income toward utilities and housing. Money donated allows this agency to purchase food, in addition to the food that is donated. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5.00. The …
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Volunteers from the Central Baptist Church in Eureka swooped in to cut down 70-year oak trees that fell on houses during the 4:30 a.m. microburst in Shaws Garden subdivision Saturday.
Barking up the right trees has become a mission for some generous Eureka commuity-minded citizens. Many residents of Shaws Garden subdivision spent all day Saturday dealing with the damage left behind by a microburst storm that hit their concentrated area at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday. But they received invaluable assistance from one group of volunteers affiliated with Central Baptist Church in Eureka who cut down and moved huge oak trees and branches. Volunteer team leader Mike Bagwell, also a Eureka resident, said the effort is part of the Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief program. He and other volunteers started cutting and removing fallen trees from homes at about 10 a.m. and worked until dark. Removal equipment also came from …
Friday, July 20, 2012
When roaring with Louie at Lion's Choice Saturday, you also can help a family who lost their home to a fire.
Lion's Choice in Wildwood will host a community-based fundraiser Saturday to assist the Christina Atwells family who lost their home to a fire. During 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday only at the Wildwood Lion's Choice restaurant, 25 percent of all sales will go to the Atwells' family. Louie, the Lion, will be on-hand between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Hunger never takes a summer break! This local community initiative gives Wildwood and Eureka residents a chance to plug into the effort.
Join The Salvation Army, Walmart Supercenter and NewsChannel 5 to "Turn Up The Heat On Hunger." Some school-aged children depend on school-related meals; these sponsoring entities believe just because school is out does not mean a child should go hungry. Eureka and Wildwood residents can help by stopping by Walmart in Eureka to make a food donation July 13-15. Food bins will be available at each entrance. About 1 in 8 American children go to bed hungry every night, according to Salvation Army sources. The Salvation Army feeds 122 hungry people every minute in the United States. Last year, The Salvation Army provided more than 64 million meals for hungry children and families. They provided grocery and meal assistance to more than 98,000 …
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Wildwood-based congregants at Living Word United Methodist Church still are gathering school supplies to make 250 backpacks for Rockwood School District students in need.
Any extra school supplies and new back packs can be channeled to an annual Backpack Attack hosted at Living Word United Methodist Church until Sunday, July 15. Supplies are flowing in, as evidenced by the pile accumulating at the school bus in the Living Word lobby Sunday. See previous Patch article for a list of items needed: 'Backpack Attack' Led by Wildwood Church The goal is to outfit 250 backpacks that will be distributed by Rockwood School District representatives to qualified students. Adult volunteers are needed for the Backpack Attack event on July 28, at which recipient families will be offered a light lunch and activities. Anyone interested in volunteering on July 28 can contact Susan Wintermute at this email address or by …