Social Outreach Network
AWAKENING THE SLEEPING GIANT
Social Outreach was recognized as among the most important ministries to St. Paul’s
parishioners in our 2014 Ministry Site Profile and continues to receive generous support for its
projects. However, the current list of active SON projects does not fully reflect the broad
congregational enthusiasm for this ministry. Indeed, Pr. Gerry, the pastoral lead for Social
Outreach, accurately described St. Paul’s as a ‘sleeping giant’ with respect to its potential to
advance this ministry. Our goal for 2016 is to determine how to ‘awaken’ this giant and
expand the ways that St. Paul’s serves those in need at the local, national and global levels. As a
first step in this direction, a recent SON meeting brought together Pr. Gerry’s fresh
perspective and outreach experience with the input and new ideas of eleven parishioners to
brainstorm about SON direction and participation. Areas identified to enhance SON
involvement and projects included: increasing communication of outreach opportunities,
exploring new areas of need to expand project diversity and collaborating with other ministries
in joint outreach projects. The success of these and other ideas to awaken the ‘sleeping giant’ will
occur one small step at a time but cannot happen without help from the full St. Paul’s community.
Please consider bringing your ideas- small or large, recurring or one-time- to our team. You will
enjoy the fellowship of this rewarding ministry.
Katherines Kloset Baby Items Drive- please put any infant-related items in the box in the parish hall; disposable diapers are particularly needed.
Grassroots Meals. Please join us to prepare monthly meals for the residents of the Grassroots Shelter and Crisis Intervention Center in Howard County. Prep work for the meals (chopping, washing, peeling, etc.) is done between and after church services
on the third Sunday of each month. All are welcome to help in this fun, fellowshipbuilding activity.
Since 2008, Debbie Marston has worked tirelessly to support the Trotor Orphanage in Ghana. Impressively, her fundraising projects and direct contributions from St. Paul’s totaled over $130,000 during this seven-year period. These funds provided tuition and numerous school and personal items for the children. Debbie has recently decided to move her efforts to Abiding Savior Lutheran Church where our former Assistant Pastor, Chad Kline, is now Pastor. Many will recall that Pr. Chad adopted his daughter Elizabeth from Ghana while he was at St. Paul’s. We wish Debbie continued success with her work.
At this time, we need to prayerfully consider if and how St. Paul’s will continue to support the Ghana project, or redirect budgeted funds towards another outreach project. The SON team welcomes the input of our parishioners on this subject and invites help with moving forward to continue outreach efforts that elicit passion and excitement in the St. Paul’s family.