Outreach

Plymouth Church supports the following groups, in an on-going manner, throughout the year and in many ways:

 

Foods Resource Bank (FRB) And Global Mission Continue  

For the past 10 years, Plymouth Church has joined with Salem-Magley UCC to support the goal of Foods Resource Bank (FRB). The FRB mission is to assist people in developing nations grow their own food.  Our involvement in this program was initiated by Doug and Gale Cunningham and has been continually supported by you, our Plymouth friends. Your generosity in giving to FRB has directly improved the lives of thousands of people, moving them from subsistence to surplus agriculture. 

The FRB organization was founded in 1999, and has positively and dramatically impacted over one million people. FRB's success has been achieved by focusing on the objectives: long term food security, serving people where they live, and working in tandem to organize and identify local needs/priorities, and assets.This approach has been highly successful and has yielded such life changing projects as building water storage facilities, development of new improved seeds and crops as well as improved farming techniques and animal husbandry efforts. FRB also grants micro-loans to fund improvement and start up projects at the local level. FRB provides partnerships and resources to help the people help themselves, resulting in a dramatic improvement in communities and lives often mired in poverty.

So, what is to come as Plymouth and Salem UCC enter our 11th year of supporting Foods Resource and this important global mission?  We, the FRB committee want to continue to share stories and highlights from countries and communities where FRB has made a difference in the lives of our brother and sisters.  We hope you will continue the caring and giving of the past 10 years, ($120,538) that has made FRB the successful mission that it has become.         

We would ask that you prayerfully consider a contribution to continue what has become a very real "global mission" at Plymouth.  Complete the form below and place in the collection plate or deliver to the church office.  Any amount, any contribution is appreciated and can help sustain a family for a lifetime and community for generations to come.

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Form For the Foods Resource Bank-2015 (cut & paste)

I would like to contribute: (please check below)

  ____1 bushel of seeds - $200.00         ____ ½ bushel seeds - $100.00

  ____¼ bushel of seeds - $50.00         ____ other amount = $______

Name___________________________________________

Address ________________________________________

Phone ______________Email _____________________

 FRB Task Force Members: Gale Cunningham, Laura Rudolph, Carol Patterson, Rick and Peg Schilb.

 

Cedars Hope 

In 1993, Cedars HOPE, Inc. opened as an Innovative housing concept in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The concept was the result of a study conducted by a group of individuals concerned about the rising number of homeless women in Fort Wayne. Through their research they discovered that older women with a serious mental illness were over-represented in the homeless population and that they could benefit from supportive permanent housing. Cedars HOPE, Inc. continues as the only permanent housing program in our area serving homeless women with a serious mental illness. Our Mission: Cedars HOPE, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization serving homeless women living with serious mental illness by offering permanent:

Housing    *   Opportunities for growth and companionship   *   Personal support  *   Encouragement towards independence

Stable housing is the first step towards managing the debilitating symptoms of mental illness. In addition to ending episodes of homelessness for our residents and the associated cost to the community, their psychiatric emergencies are virtually eliminated. Cedars HOPE programs are the only of their kind in our community, providing the permanence and feeling of home so critically needed to maintain stability in the lives of those who are homeless and living with mental illness.

Cedars HOPE is dedicated to providing permanent living arrangements for women living with moderate to severe mental illness. Cedars HOPE helps to reduce the social and financial burden of the cycle of homelessness of one of the most vulnerable populations – single women with mental illness.

 

Rising Stars FWCS (Study Connection)

Begun in 2010, Rising Stars is providing tangible and educational support to students and their families with the mission of building a stronger, more progressive-thinking, caring community. With the help of Associated Churches’ staff, churches and organizations discover ways to be build a wide variety of relationships and support our public schools.

 

Just Neighbors Interfaith HOMELESS Network [formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)]:

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES JULY 12-18!

Plymouth will host at Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network  July 12-18.  This is an opportunity for Plymouth members and friends to help support the ONLY shelter here in Fort Wayne that keeps families together when they are in need of temporary housing.  The families receive help with money management, job searches, and housing resources while there.

We provide evening meals for one week.  It is so simple!  If you would like to help with this community outreach by supplying part of a dinner one of the nights during the week of July 12-18, or if you have questions about volunteering, please contact Laura Rudolph at 485-2285 or rudyfw@yahoo.com.  Provide your email address, and you will be sent the link to Sign Up Genius, where you will be given information about providing the dinner item(s) (how many to cook for, when to bring it and where), and you can sign up on the day you want for the dinner item you want to bring.  

You will be able to see the items that others have signed up to bring, so we don't have the same thing two nights in a row.  If cooking is not your talent, maybe you would like to provide an evening activity for children. This could be reading books with them, doing a craft, or even playing simple games outside, if weather permits.  You will be able to sign up for that, too, on the Sign Up Genius site.

Consider taking a little bit of time out of your week to provide a nutritious dinner for the families at Just Neighbors IHN.  It means so much to the families, and it will mean even more to you! 

 

Fort Wayne Pride

Fort Wayne Pride has a diverse audience with people of all ages, backgrounds, and sexualities. Thousands of people flock to Headwaters Park in July for the two day event. Over the years, Pride has grown from a festival with 100 in attendance to over 5,000. 

 

The Positive Resource Center (formerly Aids Task Force) of Northeast Indiana 

The mission of the Positive Resource Center in northeast Indiana is to help improve the quality of life for men, women, and children with HIV and AIDS, to educate the community in order to decrease the incidence of HIV and STD infection, and to increase public's understanding of and compassionate response to HIV and AIDS.

 

Wellspring Interfaith Social Services

People of faith working together to support and enrich the lives of Fort Wayne’s central city residents. In 2011, Wellspring directly impacted the lives of 3,396 individuals through its direct service programs, with its Food Bank and Clothing Bank.

 

Indiana Center for Middle East Peace

ICMEP has as its Mission: "to promote critical awareness of issues that impact a just peace in the Middle East and to facilitate intercultural and interreligious encounters locally and globally." They we host a variety of educational programs throughout the year, have a web site that lists resources for those who are interested in reading Middle East media and books about the Middle East and participate as a group and as individuals in opportunities for education and study throughout the area.

 Rally and March Commemorate Israel's Assault on Gaza (Operation Protective Edge, 2014)

Sponsored by: Indiana Center for Middle East Peace

Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Time: 5:30 P.M.

Place: Allen County Court House green

Schedule: 5:30-6.30 Rally and March

                   7:00-8:30 Film "The War Around Us," produced by NBC correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin.

Viewing:   Plymouth Congregational Church. 501 W. Berry St. 

The War Around Us is the true story of the only two international journalists on the ground in Gaza as Israel bombarded and invaded in 2008-2009, one of TIME’s 100 most influential people, Arab-American Ayman Mohyeldin and Arab-British Sherine Tadros reported from Gaza City throughout the devastating 22-day assault. This award-winning film includes graphic never-before-seen footage, personal comments from both reporters not only about what they observed but also their disgust at the Western media, what Mohyeldin describes as “their failure to adequately deliver to their audiences the truth of what he calls in the film “a story of great shame to humanity.” American and British news channels, he says, “neglected the story and then had the audacity to question the only journalists on the ground … they tried to spin it in a way that would marginalize or diminish what was happening.” There’s no way to walk away from this film not feeling deeply distressed, but also with a fundamental grasp of the Palestinian’s right to life and liberty, and in Mohyeldin’s words, “the right to aspire.”  

The Indiana Center for Middle East Peace is showing this film on the one-year anniversary of Israel's latest siege on Gaza, Operation Protective Edge, last summer.

 

Bright Stars of Bethlehem

Founded in 2003 to promote and spread the word about the many outreach ministries of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem to build hope and a brighter future for Palestine. BSB provides funding and support to local initiatives serving the educational, medical, professional and spiritual development needs of people living in Christ's birthplace.

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