Outreach Ministry for July and Outcome Report

“How believers use their resources -- time, money, talents, and attention -- is a reflection of what they believe about God and God's actions in the world.  Furthermore, how those resources are used preaches a message to others. Paul wants the Corinthians' actions to be a reflection of the gospel in which they believe.” - A reflection on 2 Corinthians 8: 7-15 by New Testament Professor Carla Works

The July 1st Epistle Lesson from 2 Corinthians Chapter 8 is a great reflection for all called to reach out to others, from Apostle Paul’s congregation at Corinth to the present-day Church at 400 Camellia Blvd in Lafayette. Outreach is offering a number of ways to answer the call to share Christ’s love in the community during summer months.

Outreach invites parishioners of all ages to join us for bingo on Saturday, July21. We need your help to make some new friends and provide companionship for residents of Lady of the Oaks. Sign up in the Narthex for more details!

Can’t make it to bingo? Please consider helping by donating some of the following items that will be used as bingo prizes (collection bin in the Narthex):

Body Wash (most requested item) Shampoo

Women's Perfume / Men's Cologne Body Lotion

Deodorant - Men's & Women's

Small zipper coin purses

NEW small stuffed animals

Outreach is collaborating with the “Pet Peace of Mind” Project at Hospice of Acadiana in support of the program’s effort to allow patients to complete their end of life journey without worrying about their pet’s current or future needs. The initiative provides volunteer pet care services for patients who are unable to care for their pets while on hospice. Services include in-home pet care, providing pet food for low-income patients’ pet(s), making veterinary appointments, funding for emergency pet boarding and temporary housing for pet(s) if the hospice patient passes. Items needed most are dog and cat food, kitty litter, and safe chew toys. A collection bin can be found in the Narthex if you would like to donate supplies. Monetary donations during July can be placed in the brown “Monthly Outreach Ministry” envelopes found in the back of each church pew or online, and please indicate “Pet Peace” in the memo of your donation. Outreach plans to match up to $500 in monetary donation receipts for the month of July to benefit Pet Peace of Mind.

Outreach is sponsoring the annual school uniform collection which benefits students throughout Acadiana as distributed by the Hearts and Hangers Ministry of Asbury Methodist Church.  Donations of new or gently used school uniforms in all children and youth sizes are welcomed. SOCKS AND BELTS are especially needed. A collection bin can be found in the Narthex.

 Join The Outreach Team You might be the missing piece to the St. Barnabas Outreach Ministry Team. Outreach is looking for some new ministry team members to help us reach new heights of service to God through fellowship to others.

What’s involved?  Outreach meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6 pm (dinner provided). The team meets monthly from January-June and August-December. Help bring ideas to the table, organize and participate in outreach projects. Ministry team commitments rotations available are one, two or three year terms. For more information, contact Sabrina Beach, Ministry Team Leader.

Outreach Outcomes

Half of 2018 has come and gone. Here’s a lookback at what we’ve accomplished together at St. Barnabas through outreach projects.

 June Outreach efforts helped to feed approximately forty homeless people in Parc Sans Souci on June 21. Thanks to the cooks and meal service team who made it all possible: Eva Guillot; Earl and Emile Lege; Connie Herndon; Glenn and Marguerite Brunner; Celeste Vice; Marilyn Smith; Tommy McGinnis; Mike and Meghan Wiley; Jasmine Bertrand-Vale, Anni-Rose Vale and Louis Vale; and Bruce and Harrison Beach. Thanks to Marguerite Brunner for the photos.

The generosity of St. Barnabas never ceases to amaze. Thanks to everyone who collected non-perishable food items and donated money for FoodNet during the month of June. Monetary donations will be calculated soon. Approximately 475 pounds of food was collected.

 The month of May Outreach benefitted CASA of Acadiana. $323 in donations from the parish was matched by the Outreach Team. Following a worship service presentation by Marguerite Brunner and Taylor Clement, five congregants expressed interest in joining them as CASA volunteers!

A new relationship for St. Barnabas was forged with The Clearport Learning Center in the month of April.  Maegan Hanna visited a 10:30 a.m. worship service to talk about the learning and mentorship center she and her husband founded in Lafayette. An abundance of “wish list” supplies were collected by the people of St. B’s in addition to raising $317 in brown envelope donations. St. Barnabas served a meal and interacted with over 100 students on April 26.  

 In February, over $200 in laundry and personal hygiene products were donation to the Stella Maris Center. Stella Maris Center is a hygiene facility that provides a place for homeless individuals to take a shower, use the restroom, do laundry, and take care of other basic hygiene needs. Outreach hopes to build on the “Agape Laundry Project” in the coming year by partnering with local laundromats to purchase loads of laundry for working poor students and families in Lafayette.