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      A dedicated team of volunteers served on behalf of our church at the warehouse of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank on November 12.  Following a tour of the warehouse, which is near to completing renovation after the heavy damage and loss of inventory from August flood waters, they helped fill more than 800 bags that go into the backpacks of children at selected schools each Friday. The volunteers from "The Church That Shows Up!" are pictured below with the smiles they wore as they worked side by side with a small group of volunteers from a medical agency.  Thanks, Volunteers. You did good as always.

      Our volunteers serve with joy and enjoy the camaraderie as they work together on behalf of our church, and because of their own commitment to service.  Plan to enjoy this experience by joining one of the teams for our annual January service at the Holy Grill from January 17 to 20.  The Holy Grill is a program of the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge of which our church is a founding member.  Sign up with more information will begin December 11.  Come join the fun.

      Speaking of the Interfaith Federation: I have had the privilege of serving as a delegate from our church along with Dottie Kelly for several years, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the past two years.  At the Federation's recent Annual meeting I was honored to be elected to a two-year term as president of the Board. This is an honor for our church, as it will be the first time a member of our church community has served as President of the Interfaith Federation.

      The Food Cart stands ready to receive your donations for those who depend on the Food Bank to supplement their holiday meals. See the weekly announcements for suggestions or think of the fixings for typical holiday side dishes and desserts.  Just be sure all items have never been opened and are currently dated

       Another UU Holiday Tradition ~ Through our partnership with Interfaith Federation, every year we adopt children from the Kids' Cafe at the BREC Cadillac Park after-school program.We are given the names, ages, and sizes of the children so individual sponsors from our membership can purchase toys for them. Look for the Kids' Cafe table in the fellowship hall.  The Sundays for bringing toys so they may be distributed at the Interfaith Federation Christmas Party at the Holy Grill are December 4 and 11.     Becky Cureau, Outreach Director

 

 

    Our Shared offering for December is Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, a nonprofit organization that solicits, procures, inventories, and warehouses donated food and other products. The offering will be received on Christmas Eve. This food is then distributed to a variety of community agencies such as pantries, meal sites, homes, shelters, and soup kitchens who serve the people in need. They are located at 5546 Choctaw Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70805.         Bobby Thompson, Director of Social Justice