Service opportunities at Falcon Heights Church.

FoodShare drive begins

Falcon Heights Church will once again take part in Minnesota FoodShare. This is an annual campaign to collect food and raise funds for food shelves statewide.

Our church’s participation benefits the Department of Indian Work at Interfaith Action in St. Paul.

  • When: Sunday, Feb. 17, through Sunday, April 7.
  • Recipients: All food and money (more later on this) will go to the Department of Indian Work.
  • Where do I bring the food? Leave it in sturdy bags/boxes by the white buckets in the entry or in the shopping cart in the coat rack area.
  • What types of food? Non-perishable food in cans and packages. Same as what you want your family to eat: vegetables, especially varieties of beans, fruit, and the same types of foods with protein that the Outreach Team requests monthly. Don’t forget healthy foods that kids like to eat too.
  • Is there a maximum? Absolutely NOT! Nancy Duffrin and Chuck Gramith would LOVE to make multiple trips to the DIW (Department of Indian Work) with a minivan or pickup truck loaded down with food.

Feeding our neighbors

This month we reach out to our community by feeding our neighbors and sharing warm seasonal clothing.

  • Help restock the food shelf at the Department of Indian Work at Interfaith Action in St. Paul. Our focus for October is fruit and vegetables. DIW has an increasing need for food. They stock their shelves at the beginning of the week and by Thursday, they are running really low. Please leave your donations in the buckets in the church lobby.
  • Clothing donations: As you take out your winter clothing, are there lightly used items that don’t fit or you no longer wear? Bring them to church in bags and place them in or near the grocery cart by the coat rack. They will be taken to DIW for their clothing closet. If you are sharing outerwear, coats, sweaters or hats that are for smaller people, put them in a separate bag and label SMALL. Nancy Duffrin will take them to the Fairview Community Center for immigrants in the Adult Learning Programs. Most come from countries with very hot weather.  Minnesota winters are very challenging for them.
  • We’re again collecting breakfast items for children in need at Falcon Heights Elementary School. The program has begun and we can use cold cereal (low sugar content), oatmeal packets and granola bars or little packs of nuts or dried fruit. The food is sent home with children as part of their weekend food packs. Please leave your donations in the church lobby.

Deliver Meals on Wheels

We need more drivers to deliver Meals on Wheels to seniors in our area. By volunteering, you can help seniors stay healthy and live independently at home. All it takes is one morning every three weeks.

Falcon Heights Church provides drivers every third Monday morning for Roseville Area Meals on Wheels. We pick up the meals at the Fairview Community Center at 10:45 a.m. Delivery time usually runs about an hour.

The delivery routes cover Falcon Heights and Roseville. We need drivers either to take on a regular route or to be on call as a substitute.

Typically, each route includes six to 10 meals.  Our drivers use their own cars and work individually or as two-person teams.

If you are interested, please talk with Carolyn Hill at 651-646-6656 or by email: davidcarolynhill@msn.com.

Conversation with immigrants

Join other  volunteers from Falcon Heights Church who are helping adult English language learners at Fairview Community Center to practice their conversation skills. We meet every other Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:40 a.m. when the public schools are in session. Many immigrants and refugees are taking daily classes in English, but it is tremendously helpful for them to have a chance to talk with native English speakers in more informal conversational settings. We talk about everything from families to food to life in people’s native couintries and in America. The volunteers learn at least as much as our conversation partners!

Contact Nancy Duffrin at nduffrin@gmail.com or 651-348-7880 to learn more.

 

Prepare and deliver meals for church families

Can you help prepare and deliver meals? We need more volunteers to help some of our church families and individuals who are going through times of challenge and crisis. Please contact Tracy Faville (651-483-9260) or Charleen Prill (651-490-0415) if you can assist.