Service opportunities at Falcon Heights Church.

Minnesota FoodShare drive begins

The annual Minnesota FoodShare drive has begun. Help stock the food shelves to combat hunger in our area.

When: Sunday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, April 5

Recipients: All food and money 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 Outreach 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 with a minivan or pickup truck loaded down.

Checks? Make checks out to Department of Indian Work. Mail or put in offering plate.

Cash? Put it in the white envelope in the pews with your name on it and indicate DIW on the envelope.Food donations

Food donation for hungry neighbors

You can help hungry neighbors this winter with two food donation opportunities. We are collecting:

  • Nonperishables for the Division of Indian Work food shelf. For January, our focus will be hearty soups — the kind that make a meal!
  • Breakfast food for Falcon Heights students. We are collecting low-sugar cereal, oatmeal and snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit) to send home with students from Falcon Heights School for their Sheridan Story backpacks.

Bring your donations to the church lobby and we’ll make sure they get to those in need.

FoodShare drive exceeds goals

Church donors’ generosity during our Minnesota FoodShare drive will feed hungry people with more than a ton and a half of food and $840 in cash, thanks to multiple matches.

Falcon Heights Church contributed nearly 750 pounds of food for the Department of Indian Work food shelf at Interfaith Action in St. Paul.

That was matched by an anonymous donor at FHC, who got so excited about our congregation’s efforts that they increased their match to 1,000 pounds.

The FoodShare organization is matching the donations again, for a grand total of 3,500 pounds of food–roughly the weight of a compact SUV.

Thanks to all who made this a successful campaign!

Food donations

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.