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    Dave Baker
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    Thanks to those churches who participated in Sermons of Service! Remember, if you still want to participate, it’s not too late! These can be done anytime, but 5th Sundays (such as Sunday July 29th) are when other churches will also be participating. Get some ideas and inspiration for your congregations below!

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    Trinity Presbyterian, Clearwater

    • Put together 100 hygiene kits
    • Filled between 100-150 medicine bottles with laundry detergent for one load for homeless
    • Cut out bulletin board objects for Church’s Preschool
    • Went to Kimberly Homes in Clearwater and cleaned up 2 apartments
    • Prepared Lunch for the entire participants (70 people)

    Christ Presbyterian Church of Largo

    Christ Presbyterian Church participated in Sermns of Serice on April 29.
    We were able to assemble the following items:

    • 50 hygiene kits for the homeless to be distributed by St. Vincent de Paul in St. Petersburg.
    • 3 weeks of Pack a Snacks -120 packages were prepared for the children of Anona Elementary School.
    • 10 boxes of clothing from our Thrift Store were packed up for Beth-El Farmworkers Ministry.
    • 2 neighborhood homes received lawn and yard beautification.

    We could not have done it without everyone who helped plan for this and participated in Sermons of Service!

    First Presbyterian Church of Zephyrhills

    There was much excitement at First Presbyterian Church of Zephyrhills as we participated in the Sermons of Service on April 29. We are a church that loves to serve and this gave us an opportunity to come together and to unite our gifts for service! We selected several simple projects and we offered a “getting to know you” fellowship table for those who were unable to actively participate. The projects we chose were:

    • Packing individual food and hygiene bags for the homeless. These were given to a local agency, The Samaritan Project, that routinely interacts with the hungry and homeless. The bags included nutritious items that could be consumed without any preparation and necessary hygiene items.
    • Packing “goodie bags” of candy along with an inspirational message to be sent home with Middle School students who receive supplementary food through The Thomas Promise. These bags will be a welcome treat for students who receive food assistance.
    • Writing notes of thanks and encouragement to first responders, teachers, and community leaders. We want them to know that we appreciate them and are praying for them.
    • Traveling prayer groups went to the local prison to pray for prisoners, their families, those who serve them, and those effected by their crimes. We also prayed at the Fire Station for our fire fighters and first responders and at the local Police Department.
    • Visiting a local ALF, Wellspring. This facility is for the very, very low income and houses mainly disabled young persons. We brought fresh fruit, musicians, and joyous conversations to the facility.
    • Preparing lunch for those who served is a service project in itself. We gathered at the conclusion to share a meal, fellowship, and feedback from our activities.

    Lake Seminole Presbyterian Church

    On Sunday, April 29th, members of the congregation of Lake Seminole Presbyterian Church joined together for Service Sunday. The items which were collected were washclothes, soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, combs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and various miscellaneous items. The congregation put together over 90 hygiene bags using these items. Other items donated included stuffed animals, books, notebooks, markers, brushes, tote bags and duffle bags. Tote bags and duffle bags were requested so that no child has to carry their belongings in a garbage bag. These items were delivered to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Child Protection Division on Friday, May 4th.

    Bayshore Presbyterian Church collected supplies and assembled
    over 40 Hygiene Bags to give to those in need.

    First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin

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