Philoptochos December Updates

“Your congregation is generous and genuinely connected to one another. Thank you for everything you do for the community.” — Erin Bergstrom, local organizer, Community-wide Shoe Drive

 

Thank You Indeed!

Thank you to our generous community for providing enough food and Poor Box contributions to feed 35 families this Thanksgiving. Your donations support the House of Neighborly Service, the Loveland Community Kitchen and St. Spyridon families who need our help to enjoy this special holiday of thanks.

 

Now … Let’s ‘Do More Doing’ for Those Less Fortunate at Christmas

Our parish is once again supporting three local families this Christmas season. Check out our Adopt-A-Family tree at the front of the church and take one or more ornaments that describe gifts needed by these families. Sign up to let us know what you’ll be buying and bring your gifts back UNWRAPPED with both ornament tags taped to the gifts by Sunday, Dec. 11. We’ll wrap the gifts as a community after Divine Liturgy on that day. You’ll be humbled to see what these families have asked for: primarily everyday items they cannot afford, including household goods, personal care items, school supplies and warm clothing. Contact Sara Tullius, Amanda Brown or Nicole Brewer for more information.

 

Community Christmas Card supports St. Spyridon Play Area

Join Philoptochos in wishing our St. Spyridon family a merry Christmas by participating in the 2016 Community Christmas Card program, “Keep the Children Off the Streets.” J Proceeds will support our parish efforts to complete the church playground and purchase needed equipment. For $15 per family, $25 per business, or more if you can, your name will appear on a Christmas card that will be mailed to nearly 150 parish families and friends.

Forms are available in a special Christmas basket next to the Adopt-A-Family tree at the front of the church. Deadline to submit your form and check with “Play Area” written in the memo line is Sunday, Dec. 11. Contact Christi Segal if you have questions.

 

Gently Used Shoe Drive Honors St. Spyridon

Did you know St. Spyridon is known as “the walking saint” of Corfu because his slippers wear out and are frequently replaced from his miraculous travels to heal and help people? To coincide with our St. Spyridon Feast Day celebration Dec. 4, we are participating in the 8th annual, communitywide, gently used shoe drive. Please bring shoes your family no longer needs to give to those whose shoes have worn out. They are particularly in need of children’s shoes. The shoes will be distributed locally and beyond, and many churches in Loveland are participating. Let’s do our part to honor St. Spyridon in this way. Place your shoes in the designated shoe barrel in the Fellowship Hall by Sunday, Dec. 4. Contacts are Angela Palmer or Dimitria Hurst.

 

Loveland Community Kitchen Partnership Going Strong

In 2016, members of St Spyridon helped serve over 360 meals and made 600 snack bags. St. Spyridon will continue helping serve meals at the Loveland Community Kitchen the fourth Sunday of every other month in 2017. If you’ve never had a chance to experience this act of kindness and caring for others, please pick a date to volunteer next year. You’ll be glad you did. Contact Tamara Cramer for more information.

 

Next Philoptochos Meeting is Monday, Dec. 5