Woodlawn Chapel's Coupon Club is striving to cut out hunger! By clipping and saving coupons, a group of energetic volunteers have been able to purchase thousands of dollars of food for Circle of Concern in Valley Park, MO. Their clever savings reaps big benefits for Circle of Concern--enabling us to effectively triple the amount of donations we send every week!
To read an article about the Coupon Club, click here.
Mother's Day Gift Bags
Every spring, Woodlawn members assemble Mother's Day gift bags for families of seriously ill or hospitalized children. Our prayer is that every "gift of hope" would provide some joy on Mother's Day to families facing the stress of hospitalization. We've been donating these gifts for over 15 years. Donations also allow us to provide snacks for Ronald McDonald rooms in each of the three St. Louis-area pediatric hospitals.
Woodlawn's members are involved in many "hands on" projects throughout the year, including sharing toys with children in need, stocking shelves for local pantries, gathering items for victims of flooding. We seek to live out our commitment to be a living, learning, and loving congregation through a variety of projects. For more information, contact Rev. Chris Keating.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). PDA enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events. PDA's core budget, including staff and administrative costs, is funded through the One Great Hour of Sharing, and its program work is additionally funded through designated gifts.
Visit the iTunes store for the free One Great Hour of Sharing iPhone app.
As a living, learning, and loving congregation, Woodlawn Chapel expresses its care for creation in our worship and life.
We are growing in our desire to be a congregation that cares for God's creation
Earth Care Congregations are Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations that are committed to demonstrating care for God's creation in the areas of worship, education, facilities, and witness. Read more at the Earth Care Congregations home page. What is happening now?
1. Ongoing recycling efforts by our youth (cans, paper, cell phones, batteries, ink cartridges).
2. Earth Day worship, April 22, 2012 included distribution of tree seedlings.
3. Promotion and use of fair trade coffee and tea, purchased through the Presbyterian Coffee program.
4. Use of higher-efficiency appliances where possible.
5. Education efforts, including an adult education series on Earth Care, and ongoing programs for our youth.
6. Most exciting: creation of an Earth Care task force by the Session, with an eye toward becoming an Earth Care certified congregation!
What has happened before?
* Youth participation in outdoor activities -- nature hikes, bike rallies, camping trips.
* Nature-based family retreats at Mound Ridge Camp.
*Mission trip to Heifer Ranch in Arkansas in 2011.
* Ongoing recycling efforts, including electronics.
*Dedication of trees and maintaining portions of our 12-acre campus in natural state.
*Use of recycled paper products throughout the church.
Why is this important?
God calls us to be faithful stewards of creation.
This is a continuing effort, not just a fad.
Our efforts to teach our children about creation fulfill our baptismal vows.
As we faithfully cherish creation, we are witnessing to our faith.
Creation Care allows us to live into our vision of being a living, learning, and loving family in Christ.