State Avenue Christmas
A State Avenue Christmas Giving Opportunity
The annual State Avenue Christmas Shop is on the go. Giving to State Avenue this year is available in three ways - Donate a Christmas Meal or Adopt-a-Kid.
Christmas Meal: Fill a bag with the non-perishable items listed.
Instant Stuffing - TWO 6 oz boxes
Instant Mashed Potatoes - 8 oz box
Canned Green Beans - 29 oz can
Canned Corn - 29 oz can
Gravy Mix - 1 oz packet or jar
Canned Cranberry Sauce - 15 oz can
Canned Sweet Potatoes - 30 oz can
Nonperishable Dessert Kits (ex. cake mixes with icing, brownies, cookie mix)
Optional Item: Add a note to the family- include a note or a card with a positive Christmas message you would like to share with the family receiving your Christmas meal kit.
Gift Cards Needed: A $15.00 Kroger cards that will be used to purchase hams. Please do not include these in the bags. Drop them off at the office.
Fill a bag, donate a gift card or both, as you are able.
Adopt-a-Kid: Similar to adopt-a-family programs in past years, we will have kids from the State Avenue community in need of Christmas gifts. Name, grade and gift suggestions are available to assist with your shopping. Select a child and shop for one of the suggested gifts. Return the item UNWRAPPED and labeled with the child’s name found on the sign-up form.
Sign Up to Donate
ALL Donations of meal kits or gifts are due by Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Drop off at the church office or in the Atrium.
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)
For the time being, IHN is housing families needing shelter in a hotel, instead of churches, so that they have access to their own kitchen and bathroom spaces. This is viewed to be more safe during the pandemic for the families and volunteer helpers. IHN is providing meals that are pre-packaged breakfast, lunch, and snack supplies only. Think Lunchables, or packages of luncheon meats/loaves of bread a whole family can use to make sandwiches rather than making the sandwiches yourself. Items that can be microwaved are also especially helpful (mac and cheese cups, soup cups, etc.) The cost to house a week of IHN in a hotel is ~$2500. Armstrong’s next week to host IHN families is the week of Dec. 27th, and we will cover the cost of the stay for 4 families during our assigned week. You can help by making a financial gift to help cover those costs or by providing food items as mentioned above. For more information contact the church office.
Next Host Week Begins: December 27th
Visit IHN's Website: http://ihncincinnati.org/
DONATION FOCUS — Families are utilizing extra cleaning supplies, disinfecting wipes, gloves, etc., so if you happened to have stockpiled any of that, donations are welcome both for shelter operations and for our housed families that are having a hard time getting a hold of and affording those items.
• $30 Kroger Gift Cards
• Cleaning Supplies (Paper towels, wipes, disposable gloves, disinfectant cleaners etc.)
Please Indicate what you are able to donate using the I can help button. Monetary donations are also appreciated.
Inter Parish Ministry
IPM is currently operating with staff only and food needs are heavy. IPM is able to source food from the Food Pantry at good prices. In one recent week, they provided over 1000 packaged lunch bundles to help families with kids in school. They are operating drive through food pick up at 2 locations. Armstrong is accepting food donations at the Atrium entry. You may drop off without needing to enter the building.
Visit interparish.org/needs/ for their current urgent needs list.
Connecting you to the child in need. CarePortal is an online platform that brings the needs of hurting children and families in your community to your attention. Caseworkers with Ohio Department of Job and Family Services uncover the needs. CarePortal makes local churches aware, giving them a real-time opportunity to respond. Armstrong has officially registered to be a CarePortal congregation.
We need you to “opt-in” for regular emails regarding what is needed. We will seek to identify items and situations where we are able to respond and build teams to make the connections with families. The church has identified some resources for these projects but if you would like to make donations, then gifts would be payable to Armstrong Chapel and noted for CarePortal. Registering for emails does not require financial support of this mission.
Time spent with Care Portal families will always be a team effort. We will spiritually and physically meet the needs that God equips us to do. No guilt if we cannot meet every need. That’s why there are multiple churches in this group. Typically the most important items are a bed, sheets and blankets. Check out the items on the current list of needs.
A celebration of Care Portal in Ohio: Monday, October 19th at 7pm live on Care Portal's Facebook. Get tickets or donate online. Tune in to hear some beautiful stories of God's goodness and learn about new and exciting ways to get involved.
Parker Kids Club - ONline
Creating a lifetime partnership for change!
Parker Kids Club tutoring program will take place online this year for students from JP Parker Elementary school in Madisonville. Partnering with MEAC (Madisonville Education and Assistance Center), Armstrong will continue to bring life-changing 1-to-1 tutoring to these kids who need our support now more than ever. We will connect remotely with students on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30pm in the Armstrong Room at Armstrong Chapel. (November 17 through May)
Training sessions for this new tutoring procedure will be:
- October 20 from 3:30-4:30pm @ MEAC (4600 Erie Ave)
- November 10 from 3:30-4:30pm @ Armstrong Chapel (5125 Drake Road)
*Bring your laptop. If you don’t have a laptop you can use during tutoring, contact Dianna right away to reserve one.
Contact Dianna Sheely with questions or click the button to sign up to tutor.