Outreach is a huge part of the ministry and life of Church of the Apostles. We as a congregation feel that giving to others is a blessing and we are known to give generously. One of the ways that we do this is through our Wishing Well. The Wishing Well is a place in our church where donations are collected for various outreach missions. The Wishing Well is under the umbrella of the Outreach commission and is a wonderful way to help those in need. It is usually used for donations to local missions and agencies; however, it is also used to help a wider global mission such as victims of natural disasters. When a Wishing Well project is chosen, the recipients of the project are contacted, and a wish list of needed items is requested. Then the project is advertised in the monthly Crown newsletter, the weekly Sunday bulletins, display posters that are always visible above the Wishing Well, on the Outreach bulletin board in the Narthex, and on the website. Items needed for the project are collected in the Wishing Well until they are distributed to the recipients. The Wishing Well is located in the large area to the right of the church office next to the coat racks.
In the past, the Wishing Well projects have generously helped others in the following ways:
- school supplies for the children in Joplin, MO
- school supplies for the children in local schools through the Clare House
- hygiene kits for victims of recent hurricanes
- special Halloween treats for the residents of Brereton Manor nursing facility
- needed supplies for the residents of Clare House
- needed supplies for the residents of Milagro House
- needed supplies for Mom’s House
- baby supplies for the Storks’ Nest at LGH
- holiday gifts for the children in Head Start
- supplies for our own Seeds of Hope Garden
- needed supplies for the Humane League
- supplies for the Apostles Assistance Fund
- backpacks filled with school supplies for the children in Honduras
- needed supplies for TLC (Transitional Living Center) located on East King Street in Lancaster
- children’s pajamas to support Conner’s Comfy PJ’s, which is a collection of pajamas for children undergoing cancer treatments in hospital units
- supporting the annual Day of Smiles by collecting supplies needed for Milagro House, Clare House, Brereton Manor, Mom’s House, and the Pet Pantry
- sending Valentine’s Day treats to young men and women in college or the military
- collecting and donating coats, bed linens, towels, etc. for the Lancaster Council Council of Churches
Our current project:
We are having a Pajama Party in the Wishing Well through the end of May to collect children’s pajamas in memory of Conner Holland. Conner Holland was a little boy from Lititz who, at the age of five, lost his battle with cancer several years ago. During his chemo treatments, he expressed his wish that every child undergoing cancer treatments should have cozy pajamas to wear. The Holland family began Conner’s Comfy PJs, a collection of pajamas for children in local oncology units of hospitals. They are asking for pajamas for boys and girls ages 12 months to 18 years. They especially need pajamas for the teens. Please consider participating in Conner’s Comfy PJs by purchasing jammies and putting them in the Wishing Well. They need to be collected by May 24th. Information is posted on two posters: one above the Wishing Well and one on the Outreach bulletin board in the Narthex. Thank you for helping children who need a boost of love and comfort during their illness.
The contact person for the Wishing Well is Jane McCartney, and she can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (717) 392-5718. It is always a gift to be able to help others.