Food Truck – St. Ann’s (Woodstock), St. Mary’s (Crystal Lake), and St. Paul’s (McHenry), periodically share in sponsoring a FOOD TRUCK from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. We roll up our sleeves (and open our pocketbooks), together, for the good of our communities. The FOOD TRUCK distributes fresh produce, frozen meat, and imperishable goods to those who come in need of food. This is a ministry of generosity and hospitality. No questions are asked of those who come. Together, St. Ann’s, St. Paul’s, and St. Mary’s enlist 20 or so volunteers from our churches to help distribute the food at St. Paul’s, McHenry.
Angel Tree – St. Ann’s participates in the Christmas Clearing House, which is sponsored by the Woodstock Rotary Club. Our Christmas tree in the parish hall was abundant with toys and clothing items which were distributed to the less fortunate children in our community. Also, items such as socks, lotions, and gift cards were donated to the residents at Valley Hi Nursing Home. Thank you St. Ann’s for your continued support for this important outreach project.
Moses Baskets – One of our newer Advent Outreach Ministries is to fill “Moses Baskets” with new and handmade baby items; everything from lotions, bottles, pacifiers, etc., to baby quilts, blankets, and knitted sweater sets. We place three baskets in the parish hall, under the Christmas tree, and everyone is invited to put items in the baskets. The Diaper Bank of Northern Illinois distributes the newborn items through their New Mom’s program – and/or we distribute them in any number of ways.
Apple Tree Project Ministry – The Apple Tree program involves the collection of funds and purchase of school supplies that are then donated to Woodstock CUSD 200 in August each year. Special thanks to the congregation for coming through in such an important way each year, and to Patricia Lechtanski for her extra efforts. We look forward to another strong summer campaign, as the district certainly will have additional elementary school student needs.
Parish Vegetable Garden – Twice-weekly deliveries of a variety of vegetables are gratefully received by the Woodstock Food Pantry and those it serves. Our master gardeners, Howard McCarthy and David Radford, oversee the Parish Garden. This has been an amazingly productive project. It started out as our “Prayer Garden,” providing food for the Woodstock Food Pantry, and then evolved into a place where people who have no land can produce and tend their own crops too. Thank you to all who have helped this garden grow, and especially to Howard and David, who have spent numerous hours here.
Food Pantry and Prescription Bottles – Thank you to everyone who has been contributing to these programs. During the first half of 2017, we provided the Woodstock Food Pantry 277.5 pounds of canned food and other goods. All of these items are most welcome. We have also collected many, many, prescription bottles! These have been passed on to the Free Methodist Church here in Woodstock for use in Africa. Once again, thank you for your support!
Reverse Collection Ministry – The 2nd Sunday of each month, slips of paper are distributed as shopping list suggestions for the local food pantry. Parish members are encouraged to purchase items for donation and bring them to church. The collected items are then delivered to the food pantry on a regular basis. Jay Needleman, of St. Ann’s, and other volunteers deliver the groceries to the Woodstock Food Pantry, and record our donations with food pantry staff. The Woodstock Food Pantry is located at 206 Washington, 815-337-0375, and they are open M-W-F from 9-3.
Thanksgiving Pies – A newer outreach project for St. Ann’s has been the Thanksgiving Day Pies. Pies were homemade and donated by the gracious men and women of St. Ann’s. The idea was to thank those men and women who work throughout the year to keep our community safe. The pies were delivered on Thanksgiving morning to the Woodstock Police Station, Three Fire stations, and Centegra Hospital, Woodstock. We expect to continue this exciting new outreach project each November.
Woodstock Area Community Ministry (WACM) – St. Ann’s is an active participant in, and supporter of, the various activities of the Woodstock Area Community Ministry—a group of churches serving the needy in our community. Together, with WACM, we continue to help those in need. Jay Needleman is our WACM representative–with the additional involvement of other wonderful St. Ann’s parishioners.
Remember, when someone asks you if St. Ann’s assists individuals and families in need, the answer is “Yes, we do provide help – and, we do it in collaboration with other Woodstock churches, through WACM.” The WACM Direct Assistance Program office is located in the former Unitarian Church, 221 Dean St. The office is open Monday and Thursday, from 10-12. Phone: 815-338-0939.
Since 2011, St Ann’s has participated in all of WACM’s events and causes, including the Festival of Music, Share the Warmth Coat Drive, and the Woodstock Walk for Hunger–in which we were represented by several walkers. St. Ann’s continues to provides lunch for the Homeless several times per year at the Redeemer Lutheran Church’s Drop in Shelter. We also make a cash donation to the Direct Assistance Program [DAP] from our Lobster Fest event. If you want a superb cookbook, we also have those WACM cookbooks available for purchase. Contact Jay Needleman, of St. Ann’s, to purchase one, or three. Many, many thanks to all of you who volunteer and contribute to the success of these events and causes. Your generosity is greatly appreciated, especially by those who were helped.
Volunteers are always needed at the Wednesday PADS sites or on Monday and Thursday mornings, working a few hours at DAP.