This Christmas St. Ann’s participated 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.
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 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
Many volunteers spent the spring and summer tending our annual parish vegetable garden. Twice-weekly deliveries of a hundreds of pounds of fruit and vegetables were gratefully received by the Woodstock Food Pantry and those it serves.
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. 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.
Sixteen pies and pumpkin bars 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’s Police Station, Three Fire stations and Centegra Hospital Woodstock. We expect to continue this exciting new outreach project this November. (by Joan Purdy)
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. Dinah Hoppe and Henry Langreder are our WACM representatives.
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.
In 2011 St Ann’s participated in all 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 also provided lunch for the Homeless several times at the Redeemer Lutheran Church’s Drop in Shelter. And we made a cash donation to the Direct Assistance Program [DAP] from our Lobster Fest event. Many, many thanks to all of you who volunteered and contributed for the success of these events and causes. Your generosity is greatly appreciated–especially by those who were helped.
Volunteers are always needed at PADS sites. (Contact St. Ann’s Rector or Dinah Hoppe.)