We are told that we should give in response to what we have been given. Many feel closest to God when they give of their time to help the world around them. Boulevard has many opportunities to roll up your sleeves and help serve our Columbus area community and beyond. Check out some of the ways that you can get involved and make a difference.
2016 Mission Project Updates
Bucket of Blessings ~ It was a blessing to have Boulevard’s committed support in this special mission project for NNEMAP and COMPASS. A record total of 91 buckets/bags were filled on June 5, 2016!
We thank all of you who generously donate the cleaning products, from the Prayer Shawl knitters who included a dish rag/wash cloth, to the persons providing funds to purchase buckets/bags, to the Presbyterian Women who added “scrubbies”, and, finally, to those individuals who offered their time and effort in delivering 37 buckets/bags to the NNEMAP families, for embracing this mission opportunity to show God’s love to those in need.
Boulevard’s Backpack Mission ~ The purpose of this mission project is to provide school supplies for children of the clients of Neighborhood Services, Inc. and the Hilltop Preschool. In 2016 Boulevard was able to provide 60 backpacks; 20 for High School age, 20 for Elementary School age, and 20 for Kindergarten age. In addition, we provided 45 backpacks in June 2016 for the graduates of the Hilltop Preschool. (The supplies we collect for Hilltop during the July mission project are held until the following June when their children “graduate” from preschool).
The mission committee would like to thank Katie Schmidt for her hard work and the congregation for supporting this local mission project.
Heifer International Mission Project ~ The Mission Committee was able to send a check for $2,500.00 to Heifer International at the end of 2016 allowing them to purchase the following animals for distribution to their clients:
- 2 Heifers @ $500 each – $1000.00
- 2 Water Buffaloes @ $250 each – $500.00
- 2 Schools of Fish Fingerlings @ 300 each – $600.00
- 1 Goat – $120.00
- 1 Sheep – $120.00
- 4 Hives of Honey Bees @ $30 each – $120.00
- 2 Flocks of Chicks @ $20 each – $40.00
The monies were mostly collected in October 2016. These animals will help the families receiving them lift themselves and their neighbors from poverty and hunger. Thank you for once again showing the love of Christ to those in need.
2017 Mission Project Updates
Bean Soup Project ~ On Sunday, January 29, 2017, the K-7 Sunday School classes assembled bean soup mixes for NNEMAP. They formed an assembly line; some students poured in different kinds of beans and others put together the spices. They were then combined into one package along with a can of tomatoes and instructions. Thanks to your generous donations, they were able to make 117 packages. Each bean soup mix will make a big pot of soup serving 8-10 people, so we were able to feed about 1100 people a hot nutritious meal. This is really a “kid power” project! Thanks also to the adult volunteers who made up the support staff! Thank you all!
Souper Bowl of Caring ~ We want to thank everyone who donated to the Souper Bowl of Caring on February 5, 2017. Thanks to you our youth raised $1,104.30 and 1,060 cans of food to help fight hunger here in our own neighborhood. The food pantry at Neighborhood Services, Inc. received 100% of our donations.
Clothing Collection Sunday ~ Clothing Collection Sunday is the second Sunday of each month. Rather than holding separate drives as we have done in the past, we will now be collecting clothing for Neighborhood Services, Inc. (NSI) on a year-round basis. Through the end of April, we have collected the following for the clothing room at NSI: 59 hats; 45 pairs of gloves; 60 pairs of socks; and 89 undergarments.
Please continue to collect these items and donations can be left in the large wooden box in the narthex where we collect food items for NNEMAP. Thank you for showing Christ’s love to the children who are served by NSI.
Hilltop Preschool Book and Library Drive ~ Our book and library drove for the Hilltop Preschool was very successful. We collected 85 new and gently used books as well as received donations totaling $95 for the preschool’s use to help furnish their library or purchase books for the children as needed.
Having easy access to books is an important component in achieving literacy, and our donations will allow the preschool to help their families increase the number of books in their homes.
Thank you for sharing Christ’s love with the Hilltop Preschool and the families they serve.