The South Parish Congregation is the heart of South Parish Missions. It is our faith that leads us to do the works that Jesus teaches. It is our faith that leads us to treat people with dignity, and respect in caring way.
The pet pantry continued to provide pet food to those in need on a monthly basis. Hundreds of pounds of pet food have gone out under the leadership of Anne Buxton and Kathy Petersen. Hundreds of pets have benefited from the compassionate pet pantry team.
Saturday Community Dinners. Each month, under the direction of Chef Brenda Dalbeck and the coordination of Maureen Parker, the dinner team gives out anywhere between 80 and 125 meals as take out for our guests. In addition, there were hundreds of pounds of non-perishables and countless frozen meals given away to our guests.
South Parish Congregational Community Suppers
1st Saturday of the Month 4:30 to 5:30pm (Served by UU Community & Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal Church.)
2nd Saturday of the Month 4:30 to 5:30pm (Served by South Parish Congregational Church.)
3rd Saturday of the Month 4:30 to 5:30pm (Community Volunteers)
4th Saturday of the Month 4:30pm to 5:30pm Penney memorial 393 water St. Augusta, (Served by Penney Memorial Baptist Church)
5th Saturday Month 4:30 to 5:30pm (Served by St. Michael's Parish and Temple Beth-El.)
Now located by the side entrance to the Chapel, this one stop drop off area allows folks to drop off items for Basic Essentials, The Pet Pantry, Project Fresh Start, the Teddy Tub program now located at Project Fresh Start. (Sometimes clothing can be dropped off when Addie’s Attic has specific needs). This one stop drop-off allows folks to give “without driving all over town”. Thank you to all the church mice who help this happen.
Donna Martin consistently coordinates, sets up and serves coffee hour for fellowship after service. Thank you, Donna, for your selfless dedication to people connecting after church service.
South Parish hosts a dinner on Christmas Day put on by the community led by Carlene Kaler and an experienced team of cooks. Hundreds of take outs and many, many community volunteers make this an annual success.
Missions financially supports the centralization of resource navigation at Bridging the Gap on Eastern Avenue. This has effectively replaced the Pastor’s fund and saved hours and hours of trying to help people when not completely knowing what is out there for services. Mission donated $5000 toward CHeF which when combined with the donations from other faith communities makes a huge community impact..
Missions financially supported the immigrants who are attracted to Augusta due to the compassion of the community, the resources made available to them and the love that is bestowed upon them. We have no idea what they have endured, and it is the teachings of Jesus that tell us to love others, no matter where they are from. We all came from somewhere else.
South Parish Missions financially supports the Food Bank. If you wonder why, drive up Mount Vernon Avenue on any Thursday Morning and see the visual of people in need.
This year South Parish supported a giving tree. Sue and Chris Landreth coordinated a holiday tree for students at Gilbert School. The congregation again showed their love by donating to families in need. Bless you all.
As a Mission of South Parish, it is difficult to fully describe the impact on our community that this has head. Other Annual Reports describe this impact in detail, however, bottom line, lives were saved. Because the center existed, folks came in from the cold, and they did not freeze or lose fingers or toes due to the cold. Because the center existed, folks got connected to necessary medical treatment—a heart attack was detected, near fatal sepsis was turned around and more. Because the center existed, people found beds to go into recovery. Because the center existed, folks found love and community. Thank you all for being part of and supporting this “leap of faith.”
The South Parish Community Garden - was hatched this Spring. The purpose is to provide produce for the community dinners, the emergency office pantry and the Emergency Overnight Center. A mission of keeping people fed and combining that mission with healthy foods.