JLPers turned out in record numbers to pick up litter along Northwood Street after our worship service last Sunday. When we make things better in our community, we are furthering our mission to be the “provisional demonstration of the Kingdom of God.” Thanks to everyone who participated!
With the snow finally melting, it’s time for another Northwood Cleanup. The cleanup is an opportunity for JLP folks to bless our neighborhood by picking up litter from both sides of Northwood Rd. between Strawberry and Raspberry. JLP adopted this stretch of road as part of Anchorage’s Adopt-a-Road program.
We’ll be picking up garbage that day along either side of the road following worship during the education hour on April 7. Wear work clothes to worship that morning, and bring a pair of work gloves. Garbage bags will be provided. Plan to spend about an hour.
THANKSGIVING BLESSING is a community-wide program that gives the neediest families in our neighborhood the dignity of celebrating Thanksgiving with a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings. Last year, 7,477 families were served across Anchorage.
On Monday, November 19 from 3 pm to 8 pm the food will be distributed at six local centers across town. Our local distribution site is Crosspoint Church, in the Fred Meyer / Burlington shopping center on Dimond Blvd. Last year, over 1,240 families were served at this site alone!
JLP has been asked to help out two ways: cranberry sauce and volunteers:
- We were asked to provide 250 cans of cranberry sauce. If you’d like to contribute, please bring cans of cranberry relish to the church by Wednesday, November 14, so we can get them to the church on time.
- JLP was also invited to provide volunteers. If you know you’d like to volunteer, please sign up on the list in the Café. If you’re not sure, ask any of the JLP people who have volunteered in previous years!
It’s time for another Northwood Cleanup after fellowship time on September 23. The cleanup is an opportunity for JLP folks to bless our neighborhood by picking up litter from both sides of Northwood Rd. between Strawberry and Raspberry. We adopted this stretch of road as part of Anchorage’s Adopt-a-Road program.
Wear work clothes to worship that morning, and bring a pair of work gloves. Garbage bags will be provided. Plan to spend about an hour. JLP’s members will be picking up garbage along either side of the road that day. Let’s get this done before the snow flies.
Every year, the Anchorage HUGSS distribution gives school supplies to students in local schools. Just as importantly, it also gives students dignity, so they can arrive at school with a backpack full of school supplies like everyone else, and nobody can tell whether or not their family could afford it. If you’d like to make a difference for needy kids going back to school, give generously to our offering for HUGSS on August 8.
JLP will be providing cookies at Christmas-time to guests of our neighborhood food pantry. Can you bake some and contribute them to the effort?
For the past several years, we have provided cookies for guests of the Mobile Food Pantry held on Saturday mornings at Jewel Lake Community Church of the Nazarene on 88th St. near Jewel Lake. This year, the Mobile Food Pantry distribution has been moved to Friday afternoon, December 22.
If you’d like to be part of this annual tradition, please sign up for however many cookies you can contribute, and have them ready for packing by Thursday, December 21, at 4 pm.If you could please label your cookies that have nuts and the ones that don’t that would be great.
The youth of JLP will wrap gifts at Brother Francis Shelter on Saturday, December 23. JLP is contributing socks, but other churches and civic organizations from across the city will be contributing hats, gloves, and other small items needed by homeless people. Once wrapped, the gifts will be distributed to guests of the shelter on Christmas Eve and the night of Christmas Day.
After wrapping presents, we will get pizza and see a movie. JLP youth are welcome to invite friends to be part of this event.
Note #1: Parking at the shelter is limited, so please try to car-pool. We’ll gather at the JLP parking lot about 10:30 a.m.
NOTE #2: participants (including guests) need signed permission slips, so please pick one up in time to join us!