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If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. James 2:8

Waunakee Food Pantry Food Drive - A new school/community food drive is starting in October.  You may participate through your child's Waunakee school, or donate right here at FPC into the shopping cart located in the breeze way at the south entrance. Items that are always in need include: cereal, oatmeal, snacks, side dishes, canned chicken, canned fruit, baked beans, jello, pudding, cleaning supplies, and hygiene products. Paper grocery bags are always welcome too.  If you have any questions, please contact Linda B through the church office.

Pres HousePlease reserve Sunday, October 1 On Sunday, October 1, we will take a meal to Pres House, the Presbyterian Student Ministry on the UW-Madison campus. University students attend a Sunday worship service there at 4:30pm and then share a meal at 5:30pm. The afterworship meal is a long-standing tradition in which a number of area churches, including ours, participate. If you would like to join us in this ministry, please sign up on the clipboard in the lobby or contact Alice Honeywell. Thank you in advance! Other serving dates this 2017-18 school year include December 3February 25, and April 22, so please mark your calendars. The students always appreciate our meal, and they do all the clean-up!. www.preshouse.org

Food for Kidz Save the date—Sunday, October 22, 2017, at the Waunakee Village Center—for the 12th Annual Food for Kidz Packaging Event. Join with family, friends, and community members at the Village Center on October 22, 2017 to package meals for those in need. This is a great family activity, as people of all ages can volunteer. Volunteers will measure the various ingredients, weigh and seal the bags, and box the finished product. Volunteers may sign up for a 1.5-hour shift on the forms, which will be at church in October, or online at www. waunakeefeedtheneed.org. Food for Kidz is a volunteer organization that packages fortified Rice-Soy Protein Meals and fortified Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal for distribution to the hungry. In eleven annual Food for Kidz events, Waunakee has packaged 2,041,836 meals. Last year, all of the oatmeal packages and some of the soy-rice meals were distributed to local food pantries by the Dane County Community Action Coalition. The rest were distributed throughout the world. This year, the goal is to package 250,000 meals in Waunakee. Each package provides six meals at a cost of 15 cents per meal, so $37,500 needs to be raised to cover the ingredient costs. Volunteering to help Food for Kidz not only nourishes hungry families but nourishes the spirit of the donors and volunteers. Please help our local community make a difference in our world!

FPC is committed to serving individuals right in our own community. You don’t have to travel far to find folks who can use the love and helping hand of God’s people. Below are a few of the local ministries we support and serve. 

Porchlight – Feeding the Homeless (and more!)October26 signup: www.volunteersignup.org/MX9XB FPC serves a meal to the homeless in conjunction with Porchlight in Madison on the fourth Thursday night of the month, year-round—and even on Thanksgiving! Participation can be as easy as picking up pre-ordered groceries at Piggly Wiggly (1 person/month) or helping cook a meal at FPC consisting of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, buttered bread, and a dessert (2-4 people per month)—or taking the food to downtown Madison to serve at the shelter (3-4 people/month). Opportunities to sign up are announced periodically. For more information, contact Kyle Halweg.

Risks and realities of youth sex traffickingCo-sponsors FPC and Faith Response Committee of SlaveFree Madison invite clergy, lay advisors, youth, and any interested citizen, to learn about the risks and realities of youth sex trafficking—not only in some distant elsewhere, but right here in Wisconsin—on Sunday, November 19, 2:00-4:00 pm, at the Village Center of Waunakee.

The program will include two brief, yet engaging and educational films: Chosen and Make Room for Youth.  Chosen was produced by Shared Hope International featuring the stories of two 'All-American' teenage girls tricked into trafficking. The locally produced film Make Room For Youth received the 2013 Best Targeted Campaign Award from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY). The November 19 program features two local experts: JoAnn Gruber-Hagen of SlaveFree Madison and Tyler Schueffner of Briarpatch.  Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and to discuss the issues raised.

The River Food Pantry, located near the airport, is a huge pantry serving our neighbors on the north side of Madison. Donations of food and clothing are always welcome. In addition, there are daily opportunities to help at the pantry by serving food, cleaning, sorting clothing, and restocking shelves. Information and signups are available at www.riverfoodpantry.org or contact FPC Mission Team member Sue Carter

Along with other churches in town, FPC is a member of the Waunakee Ecumenical Board (WEB). WEB sponsors the local blood American Red Cross drives (held here at FPC), the Christmas Tree Giving Tree, the Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service, Easter basket delivery to shut-ins and Thanksgiving baskets for those in need, as well as other assistance programs. The WEB Food Pantry is their main effort—located on 806 S. Division Street, where we help with volunteer support. You can drop off food donations in the shopping cart in the main office entrance of church. www.waunakeeweb.org  www.waunakeefoodpantry.org

Lydia HOME Association, which based in Chicago, is all about strengthening families to care for children and caring for children when families cannot. They provide counseling, foster care and safe family programs. FPC supports Lydia Home by providing approximately 45 children with Christmas gifts each year. www.lydiahome.org

The Waunakee Neighborhood Connection (WNC) serves families in need in Waunakee and the surrounding area. Items in the store, such as clothing, furniture, household goods, toiletries, etc., are offered free of charge. You can volunteer your time or donate items to the store. www.waunakeeneighborhoodconnection.com

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