As a baby ages out, we add a new child, maintaining our 18 babies; this happened just this month.
Our volunteers almost all fit in the “high risk” category, but the Board is able to handle distribution at this time, following CDC guidelines. If you don’t yet receive our quarterly newsletter, please email Suzanne at email@example.com, and she can add you! If you wish to donate for diapers in honor of your Mom this May, go to our website at www.babybasicsoftroyministry.com or mail in a check with Northminster in the Payee line, and BABY BASICS on the memo line. Give your Mom’s name, too!
The Baby Basics distribution on March 18 was held as scheduled.
Our buyer, Sarah Leight, took on the huge task of buying & bundling for one whole month (with her children’s help). Thank you, thank you.
We informed the parents of the supply they would receive, and then followed CDC guidelines of sanitization, distancing, etc. We wanted to ensure that our families didn’t have the added stress of stretching budgets to buy diapers, and our volunteers came through-- thank you to them as well! We hope to be able to distribute using the same precautions April 15th.!
There have been a regular flow of babies aging out and new ones joining the Baby
Basics family, but we try to maintain 18 at a time. The buying and storage of diapers means we cannot really handle more.
However, each baby that comes on board must wait until we have funding for 3 years’ diapers for that child. Thanks to the donors who support this program – we could not continue doing this without you!
Foster Care Mission 2020
The letters of invitation for applicants for the Borchardt Memorial Fund grants have gone out to workers dealing with foster teens in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties. We have a deadline of mid-April and will review the applications and make a recommendation to Session for their May meeting. Thanks to Jim Hoogstra for spearheading this effort!
The Pentecost Offering results in 40% being retained by Northminster - and this year, we will be using that amount to partially pay for a scholarship to Camp Skyline for a foster youth. Your generosity in the past has supported this same project, and we know you will be supportive once more. The other 60% also goes to programs at the Presbytery and PCUSA levels for children at risk.
Troy-area Interfaith Group
UPDATE: All meetings postponed until further notice.
Rather than have a meeting in March, TIG volunteers will work at Gleaners, 24162 Mound Road, Warren, on March 28 from 9-11 a.m. Last year, there were a total of 14 members - including Dave Love, Charlotte Sommers, Christy, Dylan and Tyler Cook & Ruth Turner - who, along with other volunteers, packed 1,357 lbs. of food to serve 1,229 people!
As we may be working in refrigerated areas, dress in layers & closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves. Register directly at the Gleaner’s website: http://www.troyinterfaithgroup,gcfb.volunteerhub.com/
On March 1st at 4:00p.m., join InterFaith Leadership Council (IFLC) for the Annual World Sabbath at North Congregational Church of Farmington, 36520 W. 12 Mile Road in Farmington.
It is a wonderful interfaith service for peace that involves prayers, singing, and dancers in many traditions. For details, check the flyer on the bulletin board, or speak to planning committee member Ruth Turner, 248-835-5101.
Northminster is hosting the May 7 Annual National Day of Prayer is the 16th event and also marks the 15th anniversary of TIG! Northminster hosted the first time, and again on the 10th anniversary.
If you would serve on a planning committee along with Ruth Turner and a couple other TIG members, it would be very appreciated! The planning committee meets 2-3 times total, so it’s not labor-intensive. But having others from our church serve is evidence of how much we support this organization. Please speak to or email Ruth, 248-835-5101.
Thank you to all who donated books for the 19 siblings, age 12 and under - they each received 2 books!
The Baby Basics babies also received a small stuffed animal and books from the Board. It was a delightful evening, and the parents were very appreciative and happy!
And the children there loved “the Story Lady Diane”
Our Holiday Party will be December 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the Lounge, during our normal distribution. We like to give to each sibling of our babies, 12 years and younger something, too.
Northminster folks were very generous last year, when we asked for new or very gently used books, so we’re again asking for your help. In addition to our 17-18 babies & toddlers (6 months–3 years of age), we have: two each at ages 3 ½, 4, 6 and 8 years, three at 9 years, three at age 10, and four at ages 11/12.
Please put donations labeled “Baby Basics Book Drive” in the Lounge, either on the cabinet, shelves, or floor by the rolling cabinet.
You are also welcome to come enjoy cocoa or milk and cookies as we hear, once more, from our “Story Lady Diane”!
Baby Basics has one new family, as the last of the fall babies to ”age out” (turning three) leaves the program.
That new family keeps the number served at 18. However, we will not have space to bring another baby in until there are others aging out after the new year.
Thank you to those who have donated diapers – they are always needed and welcome – especially 4-5-6s! Financial donations are always welcome; we can use the funds to purchase any sizes that we are missing. babybasicsoftroyministry.com
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