Woodlawn Chapel, in faith and love, strives to uphold our values of hospitality, spirituality and service. We are committed to outreach in our community, our nation and the world through many diverse mission projects throughout the year.
Our Mission Team takes on a leadership role, but the entire congregation embraces these efforts…
CIRCLE OF CONCERN
Today, Circle serves more than 2000 individuals monthly: 600+ families per month and nearly 1500 households annually. These include individuals and families residing in the Parkway, Rockwood and Valley Park School Districts whose household income is at or below 185% of the federal poverty level.
Woodlawn Chapel has supported Circle since our inception with:
- Cash donations generated from our annual dessert auction
- Coupon Club-purchased items
- Emergency donations such as flood relief cleaning supplies
- Volunteering as board members as well as pantry workers
Woodlawn Chapel’s Coupon Club is striving to reduce local hunger by clipping and saving coupons in order to stretch our dollars to purchase more food for Circle of Concern and Parkway School Food Pantry. This energetic team actively shops every week for items on sale and needed by these local food pantries.
We are thrilled to announce that we have achieved an exciting milestone! As we near our eight-year anniversary, we have officially donated over $100,000.00 in products to local food pantries, and have spent just over $30,000.00 purchasing those items by combining coupons with store sales!!!
We could not have reached this milestone without our congregation’s support, and we thank you! As we look forward, we ask that you continue to bring us your coupons. In addition there is another way you can contribute to the Coupon Club. When you shop at Schnucks, either in the grocery or at the pharmacy, you can donate your Schnucks Rewards by using the Coupon Club phone number, 314-591-1791, when you check out.
If you have any questions feel free to call Karin Bentele (314-591-1791) or Judy Simms-Brown (314-527-9385). Thank you for your continued support of this important Church Mission.
Through Little Free Libraries, a nonprofit organization, millions of books are exchanged each year around the world, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.
In conjunction with this effort, the Mission team also sponsors the generous donation of healthy snacks twice a year for the Ronald McDonald room at Mercy Hospital, St. Louis.
NEWBORN LAYETTE FOR CRISIS NURSERIES
PARKWAY SCHOOL FOOD PANTRY
In conjunction with food requests, some students also need winter coats. Woodlawn volunteers responded in 2017 by repairing, washing and/or dry cleaning 100 coats from the Parkway Lost & Found to be distributed to Parkway students in need.
Housed in Trinity Presbyterian Church, UKirk is a faith community where students can worship and serve Christ by serving others, explore and learn about faith, and encounter God’s love. Through worship, fellowship, and service, UKirk models the hospitality and justice-oriented ministry of Christ.
ANNUAL SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Annual Dessert Auction
Every September our dessert auction brings out the best in baking from our members plus a fun bidding war for cakes, pies and cookies. In 2018 our Dessert Auction raised $3,840 to fund:
•Circle of Concern Food Pantry
•Parkway School food Pantry
•Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Special Offerings throughout the Year
- Christmas Joy offering helps sustain important PC(USA) ministries and programs including assistance to current and retired church workers, and developing future leaders at racially/ethnically diverse schools and colleges.
- One Great Hour of Sharing