Roots & Rays Service Challenge

Coordinator: Rachele Gilmore

 

 

2022 was truly a momentous year of remembering and a time of new beginnings for Red Clay. We are blessed! in 2023, we honor these blessings by starting a new tradition. The Roots & Rays Service Challenge! The first month of every year will be dedicated to serving and responding to the many needs of our community with love and compassion. We hope that you will join us and serve in any way you can, no matter how big or small. Come, you who are blessed!  (Matthew 25:34) 

 

KICK-OFF WEEKRoots & Rays Service Challenge Logo 2023

January 3:
  • Staff Service Day

We are kicking the month off strong as a staff by packing “Go-Bags” for Friendship House of Delaware. Sponsored in part by Wegmans and Acme.

January 5:
  • Quilts for Comfort

Fellowship Hall from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm. Come make quilts for people in need at local cancer centers & children’s hospitals. Beginners welcome!

Quilts for Comfort supplies all materials for making a quilt. simple pre-cut quilt kits, batting, and floss to tie the quilts. No sewing skills needed!

Contact Cathy Byrnes at vortexbyrnes@gmail.com if you're interest in joining. More info on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/quiltsforcomfortde

Faith, Hope and Love Quilters:
  • Every Monday in January, 10 am - 3 pm, Fellowship Hall (January 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30)

The Faith, Hope & Love Quilters will be making pillowcases every Monday in January aided by the First Monday Quilters. Everyone with sewing skills is welcome and encouraged to join in the effort! These pillowcases will be donated with love to Little Sisters of the Poor, Children and Families First (foster children) and the Sunday Breakfast Mission shelters. 

If you are interested in joining email Anne Hawley at texanne48@gmail.com

 


 

HUNGER WEEKHunger Week logo

January 8:
  • Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing Event in Founders Hall immediately following worship

Help us pack over 10,000 meals to be sent out worldwide to fight hunger with the Rise Against Hunger Organization. 50 volunteers needed. 

This will be an assembly line style meal packing event with limited mobility needed. Opportunities available for those who need to sit as well. Bring a baseball cap if you would prefer not to wear a hairnet. 

To sign up click HERE.

To watch an informational video on Rise Against Hunger visit: 

Rise Against Hunger | It Starts With a Meal

January 9:
  • Friendship House: Ephiphany House, 5 pm

Partner with an experience Friendship House volunteer to bring a meal to women in their transitional housing program. 1 or 2 volunteers needed. 

For more information and to sign up contact Linda Reisor at lreisor@me.com.

January 12:
  • Soup Day for Friendship House in Fellowship Hall Kitchen at 11 am

Bring your cooking skills to help us make soup for Friendship House emergency needs. 5 - 8 volunteers needed

To sign up click HERE.

January 14:
  • Food Bank of Delaware: Morning Shift 10 am - 12 pm

Confirmation Class and parents

  • Food Bank of Delaware: Afternoon Shift 1 pm - 3 pm

Open to all volunteers and Service Trip Participants

Please follow the link to Food Bank of Delaware’s sign-up portal, and choose your appropriate session. You must register for an online account (“Create account” in the upper right corner), before you are able to sign up. Click HERE to register.

Confirmands, mentors and parents, please only sign up for the morning session, and everyone else only for the afternoon.  Service hours requirements can be met at this session. Children 7 & older are encouraged to participate with an adult.

For help signing up email Lois Galinat at lois.galinat@gmail.com.

  • Room 210 Makeover Project

The Home Committee will be leading a makeover project to update Room 210 for future youth related events. 6 - 10 volunteers needed for prepping and painting. Time TBD. 

Contact Dave Howarth howarthda@comcast.net or Ray Krout raymu1@verizon.net for more information. 

To sign up click HERE

Create your own

Complete your own Hunger related service activity.  

 


 

CLOTHING WEEKClothing week logo

January 15:
  • Sunday School Class

Our Sunday school kids will be getting involved in service by helping the ushers pass out bulletins before worship. Let them know how much you appreciate them.  

  • Winter Clothing Drive

Bring in your winter clothing items to Founders Hall to be donated from January 9-January 15th. Items needed: Coats, hats, gloves, scarves and shoes. Items to be donated to Friendship House & Hanover Presbyterian Church Clothing Closet.  Additional items needed: Coffee, Cocoa, Powdered creamer, Sugar packs, 6 oz cups with lids & Wood coffee stirrers

For more information please contact Linda Reisor at lreisor@me.com.

  • Center for Development in Central America: Coffee Hour in Fellowship Hall

Tom Whipple will serve coffee grown by farmers in Nicaragua in collaboration with the CDCA. 

January 16:
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Join others from Red Clay in participating in the Annual MLK Peace March and Clean Up Day in order to honor Martin Luther King's dedication to service.  

https://www.westsidegrows.org/mlkday

Email Rachele at rachele@rccpc.org if you would like to join.

  • Friendship House: Ephiphany House, 5 pm

Partner with an experience Friendship House volunteer to bring a meal to women in their transitional housing program. 1 or 2 volunteers needed. 

For more information and to sign up contact Linda Reisor at lreisor@me.com.

January 19:
  • Quilts for Comfort

Fellowship Hall from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm. Come make quilts for people in need at local cancer centers & children’s hospitals. Beginners welcome! 

QFC supplies all materials for making a quilt, simple pre cut quilt kits, batting, and floss to tie the quilts. No sewing skills needed! 

Contact Cathy Byrnes at vortexbyrnes@gmail.com if you’re interested in joining. Click HERE for more info on Facebook.  

January 21:
  • Friendship House: Clothing Bank, 10 am - 1 pm

Teens and Scouts welcome. Service hour requirements will be provided. 

To sign-up click HERE

The Clothing Bank is located at 1603 Jessup Street, Wilmington, DE 19802. 

For more information contact Linda Neel at pq65@msn.com or Linda Reisor at lreisor@me.com

  • Room 210 Makeover Project

The Home Committee will be leading a makeover project to update Room 210 for future youth related events. 6 - 10 volunteers needed for prepping and painting. Time TBD.  

Contact Dave Howarth howarthda@comcast.net or Ray Krout raymu1@verizon.net for more information. 

To sign up click HERE.

Create your own

Complete your own Clothing related service activity.  

 


 

CARE WEEKCare Week logo

January 22:
  • Blood Drive: 8 am - 1 pm

Blood Bank of Delmarva will be holding a blood drive in Founders Hall before, during & after worship. Donate blood and help alleviate a huge blood shortage in our area. 

Please follow the link to Blood Bank of Delmarva’s sign-up portal. If you need assistance singing up, please email Rachele at rachele@rccpc.org

To sign up click HERE

  • Notes of Encouragement

We will be writing notes of encouragement in FoundersHall during coffee hour for Friendship House women and also Wilmington Kitchen Collective entrepreneurs. Come & contribute with your words of encouragement.   

January 24:
  • Food Bank of Delaware: 1 pm - 3 pm

15 Volunteer limit, open to all 

Please follow the link to Food Bank of Delaware’s sign-up portal, and choose your appropriate session. You must register for an online account (“Create account” in the upper right corner), before you are able to sign up. Click HERE to register.  

Service hours requirements can be met at this session. Children 7 & older are encouraged to participate with an adult. 

For help signing up email Lois Galinat at lois.galinat@gmail.com.

January 26:
  • Friendship House: Clark House, 5 pm

Partner with an experienced Friendship House volunteer to bring a meal to men in their transitional housing program. 1 or 2 volunteers needed. 

For more information and to sign up contact Linda Reisor at lreisor@me.com.

January 28:
  • Emmanuel Dining Room, Fellowship Hall Kitchen at 9 am

Help us make chili to be taken to Emmanuel Dining Room. 

If you are interested in signing up please contact Sue Gleason directly at sueglea5@gmail.com

  • Gala Fundraiser for Friendship House, Benefit Concert, Sanctuary, 7 pm

Join us for a special evening of Opera, Broadway & American Songbook hits, featuring Jeffrey Miller, Colleen Daly, Rachele Gilmore, Barbara Vanderkraats, Jose Sacin, Gary Seydell, Dinyar Vania and Ben Wager. Program will be accompanied by Jeffrey Miller. All proceeds go to Friendship House of Delaware. 

Help, Hope & Healing Fundraiser:

The Help, Hope & Healing Fund at Penn Medicine was established by Dr. Leisha Elmore, a surgeion and Assistant Professor of surgery at Penn Medicine, and the Rev. Emily Schwenker. The fund seeks to provide auxiliary services to poor and underserved patients in the greater Philadelphia area, who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, yet lack the resources and support needed to ensure the best possible treatment and recovery outcomes. 

We will be accepting donations all month long to the Help, Hope and Healing Fund. 

To donate online follow this link to our online donation page and choose “Help, Hope & Healing Fund” from the Mission and Outreach dropdown menu. 

To donate by check, make check payable to Red Clay Creek Presbyterian and mail to the church office. Please note “Help, Hope & Healing Fund” in the memo line of the check.

For cash donations, please bring to the office or give to Rachele Gilmore, Director of Community Life at Red Clay. 

Create Your Own

Complete your own Care related service activity. 

 


 

VISIT WEEKVisit Week logo

January 29:
  • Special Worship Service

Special service that will include a Festal procession, Holy Communion, and “State of the Church” with Pastor Nate.  Our brief annual congregational meeting will close the service.

  • Celebration Sunday, Founders Hall, following worship & congregational meeting

Join us for a special celebration lunch and refreshments, as we recognize and honor all of our accomplishments of service, and visit with each other in fellowship.  

  • Riverfront Church Worship: The 505 Service

Visit our partner in faith for worship at a special music service in the Grace Cafe at 5:05 pm. Address is 900 N. Washington Street, Wilmington. 

January 30-February 3:
  • Friendship House Empowerment Center

Office Volunteers needed for any of the following shifts: Monday, January 30 through Friday, February 3 at three Empowerment Center locations -

Wilmington:  Any 2-4 hour shift 7:30 am - 3 pm

Newark:  12:30 pm - 2:30 pm shift and 2 pm - 4 pm shift (volunteers are welcome to stay 12:30 pm - 4 pm if they'd like)

MOT (Middletown, Odessa, and Townsend): Any 2-4 hour shift 8:30 am - 2 pm 

Create Your Own Visit

Visit in person, call, or send a card to members of our community who you haven't seen in a while.