Beyond Our Brick Walls -- Joy Comes in Caring and Sharing
In 2022 we are working to expand our mission efforts, and as we continue to go and serve BEYOND OUR BRICK WALLS, we are seeking to understand fully that "Joy Comes in Caring and Sharing." May we be known as a congregation that cares for and wants to share the JOY of the Lord with others, and may we seek and find the JOY that comes in doing so.
Mission Opportunities for You & Your Family
It is our goal to provide opportunities once again for our church family to participate in international, national, state, and local missions. God is calling us to even greater opportunities in 2022! We trust that you and your family want to be involved in the mission opportunities in which Hunton Baptist is engaging. Your help is needed to make a difference in the lives of our community — the families and people we are called to serve. See below for several opportunities for you and your family to participate in Missions. Please prayerfully consider participating in one or all.
We are currently partnering with Moments of Hope Outreach (MO Hope), a ministry to the homeless in our area. Learn more about the organization: Moments of Hope Outreach website
We assisted another church with a Mo Hope Saturday Serving on Saturday, April 2, 2022. We thank our church family for providing desserts, helping pack 400 lunch bags, and participating in the Saturday Serving.
Last year we started our recycle program to collect plastic grocery bags. As of the end of December 2021, over 4,000 bags had been collected. Mo Hope goes thru about 1,000 a week, so please continue to bring in your plastic bags. Thank you!
As we continue our partnership with the elementary schools, we collected children's socks and underwear and delivered these to the school nurse at Longdale Elementary in April 2022.
We also partnered with Longdale in March 2022 to stock their "Tiger Cart" with fun toy items; these are used to reward students for good behavior.
Food insecurity continues to be a growing problem, and this year we want to be intentional about our efforts to respond to needs in our area. Not only are we looking to grow our own pantry operations, but to partner with other groups in the area. A collection bin for food items is in the breezeway for ongoing contributions.
Please consider bringing the following items, which are always in need:
• Soups (canned or packaged where you only need to add water), or Brunswick Stew
• Canned meats: corn beef hash, canned hams, corn beef, potted meats, tuna fish
• Peanut butter, Jelly
• Cereal, and boxed milk (non-refrigerated) or dry milk
• Macaroni & cheese (boxes, cans, microwave cups)
• Snacks (protein bars, goldfish, crackers, breakfast bars)
Additional guidelines: Please, no glass containers (we ask for plastic or boxed); We prefer 15-16 oz cans, small boxes of cereal or other items, rather than warehouse size packages.
Have A Need or Know Someone in Need? Should you or someone you know need food, we have pre-packed “Ready To-Go” bags of basic food items available for pick-up. These bags are located on the counter in the old kitchen in the Education Building. So please take one if there is a need.
As a way of responding to the food insecurity needs in our area, we are partnering with other groups in the area by conducting a Community Food Drive.The first one was held on Saturday, April 23, 2022. We collected non-perishable food items that will be shared with the food pantry operations of Moments of Hope, Biltmore Baptist, and Kenwood United Methodist.
One opportunity for families is participation in the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox "Build Through The Year Challenge" in 2022. We are switching it up a bit this year, based on feedback and innovative ideas. As we continue our support for the Shoebox ministry, our 2022 goal is 400 shoeboxes -- an increase of 100 boxes over our goal in 2021 (but actually only 74 more than the 326 we gave last year). Each month between January and October, we have suggestions for what to purchase. Learn more about the organization: Samaritan's Purse website
We are suggesting that each family fill at least 1 box for each member of your family(*), and at least one additional box in Honor or Memory of someone. Please plan now to join this challenge. Everyone is needed to spread the Gospel to children around the world.
*WHAT MAKES A FAMILY: You decide how you count your family members - those currently living in your home, or include the grown adults who’ve left the nest, or forget the adults and include the grandchildren, or include them all!
A group of our ladies comes together twice a month to handcraft dolls that are then given to children who are undergoing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening illnesses at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. If you would like to cut fabric, sew, or stuff dolls, we would love for you to join us.