St. Paul’s Community Concerns Committee represents the congregation in community activities and keeps the congregation informed of local needs brought to its attention.
The committee works with other churches and local groups to improve the unified Christian image in the larger community and to implement the Church’s mission.
It also facilitates the congregation’s role in community service by notifying the congregation of immediate needs that call for spiritual and financial help and by regular collection events held throughout the year to help specific groups and organizations.
In the past, it has helped many families and individuals with health, job, money and disaster issues. These include collecting clothing, food, household goods, and money for a family whose house burned down, purchasing gas to get a person to a new job, collecting food for a family in need, and more. Help goes much deeper than just the monetary gift. Also offered is information about groups and organizations (some church-oriented and others public or government-based) that are equipped to take care of serious issues. Church leaders also offer spiritual help when there is a need.
The committee does not distribute cash. Instead, after assessing how truly best to handle each individual request, it assists by providing specific ways that address those specific requests. If it determines that the committee and church are not able to help appropriately, the committee provides options and help to connect the requester to that organization.
Annual Collections & Drives
Souper Bowl Sunday Soup Collection: cans of soup are placed in a donation box as a “vote” for who will win the Super Bowl. Everything collected is given to the Marion Food Pantry. Turn out is always good, exceeding expectations year after year!
April & November
Food and items for the Marion Food Pantry run biannually. Often several hundred items are brought in. The November 2016 drive will happen in two parts: the first running November 1st until late the week before Thanksgiving. Part two will run from the week after Thanksgiving until the middle of December. During the Easter season, Easter Baskets are also made and donated to Four Oaks facility.
Backpacks and journals are collected for Tanager Place which helps young people who would otherwise not have these items for school.
Congregants can donate caps, coats, mittens, and scarves for school-age boys and girls in our local community. Items are given to Marion Cares.
All Year Long
Clothing and food are collected for the Marion Food Pantry through out the year. Seasonally-appropriate clothes can be taken to the church office. A barrel is set up in the church narthex to collect food. Congregation members also can donate money to the church, which the committee will use to take care of emergency situations and continue doing God’s work.
For those with immediate needs, call the church office: 319-377-4687. A committee member will be called and then connect with you. This type of assistance is generally available one time only.
If you wish to donate to any of these causes, you may put the donation in the collection plate at one of the services or mail it to St. Paul’s, attention Community Concerns.
If you wish to help the committee, please call the church office.