In this life we cannot always do great things, but we can do small things with great love. – Mother Teresa
Here are some ways we can reach beyond our walls to love neighbor and care for God’s creation:
Serve and Make Connections in Walltown
Walltown Food Bank Requests Watts Street Volunteers on three dates in August to serve over 150 vulnerable seniors and disabled residents who receive groceries and home supplies each month. Volunteers are needed for shopping on Wednesday, August 17, sorting/bagging on Monday, August 22, and delivery on Thursday, August 25.
Sharing Love Through “Back to School” Mission Baskets
Thank you, Watts Street, for sharing love through our July/August “Back to School” Mission Baskets! This collection supports children in two DPS elementary schools, Glenn and CC Spaulding, where over 99% of the families qualify for free/reduced lunch. A “hands of love” display is at the Watts Street entrance to the sanctuary and so far, over 50 “hands of love” tags for clothing and food items have been taken! There are still a few items left on the wish list, if you’d like to participate. Take a tag (or several!) with you and then just bring those items to the mission baskets outside the church library by Wednesday, August 24. Thanks so much for your support!
August Minute for Mission: Reinvestment Partners
Youth Summer Service/Learning Experiences
Youth-led Service of Thanksgiving on August 14. Through songs, readings, prayers, and reflections, the Watts Street youth will offer thanks to God and share with the church family about their summer service/learning experiences, including Charleston Youth Mission, Reach Beyond Mission in Texas, and projects in our local community. Thanks be to God for these opportunities to serve, learn, and grow in faith!
Do You Have a Passion for Peacemaking, Advocacy, and Community Justice?
A new mission group is gathering energy and listening for God’s spirit around how Watts Street members can use our voice to build Beloved Community and live into the quote by William Sloan Coffin, “The world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but love”. The second gathering for this new mission group will be on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 pm in the Watts Street chapel. For more information, contact Kelly Sasser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Urban Ministries of Durham
A team of Watts Streeters provides the evening meal for 200+ guests at Urban Ministries on the third Thursday of each month. To help with grocery shopping, food prep, cake or brownie baking, food packing/delivery, please contact Greg Palmer at email@example.com.
Catawba Trail Farm
What an honor on June 29 for a group of Watts Street youth and adults to work alongside and learn from Delphine Sellars and Lucille Patterson, the amazing, hard-working, inspirational visionaries behind Catawba Trail Farm. Learn more about their efforts to bring healing, education, community, racial equity, and creation care through Urban Community Agrinomics at https://ucan.today/
Watts Street children and families will have an opportunity to volunteer at the farm on September 10. The WSBC Racial Equity Mission Group is working on more opportunities for Watts Streeters to connect with Catawba Trail Farm. Stay tuned or contact Barb Rumer for more information!