The Christmas Giving Tree
St Barnabas has a wonderful tradition of giving generously to the needy all through the year and especially at Christmas. Last year, parishioners put more than 100 gifts under the Christmas Giving Tree. Those Christmas presents meant a lot to appreciative recipients at Chaplains on the Harbor and Helpline House on Bainbridge Island.
This year, because of the Covid 19 virus, St Barnabas will not have a decorated Christmas tree in the church for us to surround with presents. However, we will continue our tradition.
Here’s how you can help make Christmas better for a needy person. We’ve tried to make this process easy, especially for our parishioners who may not want to go to a store or may not want to shop using a computer.
St Barnabas’s Outreach Committee offers two ways you may buy a gift for a needy person:
- You make a donation to the Giving Tree Fund. The Outreach Committee will use your contribution to select and buy a gift.
- You select and buy the gift.
|You make a donation to the Giving Tree Fund. (The Outreach Committee does the work for you.)||You Select and Buy the Gift.|
Thank you very much for your generosity and support of the Christmas Giving Tree. Although we won’t have the fun of watching the gifts pile up under the Giving Tree, we can take joy in knowing that the people of St Barnabas have helped brighten Christmas for the less fortunate during a particularly challenging year.
Q: I still have a question. Who can I call?
A: Please call or email one of the Outreach Committee members listed below.
Q: I want to buy a large size coat, perhaps 4XXX, as a present. Where can I find one?
A: St Barnabas doesn’t endorse or recommend any particular store. Large sizes may often be found at Walmart, Target, or Costco, all in Silverdale. Large sizes may also be ordered online. If you order online, remember that it will take some time for the store to get the package to you.
Here are the Outreach Committee members who are glad to assist you:
8599 Springridge Road
10999 South Beach Drive
13072 Phelps Road
1249 Cherry Avenue
Caring Community Network
Participate in the prayer chain, offer transportation to shut-ins and meals for families that are going through difficult times in their lives.
Contact: Rev Karen email@example.com
Every other month this team provides meals to those in need in the community at Eagle Harbor Community Church. Volunteers provide food, setup, cleanup and companionship to those in need. St. Barnabas shares this outreach with congregations from other Bainbridge Island churches.
Contact: Julie Houck | JHouck@stbbi.org or
Laurie Fergusson | LaurieF0804@msn.com
SECRET PRAYER PARTNERS (SPP)
Secret Prayer Partners (SPP) has been formed as a way to bring the women of St. Barnabas into closer fellowship and spiritual awareness of each other’s needs. This happens through prayer, friendship and correspondence throughout the year while keeping our own identity a secret from our SPP until the year’s end party and gift exchange.
Contact: Alice Reasoner | firstname.lastname@example.org
MONGOLIAN QUILTING CENTER | EMPOWERING MONGOLIAN WOMEN
Saint Barnabas supports a Quilting Center in Mongolia that teaches women world-level quilting techniques and assists the Center in selling its goods around the world. This program enables many Mongolian women to learn marketable skills, earn money for themselves and their families while respecting their own cultural values and needs. For more information go here.
Contact: Maggie Ball | Maggie.Quilter@gmail.com
SAINT BARNABAS DAY SCHOOL
Saint Barnabas supports the Day School, Bainbridge Island’s oldest pre-school program. The Church houses this two-year program that prepares children for success in elementary school through a developmentally appropriate program of learning and play. The support of the Church keeps enrollment costs as low as possible. The children of the Day School attend monthly chapel sessions focused on learning how to be responsible members of a community. For the Day School Site, go here.
Contact: Julia Lampa | Director | DaySchoolDirector@gmail.com
The JOY (Just Over Youth) luncheons are held quarterly as a way to gather our seniors from the area and members together for fellowship in the Parish Hall. They are served in an elegant setting (tablecloths, center pieces, and all the trimmings, including entertainment.) See your Sunday bulletin for upcoming dates.
Contact: Princie Falkenhagen | email@example.com or Kathy Bolles | firstname.lastname@example.org or Barb Bolles | email@example.com
CHRISTIAN REIKI MINISTRY
Christian Reiki is a form of gentle, non-invasive body work that promotes well-being on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level. Sessions are given at the church by trained Reiki practitioners who work in pairs, and are available to those interested in this form of healing and wellness. Occasional classes are also offered for those who are interested in training at Level 1, Level 2 or Reiki master.
Contact: Ric Cederwall | Ric@StanfordAlumni.org
CHAPLAINS ON THE HARBOR
An outreach ministry directed by the Rev. Sarah Monroe. This mission entails providing food, seasonal items, and general support for the many homeless men and women in the Aberdeen and Westport area. Sarah, designated as a Missioner of the Diocese by the Bishop, currently hosts her Chaplains on the Harbor ministry in Aberdeen out of St. Andrews Church. A similar ministry occurs in Westport and utilizes the former St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church that is owned by the diocese. We place a box in the Parlor twice a year. We ask the congregation if they would place seasonal items in the box, which will be taken to St. Andrews. These items will be listed in the bulletin and collected at church over a 5-week period. The collected items will then be delivered to the homeless community or used as the ministry seeks to serve the community. Donation items are collected and then delivered as we seek to serve our community.
Contact: Steve Schmitz | SAllen105@yahoo.com
GOD’S GREEN EARTH GROUP
This group works to promote good stewardship of the earth and our environment through educational efforts designed to lower our individual and collective “carbon footprint”. Information and best practices are presented throughout the year.
Contact: Julie Houck | JHouck@stbbi.org
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by religious groups, businesses, schools and others to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. St. Barnabas participates here on Bainbridge Island. 25% of the money raised during the CROP Walk will go to Helpline House and Fishline here in Kitsap County. Church World Service empowers people to meet their own needs-from seeds and tools, to wells and water systems, to technical training and micro-enterprise loans. For more information | www.churchworldservice.org.
Contact: Deena Hanke | DeenaCarr@aol.com
AA AND AL-ANON
Saint Barnabas supports several AA and Al-Anon groups as a way of promoting healthy life-styles among all members of our larger community. Contact the church office for meeting times and contact information for the groups. Al-Anon meets here at St. Barnabas every Monday at 7:30pm. AA meets here every Thursday at 7:30pm.
If interested in renting a space for your meeting, contact firstname.lastname@example.org