NEW BEGINNINGS THRIFT SHOP
Over the past few years, The New Beginnings Thrift Store has not only been successful in selling clothing and items, more importantly, it has helped people. It has provided items to people in need, not just by selling them items at extremely reasonable prices, but by giving items to those in need for FREE! Carol Roberts has met people in desperate need at the thrift store outside of regular hours to offer assistance . When we have an excess of items or things which have set on our shelves for long periods of time, Carol has donated them to other non-profit organizations, to make room for new items which are donated to us all the time. And the money raised through sales has been carefully used to help local people with emergency and medical related needs, to help support school programs (i.e. Bobcat Boutique), to provide Christmas gifts for children who otherwise would have no gifts under their trees, and to helpour neighbors throughout the nation survive and rebuild after national disasters.
Please take note, that the work at the Thrift Store is currently an undertaking of Carol Roberts (manager), Evelyn Baker, and Billie Jo Northrop from our congregation, as well as, community volunteers not affiliated with our congregation. Carol NEEDS more people from the congregation to keep this mission thriving. Please consider volunteering!
And also consider joining the Missions Committee to help decide on how these missions funds can best be utilized to help our local community, the B-G School district, and our national brothers/sisters.
New Beginnings Thrift Store Mission Funds:
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
Thanks to the persistent urging of the Church Treasurer, Mary Ellen Whitmore, lively discussions were had by the Spiritual Nurture Committee, the Mission Committee and the Session. The issue? What are the guidelines for disbursing the mission monies generated by the New Beginnings Thrift Store in the church basement? No one anticipated that the small amounts paid for items would mount up so quickly, even while monies were being disbursed and families in emergencies were given what they needed without payment at all. Still, God has given the increase so more individuals and families can be helped, according to the church's mission statement.
So here is the policy for disbursing of local mission funds voted by the Session after much thoughtful input: Any member of the congregation may request funds for themselves or those related to them, or those in the community whose needs have come to their attention, by contacting the Chair of the Mission Committee, Elder Joe Bianchi (967-5910) or leaving a message at the church office (967-8021) or contacting the Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Renton (967-4819; firstname.lastname@example.org). All requests up to $200.00 can be quickly facilitated by the Mission Committee. Larger amounts will be forwarded to the Session for decision and disbursement. Every effort will be made to work quickly, appropriately, and efficiently.
As for knowledge of receipts and disbursements, any member of the congregation may request a report of the current status by contacting either of the two persons above. The names of those who have received assistance will be held to be confidential unless they choose to make them public.