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OUTREACH LEADERS NEEDED! 
If you have a passion for serving and are interested in leading a project, we could use your help. Are you interested in helping with the vision of Outreach?  If so, contact outreach@fpcl.us 


Livermore Homeless Refuge IS OPEN NOVEMBER - APRIL

 The Impact of Action: Livermore Homeless Refuge at FPCL: By Jacob Baer


Rice & Beans Bagging Mission
Through our Rice & Beans (R&B) Bagging Mission, FPCL provides food to local food pantries - and thereby directly to their clients who are food-insecure. Once each quarter, the whole congregation gathers after Sunday services in the Fellowship Hall to take R&B from bulk 25-pound bags and bag them into 2-pound bags, which are then delivered to 8-10 food pantries in Livermore and the surrounding community.  
The need is large: each food pantry serves 20 – 400 families a week!  Many people work two jobs and still have to decide between food and rent.
Besides providing food to the needy, this activity is a wonderful inter-generational event, where members of ALL ages join in a single activity that provides an opportunity for discussion and meeting new friends while they bag, as well as providing a sense of direct tangible engagement in serving others.
We are always looking for people to help organize, pickup, bag, or deliver the food to the local food pantries once each quarter. If you would like to help (more than only bagging!) please contact Alan Throop at althroop@comcast.net, 925-577-7876.


Reading and Math Tutors Needed at Jackson Ave Elementary School - Livermore
How About YOU?  tutorschoollogoAre you interested in helping children and reaching out to our community?
The Tutoring Program at Jackson Ave. School has been a great success for over four years.  The Principal, Shari Johnston, is looking for volunteers to work with children under the direction of the teachers.  Volunteer tutors will commit to a specific day and time for a couple of hours a week.  Volunteers need to have a current TB test and complete a background check form.
Anyone interested in joining the Jackson Ave Stingrays, or having questions, please contact: Phil Dean-Volunteer Tutor Registrar, phil_slo@yahoo.com, 805 440-4513 or Susan Bond, susbond@gmail.com, 310-613-7673


The Farm
Join others on the local “Finn Farm” Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 8:30am to help in the vegetable garden. The Farm’s harvest is for our veggie table at church, and for deliveries to senior citizen housing, needy families and Open Heart Kitchen. Contact Wanda Finn, at wandafinn@hotmail.com


Refugee Services Team:
Living into Christ’s words to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark: 12:31) and “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in...” (Matthew 25:25), we are a group that partners with Jewish Family Community Services East Bay to welcome refugee families from Afghanistan. The families we serve are in the U.S. on a Special Immigration Visa, which our government issues to those who have been employed by the U.S. or who assisted our military and whose lives are in danger as a result of that involvement. These families are settled in Concord and Walnut Creek in order to be near the JFCSEB office and the services they receive.

There are many ways you can be a part of our team:
A Welcoming Team is trained by JFCSEB
and assists families with some of the details of settling in a new country, such as applying for Social Security cards, driving to medical appointments, enrolling the children in school, etc. This is one of the more labor intensive things we do, requiring 2-3 daytime hours/week for about 6 weeks. This is also one of the most rewarding things we do, as it allows us to get to know the families well and build close relationships.
Tutor in English: our families enroll in ESL classes and need help with their homework, as well as just enjoying casual conversation to build their English skills. This is an excellent way to build a close relationship and involves a more flexible time commitment.
Perhaps you are a gifted organizer? We can use help in coordinating donations and delivering them to the JFCSEB office in Walnut Creek.
Maybe you can participate in a group outing for the families as they get acclimated to their new home?
If driving or a time commitment is a deterrent, never fear! You can still help by donating grocery cards and Target or Kohl’s gift cards.
All help is appreciated and valued! No act of assistance is too small. The blessing of helping these families will come back to you tenfold! Please consider joining us.
For questions contact, Fred Bahr 559 909-1080 or afbahr@att.net     


TOGETHER IN SERVICE
Together in Service women use their skills and talents to create handmade goods for people in need and work to convey the Good News in a tangible way.
Come and join us to help make any of these projects in service of those in need.
Hats - Knitted, crocheted or loomed. We have yarn to share!  The adult size hats go to our Livermore Homeless Refuge, Tri-Valley Haven, and Elmhurst Presbyterian Church. Baby size hats go to Axis Health Care in Livermore.
Fleece blankets - We need donations, and participants to cut and tie. These go to Seek and Save, Love Never Fails, and the Veteran’s Hospital.
Little dresses – These are sent to orphanages in Haiti/Africa.
Hand/arm warmers/scarves - These are used by those in the Livermore Homeless Refuge.
Prayer shawls - We knit or crochet shawls and share them within our community and beyond.
Quilts – Are made and delivered through Seek and Save, plus to the children in the refugee families our church serves.
Together in Service meets the second Saturday from 9-11, September thru May, in the Upper Room (D1). Our projects can be worked on together or at home.
Contact: Joy Fischersoapsuds@comcast.net
Karen Vied kvied@comcast.net
Christy Lamb christy.lamb@yahoo.com (Quilts)


Annual Backpack Project
backpackThis is the 26th year for FPCL to be involved in the Interfaith Backpack Project which gives backpacks filled with supplies to the less fortunate children in Livermore. In 1993, three congregations decided there was a need for backpacks for these children and in 2018 there are eleven congregations providing for the children of Livermore. FPCL has committed to 175 backpacks this year. A contribution of $50 will cover the cost of one backpack, supplies, a calculator and a shoe gift card, but any amount will be greatly appreciated. 
If you are interested in helping, contact Linda Alexander, ph. 925.449.9304 or email, linda_alexander@sbcglobal.net


Red Barrel Brigade! Help set up and deliver food collection from FPCL
First Sunday of each month, large red barrels in our courtyard are ready to receive your canned food, baby food, and non-perishable items for delivery to the Tri-Valley Haven Food Pantry. Contact Ann Meiers at 449-5602 or ann_meiers@yahoo.com 


Neighbor2Neighbor (N2N) N2NLOGOA
N2N
 is a Sunday of connections and service held the last Sunday in September each year. Connections to communities in need, connections to God, and connections t each other make this is a day you just can’t miss. Consider inviting a friend or an entire family, sports team or book club to serve with you this year! Our projects can accommodate large numbers of volunteers of various ages and abilities. Contact outreach@fpcl.us


Community Outreach Service Mission Statement
Following the example of Christ, our Mission is to support FPCL in the expression of faith through ministry and service to those in need within our community. We do this to live out our church's value that we are "not a place where, but a people who...". We organize direct service projects where those in our congregation can participate in helping others. Our work also supports established groups and organizations focusing on the homeless, working poor, and others needing a hand.