The year 2020 was filled with ministry challenges.  Through the OLYN program we were busy serving our community while honoring pandemic health safety guidelines.  During this difficult time we clearly saw how important it is for us to minister outside the walls of our church building, to meet the needs of our neighbors.  Through OLYN service teams we were able to be in mission to our community.  In 2021, we look forward continuing our outreach and will update this page to include all the mission activities we have going on.  Click here to see the archive of OLYN 2020 events. 




VBE MINISTRY TEAM

 

During the school year, food sacks were delivered - 2500 food sacks/year

 

Volunteers greeted and mentored VBE Students.

 

SHINING LIGHT GARDEN

 

We deliver fresh produce to Samaritan Center and US Veterans each week

 

Multiple trips throughout the year are made by service teams to harvest vegetables.   

 

SALVATION ARMY

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We prepare and serve meals each Wednesday and Thursday for homeless and low-income community members.   We have 10 cooking teams that rotate each week to cook meals on Wednesday with enough left over to serve on Thursday.  We also have  29  people on our list to serve as floaters. 

 

Bakers continuely supply homemade cookies for our weekly feeding programs. 

 

Here are a few quotes from the Salvation Army and those served.

 

"Caring for us is already a true gift we don't often feel from people"

 

"But your love for us is awesome!"

 

"Thank you so much for providing meals on a continuous basis & the great buckets you hand out to the homeless - and the gifts & donations you give us all. We can see and feel your love for us." 

 

"God glows from all of you every time I see you all!  You can truly feel Him in your hearts. And by feeling Him in your hearts & serving Him so freely, it spreads on to us and makes us seek the same love." 

 

February 13, 2021, 305 church members participated in our 6th Annual OLYN Day event. Twenty-four ministry teams served 20 ministries in the community.  Additionally, our youth group helped facilitate our Salvation Army Food Drive.  And just when you think we can't possibly top our previous food drive donations, we do with 4500 pounds of food donated!  

 

OLYN Thank You

It is a blessing to serve our community on OLYN Day and throughout the year.  Several of our ministry partners sent wonderful thank you notes including Hibiscus Children's Center, Women's Refuge, CareNet Pregnancy Center, The ARC and the City of Fellsmere Police Department. 

Little Birthday Angels

Little Birthday Angels packs Birthday Bags of Hope each week for all Indian River County Schools, twenty St. Lucie County Schools and four shelters.   Linda Gust and Lynn Kiefer are regulars on Friday at the Birthday Workshop picking, wrapping, and packing the bags.  These birthday bags which include necessities and specially chosen wish list gift items are delivered to the children to help make their birthday extra special.   A special thank you to Christine Pitcher and Lynn Kiefer for helping to deliver March birthday bags to Jensen Beach and St. Lucie County Schools. 

Salvation Army

Congratulations to Liz Terry who received the Bob McGowan award for outstanding service to the Salvation Army.  Liz serves on two of our teams that cook and serve meals each Wednesday and Thursday at the Salvation Army.