2011 Labor Day appeal.pdf
Labor Day 2009
to the homeless
The Peoples Church free lunch program, 2
Li'l Fishes, serves lunch several times a week for 120-180 people who stay
in nearby shelters or live in the local
community. Since the Salvation Army closed its breakfast and lunch programs in September
of 2008, the need is even greater.
a day to help - we are serving folks more days of
the week. Contact
our volunteer coordinator, Will Pruitt, at 773-754-6102, or call the church office, 773-784-6633, and get on the schedule.
If you have
talents you'd like to put to use, such as
legal work, fundraising or business acumen, you might like to assist the 2 Li'l Fishes
development committee. Contact Isaac (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or talk with Pastor Jean.
annual Labor Day Picnic was started by the late Billy Hand Robinson to
honor the hard work homeless men, women and children put in to stay alive for
the year. Living on the streets and in shelters is not easy. Billy, a Peoples
Church member who himself had experienced homelessness, understood the
tremendous energy and effort it took to find meals, shelter, a restroom, or a
place to relax in relative privacy.
In 2009, five hundred-some guests attended the
picnic and enjoyed a bit of softball and a first-rate barbecue
complete with ribs, chicken, veggies, bread,
chips, cookies, and lemonade. This annual event is a special time for Peoples Church
members and is part of our ministry to celebrate the worth and dignity of
Each year, Peoples
Church hosts a festive Christmas
dinner for the homeless and
low-income folks in our neighborhood. The serving tables are
weighed down with turkey, ham, dressing, gravy, mixed vegetables, rolls, cranberry sauce,
and cake. We decorate Anderson Hall and fill each table with holiday treats. Temple Sholom
provides volunteers for helping Isaac Barrantine cook and serve
also supports Camp
Gilead, a ministry in Cebu, the Philippines,
which educates children who never before had a chance to go to
school. It was started by Rev. Sam Manansala, a former Peoples
Church pastor, to give back to the community where his roots are. Some of these students are now entering
college - even a few dollars go a long way.