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Outreach Ministries Update (1/3/23)

Outreach Ministries Update (1/3/23)
Published by Josh Hosler on Fri, Dec 23, 2022 10:07 AM

The Saturday Community Meal will have its next “Kids Bake” on Thursday, Feb 9 at 4:15-5:45 pm in Seaman Hall. If you have a child interested in baking cookies for the guests at the Saturday meal, or are a parishioner who is interested in assisting the kids in the kitchen, RSVP to Aimee Drake. The Saturday Community Meal serves between 20 and 30 guests in Seaman Hall each Saturday from 1:00-2:00 pm, and the lunch is open to everyone.  They are supported by Federal Way Community Caregiving Network (FWCCN) and a community of dedicated volunteers.

Seattle Angels/Love Box: Contact Mary Aronen or Carole Loudenback with any questions.

Refugee Resettlement: In July, Good Shepherd joined the Refugee Resettlement Office to support the Pawanis, an Afghan family. They moved to the Uptown Apartments on 320th Street in February. Four of their five children attend school here in Federal Way. Mr. Pawani works in Kent and Mrs. Pawani keeps a beautiful home for her active family. Nancy Krueger provides a holiday season update for us:

"Many thanks to members of the congregation for donating lovely, wrapped gifts to the Pawani family.   Every member received three to four thoughtful gifts plus several gifts for the entire family.

Ray and I delivered them in our hybrid sleigh on Friday [12/23] evening, after we put Auto socks on the runners.  

The family, including Masjedy, the dad, was home and the children very excited to receive the bags of gifts. The family would open the presents later.  This is the manner of gift giving and receiving in Afghanistan.

 Little Usna, two, did open one gift. It was a stuffed Dalmatian dog.  Her dad tied the ribbon around its neck and she ran around the living room with the leashed dog.  It was fun to be part of their pre-Christmas gathering.

The family was also waiting for other friends to join them for dinner, but Mrs. Pawani served us  dinner for two as we sat with the family."    

New Hope Center for Grieving Children: This mission in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, serves children affected by war and disease. Good Shepherd secured a diocesan grant for $4,950 in 2022, which will help 82 children attend school. Learn more from Bruce and Anita Paden.

For articles and videos on homeless issues and ministries in Western Washington, visit the website Sheltering Our Unhoused Neighbors.

- Aimee Drake, Chair of the Good Shepherd Outreach Committee