The Outreach Committee has the responsibility for the church's relationship with the world, beyond its own borders. It is Outreach's responsibility to guide and develop the church's stewardship programs and activities. At each meeting, there is discussion about ways the committee can help those in need of assistance with our efforts and our resources. Each of the committee members has direct contact with local organizations and is in touch with the needs in the community. For example, the Gilford Got Lunch program resulted from a member's relationship with the Gilford School District and Gilford Parks and Recreation. This program delivers healthy lunches each week during the summer and on weekends during the school year to needy school children in the Gilford School District.
It is the Outreach Committee's responsibility to allocate funds to address the needs of the world globally, nationally and locally, being supportive of religious and denominational needs. Each year a budgeted amount of funds is voted upon to donate and use to support those in need. Each quarter, the committee decides which organizations they can help, For example, the second quarter giving in 2014 included donations to Gilford Police Relief Association, Church World Services, Hands Across the Table, Camp Mayhew, and the Circle Program.
It is the committee's responsibility to plan and organize stewardship education events and to inform and educate the congregation in areas of social concern. It is the responsibility of the committee to provide opportunities for members and friends of the congregation to participate in social service projects such as donating food and clothing, and supporting senior citizens and youth programs. One such program coordinates the sewing of infant burial clothes for premature stillborn babies at Lakes Region General Hospital. This group also provides prayer shawls for the pastor to give to people in need of comfort.
Finally, it is the committee's responsibility to create alliances with community organizations. The committee works closely with the Gilford School District to address the needs of students in the areas of clothing, food, or school supplies. Another alliance is with New Beginnings, a program in Laconia which assists women and children with domestic and sexual abuse issues in their lives.
Outreach coordinates donations to the church Food Pantry, they solicit, organize, and distribute Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to those in need in the community. Outreach coordinates the Mitten Tree giving to children at Christmas time, and they also oversee The Friendly Kitchen, which collects specified menu items for the luncheon that they serve at the Salvation Army the fourth Friday of each month.
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