United   Methodist  Church

200 Turner Road   Middletown, RI


CALVARY

Garden News


What fun we had with the American Heritage Girls from Troop RI0619 Middletown volunteering at the garden.  They are new to the area and meet at the Evangelical Friends Church of Newport.  Their oath "I promise to love GOD, cherish my family, honor my country and serve my community" says it all.


Again we are hosting a group of students of their 4th annual Exploratory Day of Service!  The mission of Salve's Exploratory Day of Service is to provide a common experience for incoming students that encourages a commitment to service and creates a shared opportunity for reflection and learning, Student volunteers, led by a student mentor, will develop an awareness of the issues affecting the Aquidneck Island Community by supporting and meeting the needs of local community agencies and individuals.


Service Plunge provides new students with a challenging and fun opportunity to lead and learn through active experiences.  Through direct and indirect service, "plunges" learn the importance of service, social justice and civic engagement.  They also meet community needs, identify and build upon community assets and share their experiences with the campus community.


This year's service sites were Child & Family and God's Community Garden.  We had 30 freshman students and 5 upper classmen work at the garden August 3rd -  September 2nd.


GOD'S COMMUNITY GARDENT VOLUNTEERS


SEPTEMBER 2016


Feed A Friend” Food Donations

Outside the Sanctuary

 Our Feed A Friend program is a year-round mission. Everyone is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to church each week and leave them in the baskets located outside the sanctuary doors.


Thank you to Meg Barrett for delivering the food donations to the local Food Pantries. “Family-friendly” foods and complete dinner kits, as well as lunch & breakfast items and boxed milk are always needed. Thank you for helping us feed our hungry neighbors.


Our Once a Month group is also collecting tooth brushes, tooth paste, and dental floss.

Garden News

Visit one of the Farm Stands


St. Paul's     UMC    Newport                             Open June-Sept.

Calvary        UMC    Middletown                      Contact Linda Wood

Portsmouth UMC    Portsmouth                       lswwood@cox.net

Wednesdays  10-11:30 AM                                  (978) 505-0147

Florence Gray Center

Wednesdays    4 - 5:30 PM


Open June - September

Community Meal

Served by Calvary United Methodist on the third Thursday of every month

at Saint Paul's United Methodist Church

12 Marlborough Street, Newport

Calvary parishioners prepare and serve the Community Meal on the third Thursday of each month at Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church in Newport. Many people work together to help provide this meal. There are silverware wrappers, grocery shoppers, “can-openers”, butter slicers, servers, dish washers, cake cutters and more. Whatever the job, however big or small, it is an important part of this much needed ministry in our community. Annually, Calvary provides more than 1000 meals to the homeless and food-insecure people of our community.


Helpers are needed to cook/bake desserts, setup (3:15), serve (4:45) and Cleanup (6:00).


For information, please contact the church office or Chuck Beltz. C.beltz@cox.net

GOD'S Community Garden

Master Gardener Linda Wood is the driving force behind the garden, its growth and tremendous outreach efforts. The garden, begun at Calvary in 1996 by Bishop Dale White as a small Methodist outreach effort, has increased significantly in recent years and involves houses of worship and community volunteers from all over the island. The project has also expanded exponentially in both produce volume and variety, and has produced literally tons of fresh vegetables and herbs. Thousands of pounds of vegetables are donated annually to area soup kitchens, senior centers, shelters and food pantries. This past summer a farm stand was set up at St. Paul's in Newport to compliment our Calvary stand for seniors and other low income families.

Volunteer opportunities exist for digging, picking and caring for the plants in the gardens and working the farm stand.

For information, contact Linda Wood at lswwood@cox.net 978-505-0147