March Mission Project

Food Pantry Blessing Bags

We are continuing our mission partnership with the Well Child Center of Elgin. Well Child serves parents, children, and families in our community with an emergency food pantry, a dental clinic, WIC services and more. We are supporting their food pantry by assembling kid-friendly, shelf-stable non-perishable ingredient bags. Recipe cards are hung on the tree in the narthex. Please purchase all of the ingredients on the recipe card.

For example:

1 cup of flour = Purchase 1 small sealed bag of flour

2 tbs cocoa = Purchase 1 small can of cocoa powder

Please return the recipe card and ingredients in the draw-string bag provided (available from the tree table) by Sunday, March 24th. Plan to stay after worship on March 24th to write friendly notes for each bag. Alison Smith, Barb Kamp, Anne Heinrich and Karen Snyder can help and answer questions.

2024 Ministry Team Leaders

Christian Education - Karen Smith

Missions - Barb Kamp

Calling & Caring - Ginny Mursewick

Evangelism - Polly Russel

Worship - Vern Knaak

Stewardship - Judy Rheimer

Fellowship/Hospitality - Janet Werner

Properties - Dan Heinrich

Past Service Projects

We seek to participate in projects that follow the way of Christ and foster love of neighbor, children and, creation.

United in Spirit and inspired by God’s grace, we welcome all, love all, and seek justice for all.

November Mission Project:

Stocking the Emergency Pantry for the Community Crisis Center

The collections is Nov 5th thru Nov 26th. The Community Crisis Center provides an emergency food pantry for their Economic Crisis Program. This program offers emergency shelter for homeless women and children; financial assistance for housing, utilities and transportation; emergency pantry that provides food, diapers, personal care items and limited clothing; and in-person counseling.

[*** indicates most needed items]

Donation List

  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Meat Meals*** (beef stew, chili, ravioli, spam, & chicken)
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Macaroni & Cheese (boxed)
  • Pinto Beans (dry/bags)
  • Saltine Crackers
  • Soup or Ramen Noodles
  • Spaghetti Noodles***
  • Marinara Sauce
  • SpaghettiOs or other canned pasta items
  • Tuna*** (can or pouch)
  • White Rice***

Tails Humane Society of DeKalb

Our confirmation class organized a Spring service project focused on Love of Creation. "Pets teach us love and show us love. The animal shelter is committed to helping vulnerable animals. In honor of the pets in our lives who show us unconditional love, let's support a local animal shelter."

We are collecting items every Sunday in May:

  • Dry/Wet dog or cat food
  • Dog/Cat toys
  • Bleach (Clorox preferred)
  • Blankets, hand towels, wash rags
  • Cat litter (non-scented, non-clumping)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Paper towels
  • Dog/Cat treats

Stock the Shelves

Lenten Mission Project in support of

Food For Families at Well Child Center

This March we are supporting a new food pantry called Food For Families out of the Well Child Center. For over five decades, the Well Child Center has served thousands of Elgin area children and families directly and by putting them in contact with other community resources. In partnership with Food for Greater Elgin, the Well Child Center is opening a food pantry at their location called Food for Families. We appreciate your contributions to help nourish our neighbors by donating shelf stable items. The Well Child Center is located at 620 Wing St (and Rt 31). 

Food and Baby Diapers

Fall Service Project

Volunteer with St. Paul's at the Northern Illinois Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry located at 901 Center Street, Elgin (Old Sherman Hospital parking lot). Volunteers help pack and distribute food. St. Paul's also distributes diapers at the event.

Volunteers needed every third Tuesday. See hall sign-up at church or contact Karen Snyder and Karen Smith. 

St. Paul's Diaper Ministry accepts diaper donations every first Sunday - sizes 4, 5, 6. Thank you for supporting our local families and youngest neighbors.

Home Essentials Welcome Kits for Refugee Families

In partnership with World Relief of Carol Stream, St. Paul's built two welcome kits of home essentials. Everything a family of four needs to move in to their new home.

Blessing Bags for those homeless in the Elgin Community

Essentials that we use every day like a Band-Aid, new socks, or a simple tissue are luxuries for someone without permanent shelter. We know our homeless neighbors gather in Tent City and we reached out to the Elgin Police with an idea: a blessing bag. 

50 bags - and 50 notes of encouragement - were distributed at The Vineyard Church during their breakfast program.