In 2013, we were asked to respond to a challenge by the First Presbyterian Church of Elgin to provide kits to the Blackhawk Presbytery and Church World Services. The challenge was for each of the 50 congregations of the Blackhawk Presbytery to provide 30 school kits and 1 emergency clean-up bucket. Well, congratulations, we not only succeeded, we exceeded.
The results for the entire Presbytery were 2597 kits!
School kits 1733
Emergency clean-up kits 126
Hygiene kits 706
Baby care kits 32
The week after the November Presbytery meeting, all of the Emergency clean-up kits were needed in Coal City as an EF-2 tornado damaged 200 homes, 80 badly.
So take pride in what we as a congregation contributed, 30 school kits and 6 clean-up buckets, but keep in mind how quickly that contribution disappeared in helping those in need. We can look forward to more challenges in 2014.
Thanks again from Your Mission & Stewardship Committee