Urgent need at West Springfield Parish Cupboard

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield calls on the community to help meet the urgent need for nonperishable food items at the West Springfield Parish Cupboard, an emergency food program serving greater West Springfield.

According to director Martha Tighe, demand for assistance was overwhelming in the month of July, as the Parish Cupboard met the needs of 214 families and nearly 600 total individuals, with more than 200 of them children. As a result, the Parish Cupboard’s supply of groceries has fallen to critically low levels.

Donations can be brought to Grace Lutheran Church at 1552 Westfield St., or a pickup can be arranged by contacting the Parish Cupboard directly at (413) 734-7969.

Vegetable garden yields first crops

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield invites the congregation, friends, neighbors and all others from the community with an interest in feeding the hungry to attend the special harvest event for its first-ever vegetable garden.

Help is needed Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, after Sunday worship (approx. 11:00 a.m.) to pick the vegetables from the garden, planted this past spring by the children of Grace. The vegetables will go to the West Springfield Parish Cupboard to help feed those in need. All the “home framers” who have bounty to share to add to those grown by our children are also invited to attend.

Grace is also looking for help delivering the vegetables to the Parish Cupboard during the week of Aug. 27; availability before noon Mon.-Fri. Children are especially encouraged to help. For more information, contact Carol: 413-733-7345 or via email at carolalmb@comcast.net

Join our team for the 2012 Souper Bowl of Caring

Please join Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield to generously offer your financial support to the Souper Bowl of Caring, taking place Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012. The event is in support the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts; donations of non-perishable food items are also welcome and will go to support the Parish Cupboard.

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Volunteers needed at the West Springfield Parish Cupboard

The West Springfield Parish Cupboard, which helps feed the homeless and under-nourished in the greater West Springfield area, needs a few extra volunteers to lend a helping hand with its lunchtime service, particularly on Wednesdays.

If you are available to to help at the West Springfield Parish Cupboard between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., please contact Carol at 733-7645 or carolalmb@comcast.net.

Be a part of ‘Cash for the Cupboard’

The West Springfield Parish Cupboard is conducting its annual Cash for the Cupboard fund-raising drive. Parish Cupboard is an organization dedicated to feeding the hungry in the greater West Springfield area.

Cash for the Cupboard is the organization’s major fundraiser for the year, and monetary and food donations are needed.

Monetary donations for the Parish Cupboard can be mailed to:
Cash for the Cupboard
c/o 1023 Main St.
West Springfield, MA 01089.

Checks can also be made out and sent to Grace Lutheran Church with “Cash for the Cupboard” in the memo field.

For more information contact Brian Roberts.

Mark your calendars: Upcoming events at Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield

Confirmation – February 1st, 11:00 a.m.

Parish Cupboard Food Distribution at Grace – Saturday, Feb. 7th and Saturday, March 7th, from 9:00 a.m. – noon; families interested in participating should contact Pastor Harman at: pastorharman@gracelutheranonline.com

Tropical Sunday – February 8th; Who cares if it’s winter? Come dressed in your favorite tropical outfit and enjoy a tropical-style celebration!

Rummage Sale – Feb. 21st; Start collecting your unused clothing and other items to donate to next month’s sale in order to raise money for Habitat for Humanity and other worth causes supported by Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield.

Lenten Bible Study – March 1st, 15th and 29th, immediately after worship; These one-hour sesions will focus on the Book of Faith Initiative and cover basic topics.