Inasmuch Day Projects and Signup

Mount Carmel’s next Inasmuch Day is Saturday, April 29, 2017. We hope to have at least 150 people serving in the name of Jesus across our community. Service projects are available for adults, teens, children, and families. Please prayerfully consider the following service projects and let us know your top three choices by filling in the form at the bottom of the projects list.

On Inasmuch Day, we’ll have breakfast treats and a blessing of hands at 8 am in the Gathering Space (84th Street entrance). After serving, come back to Mount Carmel for lunch!

Projects especially in need of more volunteers in order to be successful are listed first.

Nehemiah Project Painters, 9 am-noon: NEED 3-4 MORE VOLUNTEERS! Paint walls and trim in the main room and two offices at this group home for boys. If you have brushes and rollers you like to use, please bring them along. Ages 13 and up with adult supervision.

Serenity Inns Alumni House, 9 am-2 or 3 pm: NEED 2-3 MORE VOLUNTEERS! Update: Because of the weather, the group will be building shelving for maintenance supplies and other storage at the new Serenity Inns Alumni House, a home for graduates of the recovery program. (The original project was landscaping.) Lunch is provided.

Victory Gardens Farmers, 9-11 am: NEED 2-3 MORE VOLUNTEERS! Prepare for planting season at the Victory Garden Initiative Urban Farm. We’ll pick up debris, weed, and move dirt. Able-bodied volunteers ages 8 and up are welcome. Please note: There are no restrooms on site, and volunteers are encouraged to bring a full canteen of water. Rain or shine!

Kathy’s House, 9-11 am: NEED 2-3 MORE VOLUNTEERS! Help Kathy’s House provide a place to relax for patients being treated at Milwaukee-area hospitals, and their caregivers, by cleaning and setting up patio furniture.

Mr. Bob’s Under the Bridge, 7:50-9 am: NEED 1-2 MORE VOLUNTEERS! Help care for the homeless by distributing food, clothing, blankets, and hygiene products at Kosziesko Park. You’ll work with a ministry started by Lutherans in Cedarburg. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.

LGBT Community Center, 9 am-noon: NEED 1-2 MORE VOLUNTEERS! Assist with painting and organizational projects to help the Community Center continue to be a welcoming place in our community.

Urban Ecology Center, 9-11 am: Help clean up Washington Park – and create a healthier outdoor classroom and natural area community members can enjoy – by removing invasive species! All ages are welcome with adult supervision.

Hope House Food Pantry, 9 am-12:15 pm: After a tour, walk community members through the pantry, greeting and passing out numbers, sorting food, and restocking shelves. Come join us in bringing smiling faces to those in a time of need. Appropriate for ages middle school and up. Adult supervision required.

Tricklebee Café, 9-11 am: Staff a pay-what-you-can café. Tasks include litter pickup around the building, cloth napkin folding, packing snack bags for neighborhood kids, writing the menu on the chalkboard, and simple food prep. All ages are welcome, but only 16 and older may volunteer in the kitchen.

Just One More Ministry, 9am-noon: THIS PROJECT IS FULL! Create bag lunches and family meals from food rescued from caterers and grocery stores. Children 6 and up are welcome with their grown-ups.

Aldi Greeters, 9-11 am: THIS PROJECT IS FULL! Greet Aldi shoppers with a friendly surprise by paying their shopping cart deposits and providing free shopping bags. All ages welcome with adult supervision.

Shiny Bus Shelters, 9-11 am: THIS PROJECT IS FULL! Tidy up the neighborhood and show our care for those who use city buses for transportation. We will travel to as many bus shelters as we are able to (map provided) within a mile or so of Mount Carmel and wash down the seats and walls, pick up trash, and hand out bus tickets to riders. Ages 8 and up are welcome to join but must be accompanied by a grown-up. In the event of heavy rain, we’ll take part in drop-in projects at church.

CAN’T SPARE THE WHOLE MORNING?

The following projects in Fellowship Hall are perfect for those who have only a short amount of time to serve, or for those with mobility concerns. Serve for 15 minutes, or stay all morning! If supplies last, some projects will continue into the afternoon. Try one, or try them all. To participate, sign up for “dropping in” only to let us know you’ll be participating in any or all of them. All ages welcome!

Dropping In, 9 am-at least noon: Join us in Fellowship Hall to try any or all of the following: Decorate cookies that will be donated to Luther Manor, assemble a jar of Friendship Soup to give to one of our Gathering Meal guests, help make fleece blankets for patients at Zilber Hospice, or paint a bowl for the Milwaukee Empty Bowls fundraiser.

Other ways to support Inasmuch Day: Pray for Inasmuch Day, make a monetary donation for supplies we’ll need that day, or volunteer to bake plain sugar cookies for our cookie-decorating project. Special envelopes for monetary donations are available in the Gathering Space, or you may give online.