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Fayetteville church gives time, resources to Rescue Mission and refugees

All ages from Good Shepherd help to make PBJ sandwiches and trail mix for the Rescue Mission to give to the homeless.

All ages from Good Shepherd help to make PBJ sandwiches and trail mix for the Rescue Mission to give to the homeless. Provided

— During the Christmas season, churches often seek additional ways to reach out to the community with kind acts and support. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Fayetteville decided to take an inter-generational approach to spreading useful cheer during the season of Advent. The church devoted one Sunday's Christian education hour to focus on helping two Syracuse groups: the Rescue Mission and four refugee families.

For a few weeks, a wish-list was posted in the church narthex. One list requested the makings of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and trail mix for the Rescue Mission to distribute as bag lunches to the homeless. The other list presented the ages of four refugee families, identified by The Center for New Americans, with a request for suitable Christmas gifts for each. On Dec. 9, all age groups were invited to come together in the Good Shepherd gym between the two services. More than 50 people of all ages turned out to build, bag and wrap.

By the end of the hour, there were 128 full lunch bags and two large garbage bags full of wrapped presents. The lunches were immediately delivered to the Rescue Mission, and the presents will be hand delivered by church adults and youth in the next week.

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