Baldwinsville On the first Sunday in February, the congregation at Hillview Community Church was surprised to find an outhouse had been erected in the front of the church directly beside the pulpit.
Pastor Joe Folckemer and church member Dick Anthony had built the outhouse as an incentive for the February Mission of the Month, which was to collect toilet tissue and paper products for P.E.A.C.E. Inc.
The Church’s normal local outreach is the Hillview Coffeehouse music program, which raises food donations for local area food pantries, but since February typically has very unpredictable weather, the church turned to a different method to support local needs during the month.
This year, it was decided that they would collect toilet tissue and other personal hygiene paper products because these are items that cannot be purchased with food stamps and there is always a shortage.
Pastor Folckemer offered two friendly challenges; first he challenged the congregation of Hillview to fill the outhouse. The second challenge is to other area churches to borrow the outhouse and beat Hillview’s numbers. The outhouse was made to be easily disassembled and moved.
The church hopes to collect hundreds of rolls and then pass the outhouse on to other churches who would like to devote a month to the collection of toilet paper. According to Pastor Folckemer, a church in Port Byron has already taken the challenge and will collect donations in March.
If your church would like to get involved, either by collecting food and personal hygiene items each week or by borrowing the outhouse for your own collection, call Pastor Folckemer at 638-0357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.