Come one, come all to help assemble prayer packets for our military servicemen and -women! Express your thanks for the sacrifices they make and show gratitude for their service. Everyone is invited to stop in for a few minutes or the entire hour – every pair of hands helps. Adults and children are also invited to write messages of gratitude to be included in these wonderful packets. It’s an activity the whole family can enjoy! Let us know you’re coming! Please email Mary Lou Luvisa to learn more.
In 2005, Saint Barnabas received its first American flag from one of the children of our parish who had brought it to us from a war zone where he had served. Out of that meaningful moment came a ministry of service and support for our military personnel around the globe. Our book & gift shop manager, Tammy Underwood, felt inspired to reach out to these brave souls and started carrying military prayer books in the bookstore that people could buy to donate. Then she found some neck-coolers that we could purchase to donate as well. Tammy then connected us with a state-wide organization that sends monthly care packages to our troops and started taking the donated items to be included. Later, she started partnering with Tony Conyers, one of our parish artists, who made copper crosses and prayer cards to include in these care packages. To date, we’ve sent 25,000 crosses overseas! They started working with our Tuesday Morning Workshop ladies who started putting the crosses and cards together with little return note cards and envelopes. Thanks to Tammy Underwood’s vision that goes back to that very first flag 13 years ago, we have had a connection with our servicemen and -women of both prayer and encouragement that you can now see displayed around Hutton Hall in their notes back to us. And you can see and read these messages in the book and gift shop anytime! Tammy keeps all the return letters in a binder so we never forget the deep impact we are making by these simple but important actions. So we encourage you to take part in this special part of Saint Barnabas. And we give thanks that Tammy was so inspired 13 years ago that she led us all to this ministry. See you in Hutton Hall.
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