PEACE  CHURCH

SOCIAL MINISTRY

CARE AND SHARE

Care & Share provides material and spiritual support to under-resourced families and singles on a seasonal basis. Referrals come from outside agencies or congregation members. Our seasons of giving are Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.

We provide material things such as food gift cards, gift cards for kids at back to school and Christmas, gently used clothes, cleaning supplies, individual presents to family members at Christmas, and more. Spiritually, we provide a devotional service at Christmas and Easter, and a Prayer Buddy program from November until May. This ministry is funded only by donations from Peace members. Anyone can serve on this ministry team as either a team member or as a volunteer at one of our events. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Rose Hopkins through the church office.

If you are a member of the congregation and know of someone (member or not) who is in need, or if you are a congregation member who is in need, then please call Pastor Marty Hufford at the church office.

STORYBOOK

Members of Peace serve the inmates of Stateville Correctional Facility twice a month through a program called Storybook offered by Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. This wonderful ministry allows inmates to make a CD recording of a children's book, which is then sent to the offender's child along with a copy of the book so that the child can listen to their parent read them the story while they look at the pages. This is an earned privilege and offenders are allowed to participate. For more information, contact Pastor Marty.

P.A.D.S. (Public Action to Deliver Shelter)

Peace serves the homeless as a PADS site every Wednesday night during the school year. Area churches join with us to provide and serve supper, breakfast, and sack lunches four Wednesdays each month. On fifth Wednesdays, Peace does the meals and provides the workers for three shifts. Volunteer sign-up is in the lobby prior to fifth Wednesdays. Peace volunteers wash the bedding laundry every week. Contact Jan Waichunas through the church office for more information about how to serve.

BLOOD BANK

Because you are exactly the right type to give the gift of life, Peace partners with Heartland Blood Center to assist our congregation with a regular way to donate blood. Heartland brings its comfortable motor coach to us four times in a calendar year and rewards you with special thank you gifts for donating at least that often. There are some restrictions that may apply. Volunteers are needed to register donors in advance, make reminder calls, and check in donors. Contact Lori Brown through the church office to register, volunteer, or for more information.

CARENET PREGNANCY SERVICES OF DUPAGE


CareNet is committed to assisting women in unplanned pregnancies to carry to term by providing emotional support, spiritual counsel, and practical assistance. For more information, or to learn how you can help, visit their website at www.carenetdupage.com or talk to Mary Stirtz.

RESTORE POST-ABORTION

CareNet's Restore program reaches out to both women and men who have been affected by an abortion decision. Restore connects those in need of healing to each other for mutual support and to God for forgiveness and healing. For more information, visit www.restoreafterabortion.com or talk to Mary Stirtz.

Peace participates in several fund-raising opportunities to support CareNet's ministry throughout the year:

January: "Coins for CareNet" where baby bottles are distributed on Sanctity of Life Sunday to be filled with loose change and returned to Peace.

June: "Walk for Life" hike held on the Saturday before Father's Day at four different locations.

October: CareNet Annual Banquet held at Drury Lane in Oakbrook.