Newsletter – December 2015

Newsletter – December 2015

Luke 2: 8-14
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.   For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.   And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

Message from John Wolff, Board Chair

Heading into the Christmas Season could not be better at SUMS. We are so pleased to welcome our new Executive Director – Michael (Mike) Musgrove. Mike lives North Surrey and has spent almost 25 years working with those in need. As a regular volunteer at SUMS, Mike knows our challenges and our many opportunities. His organizational and social services background will be a significant asset to the Mission as we continue to grow and deliver the needed services in our community. e are excited to work with Mike and support him while he puts plans into action as together we focus on those we are here to serve.
For the first time this season, the Emergency Shelter was opened at SUMS on Friday, November 27.

Thirty men and women are being housed while temperatures have dipped below zero. For most of us Christmas is a season of family, food and joy.  Sometimes we can’t imagine how those living in poverty get through a normal day, let alone those cold days during the Christmas Season. While most of us are celebrating Christmas with so much excess, those living in poverty in Surrey-Whalley are not. Our abundance only highlights what they don’t have – except at SUMS. At the mission our guests are why we exist.

Thanks to June, Sally Ann and our dedicated volunteers, three Christmas Trees, countless snowmen and even a “partridge in a pear tree” adorn the Mission.  And there is JOY!  Coming in from the cold, having a great meal served with love and caring hearts. It is a wonderful gift to share with those who are in need.

Christmas Blessing to you, your families and friends.

Special Thanks

SUMS, our partners and volunteers serve over 8,000 meals every month. Every day brings new gifts – large and small, but all are so appreciated, so needed and always given with love. This past month we received a most generous gift of a new serving station at the Mission.  Thank you so very much to Continental Store Fixture Group and Action Stainless Steel of Surrey for their generous donation of our serving table.

Volunteers are needed

Breakfast is served through a window everyday by the Diamond Foundation. We want to bring the breakfast program indoors. Contact Sheena Wilkie, Volunteer Coordinator sums@telus.net

Volunteer Appreciation Night at SUMS  – Join us

December 15, 1025 at 7:30 pm

Thanks  Again & Again

Thank you too to so many that continue to help and support those in need in our community with love and grace.

One of our key goals was to serve lunch and breakfast 7 days each week.  This past month we welcomed a new partner in our Mission to help us provide lunch on Tuesday.  Thank you to Ranny and all the good folks from J.C. Hope Mission who are serving 125 plus lunches every Tuesday.

We are so thankful for the countless people in the community who have stopped to drop off gifts of clothes, food and sometimes financial support. This month a surprise visit from Jennifer and Peter Njenga was especially welcome as they brought some wonderful gift packs of food and clothes.

And, our relationship with Rick Diamond and the Diamond Foundation continues to grow with the kindness and generosity of their organization.  We just cannot thank them enough.

Volunteerism is the core of our existence. Our volunteers are what makes it all happen at the SUMS.  Thank you to each volunteer, from the students to the seniors and everyone in between for your dedication and support for those we serve.

With grace and fellowship, Sunday Dinner, Breakfast 7 days/week and Lunch, Monday thru Friday are shared with our neighbours in need.  Thank all of you for sharing with a caring heart. For those congregations that have volunteered to provide a Sunday dinner, please send us an email note to confirm your booking.

We Need Your Help

Save the Date for the Coldest Night of the Year on February 20, 2016 – one of our main fundraisers at SUMS. Get your team ready to go and walk to help raise money for those living in poverty in North Surrey.

Calling all Faith and Service Groups:  Sunday Dinner nights are open.  Please consider providing a Sunday Dinner for our guests.  While filling them, you will be fulfilled. It truly is a blessing to give. Contact us at sums@telus.net for more information.

Donations

Please consider helping. Volunteer and, if you can, give. Socks, gloves, toques and coats are always needed at SUMS. Money is also very appreciated – tax receipts can be provided.

We are also looking for help with some “big ticket” needs at the Mission too.

Roof repairs          $10,000
Furnace repairs      $5,000
Defibrillator            $2,000
Security Doors        $2,000

Any donation cheques should be made out to BC Synod with SUMS noted in the memo line.

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