Great Thanks For Great Works
Gratitude to San Marino UCC
Letters of thanks and a Volunteer Service Award were received by our church this month for contributions and service made by our church members and friends.
The Pasadena Interfaith Peace Walk and Shoe Drive that happened in March was a great success, and its organizers sent us a letter affirming our participation and thanking us for the many pairs of shoes collected. Chairperson, the Reverend Donna Byrns wrote that, "the walk and the closing event at Memorial Park were beautiful and shoed our beloved city that all faiths can work together with the common goal of helping others. It was a sterling example of harmony in action… The shoe donations were simply overwhelming. We gathered together over 3,000 pairs of shoes that were distributed locally (including to our own special charities, Elizabeth House, La Casa de San Gabriel Community Center; and Foothill Center). The gratitude that these organizations expressed was deeply moving…On behalf of our committee and our city, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your outstanding effort and compassionate heart."
The Volunteer Service Award was given to us by Friends in Deed (a part of the Ecumenical Council Pasadena Area Congregations) for our work with the Bad Weather Shelter this year. ECPAC Executive Director, Rev. Patricia O'Reilly wrote to us saying, "I would like to thank you for San Marino Congregational Church's generous commitment of time, energy and money to making the Pasadena Bad Weather Shelter a possibility again this year. We really appreciate your hard work, and the funds and time that you spent in helping us feed and care for the homeless in our community. We could not do it without you and others like you who lovingly lend a hand to their neighbors in need."
A Thank You To SMCC
From La Casa de San Gabriel
Dear Members of the Congregation,
You are so incredibly generous in your donations of food to La Casa de San Gabriel Community Center! When Carol Barrett arrived in her Honda yesterday, it appeared to be really heavily loaded, and it did seem to lighten up after we all joined in and filled our pantry.
Your outreach to your neighbors is to be commended. Our resource-poor families are blessed by your generosity.
May I share a bit of ancient wisdom with you as a thank you to all of you?
May the kindness of God precede you.
May the wisdom of God be with you.
May the light of God follow you.
Cheryl Prentice, CEO
La Casa de San Gabriel Community Center