In 2019, this group of dedicated women made 12 quilts and 40 school bags for Lutheran World Relief. Then they started on crafting for the Christmas Fair and made dozens of tree ornaments, microwave bowl holders, trivets, and coasters.
Drop in any Tuesday at 9 a.m. to join the group. Good conversation and good fun are always on the agenda. The group can make good use of any clean and reusable cotton fabric you have such as sheets or curtains.
The Hospitality group includes most of the women in the congregation and some of the men, who provide goodies for coffee hours and any other function involving food such as anniversaries, the bake sale at the Christmas Fair, and our annual participation in the Croton Caring Committee luncheon for seniors.
We have many activities throughout the year including pot luck suppers, neighborhood Christmas caroling, a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, and Easter breakfast.
A number of community organizations including Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and scout groups meet in our buildings. The church office can provide further information.
This congregation reaches out to those in need locally and throughout the world to alleviate hunger and assist those in desperate situations.
- We support Croton Lay Interfaith Council in their program Pedals4Progress to recycle bicycles and sewing machines to be used as economic development tools in developing countries.
- We have been sending quilts and kits to Lutheran World Relief for many, many years. Only recently have we been able to track where our quilts and kits go. Since 2017, our quilts ended up in Ukraine, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Iraq. School kits went to Serbia and Djibouti. Baby layettes were sent to Iraq and South Sudan. Personal Care Kits were shipped to Serbia. A big thank you to those who have worked tirelessly for decades organizing collections for Lutheran World Relief kits. And many, many thanks to our group of dedicated women who sew quilts and school bags and hem baby T-shirts for these kits.
- We support the work of Hudson Link, Lutheran Social Services of New York, and Lutheran World Relief through the benevolence portion of our budget. Total support this fiscal year will exceed $7000.
- Many of our members make designated gifts to the ELCA toward the reduction of world hunger.
- The congregation contributed to the Harry Chapin Run Against Hunger where three of our members were runners.
- In 2017 we provided about $2000 to help provide clean water in Sierra Leone.
- Each spring, we join Bread for the World in an Offering of Letters, in which we write our elected representatives on an issue relating to world hunger.
- Each Christmas we deliver satchels filled with gifts to Seafarers International House in New York City who work in support of seafarers and immigrants, especially asylum seekers.
- We will resume delivering bags of groceries to the Croton-Cortlandt Food Pantry at Holy Name of Mary Church, which serves 100-150 households per week, when conditions permit.
The Circle School is now closed after nearly 50 years.