Urban Impact, one of NCC’s mission partners doing
inner-city ministry, has been providing groceries and 45 to 50 meals per week
to vulnerable families who they work with on the North Side. The week of May 13, we collected and delivered non-perishable groceries to UIF. Perhaps you missed our collection dates and would like to see other ways you can support UIF during this crisis, please
MEALS FOR DOCTORS, NURSES, RESPONDERS
Here’s an uplifting story about a family in the NCC congregation. Click here to read the complete article in the Post-Gazette recently. It’s about how God is using the Novak family. This story begins with Amy wondering how to be of help during this crisis to raising money and organizing over 500 meals from local restaurants for some of Pittsburgh’s first responders. Amy told Senior Pastor Mark, “God has a plan; and even though we don’t know what that plan is, I know to trust in Him through it all.” If you’d like to donate to the fund to help provide meals to healthcare facilities and emergency responder teams in the Pittsburgh area, click here. Any donation amount is helpful - and will go 100% towards meals for these teams and individuals.
As we learned that the COVID-19 virus was spreading, there were precautions put in place that were necessary to protect the public. One precaution implemented at retirement homes was a “visitor ban.” This was one way the administration could protect those living in the facility. However, we heard how the isolation due to the “visitor ban” was upsetting to those in the retirement home. Families from NCC have been saving their children’s crafts and sending packages to these facilities so they can distribute the crafts, notes, and projects to the residents. To help with this opportunity, please contact Mary Hoffmann.
MORE GRACE OUTREACH (APPALACHIA, WV)
For the past nine years, our church has served alongside Beth Luffy and her family, who aid the people of their community through their ministry center, More Grace Outreach. Beth is continuing to minister and meet the needs of vulnerable families. Their most pressing need in continuing that ministry is financial support. If you are interested in helping them, please visit their website. Please keep them in your prayers as well.
During this challenging time, most of us ask the question, “Lord, how can you use me during this time?” Well, our church family stepped up and met an immediate need. In a brief conversation, we became aware of a need for masks for Tri-State Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Katie Jackley, PA-C and others in her practice were making rounds and caring for their patients in hospitals during this COVID-19 pandemic without masks. Once we heard this, we reached out to NCC’s care response team, and that night we collected 12 handmade masks. By the next day, the church had enough for the entire practice, all 52 of them! The medical administrators, doctors, physical therapists, etc. were all very appreciative. This made a huge impact on their lives. Also, we are so grateful to the many hands from our congregation who made these masks. If you are interested in making masks, please contact Mary Hoffmann.