Evergreen Projects Ministry Team
Evergreen is the umbrella title for several service projects at Unity Church-Unitarian.
Food Ministry at the Jeremiah Program
At the present time Unity Church members prepare and serve monthly meals for families at the Jeremiah Program residence at 932 Concordia Avenue in St. Paul. The Jeremiah Program gives single mothers and their children the opportunity to fully unleash their potential and build a vibrant future. Jeremiah provides a holistic support system for women of high-potential seeking higher education, including affordable housing, Life Skills education, empowerment training and early childhood education for their children. Jeremiah Program’s innovative approach prepares women to succeed n the workforce, readies their children to succeed in kindergarten and reduces general dependence on public assistance.
Evergreen Quilters is a group of twenty-five members and friends of Unity Church–Unitarian who quilt or want to learn how to quilt, and who love to share their creativity and skills with each other and the wider community. Their creative work is displayed at church, shared with in celebration of new babies, donated to families at the Family Place (a day shelter in downtown St. Paul), and sold in Parish Hall each year. Proceeds from the sale are shared with Sharing Korner Food shelf, the Jeremiah Program, and the Family Place. All people of the church are welcome to join the group at any time. For information please contact Peggy Wright at 651-698-2760.
Currently the Evergreen projects are staffed by a core group of dedicated volunteers doing direct service; the quilters provide a larger venue for volunteer opportunities. Contact Lisa Friedman f by email at email@example.com or by phone at 651-228-1456 x107 for more information.
Food Shelf Collection
Hallie Q. Brown, the food shelf supported by Evergreen Quilters and Unity Church members, distributes 25 pounds of food per month, per qualified family member. Last year they distributed 568,183 pounds, 25 pounds at a time. This year they have served over 19,000 people in the Rondo neighborhood.
Since April 1, Evergreen Quilters has been collecting food shelf donations in the wicker trunks located at the Holly and Portland Avenue entrances. Bring a food shelf donation each time you come to the church! Non-perishable food, cooking supplies, toiletries, and pet food are all gratefully accepted donations.
Evergreen Quilters Spring Auction
Enjoy Evergreen Quilters’ exhibit “Once in a Blue Moon” in the Parish Hall April 1-29. All the small quilts and quilted wall-hangings on display are part of their biennial silent auction and are up for bid. You may also purchase $2 raffle tickets for “Blue Moon,” a stunning 88” x 100” quilt made by a group of about 20 Evergreen Quilters.
Register for a bidding number and learn how to use the bidding system at the Evergreen Quilters’ table in the Parish Hall on Sunday mornings in April. Then place your bids for your favorite quilts and wall-hangings. To bid, you can use your smart phone anywhere throughout the month, or the tablets available in the Parish Hall after services on Sunday mornings. Bidding ends at 12:30 p.m. on the last day of the exhibit. Items may be paid for and picked up at that time or by arrangement the following week. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 29.
You’re invited to help celebrate Evergreen Quilters’ show at their opening reception in the Parish Hall on Friday, April 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. That evening you can see the quilts, meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, and place your bids. Bring a friend or two!
Sundays, April 8, 15, 22, and 29, you will also be able to purchase additional Evergreen quilters’ smaller sewn and quilted creations at their "Buy-It-Now" table. Small quilted runners, zipper bags, potholders, and other items are designed for you to purchase and make great gifts. Think Mother’s Day, spring birthdays, graduation gifts!
Evergreen Quilters create quilted items of all kinds to raise money that helps support three organizations dedicated to serving hungry and homeless people in our community: The Family Place, a day shelter for homeless families; Hallie Q. Brown Center, a local food shelf; and Jeremiah House, a program and housing facility for young mothers and their children. We also often donate to Obama Elementary School campaigns to raise money for neighborhood families’ after-school and holiday meals. To all these agencies, we donate one hundred percent of the money we raise.
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