Needed Items:

  • sour cream and yogurt sized containers (for take out food)
  • lunch snacks for school program (fruit cups, apple sauce, pudding, peanut free granola bars, individually packaged cookies and crackers and cheese)
  • decaf coffee, salad dressings (especially caesar), salad toppings (olives, beets, dried cranberries, shelled sunflower seeds, etc.)
  • desserts for Friday dinners

Contact Lisa at fnc@wsquare.ca
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C-19 and Friday Night Community Volunteering update

Hi friends, 

During this continued time of fear and uncertainty it is such a blessing to know that we are a part of a bigger community of friends who care for one another and have many special memories.  It is these memories shared that remind us that we will one day (hopefully soon) be back together again.  We know some of you are waiting to get back into the country while others are self-isolating after trips or due to personal or family health concerns.  We have shifted our Friday Night model to one of ‘regular take-home’ meals where friends meet outside the door and we give them a smile, a wave and a bag of food.  Even more so it has changed from Friday Night Community just to ‘Community’, as we are working with other local groups to meet the many needs of our regular FNC friends as well as others who are in need of assistance at this time.  We want to thank you for your continued support which comes in many forms…from hands on assistance, donations, sharing of the needs, prayers, reaching out to our community friends and messages of support.  Although the food availability has diminished, we are presently benefitting from some local restaurants that have been forced to close.  Please spread the word if you know of anyone who has food to offer. We are also so thankful for our walk-in freezer, as without it we would not be able to continue to provide food for our community.

As one of our FNC friends so beautifully shared, “As we pass through this time of fear, confusion and isolation we are reminded of so many good things that we enjoy. One of those of course is our friends which includes you. It’s so nice to know that even at a distance our friendship continues undiminished.  Friendships can be strong even without the smiles and hugs that we are so used to. These are trying times for many, but it is only for a period of time. We will get through this and in so doing we will learn much about others and more importantly about ourselves.” 

Stay well my friends, may God bless you, keep in touch and in time we will see you all back to enjoy a meal together at the Friday Night Community table. 

Hugs to you,

Lisa 

Friday Night Community- COVID 19 update

Hi friends,

In this time of fear and uncertainty, we believe that compassion is as important as ever.  While we take care of ourselves and our families and ensure that we are doing everything needed to care for our health, we are committed to responding in a way that demonstrates the power of generosity and the confident hope we have in God.  We can help to decrease some of the fear that many are experiencing as the grocery store shelves continue to empty, community meals and support programs close and people begin to self-isolate.  As a community we are choosing to share what we have with those around us who may be scared, hungry and alone.

As we look toward the coming week, we do not anticipate that we will be sharing a Friday meal together.  At our smaller gathering this past week there was great anxiety and uncertainty about what is to come.  We collected contacts from over 100 of our friends who asked that we keep in touch with them.  We know that some of our friends are struggling with physical and mental health challenges in addition to food insecurity and don’t have enough to provide for themselves or their families.  We are planning on continuing to prepare food which we will provide as takeout throughout the week in order that our friends can continue to access what they need.  We also plan to do regular phone check ins so friends are not isolated and we can better understand and meet the changing needs.

Here are some ways that you can help:

1) Offer your time in helping us to prepare/clean up, package and label take home meals throughout the week.

2) Offer to buddy with 2-5 of our Friday Night Community friends to check in regularly by phone and/or e-mail. If you learn that food or other items are needed you will let us know and we will have you communicate a pick up or drop off location.

3) Be available during a scheduled time during the week for when friends come to pick up their take home meals. (Safety precautions will be put in place for the exchange of food).

4) Purchase take home containers (we will need an abundance) or bulk food that we can use to prepare the meals (vegetables, fruit, meat, rice, cheese and other snacks, etc.) to help us keep our costs down.

5) Help us to find needed items for our friends (baby wipes for a new baby due tomorrow, diapers of all sizes, adult Depends, paper towel, Kleenex, toilet paper, disinfectant wipes, spray cleaners).  Many of our friends have not been able to access and purchase these supplies which are now in high demand. We are also in need of gently used microwaves to make it easier for some friends to warm up the already prepared meals.  This can all be dropped off at Wellington Square (2121 Caroline St. during office hours or contact me about an alternative plan)

6) Pray for our most vulnerable friends over the upcoming days and weeks.

Thank you for caring for our friends and continuing to show compassion in a very difficult time.  

Please keep in touch in letting us know how you are doing as we will miss not meeting, sharing a meal and friendship. Lisa and the Friday Night Community Team 

‘Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.’ ~Philippians 2:3-4

Our Children as Leaders at the Friday Night Community

We have noticed and celebrated a significant number of children and youth who once camerequiring care by the adults in the community and who are now moving into leadership roles.  Some children take the onus of wanting to help set up and decide on the craft activities. Those who came in very shyand withdrawn are gaining confidence in interacting with their peers.  Friends with greater needs have found their niche and are taking on responsibilities with clean up.  Each week a handful of children check in with the ‘Birthday dessert’ overseer and enjoy delivering the treats. This past Friday one of our 12-year old boys who has been coming since he wasyoung came in asking if he could serve on the hot table.  We were able to fit him in and he proudly put vegetables on the plates. He felt a sense of pride and belonging as he worked to give back to the community of which he is a part of.

Most needed items:

*snacks for children’s lunches (fruit cups, apple sauce, pudding cups, peanut free granola bars, individually packed cookies and crackers, etc.)

*yogurt & sour cream size containers and black take out (no thin or clear plastic please)

*lemonade & iced tea crystals, hot chocolate mix

*salad bar toppings (beets, seeds, Salad Topper, croutons, etc.)

*olive oil, mayonnaise

*gently used/newer running shoes of all sizes for men/women/children

*towels, blankets (gently used)

*twin sheets & mattress pads

*shampoo, kids’ toothpaste, shower gel for men

*dehumidifier for damp basement

*wool for afternoon Hub

*disposable plates for afternoon Hub

*baby clothes sizes 6 months to 2 years (and sleepers)

*size 3 diapers

*sweat/yoga pants of all sizes

*skinny pants of all sizes

*ladies tops (sizes XL and up)

*boys’ pants size 6-12

*girls’ clothes 4-6x

*kids’ shoes sizes 12, 13, 1

*boys’ shoes size 6

*bedside table and lamps

*large, gently used crockpots

*Easter candy

Why We Service at Friday Night Community

Friends come in our doors to serve for many reasons.  Some of our regular volunteers shared why they choose to be a part of Friday Night Community.  “It is an opportunity to have fun, feel a sense of belonging and meet and work with a great group of people.”  “It fills my heart and allows me to give back for all my blessings and make a difference for others”.  Others commented, “ It puts life in perspective, humbles me, makes me appreciate life and it makes me feel grateful for so much.”  Other friends feel that Jesus filled their heart with love and desire, and they want to share God’s love and that He nudges them to love others the way He loves.  One volunteer shared that they love seeing the miracles that happen through our community and another wrote that the people are so welcoming and loving and that they feel their life has been saved.  The impact is great when we join together to care for God’s people.  

I know there are many including myself that are so thankful that you have chosen to serve with us at Friday Night Community.  Everyone plays a part with no one person or job more important than another. Thank you to each one of you who brings their time, talents, skills, resources and LOVE to share with our community.  Thank you for the impact you have and continue to make on so many lives. Thank you for being a blessing to our Friday Night Community.  

“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” ~Theodore Geisel  

Most needed items:

*snacks for children’s lunches (fruit cups, apple sauce, pudding cups, peanut free granola bars, individually packed cookies and crackers, etc.)

*yogurt & sour cream size containers and black take out (no thin or clear plastic please)

*lemonade & iced tea crystals, hot chocolate mix

*salad bar toppings (beets, seeds, Salad Topper, croutons, etc.)

*olive oil, mayonnaise

*gently used/newer running shoes of all sizes for men/women/children

*towels, blankets (gently used)

*twin sheets & mattress pads

*shampoo, kids’ toothpaste, shower gel for men

*dehumidifier for damp basement

*wool for afternoon Hub

*disposable plates for afternoon Hub

*baby clothes sizes 6 months to 2 years (and sleepers)

*size 3 diapers

*sweat/yoga pants of all sizes

*skinny pants of all sizes

*ladies tops (sizes XL and up)

*boys’ pants size 6-12

*girls’ clothes 4-6x

*kids’ shoes sizes 12, 13, 1

*boys’ shoes size 6

*bedside table and lamps

*Easter candy