One of our core values at Christ the King is community. While our worship is directed towards loving God, and our outreach is directed towards loving our neighbors, we also value the relationships within our parish family. A sense of belonging, feeling connected, and caring for one another is a large part of who we are and what makes Christ the King special.

During this time when we are not able to gather together in ways that we used to do, this core value of "community" is especially important. In order to foster a stronger sense of community, we have updated our "Neighborhood Groups" in the Realm database. There are 11 Neighborhood Groups, which are determined by geographical area, i.e. "Pt. Washington" and "Freeport." Each household is in a group.

In the next few weeks, Bryan Whitehead and I will send each household a hard copy roster of their Neighborhood Group. We will then invite members to volunteer as liaisons/leaders for their Neighborhood Group. If you currently use Realm, you can log in and look at your group to see which one you are in, and who your CtK neighbors are!

We hope to foster a deeper sense of community within the groups with regard to:
Social Fellowship - occasional gathering for outdoor activities, meals, drinks, etc.
Pastoral Care - staying in contact with those who might need assistance due to illness, surgery, meals, etc.
Emergency Preparedness - checking on vulnerable neighbors in weather-related emergencies

Respectfully submitted,
Lynn Crevar
It has been a busy few months at Caring & Sharing of South Walton. We wanted to take some time to update you on what we have been able to accomplish, with your support, since March. 
 
Over the last five months, we have provided over $130,000 in financial support to the residents of Walton County. These funds have helped families stay in their homes with running water and power. These funds have made sure that those that we serve were able to purchase their prescriptions, get to and from work and doctors appointments, and helped them stay connected when they would otherwise be without a way to communicate. 
 
Since March, our food pantry has provided food to 1,582 households. Our continued food distribution is made possible through partnerships with Feeding the Gulf Coast, Publix, Winn Dixie, City Produce and Destin Harvest. We have recently expanded our relationship with Winn Dixie and are finally able to order our staple food items again. In addition to our regular bags of food, our clients have been receiving a 25 pound box of produce each time they visit thanks to City Produce. We have also been lucky to continue getting food donations from our generous community. Every food item donated helps! 
 
In mid-July, we hired Beach Blue Counseling to work with our clients every Friday from 10:00-2:00. Patrick and Brian are onsite to provide case management and mental health counseling to our clients each week. We have already started to see the positive impact they are having on our clients. This is a partnership we hope to maintain for years to come! 
 
We have also been able to connect our clients with other community resources to help meet their needs if we are unable to do so. In July alone, we helped facilitate over $8,000 in additional support to our clients through referrals to other organizations in the community. 
 
Outside of providing assistance, we have also been so happy to have our Thrift Store back open. In case you haven’t been in, we have made some BIG changes! So far, our customers and volunteers seem to love all what we were able to accomplish during our closure. We have had some really successful weeks in the Thrift Store and appreciate everyone who continues donating their time and furniture to ensure we can continue.
 
As we continue working with clients each week, we want you to know that we are doing our best to support our community during this very uncertain time. Not only are we providing food, financial assistance, and connection to resources but we are working hard to provide a place where the community can come for overall support and connection. We are building some amazing relationships and look forward to continuing to serve our community to the best of our abilities.

 
Keeping in touch.
Please keep in touch via phone with those not able to come to church at this time. Let Fr. Richard (850-830-5681) or Tommy Fairweather (850-217-1535) know if there is a need for personal ongoing contact so that we might provide our CtK family with help.


New Requests

Old DVD's Needed
Libby Fisher has asked that if you have any educational DVD's that you no longer need to please donate to the prison.  The inmates are allowed to watch educational material.  Also ask neighbors and friends.  Please bring them to the church or call Tommy Fairweather (850-217-1535) and she will arrange pick-up.


Mask Making
Debra Hammond, a member of COT has made a request for individuals having scraps of cotton cloth to please donate to her because she is making masks for hospital use. She needs a piece no smaller than 6” by 9”.  Please bring your scraps to the church and Tommy will take them to her.  Debra is also the person that takes the medicine bottles to Hope Clinic. Example of her masks:



Ongoing Opportunities to Serve

Point Washington Clinic

Open Mondays 11:00am to 5:00pm and Wednesday 7:30am-1:30pm. Parishers might want to make donations to this clinic that helps those without health insurance.  
Send Check to CtK and put Outreach- Point Washington Clinic in the memo line.  The money will be sent to the clinic.  Thank you.


Medicine bottles for Hope Clinic in Freeport & Destin

Everyone can now drop off your medicine bottles at Christ the King. There is a white container clearly marked as you walk into the Parish Hall for the empty bottles.  You are more than welcome to leave in a bag on the white rockers if the doors to enter are locked.  These bottles are picked up every Thursday and taken to the Hope Clinic.  If you are not able to get to the church right now, please save your bottles and bring them with you the next time you attend worship.



Caring and Sharing

Still needed most right now is food and monetary donations.  We expect our numbers to continue to increase with the virus on the rise in our area.  Our team is continuing to provide clients with support on Mondays and Wednesday from 9:00-2:00pm. Thrift shop will be Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-4 (mask required to enter).  Only 10 customers are allowed in the thrift store at a time.  The thrift store is only taking furniture donations at this time.  

Caring and Sharing has requested the following: Shampoo, conditioner, brushes, combs, laundry detergent, toothpaste, and toothbrushes, deodorant, hand soap, shaving cream, toilet paper, wipes female products (pads, tampons), baby wipes and diapers size 3,4, and 5.  Other needs cans of tuna, Peanut Butter /Jelly/Soups, Mac and Cheese, Ramen Noodles, Cereal, Bottled juice, Canned Fruits and Vegetables, rice.

Any questions call Ann Bogardus 850 -231-9152 or Tommy Fairweather. 850-217-1535.

Caring and Sharing is in need of new and continuing volunteers with there being a current need on Fridays. Please call Caring and Sharing and ask for Amariles Rosado, if you are interested in volunteering.

A new to Caring & Sharing truck can pick up furniture. Please call  850-267-2866 to set up a pick up date and time for larger items.

Checks can be sent to: Christ the King @ 480 N County Hwy 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459  Put Caring and Sharing in the memo line. If done this way, the money will show up as outreach from your church.
 
Food for Thought

Food for Thought is a non-profit organization seeking to help food insecure families in our area.  There is actually a physical presence right down the street from the church at 132 Market Street.  They can use volunteers in two ways right now.  Because of the pandemic, they cannot take backpacks to school, so they are distributing to those in need in Santa Rosa Beach at the Market Street location.  So they need help packing bags for distribution and also need volunteers for putting bags in cars. Different times and dates for these two activities.

Contact Savanah Sikes is the Volunteer Coordinator Food for Thought Outreach 850-290-4056.  You can also find the application to volunteer on the Food for Thought website.  If you have difficulty with applying to volunteer, please call Tommy Fairweather 850-217-1535. Remember volunteering is an important feature of outreach for the church.

 
The Commission on Outreach & Mission meets on the 1st Friday of every month at 12:00pm in the CtK Vestry Room. All are welcome to attend.
For more information related to Outreach & Mission, contact: Tommy Fairweather (Commission Chair): tommyfair@outlook.com or Ben Ward (Vestry Liaison to Outreach & Mission): benfward@gmail.com
 
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