Sometimes you have to try something new.  We are committed to our missions, but how can we bring a new element of fun and engagement?

The Mission Team of the First United Presbyterian Church of Salem is leading the congregation on a “sort of” Scavenger Hunt”, collecting items for Operation Adopt A Soldier.

            Following worship on Sunday November 6th, we will be leaving a bag, on the front doorknobs throughout the area.  A flyer, describing the project with a few suggestions of items to donate, will be inside the bag.  Following church service on Sunday, Nov. 12, the bags will be collected.  A covered bin, which will be checked frequently, will be set up net to our chapel steps (The Old White Church on West Broadway) and items can be deposited there if the pickup date is not convenient.

            Operation Adopt A Soldier, Inc. (OAAS) is an all-volunteer, not for profit organization, comprised of many men and women, committed to the goals of the organization.  OAAS originated in 2003 by the employees at Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility in Wilton, NY and is now located on Route 50 in Saratoga Springs.  In the first months of the war in Iraq, the facility’s employees, spearheaded by Cliff Seguin began sending care packages to one platoon of soldiers from the 368th Combat Engineers, of which Cliff’s son was a member.  Many soldiers in the platoon had never received a care package.  The operation soon grew as more and more people became aware of his efforts.  There are now many volunteers who pack many packages a day with donations from individuals and groups.

            For more information contact Dolores Phaneuf, or phone (518) 854-7275.scavenger-hunt

Dolores first joined the First United Presbyterian Church of Salem in 1947 and served in a variety of roles including Sunday School Teacher, Deacon, Elder,  Clerk of Session, Treasurer, and Financial Secretary.  She is currently serving on the Mission Team.  She is the mother of four daughters and one son.  Outside of her church ministries, she is very interested in genealogy, belongs to the Shushan Grange and enjoys her cat, Sheba.

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