Raise the Roof Project is a 10-year-old shared ministry between Dauphin Way United Methodist Church and St. Paul’s, Mobile. Beloved Community Outreach Center is a new ministry project of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast that started in November of 2020. Due to COVID-19, Raise the Roof is not operating at its full capacity, and as a new ministry Beloved Community Outreach Center is still working on getting to know the Mobile community. Together, along with friends and neighbors like you, we are sharing in a weeklong celebration of giving and receiving love, Sunday, June 20th-Thursday, June 24!
Throughout Be Loved Mobile Week, there will be opportunities to take part in outreach like a Raise the Roof construction projection, Laundry Love at Green Cleen Laundromat, and Free Listening in Bienville Square, or making lunches for our volunteers and friends we serve. In giving and receiving love we also want to share in worship and fellowship, so there will be opportunities like Prayers in the Park, Movie in the Meadow, and our Celebration Picnic Lunch. There are many ways you can help make this dream come to life! See below for a detailed schedule of events, volunteer opportunities, and how you can sign up to help through donations of time, talent or resource. God’s love for each and every one of us is abundant beyond comprehension. Invite a friend, and come share that outpouring of God’s love for neighbors in our community! Email email@example.com or call the Rev. Lydia Knizley Johnson at 251-377-7809 or the Rev. Mary Alice Mathison at 850-292-7371. ***All volunteer opportunities and updates are available through our Sign-Up Genius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4ba5a82cabfc1-raise2
Schedule of Events
Sunday, June 20: Prayers in the Park at Public Safety Memorial Park, Be Loved Mobile Kickoff Worship and Fellowship, 4:00pm-6:00pm Monday, June 21: Raise the Roof construction project begins and continues through the week, Free Listening in Bienville Square 10:30am-1:15pm, Laundry Love Prep at Christ Church Cathedral, 5:30pm-7:30pm Tuesday, June 22: Laundry Love at Green Cleen Laundromat 8:30am-2:30pm Wednesday, June 23: Free Listening in Bienville Square 10:30am-1:15pm, Movie in the Meadow at Trinity Episcopal Church 7:45pm Thursday, June 24: Celebration Picnic Lunch in Bienville Square 11:30am-1:30pm Ways to Participate Sandwich Making The Raise the Roof sandwich-making machine is back! Help us pack lunches for volunteers doing home repair, pastoral care, and laundry outreach. We will meet in the kitchen at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Monday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 23 from 8:30am to 10am to make sandwiches and pack up approximately 50 lunches each day. We are looking for 6 helpers daily. Laundry Love Prep Night Join us on Monday, June 21st at Christ Church Cathedral to assemble care kits and other exciting items for Be Loved Mobile week! We will be stuffing bags for laundry love and preparing other items to be shared with friends and neighbors as a tangible offering of love. Prep will begin at 5:30PM. We plan to end around 7:30PM. Lunch delivery Beep beep! Lunch is here!!! We are looking for a few friends to pick up lunches from St. Paul's Episcopal Church and deliver them to Raise the Roof worksites and volunteers in Bienville Square. Pick up will be at 10:45am on Monday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 23. One to two drivers needed per day. Laundry Love Laundry Love is one of the best smelling ways to say, "God loves you!" Join Beloved Community Outreach Center at Green Clean Laundromat on Tuesday, June 22 from 8:30AM to 2:30PM as we serve our neighbors by offering complimentary access to washing machines and dryers as well as self-care kits, helping hands, and listening ears. We will also have community games and a cookout in the parking lot. It promises to be a day full of fresh smells and friendships! Wheelchair Ramp Building Raise the Roof will be building a wheelchair ramp, deck and replacing siding Monday, June 21st through Wednesday, June 23rd. Time is tentatively planned for 8:30AM to 3:00PM. Adults and students having completed the 9th grade and up are encouraged to sign up. Students who have completed the 8th grade require a chaperone to join them. If you are interested in being the site supervision for this project, please contact the Rev. Lydia Knizley Johnson! Free Listening We can minister to others simply by being a loving presence and listening ear. Free Listening is exactly what it sounds like- we simply sit and listen to anyone who needs a friend with whom to share their struggles or celebrations. We will be listening in Bienville Square on Monday, June 21, and Wednesday, June 23, from 10:30AM to 1:15PM. Shifts are 90 minutes long. No experience necessary. Just an open heart and ears. More opportunities to come! Closing Feast Planning/Coordinating We would like to close the week with a feast that reminds us of the kinds of imagery Jesus used to describe the Kingdom of Heaven: abundant, with room for everyone. If you would like to help plan or assist in bringing this outdoor event to life, please contact the Rev. Lydia Knizley Johnson! Amazon Wish List You can help provide much-needed items to help feed our friends and neighbors, fill care packages and much more! Simply select items from our Amazon Wish List and they will be shipped directly to us using this link: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3LQXER5OSEID1?ref_=wl_share For extra impact, use Amazon Smile and select Friends of Raise the Roof as your beneficiary! Sponsor a Meal There are four potential meals we would like to host during the week: Prep Night dinner for 20, Hot Dog lunch on Tuesday, S’mores or similar on Wednesday evening, and the Closing Feast on Thursday. If you would like to help financially contribute to these meals and events, please contact the Rev. Lydia Knizley Johnson or the Rev. Mary Alice Mathison at Maryalice.firstname.lastname@example.org. Food and Item Donations It takes a lot of peanut butter, jelly, chips and cookies to fuel our volunteers and serve those who have less access to food and other needed items! Here are some items you can donate to help share the love in Mobile, AL. Items may be dropped off at several drop-off locations, or check with your local congregation if they are receiving donations. Please drop off by Thursday, June 17th. Christ Church Cathedral 115 S. Conception Street, Mobile, 9:00am-4:00pm (Monday-Thursday) 9:00am-2:00pm (Friday) St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 1050 Azalea Rd. Mobile, AL, 8:00am-3:00pm (Monday-Thursday) St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 4501 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL, in the parish hall 8:00am-5:00pm (Monday-Thursday) 8:00am-4:00pm (Friday)
Peanut Butter (crunchy or smooth) Jelly (Grape or strawberry) Sandwich bags Quart bags Freezer bags Individual serving chips Individual serving cookies or desserts Granola bars Permanent markers Paper Napkins Reusable icepacks Tinfoil squares Individual packets of ketchup, mustard, mayo or relish Travel toothbrush Travel size toothpaste Travel size mouth wash Dental floss Travel size shampoo Travel size conditioner Travel size soap Travel size lotion Sunscreen Bug Spray *New* Sunglasses *New* baseball hats *New* small towels Rain ponchos Feminine hygiene items Cotton balls Pod laundry detergent Quarters