In Memory of Norman Hirsch

We at Congregations in Service mourn the passing of one of our most active and faithful participants, planners, and volunteers, Norman Hirsch.

Hirsch was a member of Congregation Mickve Israel and a member of the planning committee of Congregations in Service. He was involved in countless community projects within his congregation and the larger community, and started the BackPack Buddies program.

A memorial service will be held at Mickve Israel Monday, October 9th at 4 p.m. Visitation will be held immediately after the service in the Mordecai Sheftall Memorial Hall.

Norman Hirsch will be greatly missed by this organization, and will be fondly remembered by the many, many lives he touched in Savannah and beyond. Peace be with his family and friends.

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$1,000 Grant from Great Dane

The Great Dane company in Savannah has awarded a $1,000 grant to Congregations in Service. This money will be used to buy supplies for the various interfaith community service projects we do in the Savannah area.

Thanks to Great Dane for helping us advance our mission of worker together for the greater good!

Event Oct. 22 & 23: Promoting Unity and Dismantling Xenophobia

This weekend, join local faith communities and government agencies as they work toward “promoting unity and dismantling xenophobia.”

Xenophobia, is defined as having an unwarranted fear or hatred of anything with which you are not familiar.

The key note speaker will be Imam Dr. Nasir Ahmad, Masjid An-Nur Miami, FL.

The guest speaker will be U.S. Attorney Edward J. Tarver, U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Georgia

The events will be held:

October 22, 2016 2:00 PM
Savannah State University Student Union Hall

October 23, 2016 2:00 PM
Johnson High School Auditorium

Sponsored by Masjid Jihad Inc.
U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Georgia
Savannah State University Political Science and Public Affairs Department

For further information, please call 843.683.6401- Ibrahim Abdul-Malik

Planting Peace: A Service of Prayer for Our City

Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 12.46.25 PMAll are welcome to join in a service of prayer for Savannah and tree planting on January 16th at 10:00 a.m. at Nathanael Greene Park (Bull & 56th). The service is a part of the Leaves of the Tree project, a ministry of Butler Memorial and First Presbyterian churches that seeks ways to faithfully respond to the issue of gun violence in Savannah.
 
The Interfaith/Interdenominational service will include prayers for the families who have lost loved ones to gun violence and for a lasting peace in Savannah.

Collecting for Wesley Community Center Food Bank

During our fall Congregations in Service weekend, October 31 and November 1, we will be collecting non-perishable food donations for the Wesley Community Center food bank.

Specifically, they have requested:

  • canned tuna
  • canned vegetables
  • canned fruits
  • canned beans
  • peanut butter
  • pasta
  • macaroni and cheese
  • powdered milk
  • granola bars
  • pretzels
  • cracker packs

You can bring these items with you to our gathering sites on Saturday or Sunday. See our Upcoming Events page for more information and directions.

Pet Items Needed by Hospice Savannah

petsThis weekend we will be collecting pet items to help Hospice Savannah patients and their pets stay together during the patient’s entire time under hospice care. Right now, the area of greatest need is canned dog and cat food (any brand) and pet treats. Hospice has also requested clean towels or blankets that can be repurposed for pet beds.

We’ll be gathering Saturday and Sunday for our weekend of interfaith service projects, and you can drop off your donations then. Our Hospice project coordinator will deliver them to Hospice House.

We look forward to seeing you Saturday, Nov. 1st at 8 a.m. and/or Sunday, Nov. 2nd at 12:30 p.m. Click here for more information about our anticipated service projects as well as directions to our gathering sites.

Congregations in Service Celebrates 10 Years of Community Volunteerism

Savannah, GA – For 10 years, Congregations in Service has encouraged members of Savannah’s faith groups to set aside differences and work together to improve our community.

Two times each year, this interfaith group hosts a weekend of community service projects, bringing together members of local synagogues, churches and mosques to put faith into action. The next service weekend marks the organization’s 10th anniversary, and will be held Nov. 1st and 2nd. All are invited to participate.

Congregations in Service includes people from many faiths – Jewish, Christian, Unitarian-Universalists, Bahá’í, Islamic, and Roman Catholics – and also welcomes those who are not members of a religious institution. Projects will include everything from a gardening project for the Rape Crisis Center, to a beach cleanup on Tybee Island, to knitting projects for Ethiopian children.

Saturday, Nov. 1st, participants will meet at First Presbyterian Church at 8 am for breakfast before beginning the projects. The group will gather again for lunch at 12 pm at First Christian Church.

On Sunday, Nov. 2nd, participants will meet at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 12:30 for a pizza lunch before beginning the projects.

Anticipated projects include:

  • Decorating pillowcases for children
  • Making no-sew blankets for the homeless
  • Yardwork/painting for Union Mission
  • Making greeting cards for nursing homes
  • Assembling treat bags for the homeless (Sunday only)
  • Picking up litter on the beach at Tybee Island (Sunday only)
  • Outdoor carpentry projects for Hoofs for Healing (Saturday only)
  • Planting flowers for the Rape Crisis Center (Saturday only)
  • Mulching, painting and closet organizing for Interfaith Hospitality Network (Saturday only)
  • Delivering pet food for Meals-on-Wheels clients (Saturday only)
  • Filling 30 Thanksgiving bags for Hospice
  • Sorting donations/stocking shelves for Habitat ReStore (Saturday only)
  • Knitting/crocheting infant caps for babies in Ethiopia

Additionally, we’ll be collecting items requested by some of our partner agencies. The following donations can be dropped off at our gathering points on Saturday or Sunday:

  • Pet items for the patients of Hospice Savannah, who are allowed to bring their pets when they move into the facility. Specific needs are canned dog and cat food, and pet treats.
  • Gently used books for elementary school-aged children, which will be donated to children with few books at home.

This interfaith program is supported by a Men of Reform Judaism (MRJ) Congregational Interfaith Grant, made possible by funding from the Jewish Chautauqua Society, MRJ’s interfaith education project. Additional support provided by International Paper, Publix, Papa John’s Pizza, and Thrivent.

Community Invited to Participate in Weekend of Interfaith Community Service Projects

This weekend, Savannah’s faith community will work side-by-side on local service projects as part of “Congregations in Service.” This interfaith group hosts community service weekends twice each year, bringing together members of local synagogues, churches and mosques to put faith into action.

Everyone is invited to participate, and there will be projects suitable for the young and old, singles and families, and those who like to work outdoors and indoors.

Congregations in Service includes people from many faiths – Jewish, Christian, Unitarian-Universalists, Bahá’í, Islamic, and Roman Catholics – and also welcomes those who are not members of a religious institution.

Projects will include everything from cooking food for the Ronald McDonald House, to a beach cleanup on Tybee Island, to gardening and painting at local shelters.

Saturday, participants will meet at First Presbyterian Church at 8:30 for breakfast before beginning the projects. The group will gather again for lunch at 11:30 at First Christian Church.

On Sunday, participants will meet at Congregation Mickve Israel at 12:30 for a pizza lunch before beginning the projects.

Click here for a list of anticipated projects.

“Congregations in Service” Receives $1000 Grant

A local interfaith organization has received a $1,000 grant to help with a community service weekend planned for May.

Congregations in Service is a local group of synagogues, churches and mosques, all working together on various community service projects two weekends a year. “Our culture today emphasizes differences and conflict,” says Rabbi Robert Haas of Congregation Mickve Israel. “Congregations in Service provides direct experience that encourages those of us from different faith traditions to emphasize what we all share. It provides us with an opportunity to put our faith into action.”

Congregations in Service received a $1,000 congregational interfaith grant from the Men of Reform Judaism, through the Jewish Chautauqua Society. The money will be used for community service project supplies, food for volunteers, printing and publicity.

The next Congregations in Service project weekend will be May 3-4. All are welcome – children and adults, church members and those not affiliated with any house of worship. Indoor and outdoor service projects for all ages will be available.

“Anyone who is willing is welcome,” says Rabbi Haas. “We see what the world is like today, but Congregations in Service gives us a glimpse of another world that can be built, one based on understanding, cooperation and unity.”

This interfaith program was supported by a Men of Reform Judaism (MRJ) Congregational Interfaith Grant, made possible by funding from the Jewish Chautauqua Society, MRJ’s interfaith education project.