The Outreach Ministry Board distributes the tithe from our pledges and individual donations to both local community-based programs and international organizations that we consider are making outstanding contributions to promoting Christian values of giving and service. Some,like Lifebridge’s work for the homeless and The Marblehead Counseling Center, have been supported for years. In recent years, we have built up our support for groups working on critical social issues such as domestic abuse – HAWC – and the Opioid crisis – Learn to Cope. In additionvolunteers from ONC have long assisted at Lifebridge in preparing meals and in collecting food for the Marblehead Food Pantry. Overseas, ONC has signed a covenant to assist with the development of the Pholela Ministry in Kwa-Zulu Natal province in South Africa. We have also made regular donations to Midwives for Haiti and Intercultural Nursing in the Dominican Republic. In addition to these activities, we have funds reserved for helping members of the local community in emergencies and for assisting with relief efforts after major domestic and overseas disasters. In the last few monthswe have donated over $8300 to those assisting in flood and hurricane relief in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and for those recovering from wildfires in California. Over the last 18 months we have joined with other churches and the Temple to support an asylum seeking family in the Refugee Immigration Ministry. We are now considering future donations to programs and organizations for our Spring distribution of funds in May 2018. We are always interested in hearing about new opportunities and worthy causes to support near and far from ONC.  If you know of some activity or group that deserves our attention, please contact either Tom Day (barbuturn@aol.com) or Paul Hare (hares8carrots@hotmail.com) of the Outreach Ministry Board. Thank you very much for your support.