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October 2015
Special bulletin announcement
Syria and Iraq crisis response
Leave or stay? Many Syrian families face that question as international humanitarian assistance dwindles and the patchwork of resources they used to rely on wears thin. Your gift of money helps Mennonite Central Committee continue to provide food, water, rent assistance and winter supplies so families that decide to stay in the region can survive the cold weather ahead. Please give online at; by phone at 1-888-563-4676; or by check, sent to MCC U.S., P.O. Box 500, Akron, PA 17501. Thank you!

Please download this bulletin insert to share information about MCC's response to the crisis in Syria and Iraq with your congregation. 
New bulletin announcements
Local MCC job openings
MCC is hiring a Material Resources Trucking and Warehouse Assistant to work with the MCC East Coast Material Resources Center in Ephrata, Pa., and an Administrative Assistant to work with MCC's U.S. programs in Akron, Pa. For more information and to apply, visit
Volunteer truck drivers and groundskeepers needed for MCC
The MCC East Coast Material Resources Center in Ephrata, Pa., needs your help! We're looking for volunteer truck drivers and groundskeepers who can help support the MRC's mission of serving as a collection point for receiving, packing and shipping material resources donated by people responding to aid requests from MCC partners. For more information, contact Lisa Heft at (717) 733-2847 or
Ongoing bulletin announcements
MCC Washington Office essay contest
The annual MCC Washington Office high school essay contest is now accepting submissions! The contest highlights the perspectives of youth on significant public policy issues and promotes the involvement of young people in faithful witness to government authorities. The contest is open to Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and other Anabaptist youth of high school age and to all youth who attend Mennonite high schools within the U.S. and Puerto Rico. A grand prize and three honorable mention winners will be named. The winner of the grand prize will receive $1,000, while the honorable mentions will each receive $500. Please visit for more information.
Mennonite Central Committee grocery bags
Each year, MCC East Coast partners with Anabaptist churches throughout the region to distribute nearly 3,000 grocery bags packed with nonperishable food through congregations' local ministries. This project can be a meaningful service activity for youth groups and others seeking to connect with community ministries throughout the region. Currently, we are collecting groceries to be distributed during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. In order to distribute the groceries in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas, we need to receive the filled bags at the Material Resources Center (MRC) in Ephrata, Pa., by Thursday, Nov. 19. Please contact the MRC at (717) 733-2847 or with questions or to coordinate your donation.
Penny Power is now My Coins Count


Each year, spare change collected by churches, children and families adds up to more than $600,000 for MCC's work around the world. This effort, formerly known as Penny Power, was renamed My Coins Count after Canada took the penny out of circulation. Visit for more details and My Coins Count resources.
MCC welcomes donations of prisoner care kits


In partnership with Crossroads Community Center in North Philadelphia, MCC East Coast is welcoming donations of prisoner care kits to distribute to people in the greater Philadelphia area who are currently incarcerated or who are participating in re-entry ministries after leaving prison. MCC East Coast staff member Ron Muse, who shares Christ's peace with inmates in Philadelphia as a prison chaplain, said that receiving a gift of basic hygiene supplies when he was incarcerated made him feel "loved in an unlovable place." Please visit or contact the MCC East Coast Material Resources Center at (717) 733-2847 or for more information.
MCC kits and comforters
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has an urgent need for relief and hygiene kits, as well as comforters. Relief kits provide valuable supplies to families whose lives have been disrupted by war or disaster. Hygiene kits give people the supplies they need to stay healthy. A handmade comforter provides not only warmth but also a tangible message to people that their needs are not forgotten. Please visit or call 717-733-2847 for more information.

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