Whatever you do, do it for the Lord
People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some, it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others, it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.
Many of our Parish activities and organizations are for everyone, giving everyone an opportunity to contribute, to participate in age-appropriate activities that benefit our church community. Saint Columba Parish has many ways for you to become involved. Take a look at the list below and see where your talents lead you. Get in touch with the organization’s contact person and help serve our Parish.
Angel Tree Project
Our mission is to serve the poor by bringing Christ to others, sharing our treasure, and giving hope to the youngest of our community.
During the Advent season, we display gift suggestions for needy families in our area on a tree in the church.
Gifts are purchased, wrapped, and returned to the tree by a designated date.
Our gifts are then sorted and delivered to the designated families for their Christmas.
To become involved, watch the bulletin during November for information.
Bloomsburg Food Cupboard
The Bloomsburg Food Cupboard offers nutritious foods to anyone in our service area who requests help. We are open two days a week and feature have a market in which each family can choose from different categories to select the foods their families prefer.
The Food Cupboard is supported by dozens of churches, schools, organizations, and community businesses.
Tuesdays 12:30-2:30 pm and
Sundays 9:10-10:10 am
Church Environmental Ministry
Do you have a flair for decorating, a passion for design, or color, or flowers? Or are you willing to help iron occasionally or water flowers?
We are always looking for volunteers to help make the church look beautiful, especially during Easter and Christmas seasons, when lilies and poinsettias need extra loving care.
Contact the office or Rachel Lauck to leave your name, and we will be happy to contact you.
We have a small team which currently determines the selection of new books for our library, their sorting, display, and organization.
If you would like to help with this program, please call.
570.784.0801 Ext. 5
The annual Parish Picnic brings Parishioners together to enjoy one another’s company while strengthening the Parish community through fellowship in the relaxing atmosphere of a picnic.
Besides the church-provided meat dish and the shared dished brought by Parishioners, we offer a 50/50 drawing and other picnic day activities.
Bill May (below, first image) traditionally donated buns, and grills are provided by Bissinger Catering.
Parish Picnic Memories
from 1981 to 2019
Our picnic is usually held on the third Sunday in August, with planning beginning earlier in the summer. Click on any image to activate the slide show.
Several men and women from the Parish initiated a volleyball night in the school gymnasium on Monday nights beginning at 7.30.
This is a fun activity that includes keeping score and bragging rights. This activity is open to young adults and more veteran ones so bring good footwear, knee support is you need any, and your best bumps and spikes and join in on the fun.
Volunteer Parish Mailings
A group of volunteers which are called upon twice a year to assist with stuffing envelopes and organizing mailings, for instance, the Advent and Lenten mailings to all Parishioners.
Anyone interested is invited to call the Parish office and be added to the list. This is not a binding responsibility; the office will call and check up on your availability as needed.
Winterfest is our annual craft, art, food, musical, and friendship kickoff to the Christmas season.
Volunteers help wrapping, sorting, and tagging over 3000 items for the Dollar Tree, preparing and serving food including Monsignor’s famous bean soup from the cafeteria kitchen, and providing raffles, baked good, and many activities for children of all ages.
All proceeds go directly to St. Columba School. Winterfest is held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and help is needed throughout the year as well as for setup and cleanup before and after this activity.
Friends, food, fun at Winterfest in July
Winterfest in July. Thanks to Alvin and Elaine Luschas for sponsoring a Winterfest summer reunion at their home for our Parish’s Winterfest volunteers. Even with a brief rain shower, the day was a wonderful time for all. Photography by Joyce.
Let’s get to know one another, after the 10:30 a.m. Mass for coffee and light refreshments! As part of our Parish community, St. Columba sponsors monthly get-togethers in the cafeteria.
If you would like to bring baked goods for the next fellowship, talk to Chrissy in the cafeteria or email Chrissy at Christine.email@example.com
Check the bulletin and Parish News for the next one.