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Fleece Connection is an outreach inspired by Madison Murchak’s passion to serve wounded military and share a blanket of love and comfort while they are recovering from their injuries. This is a growing and ongoing project with a vision to serve troops all across the country.

How can you be involved?

Attend a workshop

Make a blanket and donate it.  Instructions can be found here.

Host a workshop and we will provide the rest.

fleececonnection@gmail.com

Get Involved Today!

Like Fleece Connection on  Facebook!ed States. All we need is a facility to hold the workshop and we will bring the rest! Contact Madison Murchak to schedule a Fleece Connection workshop in your area!!

Click photo to view this special service

Highlights of the service at minute intervals:

                             7:30-11:20 min.       A Warrior's Grief - Roger Brook's, Duquesne University

                             11:22-16:05 min.     "Hurt and the Healer"- sung by Michael McAdams

                             16:16-26:24 min.     "Six Word War" Stories

                             26:34-33:10 min.      Meeting You Where You Are - Paul Becker

                             34:40-39:00 min.     "There will be a Day" - sung by Sharon Wolfe

                             39:01-57:20 min.       Meditation - Paul Becker

                             48:08-51:54 min.       Project 22, Medicinal Missions

Our Field of Flags may be gone, but the moving sight of this traveling memorial on our church lawn, just as the servicemen and women
for whom it represented, will NEVER be forgotten.

Click the photo to view the video of the April 6, 2013 Opening Ceremony
(we apologize for audio difficulties in the first few minutes.)

(photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

Offering emotional, tangible and spiritual support

Mission Statement

The mission of the Community Care for Military (CCM) is to love military families and veterans in our community so that we may assist in meeting their physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs in a God honoring way and to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ to them.

CCM desires that every active military person we encounter know how grateful we are for their service and sacrifices and that they and their families are cared about, prayed for and supported. We want them to take comfort in knowing that we will care for their families while they are deployed so that they are free to focus on the tough challenges of their duty. We will pray for them throughout their deployment and stay in contact with them and their families for the duration of their tour. We will utilize our resources to care for their families and to prepare for their return and reintegration whether continuing their military service or transitioning to civilian life. If a need exists that we are unable to meet, we will pursue outside resources. Eventually, we hope to reach out to military families in the community who are not currently attending MPC and offer support to veterans and their families in every way possible.

It is our hope that one day Memorial Park will be known as a church who honors military families with acts of service, prayer and a presence in their lives and that they will be cared for in a way honorable to their sacrifice for us.

The Support Group meets the third Thursday of each month @ 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Park Church's Hope House.

CCM Planning Team meets on the second Thursday of each month @ 7:30 in MPC's Hope House.

All across the city people are actively engaged in helping veterans and active military families. Our purpose is to bring awareness to some of the opportunities available so that volunteers may respond as their hearts lead them. 

For more information and to get involved, contact Jaime Dean or ext. 110.

Please pray for our currently serving church family members.







 


 

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE


• ARMY STRONG COMMUNITY CENTER, Coraopolis, PA
ASCC provides support and resources to all branches of current military members and their families as well as veterans. They serve as a "virtual installation" to assist those who are holding down the home front when their loved ones deploy. For more information or to refer someone, please contact Lisa Ellek @ 1-800-400-2650 ext. 8314 

• YELLOW RIBBON GIRLS

These dedicated sisters and countless volunteers send boxes to troops deployed overseas. Each month a group from MPC heads over to Ellwood City to help assemble their wonderful boxes full of necessary and seasonal items. Visit the Yellow Ribbon Girls website and/or their Facebook page. Packing days occur on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.

STAND DOWN PITTSBURGH - SHEPHERD'S HEART MINISTRIES

Stand Down is a day-long homeless Veterans services fair. Each year we offer breakfast, lunch, 60 health and community service providers, entertainment, barbers, clothing, and supplies. 2014 details will be announced here as they are confirmed.

• SEND OUT CARDS - SendoutCards.com
Send a real card for just over a dollar. You may choose from one of 15,000 options in their catalog or create your own. They do the rest (Print, stuff, stamp and mail).

• MAKE CARDS FOR OPERATION TROOP APPRECIATE - Community Care for Military has cards for individuals and groups to sign. These cards will be added to OTA's packages that are send to warzone areas.

• VETERANS BREAKFAST CLUB -
VeteransBreakfastClub.com Their mission is to create communities of listening support. Much has been learned in the past decade about the healing benefits of veterans sharing their stories. No two stories and experiences are alike. These are held monthly rotating in four areas in Pittsburgh. To register or see their schedule go their website or call 412-623-9029. Their North Hills meeting often meets at Grazie located in Wexford at the Oxford Athletic Center.

WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT - woundedwarriorproject.org

The WWP staff work to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded warriors in our nation's history; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members. To find out how you can donate and support WWP, please visit their website for events in our area.

MILITARY PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES

Dr. Roger Brooke Ph.D., Duguesne University -                                                                       MPS offers free counseling and support to military service members who have served or expect to serve in the Iraq and/or Afghanistan conflicts (OIF/OEF), to the veterans of those conflicts, and to their families and loved ones. He helps them regain a sense of self and to deal with the stresses of war and re-entry. It is completely confidential and there is no time limit. Services are provided to those in active duty, Reserve or Guard units. Dr. Brooke states, "We provide help to any of those who might be struggling with issues related to the psychological trauma of war, as well as separations and the cycles of deployment, homecoming, and reentry to civilian life."  Visit http://www.duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/psychology-clinic/military-services

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