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Autism Awareness, Children's Protection and Amazing Challenge: Get Involved

Keeping Children Safe in our community from abuse and becoming more aware of how autism effects youth and families and help ending hunger.

October 13th: “Called to Protect”
On Saturday October 13th at 10:00 a.m. “Called to Protect” will be presented at St. Pius X Church, in Middletown. The workshop is a video-based educational program designed to keep children and families, ministers, employees, volunteers, parishes and diocese, and youth ministries safe from child sexual abuse.

If you are in a ministry with direct contact to our children and have not attended a session as of yet, you are required to attend a ‘Called to Protect” workshop. Families are also encouraged to attend a session. Please call 860-347-4441 as soon as possible to register.

October 24th: Autism Awareness Night! 
Featured quests are Kim Newgass from ASCONN, credentials, on Including People with Autism in Faith Community and Joe Geriak, teenager with autism who plans to be a priest. All faith communities, and the general public are welcome.

Where: St. Pius X Church, 310 Westfield St., Middletown in the Church Hall (side entrances off Lower parking lot) October 24th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wheelchair accessibility and accommodations for the deaf/hearing impaired provided Please refrain from wearing scented products to accommodate those with chemical sensitivities and allergies.

Light refreshments will be served (including gluten/casein-free snacks) Any questions or to RSVP, call Pat Marteck at 203-630-9165 or email lindarwc@comcast.net. Sponsored by the St. Pius X Rolling Deck Ministry

October 25th: The Amazing Challenge!
 Amazing Grace Food Pantry invites you to the 2012 AMAZING CHALLENGE Thursday, October 25, 2012 5 - 7 p.m. at Fox Parish Center at St. Francis of Assisi Church 10 Elm St., Middletown. 

Every month the pantry is serving 900 - 1,000 households and giving away more than 32,000 food items. They continue to serve new folks every day. Please join as they gather to celebrate our community's commitment to share its food. Come & enjoy a delicious SOUP SUPPER served by our local celebrity servers! Donations Welcome!

 For the last six years the City of Middletown has generously challenged Amazing Grace Food Pantry to raise a sum of money through donations that the City would then match. In this year's challenge, they need to raise $45,000 in order to receive a $22,500 grant from the City. This SOUP SUPPER is the "kickoff" of the AMAZING CHALLENGE to help raise that $45,000. Come enjoy the tastiest soups, breads and cookies in the City! Click For Past Amazing Challange Events

There are many other organizations in our community that are helping people with lifes problems. Click here for our local Social Justice Newsletter

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