Our congregation has at its core a servant's heart formed by our Lord Jesus Christ who first served us. Empowered by God's unconditional love in Jesus Christ our congregation is embracing 2018 as a year of service. We will focus on one part of our community to serve each month. It is our desire to build up each other to see the vital importance of service as part of the life of all who are in Christ. As each month approaches, we will be sending out more information on volunteer and serving opportunities.
January - Hungry
Western Wake was overwhelmed with our donation to the pantry. Jordan donated 398 pounds. When items were delivered they were grateful for all of the soaps and detergent since they were nearly out. Your spirit led donations were perfectly timed! To learn more about Western Wake Crisis Ministry and see their full list of donation request please visit their webpage: http://wwcm.org/donate/food-donations/
February - Those Who Serve Us
Jordan will be providing items for municipal workers to thank them for their efforts to maintain the Town's many utilities. Requested items included individual sized drinks and snacks.. Children from Jordan distributed the baskets on Saturday, February 24. After the distribution the town employees allowed the children to explore up close the town utility trucks they see driving the streets of Apex each day.
March - Homeless
For the month of March, we will partnered with Matthew Ministry to serve the homeless in downtown Raleigh. Collection items of men’s white crew socks, crackers, dried cranberries, raisins, spam, protein/granola bars, juice boxes/pouches, small bags of jerky, small packs of antibacterial wipes, small packs of kleenex, travel size toiletries were shared with the ministry in Raleigh. The congregation also created trail mix bags after a worship service in March to give to the homeless on the upcoming service day downtown.
April - Pregnant Mothers / Unborn
Thank you for the generous donations and work which was completed on quilts, blankets and other crafted items for newborns and mothers. Donations of diapers, car seats, wipes and hand crafted shawls and blankets were given to the Hand of Hope Pregnancy Resource Centers. The pregnancy centers provide the items for free to new parents who are in need of support during a crisis pregnancy. New parents earn "baby bucks" by taking parenting classes with the goal of preparing the mother and family for the new life being welcomed into the world. The donations we supplied helped to stock the baby boutique where they can redeem the items.
May - Disabled
In May we planned a service day at Horse & Buddy in New Hill. Horse and Buddy is a therapeutic riding service center that enriches the lives of children and adults with special needs through equine assisted therapies and activities in a safe and caring environment. Horse and Buddy has lessons seven days a week and their instructors serve about 100 riders per week. They serve a range of disabilities including Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy. Jordan had a service day working on gardening at their facilities. Even though the rain came down during our time of service, the volunteers worked in the rain to clean weeds and mulch flower beds to beautify the grounds. Enjoy THESE photos from a great morning of serving.
June - Youth in Crisis
In June, the congregation collected supplies for Crossnore, a residential foster care program in Western North Carolina. Jordan's youth and leaders are giving an entire week to serve those in need in that area. Youth are working with one of several work crews: Habitat for Humanity, a local agency replacing the roof of a person in need, public schools in need of maintenance and cleaning to prepare for the new school year as well as a Vacation Bible School for children at Crossnore.
July - Teachers and Local Schools
In July we blessed teachers in our congregation and within our community with classroom supplies. Teachers were invited for a special blessing during worship on July 29 as they look to prepare for the school year ahead.
August - Teachers and Local Schools
Caring for those in need is a centerpiece of our life together as a congregation. We will again share that passion to help students in need with a school supply drive that will run through August. In addition to collecting supplies, we will pack backpacks after worship on Sunday, August 19 (sign-up at the Welcome Table), and give those backpacks to social workers at local schools. By supporting the social workers in this way, we can make sure the supplies help the students with the most need.
September - Inmates
October - Victims of Disasters
November - Children
December - Shut-ins