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 2017 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 - Serving Pregnant Mothers / Unborn
Thank you to all who supported January's Live Here-Serve Here as Jordan blessed pregnant mothers and the unborn. The 9 Prayer Shawls, 4,276 wipes, 2,944 diapers and 4 car seats were delivered to Hand of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center. The donations will be used as part of their "earn as you learn" parenting classes. Classes are taught to moms and dads in a student-driven format to prepare them for the new life joining their family. As they take classes they earn "parenting bucks" that permit them to receive the donated items we contributed to the center. This ensures the parents are being equipped for the new addition to their family as well as receiving the items they will need to welcome a precious gift from the Lord into their homes. Life has great value at all of its many stages.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. (Psalm 139:13 ESV)
February - Serving the Hungry
Jordan delivered a total of 613.5 pounds of rice and beans to Western Wake Crisis Ministry. Thank you to everyone who donated and those who aided in our sorting and serving the hungry this February.
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst." (John 6:35 ESV)
March - Serving Those Who Serve Us - Area Nurses
"I wanted to let you know how grateful the nurses were who received the baskets from Jordan. I delivered the first one to the nurses in the Emergency Department at the Apex Healthplex. They were so excited! I had called several days prior to delivery and spoke with the charge nurse Barry. When I arrived Barry and his crew greeted me with smiling faces. One nurse asked "Why are we getting this?" I explained how our Live Here Serve Here mission works and they all thought it was so wonderful. One nurse came out of a room and saw the basket and said "Yes! Pens, and they're the good ones!".
My next stop was at the UNC Hospice Office in Pittsboro. I spent quite a while speaking with Lisa the intake nurse about our church, then about how God is such a part of the work they do at hospice. She shared stories about patients never having Christ in their lives, but who at the end often want to learn more. How she felt this was her calling and it has made her life so much more meaningful. It was a wonderful conversation that really touched me and I am so happy that I had the opportunity to meet her. She said the delivery of goodies came at the right time as they have their weekly staff meeting the next morning and she would share the basket with all the other nurses then.
I brought the last basket to Chatham Hospital where I work. I had originally discussed the project and got suggestions from my coworkers for the baskets. They were really grateful for all the wonderful items.
I can't thank everyone enough for donating items and letting me have the pleasure of delivering these - God is good!!"
April - Serving the Homebound
While many of our members cannot attend every week they are never out of our thoughts and prayers. This month we care for the homebound in our church.
May - Serving Global Missionaries
The April news from the Lohmeyers (Jordan's missionary family serving in the Dominican Republic) included a real and present need for additional support to keep them funded on the mission field. Here is an excerpt from their newsletter, "For the first time since Nov. 2013, our missionary account balance is negative." Bill and Nicole were sent from our congregation and this is an opportunity for us to go beyond our regular quarterly commitment to the Lohmeyers to make sure their focus can remain on their projects before them rather than fundraising. A matching donor has stepped forward with the goal of removing a fundraising burden from the Lohmeyer family. Thanks be to God for this opportunity for us to expand our partnership with our missionary family.
June - Serving Partners in Ministry
Each and every week our congregation sets aside 12% of our offering to support missionary efforts, training future leaders, and response efforts to national and international disasters. This month our Live Here Serve Here focus will highlight the partner agencies who receive ongoing support from Jordan.
July and August - Serving Students and Teachers
In July and August we collected school supplies for students at local schools. Donations were also provided for the classrooms of many teachers in our congregation as we desire to support the work of those who are raising up the next generation.
September - Serving Inmates
In September, our focus is on Prison Ministry. We are partnering with Pardoned by Christ; a ministry that brings Biblical teaching to inmates in prisons, juvenile detention centers, and their two transitional houses. Requested items are: meals in a can, canned fruits and vegetables, powdered drink mixes, shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant, towel sets, and twin bed linen sets.
October - Serving At-Risk Families
November - Serving At-Risk Families
December - Serving Children and Shut-ins