Look what our congregations are up to!
First Christian Church, Houston answered the Call of Week of Compassion to help in Baton Rouge. Pastor Michael Dunn and several of his congregation members worked diligently throughout the weekend helping to make homes livable once again.
Please remember that our Area has funds available to help your congregations with mission trips – – to help your
congregations become the hands and feet of Christ.
Baton Rouge Mission Trip
FCC-Houston also answers the call to help feed the hungry with their “Rice Flash Mob” day.
The devastation in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew is real and severe. Many of the villages had difficulty getting aid. When members of Memorial Drive Christian Church discovered their friends in Las Palmes, Haiti, had no food, they got busy collecting funds to send food. When this food was delivered to Las Palmes on Oct. 19, it was the first they had received since the hurricane.
KINGWOOD CHRISTIAN CHURCH: We spent 5 days working at the Chantimelle RC school, a small primary school in the northern parish of St. Patrick’s. continued below photo reel:
Here is a list of highlights from the trip:
- With assistance from local craftsmen, we were able to repaint and install tile floors in the
kindergarten area and the exterior walls of the school.
- We painted and furnished 12 networked laptops as well as 2 air conditioners for a computer lab in the school which will also be used for community education.
- We brought school supplies for the school.
- We provided funds for a local artist to update murals on the school compound.
- We brought craft supplies for a local artisan and the Anglican Women’s group.
- We transported a wheelchair for a special needs child in the community who was unable to leave his home.
- Our teenagers brought music into the classrooms of the school and were given a 30 minute radio segment on air.
- Local radio stations interviewed our members and shared the work we were doing.
- Some of our group joined a local singing group to sing at the St. Patrick’s cultural festival.
- Dr. Amy Plummer gave a women’s health talk to the girls at the local high school, using the Just Say Know curriculum. She also gave a health talk for women in the community.
As with the previous two mission trips to Grenada, we have built relationships as we have worked beside our brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank you to your committee for helping to make that possible.
Memorial Drive Christian Church collects food for the local food pantry. Here’s the haul from last November Thanksgiving bags. They do an extra collection twice each year in addition to their regular ongoing collections. What a loving, generous congregation!
Wanted: Local Reporters
We have added this new page to the CPA website, and we are looking for “reporters” who can supply us with copy. The page is dedicated to Congregational Outreach Projects.
We would love to hear about:
- Your upcoming ministry projects, including dates, times and location.
For instance, the Kingwood Christian Church is having their annual Joy to the World market on November 14-15. Saturday hours are 9-4; Sunday from 12-2. The purpose of the event is to raise money for mission projects around the world. Over 15 ministries are already confirmed for the event, including Freedom Bus Ministry (women’s prison ministry), Bead for Life (poverty eradication), Rahab’s Hope (human trafficking), Lilies of the Valley (refugees) and Urban Promise International (youth education and leadership development). Each ministry has a booth where shoppers can purchase Christmas gifts like handcrafted items and stylish clothes. Gift wrapping is free. Proceeds from the Silent Auction this year will go to support Syrian refugees.
- Reports on local ministry projects. After the event occurs, we’d love to post pictures and a write-up of what happened, what good you did in the world and how your church felt about it.
What are the publishing specifications?
- Photos should be jpg format. Include description of activity, host church, date of event.
- One page maximum, may be edited to fit available space.
- Email to Marilyn in the CPA office: email@example.com Include contact information in case of questions.
What qualifies as an outreach project?
Anything your congregation is doing to reach out to others with the love of God.
Why should you take the time to do this?
- It’s good for volunteers. Our congregations are doing so many things to cultivate compassion. Share your good news. It will encourage your own leaders to see that their hard work resulted in something that others can enjoy hearing about. Let them know that your event received recognition from the CPA.
- It’s good for your local communities and prospective members. You can use your advance publicity and after-event reports for your own local and neighborhood newspapers and websites. Your local communities need to know about what you are planning and what you have done. After sending your report to us, inquire with local publications about how to submit to them. Someone in your community may be looking for an opportunity to volunteer for a good cause. Let them know how to link in to your event. As Sharon Watkins said in her Regional Conference address: We need to quit hiding and start sharing. Disciples of Christ (Christian Church) are the best kept secret in the world. Let’s change that.
- It’s good for other congregations. Other congregations will get good ideas for their own mission/outreach programs. We can learn from each other. After seeing your report, you may get a call or email from another pastor or lay leader wanting to know what you learned from your experience and how they can incorporate that learning into their own event.
We look forward to hearing from you.