Outreach Ministry Blog

April Newsletter

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A new focus for the Outreach Ministry in 2019 is leading monthly community service days. So far in 2019 teams from the church have served at Christian Assistance Ministry, the International Refugee Community Gardens and Locke Hill Elementary. Our goal is to spread the love of Christ throughout our community, better know our community and encourage our congregation to directly serve people in need in our community. 

On Saturday, May 4th, we are going to the near Westside of San Antonio to serve with Last Chance Ministries (LCM).  They are opening a transitional living community using tiny houses.  We are helping them with yard work, repair a fence and move a play structure. This is a family friendly event. Come join us to help LCM prepare their transitional community for its’ grand opening. The Outreach Ministry will provide all the needed tools, snacks and drinks. For more information and to sign up for this and future workdays, please go to Current Events on the church website and select the “Community Outreach Workdays” event. 

If you know of a community organization that we should partner assist through a workday, or you want to help plan one of our workdays, contact Steve Ryan and Pauline Rodrigues. 

Scheduled Workdays:

Last Chance Ministries, Victorious Point Transitional Community – Saturday, May 4

Strong Foundations – Saturday, June 29

Ronald McDonald House, Medical Center – Saturday, July 6

 

University’s Vision Statement references Matthew 28:18-20 telling us to GO! Outreach wants to know where do you go and serve when not serving through the church. What service organization or charity do you support in our community? Let us know by responding to the survey. If you already filled out the survey sent out previously, you don’t need to fill it out again.  If the question does not apply to you, and it is a fill in your answer, please just type in N/A, not applicable, or 'no, does not apply'. Unfortunately, even if the question does not apply to you, or is 'no', you'll need to answer all of the questions, in order to submit it. If you have any questions, feel free to call or email Pauline at 210-696-1033 or

Do you want to serve but don’t know where or how? You can go to the Serve section of the church website to find different ways to serve inside and outside of the church. There are ministry needs listed down the left side of the page and you can refine them by selecting the “change filters” button. Don’t find what you want or need something to fit a busy schedule, contact our Servant Development Specialist, Jessica Caccamese to set up an appointment to find your opportunity to serve our community.

 

For a long time, the Outreach Ministry has been thinking of ways to get college students and young adults excited about mission trips. We’ve met with many of these young adults, and listened to their heart, stories and plans. Most who “Go,” go with their university or a recognized international mission organization (YWAM, Vision, World Race, etc.). The interested young adults can write support letters to some of us. As a church, how can we help? Well, starting this month, I will provide our readers with the names of these called young adults in our congregation and a link to their support page.  You can pray for them by name, encourage them, and if you are called, support them financially.

If you are a young adult who wants to go on a mission trip, but does not know where to start, contact Steve Ryan. We can help connect you with opportunities and young adults in our congregation who have gone before you, to the ends of the earth (and back). As a team, we can advise you and prepare you for a trip that makes a difference.

Church College Students & Young Adults that you can support:

Janae McGlothlin, Abilene Christian University Missions – Teacher Education Trip to Honduras, May 31 – June 7, 2019. More Information at: WWW.ACU.EDU/S105

* Know others we can list here? Contact Steve.

 

In a blink of an eye, summer will be here. You need to plan now, to be able to attend the mission trip of your choice this summer.  There are three exciting opportunities:

Middle School Mission Trip to Eagle Pass, TX, June 23-28 

High School Mission Trip to Las Cruces, NM, July 13-20

Guatemala Mission Trip (near Antigua), July 20-31, with Helps International, FMI contact Dave Meade.

Serve & Play on A Mission (Kid’s Ministry), July 22-23, Location TBD

6th Grade Adventure, August 8, Location TBD

Senegal Mission Trip (M’Bour), October 25 – November 10, FMI contact Linda Hearne

There are Student Ministry sponsored scholarship available for the Middle School and High School Mission Trips for those who want to serve and do not have the financial resources to do so. There are scholarships for all Outreach Ministry sponsored mission trips up to $500.  Please contact Steve Ryan if you have any questions.

If you can’t attend theses mission opportunities, but want to support them with your prayers, finances, communication, planning, administration or other skill set, please contact Steve.

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