Serving the Community
BE RICH (In good deeds, that is) Founders Nursing and Rehab Staff May/June 2020- Even though it’ll likely be July before we start gathering again in person (on Sundays), our church is not closed, we are up and moving and here is an opportunity show it. In the past, each time we have taken advantage of a way to serve the people at Founders Nursing and Rehab, it felt...just right. At the outset of COVID-19, it wasn’t long before they went on lockdown. As this was happening, the people of our church purchased fun items (kites, bubbles...etc), recommended by their staff, which they would be able to use on the outside of their building while in isolation from others. We don’t want to stop there. While our last opportunity was for the residents, we want to provide just a little bit of encouragement for the staff. As you well know, they are on the front lines with a group that is considered in the higher risk categories.
The plan is to write each staff member an encouraging note and to give each one a $5 gift card from a place like sonic or Chick-fil-A. There are 127 staff members so this would be a total of $635. So, we are asking for people to give Above and Beyond their normal giving to help raise the money. For clarity, this would not replace what we normally give toward the church, rather, this would be added to what we already give. Additionally, we are looking for people/families who are willing to purchase note cards and to write notes to the staff (examples below). So, to give you an idea, a family of 4 can commit to writing 5 cards each and this would add up to 20 of the 127 cards. We will collect these cards on Sunday, June 7th after our church gathering (11:30 in the front parking lot). Those who are writing notes will show up with the cards in an UNSEALED envelope with the words - “A Gift For You” on the front. We will add the gift cards to these open envelopes and they will be delivered to Founders a few days later.
WHAT WE NEED:
-We need to know right away who is willing to participate by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (details below).
-For those willing to give above and beyond their normal giving, we’ll need to know how you are giving (online, drop off donation...etc) and how much. To do so, please contact our Finance Director Kerry Brinkley ASAP at email@example.com.
-If you’ll commit to write these cards, let us know how many. Ten or more would be very helpful and if we get people to commit to more than we need, we’ll simply ask some to do a few less. Remember we need to do 127 so it’s important for people to step up! This is a great for opportunity for parents and their children.
This is just one way for us to Be The Church during COVID-19. Our hope that for you and for all of us, this is another step that helps us learn that, no matter the situation - we can always find ways to Be the Church.
Sample 1: Thank you for serving the residents of Founders. I hope you always remember how valuable you are and that what you do matters. I just wanted to say Thank You! Ray - part of The STORY Church family.
Sample 2: On behalf of The STORY Church family, I want to say thank you for serving the people of our community in the way that you do. I hope this note and this small gift brings a smile to your face in the way, I’m sure, you’ve brought smiles to the people of Founders. - Ray - part of The STORY Church Family.
Kites, seeds, butterfly nets, bubbles, bubble machines, butterfly gardens and rocks to a paint.
Drop off will be at the front parking lot of our building this Sunday at Noon. This is just one small way we can be the church. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you will be participating. If you are not part of our church but would like to participate, we’d love to partner with you in this. #fortheirSTORY #foryourSTORY
Additionally, we gave out money to families in our church one Sunday. There instricution was to give prayerfully give the money away and then to share the STORY of who, what and why.
We partnered with a wonderful local organization called The Bridge Connection to serve people in the community. Families were provided gifts and a wonderful evening together. The people of the STORY, were thankful to serve.
We partnered with a local organization called The Bridge Connection to serve a free meal and give clothing away to people in the community who were in need.
Community Thanksgiving Gathering (Yearly)
For three years, we partnered with other churches in the community to give financiall to the Christian Care Center who helps meet needs in the community.
--We gave to an individual who has had a very difficult 2016.
--Money was given to a man who has dealt with incredible family, financial and circumstancial difficulty for a lot of years.
--A donation was made to strong heart ministires which is a gym who spreads the gospel while functioning on donations.
--Money ws given to a single mom who has an incredible amount of responsibility while working a lot of hours.
--We asked The Bridge Connection in Wylie, what is most needed to serve those who come to them for help locally. At their request, we purchased A LOT of hygiene and personal products including lotion, feminine products, shampoo, soap, deoderant, underwear for teens and adults (they often have donations for children but not as much that could be worn by teens), vitamins, socks, toothpaste, razors and more.
--A financial gift was given to Russell and Ginger Shocklee who run The Bridge Connection. They pour their heart, their time, their love and their money to people who need it. They've also given The STORY Church a wonderful avenue to serve the community in many ways. This, along with our service, is part of our thanks.
Donating time, energy and money: Wally Watkins was the newest elementary school in Wylie. In preparing for their opening they ran out of funds to paint the teachers lounge. The Lord gave us the opportunity to give the resources, people and time to get it painted.
Encouraging Community Leaders: Police officers, Fire-fighters and school administrators, teachers and custodial stuff have such an incredible responsibility as they serve the community. We invested one of our Weekend Gatherings to write notes to encourage and thank them.
Giving: During a Weekend Gathering, 10% of the money put in the offering box was donated to a woman that needed help.
The Men of Nehemiah (www.themenofnehemiah.org/) is an organization that helps men who have been in prison, homeless or have been addicted. After a year long program they supply graduates with an apartment and a job. The Lord gave us a wonderful opportunity to donate home items to help these men get back on their feet.
Helping Start a Church: Because we care about our mission being accomplished beyond our community, for over a hear we we gave monthly toward a family who is preparing to start a church in New York.
The people of The STORY Church have also been led to give to others who have been in need, struggling or grieving. This has been true both within The STORY Church an for people beyond. Please pray that we would remain faithful to the Lord in our service of Him and others.