We are in the midst of several new exciting opportunities for Outreach into our community. The Community Connections team have already put on 2 events at the Arbors, and combined them with follow-up to see what needs we can meet there.
In addition, a new potential partnership with the County CYS (and other gov't agencies, groups) and local Churches is being discussed and proposed. There are a lot of people involved who have shown enthusiasm for helping those most in need in our county. As this idea moves forward, there will be lots of opportunities for other churches to join us in this Ecumenical effort. I'm sure there will be plenty of questions asked; that's ok by me. There will also be details that need to be worked out before a referall system can be put into place; but in the end, if we have something that allows Churches to focus on those whose need is greatest and helps us to put more of our resources into helping others (rather than administrative functions), the real winners will be those who receive that cup of cold water (or repaired plumbing, job mentoring, friendship, etc.) in the Name of Jesus.
A very important meeting will take place here, at 1st Baptist, on Sept. 6th at 9:30 AM, where Seeds of Hope (an organization already doing similar work in PA over in Tioga County) will help explain the nuts and bolts of their relationship and help us move forward with this idea.
Every church pastor in the county is invited (or a lay representative), we can do more together than we can alone.