Outreach Update 9-22-17

Homeless Connect is an event that focuses on serving those who are homeless in Tuscaloosa. The event will be Saturday, Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. to 1p.m. at Central High School. Volunteers will be trained at 7 a.m. on the morning of the event, at the school. Donations are accepted from volunteers. Love In the Name of Christ, along with area churches, agencies, businesses, and volunteers, come together to remove the barriers of homelessness.

First Community Church Breakfast is September 23 and November 11. Please see Sharon Standifer for more information.

Thank you to all the classes discussing our Poverty Initiative. There are many great books on helping churches help others out of poverty. Bridges Out of Poverty, Strategies for Professionals and Communities, by Ruby K. Payne, Philip E. DeVol and Terie Dreussi Smith (website
https://www.ahaprocess.com/solutions/community/). Bridges Out of Poverty is a unique and powerful tool designed specifically for social, health, and legal services professionals. Based in part on Dr. Ruby K. Payne’s myth shattering A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Bridges reaches out to the millions of service providers and businesses whose daily work connects them with the lives of people in poverty. In a highly readable format you’ll find case studies, detailed analysis, helpful charts and exercises, and specific solutions you and your organization can implement right now to: redesign programs to better serve people you work with; build skill sets for management to help guide employees; upgrade training for front-line staff like receptionists, case workers, and managers; improve treatment outcomes in health care and behavioral health care; increase the likelihood of moving
from welfare to work. If your business, agency, or organization works with people from poverty, only a deeper understanding of their challenges-and strengths-will help you partner with them to create opportunities for success.

Feel free to write a review of the books you are reading about helping others.

3rd Monday Luncheon will resume October 16th. The University Place Elementary School children will sing for us.

In response to the hurricane: donations can be made to United Methodist Committee on Relief through the church. Please earmark your check “Hurricane”. We are also are supporting a family in Texas, who is a friend of Kevin and Melissa Thomas’ cousin. We are collecting gift cards.

We are also collecting items for Operation Shoe Box. This is a North Alabama Conference mission project our children and the United Methodist Women are supporting. Please send small items to fill the shoe boxes that will go to other countries for Christmas presents. Items include: Hot Wheels cars, small dolls, small balls, soap, shampoo, combs and brushes, flip flops, shorts and tee shirts, 5 crayons, McDonald toys, marbles, wash clothes, lotion, toothbrush, small hand mirror, underwear, dresses and coloring sheets. The boxes are in the church office. Please follow the directions on the box or you can make a donation to “Shoe Boxes”. Please return the boxes by October 3rd. Thank you.

Over Christmas we are going with Filter of Hope on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. More info can be found at www.filterofhope.org. The college students will sell T-shirts as a fundraiser.

Sack Lunch Team forming: The Riley Lumpkin Sunday School Class is forming a team to provide 150 sack lunches once a quarter for the East Tuscaloosa Community Soup Bowl. We have commitments for labor team, sandwich products, and paper products. We are still in need of 150 individual chips (around $35 -$40) Desserts (cookies, Little Debbie cakes, etc. $35-$40) and soft drinks ($35-$40). We would provide these sack lunches one Sunday every 3 months so this would be a recurring expense four times a year. Call the church office to let us know if your small group or Sunday School class would like to help or if you want more information.