March Update in Community Outreach

On March 3, 2011, in Community Outreach, by CommunityOutreach

Greetings Community Outreach friends!

It is now March and with the hope of sunshine in our hearts here is what the Lord has planned for us!
WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO

  • A BIG THANK-YOU to everyone who came and helped out at the EL-Dorado Motel Clean-Up Day this last Saturday, February 26th! We were totally amazed at the outpouring of love, hard work and support from each of you that participated in making this day such a great event! It was a joy to have such a large group from many Shoreline ministries together. Both our Community Outreach Leaders and the residents at the Motel were so incredibly blessed by you all!
    Check back next week for pictures from the event.
  • I-HELP
    This particular night was a special night as we had a young man, Austin Myers, filming the evening for a documentary that he is doing for his school. There were some awesome testimonies given by the I-Help men. He was also filming everything from the clothes, shoes, etc. being set up for the men to take if needed to the kitchen preparing them their dinner. The documentary will be entered in a contest along with other documentaries about service projects, and if his documentary wins, the specific service project (in his case, I-HELP) will win a large sum of money to go towards their organization. Let’s pray for Austin as he goes about this process!

DONATIONS NEEDED
If every parishioner brought just one food item each Sunday what a difference we could make in our Food Pantry!  Let’s see if we can make it a goal for this year.  The Food Pantry is also in need of large paper bags with handles. Drop off any donations in the bins or at the booth on Sundays.

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND

→ Saturday March 5th
Monterey Pines Convalescent Home Visit – 9:30-11:30am
Come join us as we visit with the residents of the Monterey Pines Convalescent Home! We would love to have you join us in this great time of ministering to the residents there by having small worship service and great fellowship!

→ Sunday March 6th
Women’s Shelter Visit – 7:00-8:30pm
If you are a woman of Shoreline with a heart for other women, come join us as we minister to the women of the Hamilton House through the sharing of food, fellowship and fun! If this is something you’d like to participate in, please let us know! Call the church or email mkoontz@shorelinchurch.org for more information or directions.

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS MONTH

Easter Egg, Candy, & Book Drive
Starting this Sunday, March 6th, we will be collecting plastic Easter eggs, small pieces of candy and children’s Christian Easter books (in English or Spanish) in order to help the migrant children in our community celebrate Easter! Drop off donations at the booth or the bins. Then, join us on April 9th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. as we prepare the donated items for delivery to the children. Questions? Contact Debra Federico at 831.655.0100 ext. 312 or dfederico@shorelinechurch.org.

WHAT’S HAPPENING NEXT MONTH

Bags of Hope: available soon for purchase at the Community Outreach Booth!
Starting April 10th, the “Bags of Hope” that Kevin spoke about in January will be available for purchase on Sundays at Shoreline at the Community Outreach booth for $2 a bag. We are doing this so that people in our congregation will be given the opportunity of a great way to bless the homeless in our community. We have had many requests for this, and so we have found a way to make it happen, with many wonderful people working together to do so (including our very own Shoreline Junior Highers who stuffed the bags with the items and included wonderful handwritten notes of encouragement!).
Jim Clark has volunteered to be the organizer of this great project, and he is already putting together a team of people to sell the bags on Sunday mornings before, after, and in-between the services. If this interests you and you would like to serve in this way, please contact us at the church and let us know. Thank you!

Pick up a new March 2011 calendar at the Community Outreach booth to find out what’s coming up this month!
If you have any questions or would like more information about any of the above listed events, or any other Community Outreach activities, please stop by the booth this Sunday, shoot us an email, or call us at the church. Thank you for your service to the Lord in coming alongside us and taking a part in the Community Outreach Ministry!
In His Service,

Debra Federico
 & Sharon Burwell
Community Outreach Ministry
Shoreline Community Church
dfederico@shorelinechurch.org
sburwell@shorelinechurch.org
831.655.0100 ext. 312
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”

1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

Greetings Community Outreach friends!

It is now March and with the hope of sunshine in our hearts here is what the Lord has planned for us!
WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO

  • A BIG THANK-YOU to everyone who came and helped out at the EL-Dorado Motel Clean-Up Day this last Saturday, February 26th! We were totally amazed at the outpouring of love, hard work and support from each of you that participated in making this day such a great event! It was a joy to have such a large group from many Shoreline ministries together. Both our Community Outreach Leaders and the residents at the Motel were so incredibly blessed by you all!
    Check back next week for pictures from the event.
  • I-HELP
    This particular night was a special night as we had a young man, Austin Myers, filming the evening for a documentary that he is doing for his school. There were some awesome testimonies given by the I-Help men. He was also filming everything from the clothes, shoes, etc. being set up for the men to take if needed to the kitchen preparing them their dinner. The documentary will be entered in a contest along with other documentaries about service projects, and if his documentary wins, the specific service project (in his case, I-HELP) will win a large sum of money to go towards their organization. Let’s pray for Austin as he goes about this process!

DONATIONS NEEDED
If every parishioner brought just one food item each Sunday what a difference we could make in our Food Pantry!  Let’s see if we can make it a goal for this year.  The Food Pantry is also in need of large paper bags with handles. Drop off any donations in the bins or at the booth on Sundays.

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND

→ Saturday March 5th
Monterey Pines Convalescent Home Visit – 9:30-11:30am
Come join us as we visit with the residents of the Monterey Pines Convalescent Home! We would love to have you join us in this great time of ministering to the residents there by having small worship service and great fellowship!

→ Sunday March 6th
Women’s Shelter Visit – 7:00-8:30pm
If you are a woman of Shoreline with a heart for other women, come join us as we minister to the women of the Hamilton House through the sharing of food, fellowship and fun! If this is something you’d like to participate in, please let us know! Call the church or email mkoontz@shorelinchurch.org for more information or directions.

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS MONTH

Easter Egg, Candy, & Book Drive
Starting this Sunday, March 6th, we will be collecting plastic Easter eggs, small pieces of candy and children’s Christian Easter books (in English or Spanish) in order to help the migrant children in our community celebrate Easter! Drop off donations at the booth or the bins. Then, join us on April 9th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. as we prepare the donated items for delivery to the children. Questions? Contact Debra Federico at 831.655.0100 ext. 312 or dfederico@shorelinechurch.org.

WHAT’S HAPPENING NEXT MONTH

Bags of Hope: available soon for purchase at the Community Outreach Booth!
Starting April 10th, the “Bags of Hope” that Kevin spoke about in January will be available for purchase on Sundays at Shoreline at the Community Outreach booth for $2 a bag. We are doing this so that people in our congregation will be given the opportunity of a great way to bless the homeless in our community. We have had many requests for this, and so we have found a way to make it happen, with many wonderful people working together to do so (including our very own Shoreline Junior Highers who stuffed the bags with the items and included wonderful handwritten notes of encouragement!).
Jim Clark has volunteered to be the organizer of this great project, and he is already putting together a team of people to sell the bags on Sunday mornings before, after, and in-between the services. If this interests you and you would like to serve in this way, please contact us at the church and let us know. Thank you!

Pick up a new March 2011 calendar at the Community Outreach booth to find out what’s coming up this month!
If you have any questions or would like more information about any of the above listed events, or any other Community Outreach activities, please stop by the booth this Sunday, shoot us an email, or call us at the church. Thank you for your service to the Lord in coming alongside us and taking a part in the Community Outreach Ministry!
In His Service,

Debra Federico
 & Sharon Burwell
Community Outreach Ministry
Shoreline Community Church
dfederico@shorelinechurch.org
sburwell@shorelinechurch.org
831.655.0100 ext. 312
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”

1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

Exit Middle School: Convalescent Home Visit

On February 28, 2011, in Middle School - EXIT, Students, by Exit

The Exit Middle School will be visiting the Monterey Pines Convalescent Home this saturday, March 5th. We’ll be meeting at 9am at Shoreline and following Danny and Jenn over to the home for those who don’t know exactly were it’s located. However, if you do know where it’s at, the event doesn’t officially start until 9:30am, so feel free to meet us there. This visit will give us an opportunity to reach out to our elders in our community who may not experience visits that often. Our time spent there sends a clear message of God’s love and how much people care about them and it also gives our young people a chance to give back. So come and be part of something special . It’ll mean so much! Not to mention we’ll have a lot of fun spending time as a youth group as well!

Students will be picked up at Monterey Pines Convalescent Home (1501 Skyline Drive Monterey, CA 93940-4198)

Date: March 5th

Time: 9-11:30 am

The Exit Middle School will be visiting the Monterey Pines Convalescent Home this saturday, March 5th. We’ll be meeting at 9am at Shoreline and following Danny and Jenn over to the home for those who don’t know exactly were it’s located. However, if you do know where it’s at, the event doesn’t officially start until 9:30am, so feel free to meet us there. This visit will give us an opportunity to reach out to our elders in our community who may not experience visits that often. Our time spent there sends a clear message of God’s love and how much people care about them and it also gives our young people a chance to give back. So come and be part of something special . It’ll mean so much! Not to mention we’ll have a lot of fun spending time as a youth group as well!

Students will be picked up at Monterey Pines Convalescent Home (1501 Skyline Drive Monterey, CA 93940-4198)

Date: March 5th

Time: 9-11:30 am

Outreach in October!

On October 20, 2010, in Community Outreach, by CommunityOutreach

ONGOING EVENTS IN OUTREACH…

THIS WEEKEND, some of our wonderful volunteers in Community Outreach went out to the Monterey Pines Convalescent Hospital and the Hamilton House Women’s Shelter to minister to the residents there in ways that we hope will impact them most with the love of Christ. 
Monterey Pines is a faithful group that is led by Jane Shaffer-MacDonald and Abraham Wilson. Abraham writes about what happens during these visits:

“The Monterey Pines Convalescent visits are conducted on the first and third Saturday of each month starting at 9:45 am and ending at 11:00 am. We fellowship with and average of 25 residents who attend our service. (there are approximately 100 residents at the facility.) We perform an actual Shoreline-type worship service comprised of 4 songs, prayer, scripture reading, 15-minute message and benediction. The intent of the service is to bring the Word of God to the residents at the various stages of their life and health. We are looking for volunteers who understand the importance of fellowship with the elderly and medically challenged. Having a good heart, compassionate spirit and understanding the importance of feeding all of God’s children is our primary function. Our most popular event is the Christmas service in which we provide presents for all attendees. On this day we give out lots of Bibles. We welcome all who would like to participate at any time of the year.”

Our next Convalescent Home Visit will be on Saturday, November 6th, from 9:45am-11:30am!
If you would like to come with us, are interested in getting involved with the Convalescent Home visits, or would simply like more information, please contact us at the church by phone or email and we will get you connected!

Our visits to the Hamilton House Women’s Crisis Shelter happens every first and third Sunday night. We just went this last Sunday night and had a fantastic time! These women who live in the house have gone through a lot and have come from some very different, but all very difficult life situations. We visit them and minister to them in various ways – from training times on how to budget finances, write a resume, succeed in a job interview, or apply makeup, to Bible studies and cookies and gifts and fellowship. Just spending time with the women does so much, but we are always looking for women in our church body who have specific gifts or talents or can use their career to help these women in transition. If you have some kind of skill, passion, gift, or career that you believe could benefit the women of the Hamilton House, or if you would just like to come visit with us, please contact us at the church. We show up around 7 p.m. and stay until around 8:30; it is an amazing thing to see God work through the women of Shoreline to minister to these precious ladies at the Hamilton House.

Our next Women’s Shelter Visit will be on Sunday, November 7th, from 7:00-8:30pm!
If you would like to come with us, are interested in getting involved with the Women’s Shelter visits, or would simply like more information, please contact us at the church by phone or email and we will get you connected!
COMING UP SOON is our Annual Halloween Family Festival, in which our Community Outreach Ministry plays a huge role! We have the privilege of organizing and taking on the always-popular “Trunk O’ Treat” feature, which serves as a mini replacement of door-to-door trick-or-treating. But, instead of houses decorated in Halloween fare, it will bet the trunks of your cars! Sign up at the booth to reserve a spot for your vehicle to be a part of this fun event! Or, you may consider signing up to be sign up to be a part of the trunk o’ treat committee, which will help with set up, tear down, and judging on best decorated trunk! Either way, this event will be one you will not want to miss!

ONGOING EVENTS IN OUTREACH…

THIS WEEKEND, some of our wonderful volunteers in Community Outreach went out to the Monterey Pines Convalescent Hospital and the Hamilton House Women’s Shelter to minister to the residents there in ways that we hope will impact them most with the love of Christ. 
Monterey Pines is a faithful group that is led by Jane Shaffer-MacDonald and Abraham Wilson. Abraham writes about what happens during these visits:

“The Monterey Pines Convalescent visits are conducted on the first and third Saturday of each month starting at 9:45 am and ending at 11:00 am. We fellowship with and average of 25 residents who attend our service. (there are approximately 100 residents at the facility.) We perform an actual Shoreline-type worship service comprised of 4 songs, prayer, scripture reading, 15-minute message and benediction. The intent of the service is to bring the Word of God to the residents at the various stages of their life and health. We are looking for volunteers who understand the importance of fellowship with the elderly and medically challenged. Having a good heart, compassionate spirit and understanding the importance of feeding all of God’s children is our primary function. Our most popular event is the Christmas service in which we provide presents for all attendees. On this day we give out lots of Bibles. We welcome all who would like to participate at any time of the year.”

Our next Convalescent Home Visit will be on Saturday, November 6th, from 9:45am-11:30am!
If you would like to come with us, are interested in getting involved with the Convalescent Home visits, or would simply like more information, please contact us at the church by phone or email and we will get you connected!

Our visits to the Hamilton House Women’s Crisis Shelter happens every first and third Sunday night. We just went this last Sunday night and had a fantastic time! These women who live in the house have gone through a lot and have come from some very different, but all very difficult life situations. We visit them and minister to them in various ways – from training times on how to budget finances, write a resume, succeed in a job interview, or apply makeup, to Bible studies and cookies and gifts and fellowship. Just spending time with the women does so much, but we are always looking for women in our church body who have specific gifts or talents or can use their career to help these women in transition. If you have some kind of skill, passion, gift, or career that you believe could benefit the women of the Hamilton House, or if you would just like to come visit with us, please contact us at the church. We show up around 7 p.m. and stay until around 8:30; it is an amazing thing to see God work through the women of Shoreline to minister to these precious ladies at the Hamilton House.

Our next Women’s Shelter Visit will be on Sunday, November 7th, from 7:00-8:30pm!
If you would like to come with us, are interested in getting involved with the Women’s Shelter visits, or would simply like more information, please contact us at the church by phone or email and we will get you connected!
COMING UP SOON is our Annual Halloween Family Festival, in which our Community Outreach Ministry plays a huge role! We have the privilege of organizing and taking on the always-popular “Trunk O’ Treat” feature, which serves as a mini replacement of door-to-door trick-or-treating. But, instead of houses decorated in Halloween fare, it will bet the trunks of your cars! Sign up at the booth to reserve a spot for your vehicle to be a part of this fun event! Or, you may consider signing up to be sign up to be a part of the trunk o’ treat committee, which will help with set up, tear down, and judging on best decorated trunk! Either way, this event will be one you will not want to miss!

Community Outreach in July!

On July 27, 2010, in Community Outreach, by CommunityOutreach

The month of July has been quite an exciting and busy month in Community Outreach! We have helped out at Spirit West Coast while enjoying some amazing teaching, inspiring music, and great fellowship. We’ve visited the Convalescent Home and the Women’s Shelter, and have been able to provide the Shelter with serious necessities that they use daily (and they are extremely grateful)! This week, we are in the middle of VBS in which the Community Outreach team has taken on a huge role of teaching our Shoreline kids about what it means to be the hands, feet, mouth and heart of Jesus by loving and serving others. Yet, the biggest even for the month of July was our annual Back-To-School Backpack and School Supplies drive, another outreach event which both the children and the parents of our Shoreline Church community were able to participate in together. Our wonderful Community Outreach volunteers, Tina-Marie Morales and Mary Hennessey worked together tirelessly to make this event not only run smoothly, but make a huge impact, not only on those who are receiving the backpacks but also those who have donated, volunteered time and finances, and just everyone involved. Tina-Marie wrote a wonderful testimony of her own experience with this event. I hope you are blessed in reading about how God totally took this event and used it for His glory!

“Wow is what I will say about the back pack drive. God showed up and blew us away. On Wednesday the 7th we only had about 40 backpacks. So, Mary Hennessy called and ordered 200 backpacks for $4.50 each. That was a blessing, but the big obstacle was getting the money together to fill the backpacks. So I got together our bible study members and our friends.
I asked everyone to branch out and try to get a least 136 people to give $6.00. God’s grace was sprinkled on us… just a little grace like a saltshaker, which is why we are the salt of the world. So, we all just started asking. Our bible study leader works for Costco and went right to work asking people to donate $6.00 – he got a wonderful response. The total money collected was $330, and Costco then donated 200 backpacks on top of the cash raised.
I was so thankful when I got the call, but also worried because now we had more backpacks to fill. So now we needed 336 people to give $6.00 to fill the backpacks! My husband Ricardo looked at me on Friday morning (the day before we would have everyone show up to start stuffing the back packs) and reminded me, ‘God will provide’. I said, ‘YES, you’re right. God will.’ Oddly enough, I had not yet looked in the backpacks we got from Costco… so I went and looked inside simply to see what kind of quality backpacks they were. GOD IS SO GOOD — each back pack had a ruler, two folders, scissors, pencil holder, eraser, glue stick and a glue bottle. I started jumping up and down, screaming ‘Praise God!!’ My kids came running in the room and we asking, ‘What happened? Did we win the lottery?!?’ I said no, but showed them – they know how much I have been working on the backpack drive – and they were so excited to see the way God came through.
Friday night my husband and I set out to buy all the supplies for the backpacks. We kept praying that God would touch the heart of managers at Target, Walmart and Kmart. Target was so amazing – they gave us tax-free supplies. Walmart had a lot of what we needed: 400 binders, 400 crayons, 200 scissors, 275 glue sticks, 400 spiral note books, 375 comp. books, 325 packs of pencils, 400 packs of loose leaf paper. And because of all this, we were absolutely able to share the love of Jesus through this backpack drive. Not only that, but we came in $20.00 under the amount donated! Praise God!! And, the donations keep coming in. The amazing thing is now we have 4 needy teachers that attend Shoreline that we are giving the leftover supplies to. These teacher pay for supplies for their classrooms out of their own packets, and we are now able to help them provide supplies for the children in their classes.”

Tina-Marie
(edited by Megan Koontz)

—> check our flickr for more pictures of the Backpack Assembly on July 10th HERE!

The month of July has been quite an exciting and busy month in Community Outreach! We have helped out at Spirit West Coast while enjoying some amazing teaching, inspiring music, and great fellowship. We’ve visited the Convalescent Home and the Women’s Shelter, and have been able to provide the Shelter with serious necessities that they use daily (and they are extremely grateful)! This week, we are in the middle of VBS in which the Community Outreach team has taken on a huge role of teaching our Shoreline kids about what it means to be the hands, feet, mouth and heart of Jesus by loving and serving others. Yet, the biggest even for the month of July was our annual Back-To-School Backpack and School Supplies drive, another outreach event which both the children and the parents of our Shoreline Church community were able to participate in together. Our wonderful Community Outreach volunteers, Tina-Marie Morales and Mary Hennessey worked together tirelessly to make this event not only run smoothly, but make a huge impact, not only on those who are receiving the backpacks but also those who have donated, volunteered time and finances, and just everyone involved. Tina-Marie wrote a wonderful testimony of her own experience with this event. I hope you are blessed in reading about how God totally took this event and used it for His glory!

“Wow is what I will say about the back pack drive. God showed up and blew us away. On Wednesday the 7th we only had about 40 backpacks. So, Mary Hennessy called and ordered 200 backpacks for $4.50 each. That was a blessing, but the big obstacle was getting the money together to fill the backpacks. So I got together our bible study members and our friends.
I asked everyone to branch out and try to get a least 136 people to give $6.00. God’s grace was sprinkled on us… just a little grace like a saltshaker, which is why we are the salt of the world. So, we all just started asking. Our bible study leader works for Costco and went right to work asking people to donate $6.00 – he got a wonderful response. The total money collected was $330, and Costco then donated 200 backpacks on top of the cash raised.
I was so thankful when I got the call, but also worried because now we had more backpacks to fill. So now we needed 336 people to give $6.00 to fill the backpacks! My husband Ricardo looked at me on Friday morning (the day before we would have everyone show up to start stuffing the back packs) and reminded me, ‘God will provide’. I said, ‘YES, you’re right. God will.’ Oddly enough, I had not yet looked in the backpacks we got from Costco… so I went and looked inside simply to see what kind of quality backpacks they were. GOD IS SO GOOD — each back pack had a ruler, two folders, scissors, pencil holder, eraser, glue stick and a glue bottle. I started jumping up and down, screaming ‘Praise God!!’ My kids came running in the room and we asking, ‘What happened? Did we win the lottery?!?’ I said no, but showed them – they know how much I have been working on the backpack drive – and they were so excited to see the way God came through.
Friday night my husband and I set out to buy all the supplies for the backpacks. We kept praying that God would touch the heart of managers at Target, Walmart and Kmart. Target was so amazing – they gave us tax-free supplies. Walmart had a lot of what we needed: 400 binders, 400 crayons, 200 scissors, 275 glue sticks, 400 spiral note books, 375 comp. books, 325 packs of pencils, 400 packs of loose leaf paper. And because of all this, we were absolutely able to share the love of Jesus through this backpack drive. Not only that, but we came in $20.00 under the amount donated! Praise God!! And, the donations keep coming in. The amazing thing is now we have 4 needy teachers that attend Shoreline that we are giving the leftover supplies to. These teacher pay for supplies for their classrooms out of their own packets, and we are now able to help them provide supplies for the children in their classes.”

Tina-Marie
(edited by Megan Koontz)

—> check our flickr for more pictures of the Backpack Assembly on July 10th HERE!

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