Any EBC families interested in doing the Walk for Life for the MVWC (May 18): I have all the materials and will be setting up an info table in the FH the next two Sundays (5/5 and 5/12) where you could come and be promoted (think donation jars with your names on it like "Team Henry" or you are welcome to be at the table as well). This is a great way to find sponsors. Please let me know by Sat., May 4th so I can have things set up for you. Contact me at email@example.com
Update: Walter G. Seller's Apartment Fund
Thanks to all who have donated funds/items and prayed for the residents affected by the Walter G. Seller's Apartment fire. To date, your generosity has made it possible to: provide bathing supplies, laundry supplies, bus tokens, and undergarments/socks to all of the residents who stayed at the Red Cross shelter, hats/gloves, toiletry/personal care items, gift baskets/goodie bags (residents were still displaced for both Thanksgiving and Christmas) and additional clothing items to all the residents displaced in hotels, assist four residents with rent, deposits, and utility bills needed to secure permanent housing, provide three residents complete sets of clothes who had lost everything, pass along several giftcards that were able to be used for gas and other necessities, and to provide household and grocery items for several residents both moving into new places and returning back to their old apartments.I have a tally of all remaining funds and would like to use them to purchase items that residents can enjoy in the activity room now that the building has been repaired. If you are interested in assisting with shopping for and/or delivering these items, contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. John 4:14
"Living Well Clinic is a new Christian ministry in Xenia, Ohio providing compassionate medical care to the whole person. We desire to follow the example of Jesus Christ who brought healing to both the physical and spiritual needs of those he met. We do this through a team of dedicated health professionals and caring volunteers who provide free medical care to those who are uninsured in Greene County. There are 16,000 people in Greene County who have no form of health insurance. You know them. They are single moms, struggling families, laid off workers, and young adults who cannot afford medical coverage.When they get sick or injured they have no place to turn and no hope for the future. Living Well Clinic is a place to find hope and healing as our medical ministry points people to know our source of hope, Jesus Christ, the Great Physician. Explore our website to find out how you can be involved in the ministry of Living Well Clinic." www.livingwellclinic.org *check out the website for lots of opportunities to be involved. This is a local ministry open every Tuesday at 215 S. Allison Ave. They are in need of volunteers of varying skill levels, donations, supplies, and prayer.
Friday Night Alive. I love that it's called this. So you're on lock down in a cell unit made for juvenile offenders. Thin uncomfortable uniforms. Ugly rubber sandles. Skimpy portions of bland food. Fear. Lonliness. Boredom. Uncertainty. All that and more, and so what? Once a week for a few hours you have a chance to hear about, ask questions about, and be led to Christ. Doesn't matter if you're friends are out seemingly enjoying life without these restrictions, you are being given an opportuinity to experience true freedom; to really be alive. Not that any of this is in and of itself a good thing nor is it a fun time to be incarcerated in juvenile detention; trust me, I have experienced this first hand and it is rightfully designed to be a rotten experience that hopefully anyone going through it will want to avoid in the future. But Friday Night Alive is a good thing in the sense that it is a chance to experience a shining light in a dark place. So what is FNA? It is a local ministry to juvenile offenders where a group of screened volunteers go once a week to play games, build relationships, teach Bible lessons, and pray with juveniles and staff located at the Greene County Juvenile Detention Center Complex located off Progress Drive in Xenia. This ministry has been overseen by Van Holloway, one of our church elders, for nearly 20 years. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Van Holloway and also check out the groups prayer requests which are sent out by the church office as part of the prayer list. These kids definitely need to be covered in loving prayer. These kids are our local kids. They are who you see walking around town. They are who your kids go to school and youth group with. They are who your kids hang out with and may one day date. They are the kids that take your food orders and bag your groceries. They are our kids. Let's support their efforts at success by laying their burdens and heartaches before the throne of our Heavenly Father and asking that He make His grace, love, mercy, and protection abundant to them so they may turn to Him and find Life.
Freedom Church: Finding Freedom in Christ "It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don't use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that's how freedom grows. For everything we know about God's Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That's an act of true freedom." Galatians 5:13 (MSG)
"Freedom Church is a safe and confidential fellowship for those seeking FREEDOM; REAL FREEDOM from compulsions like alcohol, drugs, or pornography; FREEDOM from emotional issues such as depression, anger, and anxiety and FREEDOM from practical issues such as homelessness and poverty. We serve to introduce and provide opportunities for healing and change that are found at the cross of Jesus Christ. Through the love of Christ, our love for one another and a team of partners and resources we seek bring hope to the hurting and freedom to the oppressed; to provide a new way of life!" Please consider attending this group as an authentic way to find practical accountability and healing, volunteering as a mentor willing to be vulnerable and humbly minister through your own brokenness, or offer support through prayer and/or donations. Contact Tina Henry at email@example.com to be linked up with Pastor Greg Delaney who heads this ministry or contact him directly through the AHOP link listed above. note: although this is administered through AHOP, it is a joint effort of people from various churches and all are welcome to attend/help.
Safe Harbor House is a ministry serving hurting women needing a safe place to recover from addictions, violence, exploitation, and abuse. EBC was fortunate enough to have its founder as the speaker for this year's Women's Retreat. I would encourage everyone to visit their website at http://www.safeharborhouse.org/ or find them on FACEBOOK to learn more about how to be involved with, pray for, or support this amazing ministry.
The Jeremiah Tree is a new para-church organization in town that has been in the works for awhile now, and has become up and running in the past few months. It is a joint effort of several churches and committed individuals. At this time, Jeremiah Tree is focusing primarily on providing crisis management in emergency situations with the goal of helping clients work towards stability while encountering Christ and making connections with local churches. On-site staff provide assessment, financial/spiritual/relational counseling and referalls, limited financial assistance when funds are available, and chances to link up and participate with classes, groups, and serving opportunities. The range of services will likely expand as the organization grows, but already they have been busy since opening interacting with clients facing such issues as homelessness, unemployment, addictions, poverty, etc. Please go to FACEBOOK and like or check out their page to find contact info, learn about upcoming events, and stay informed about this exciting new ministry.
Update: Community Outreach Department's Fundraiser Clothing Drive As mentioned in a previous post (you can find below), there were many reasons why we wanted to re-launch our clothing ministry with the goal of providing opportunities for dignity, empowerment, and exchange. The Community Outreach Department would like to hold a series of fundraiser sales where quality clothes are offered at garage sale prices. Thanks to all who have helped by donating gently used clothes and useing your shopping power to find great deals on items to donate. Many people are without transportation and are unable to shop around for the best deals. Those of us with the means to shop at Gabriel Brothers, TJ Max, Marshall's, Value City, Outlet Malls, Goodwill's in more than one town, the internet, etc., have the ability to find great deals and donate new items that someone else would otherwise never have the opportunity to shop for. Originally we planned on holding these in the Fall, but may host some this summer as an opportuinity has arisen to participate in a Clothing Coalition with other local groups offering clothing assistance as a way to rotate inventory and supporte one another. *We have enough donations at this time, but do need help sorting and hosting sales when the time comes. Contact Tina Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org to be involved
IHN: How you can get plugged in and serve.
IHN (Interfaith Hospitality Network) is a faith-based organization whose goal is to "alleviate homelessness by fostering the development of Networks that provide shelter, meals, and assistance for homeless persons, and that increases community involvement in direct service and advocacy." EBC's partnership with IHN has taken many forms over the past five years, from hosting families in the church, to sending volunteers to stay the night and prepare meals at IHN's new facility, to providing financial assistance. We are no longer participating as a host church due to lack of availability of volunteers to run a full week of hosting. However, IHN accepts volunteers on an individual basis so anyone interested in being involved with IHN, may contact them directly and serve in whatever capacity and timeframe is convienent for you. Opportunities include donating items/food, preparing meals, hosting overnight, providing childcare while adults attend mandatory classes, bringing crafts/games for the kids, providing holiday relief for staff, helping guests with job placement, etc. Any skill the Lord has blessed you with, they can find a way to put it to good use ! IHN is currently run out of the renovated Schneider House of Hope, located at 124 N. Detroit street in downtown Xenia. For more info, please contact IHN at 937-372-0705 or email at email@example.com.
Attention: EBC will be running a booth for First Fridays July-October. .We are collecting new or gently used kids books to give away for free at our booth. You can donate these items by dropping them in the red collection bins in the Fellowship Hall at church.
From the Xenia Downtown Revitalization Committee (XDRC) website xeniadrc.org First Fridays First Fridays is a fun-filled community event held in downtown Xenia on the first Friday of each month, May-October, from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. It features live music and street entertainers (magicians, clowns, caricaturists, etc); activities for kids; special sales and events at downtown businesses; displays from local non-profit organizations; and plenty of food, art, and retail vendors.
Coming Soon! Re-launch of the Clothing Ministry that has been available during the Loaves & Fishes dinners. I'd like to put this ministry on the track to becoming a self-sustaining venture capable of providing employment opportunities to those in need while providing the community a service in a way that preserves dignity. If you'd like to hear more details, share ideas, or find out how you can be involved, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'd love to include you in the planning process.