The Pentecost Project
Care Package for our Homeless Brothers & Sisters
As part of the New Beginnings Program, we were tasked to look at the ministry outreaches and opportunities to serve that we have envisioned in your future story. What is an event or an action we can take to sow the seeds for a later development in our Capacity Plan?
The idea is to begin to model for the congregation what it means to shift away from an inward focus to a model of seeking what God is calling us to do with the community. Pentecost was the empowerment of all believers to go out into the world to make a difference. A transforming congregation is always seeking to make a difference in their communities.
God calls the church to feed the hungry and help those who are in need (Isaiah 58:10). The Pentecost project begins the implementation of some of our goals in our future story specifically in reaching out and loving our neighbors and starting the journey in achieving authentic hospitality.
The church prepared care packages for the growing homeless population in our neighborhood. Items consisted of reusable bags, toiletries, non-perishable food & drinks, warm socks, gloves, and blankets.
Our congregation worked with local police departments to distribute them to those in need in our neighborhood. The packages were distributed before Christmas day 2020.
Care Packages for our homeless neighbors
Last December 2020, Pastor John delivered 30 care packages to Norridge Police Department. The packages were then distributed to our homeless neighbors.
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Glory and honor to God!
Reintroducing our church to our immediate neighbors.
Fall 2020: As part of continuously reaching out to our immediate neighborhood we did a pumpkin patch at our church lawn to engage with those who came and continuously let them know our presence in the community amidst the pandemic.