Friday, March 17, 2006

Lunch Making Schedule June-August

Please let me know if you can fill in on any of these days, and I will edit the posting-


July
2-

9- CSM (75)

16- Glenzer (50)


23- Stephanie (25) Kathryn's Group (50)

30- Matt (24)

August
6- Lora (25)

13-

20- Glenzer (50)

27

September
3-


10-

17-

24-

October
1

Monday, November 14, 2005

In Service Update (11-14-05)

We had a beautiful Sunday this week. The sun was out and it was really warm. We had a good and mostly positive crowd this week (besides a little background bantering between 2 women)

We handed out 75 lunches, socks, coffee and some misc. clothing items. It was good to connect with many of our regulars, but also see a few new faces.

We were once again graced with the presence of the Christian Scientists, who pitched their big yellow tent behind us and gave out free massages- Our friends however, do not seem to acknowledge them, and there has been up to this point "peaceful co-existence"

We also bumped into another fellow who was set up at our spot handing out breakfast. He asked jokingly what we were doing invading his space (he didn't realized that we have been established there for at least 8 months.) It was fun working side by side someone who was just taking initiative to help some folks out.

So, a few things to note:

**Please pray for Ballston as I will return there next week to prayer walk with the interested volunteers about how the ministry should go forward there. Also pray for the Union Team as they press on in my absence (they totally rock it!)
**Please pray and consider volunteering for lunch-making and serving on Sunday at Union. Ask your small groups if they are interested in taking part.
**Consider walking in the Homeless walk-a-thon on Saturday the 19th.

For all volunteers, or blog readers, or prayer partners...
We are going to do another In Service fun outing to boost up our connection with one another as we prepare for the hard winter. We will go bowling in Bethesda after the services on Sunday December 4th! Be ready for some fun, and competition!
More details to follow, but pencil it in for that afternoon... Please rsvp through the comments or per email john1930@hotmail.com

peace
jh

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Service opportunities

Here are a few events that you can get involved in over the next two weeks:

SATURDAY (Nov 12) 1-5 p.m. at DC Central Kitchen (next to Georgetown Law): this is food prep for turkey dinners to be distributed to agencies serving hungry DC residents


MONDAY and TUESDAY (Nov 14-15) 10 a.m. near 3rd Street Church of God (New Jersey Ave, NW): Monday is setting up and Tuesday is a Thanksgiving luncheon for 600 homeless persons

We are also trying to coordinate something with the homeless walk-a-thon on saturday the 19th.

Monday, November 07, 2005

In Service Update (11-06-05)

hey hey-

praise reports!!

thank you all for your prayers, and you ballstonites, thanks for coming out... we had 19 interested ncc-ers for the ballston in service expansion! i am looking forward to spending more time with them to tailor the ministry to the needs of those at that location. your continued faithful prayers are much appreciated.

union, from all reports that i received, went well. i thank my team at that location for holding the boat afloat while i was away. you guys are amazing!
we had lunches in abundance once again, so many thanks to michael glenzer's small group for making them!

finally- winter is coming. let's not be fooled by this indian summer- the cold nites are fast approaching. please start bringing winter items to church on sundays. myself or someone from the team will pick them up from hospitality. thanks again for your service. please let me know if you have any ideas or would like to participate in a bigger way...

peace

Thursday, November 03, 2005

In Service Update

well guys, i apologize- this is so long overdue.

i really just got behind and a little overwhelmed that unfortunately the in service blog took the hit. but i will definitely do my best to post more frequently again and try to keep you guys in the loop.

so what's been up?

some exciting new things are going on with in service...

**first off- we have this fall begun to try and utilize the manpower of the ncc small groups to provide lunches for the sunday outreach. this has already been very successful. it not only provides in service with the resources it needs to serve, but it gives other ncc-ers the chance to participate in our ministry. i have heard nothing but great things from the small group and ministry leaders about what a great experience it was for their groups.
if you think that this is something that your small group or ministry would like to participate in, please let me know!

**ballston in service! yes, we are finally going to start it up- this sunday nov. 6th, we will have an informational meeting after the ballston service for those interested in impacting the homeless community around the ballston mall. this is very exciting, especially as the winter months approach. if you are a ballston-ite and are interested, look for me after the service, or shoot me an email if you can't make it but still want to help.

**speaking of winter- it's coming- and we need to be prepared. not sure exactly what kinds of extra outreaches are going to be planned, but in general, it would be great if you guys could do a closet cleaning for sweatshirts, sweaters, hats, gloves, coats, etc. anything will be helpful. just bring it to church on sunday, and we'll take care of it from there.
i will also keep you up to date on outreach blast dates and other events!

**prayer, prayer, prayer... thanks to rachel lunde and the rest of the union prayer team- we are now going to be praying together as a ministry with them. they wanted to engage the other union ministries and bless them through prayer. this is truly a blessing for us, in that we need a lot of covering and spiritual protection as we engage the homeless community. however, outside of that, if you all could keep us in mind throughout the week, that would be very helpful.

**wednesday nite bible study- please pray for us as well. we have really built a strong community on this nite, but have been battling against a lot of spiritual blockades. everything from bitterness to alcoholism. all in all though, marie and i have built an atmosphere of trust and security. pray that as winter comes and we procede indoors, that this continues. names to lift up specifically are mildred, brian, richard, sam, darnell, pete, bernard, patricia, glen, randy and david.

whew- that was quite a bit- thanks for hanging through. look forward to reconnecting to you all this fall/winter-
please let me know if there is anything i can do to help you get involved!

peace
john

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

post article

an interesting article in the post about dc homeless and katrina efforts-
thanks sarah-


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/15/AR2005091502278.html?referrer=emailarticle

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

In Service Update (9-18-05)

thank you for all of your prayers and support.

pete was back and seems that he is doing much better- hopefully the transfer today to christ house will be successful.

thanks to elizabeth, we have started the process of outsourcing some of the jobs necessary to provide food and clothing, to the small groups this fall-
some of you may have already heard about this, or talked about it your small groups, but we will be having different ncc small groups help prepare food for either sunday or wednesday throughout the semester.
we thought this would be a great way to get other groups involved in the ministry, while supplying us with our needs as well.

as soon as groups start responding, we will have a full schedule up- thank you also to the individuals who continue to help out.

please let me know if you or your small group has decided on a day-

as fall comes upon us and we begin to think about winter down the road, we will have hopefully be getting together for some extra projects and outreach days, so stay tuned!

as always- your prayers for the ministry and those we serve are greatly appreciated- also, feel free to drop by on any wednesday for bible study in the park across from union at 6:30, or for the sunday lunch give-away at 11-

peace
jh