Trustees Update - December 2018

The Trustees would like to share the items/projects addressed during August-October of this year. These items assist Christ Church’s mission through Experience and Develop so members can utilize the facility.

  • three exit signs have been replaced
  • an outlet was fixed by the Guest Center
  • a staff computer has been replaced
  • the east drinking fountain has been replaced to include a bottle filler
  • the south patio entryway has been modified
  • shelf units purchased and assembled for the garage
  • the fire system has been inspected

Lifeboat Ministry

Lifeboat Ministry is a group of individuals that have a heart to serve others. Our mission is to reach out to touch, to listen and to revive the world one person at a time with God’s love. I am reminded of the verse in 1st Peter 4:10 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

Lifeboat Ministry lives out that verse by showing God’s love to those who need it most in our church.

You see it when we stop and visit someone in the hospital after a surgery.

You see it when we mail a card to that person who, when they open it, knows that their church family is thinking of them You see it when we make a phone call to say “Hi” and see how they are feeling.

But when you think about it, doesn’t it also sound like what our small groups do for each other? What about that neighbor who needs your help shoveling their walk during winter months? Or once in a while you might take your friend to the doctor’s office because they can’t drive.

I believe, here at Christ Church, each one of us in some way is a part of Lifeboat Ministry. And that, my friends, makes us disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
If you are interested in learning more about how you can purposefully participate in our Lifeboat Ministry, please give me (Cindy Kepford) a call at 563.340.9975.

~ Cindy Kepford

Haiti Partner Update

Nothing we do in Haiti is insignificant. This is what Greg Shepherd of RTS Missions reminds us on each of our mission trips. Over the past five years, countless people in our congregation have served alongside and built relationships with Greg, his wife, Maria, and their son, Caleb.

During our partnership we’ve seen the Shepherds go from short-term missionaries, to full-time, and now, it’s official, they’re Haitian residents! This fall they received their NIF (like a Social Security number), Haiti residency permit and driver’s licenses.

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We’ve also watched their ministry move from one partner church and a loosely-connected school to establishing a community of churches and RTS academies. Their growth continues, now that they’re officially Haitian residents, they’ve licensed RTS Missions as an official organization in Haiti and have received a gift of a major piece of property that included a school of more than 450 students.

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With all of that excitement, they need our love, support and prayers more than ever. Will you join me in praying for RTS Missions and its ministries?

A list of things you can pray for is included below. Will you save it somewhere you’ll see it and keep the entire RTS family in your prayers?

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GETTING TO KNOW OUR BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR: KERRI TOMPKINS

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Kerri Tompkins is the Business Administrator and has been employed part-time with Christ Church since September of 2013. Through this role, she is the staff liaison for Trustees and the Finance Committee. In addition, I help with special projects at the request of our Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC).

The Trustees ensure the facility is maintained and items are in working order through monthly meetings. As projects are identified, Kerri facilitates and/or manages the projects with various vendors, contractors and/or volunteers.

In working with the Finance Committee, the annual budget is created, approved and monitored. Regular meetings are held throughout the year to complete these tasks. In addition, Kerri oversees expenses, reconciles accounts and runs payroll.

The role for SPRC is assisting them with policy creation and research, Conference reports, and overall staff support. Kerri feels the best part of her multi-role position is working with so many great people who are dedicated to Christ Church. Her position empowers staff and church leaders via resources to be successful in meeting the mission.

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Kerri and Andrew married in 1996 and enjoy the outdoors via hiking and exploring new areas. They have been blessed with two boys. Noah arrived in the summer of 2001 and loves to play golf, dekhockey and soccer. He is a senior at Davenport North and is looking forward to his college future. Gage was born in the spring of 2004 and enjoys cross country, drumline and marching band at Davenport North. Their family also includes two dogs. Jonah is a Chesapeake Bay retriever and Katie is half golden retriever, half cocker spaniel.

Kerri also serves the City of Davenport as the eighth ward Alderman. She has been in this role since January of 2014. In her spare time, Kerri loves to travel (especially to beaches), run, read and enjoys family time.

Kerri can be reached via phone, 563-391-5488 or email, kerrit@christchurchdavenport.org.

Making a Difference at Buchanan

Christ Church IS making a difference at Buchanan.

Buchanan Elementary has been feeling very loved and supported by Christ Church. These next 500 words are to celebrate our amazing partnership and to thank the countless volunteers who support Buchanan Elementary School. Those of you who are not able to be at the school are still making a difference through your financial generosity.

Super Students is a student of the month program sponsored by the Christ Church Men's’ Group. It is always a highlight for the students. Two students from each classroom are recognized for positive attitude. During the Super Student presentation, the students are presented a certificate and popcorn to take home. The name of one boy and one girl are drawn to become the Special Super Students. As the Special Super Student, they receive a $10 Walmart Gift Card, select a book to be donated to the library in their honor, and lead the High-Five parade while wearing Super Hero capes. Christ Church received a sweet thank you from one of the students chosen this month.

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Christ Church volunteers along with school staff and parents worked together to make Fall Family Festival a fun night for over 500 people from the Buchanan community. Amazingly the walking tacos and popcorn Christ Church served did NOT run out! The students and teachers have continued talking about what a great time they had and how wonderful it was to see Buchanan families enjoying a night together.

Another way Christ Church is partnering with Buchanan is through providing teachers meals during parent-teacher conferences. Catered meals were provided both nights for the Buchanan staff that were at the school over 12 hours without a break.

Volunteers with the Food Pantry (1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month) had the largest turnout to date with 17 families. It was a busy and long morning, but very rewarding to see new families take food home to provide for their families.

I’m excited to celebrate yet another moment where Christ Church supported Buchanan. Courageous leaders went with the 4th grade class on a field trip to the Putnam Museum. Without these volunteers they would not have been able to have such a hands-on experience.

One of my other favorite moments to share is our Christ Church mentors. Each week 13 adults leave the walls of the church and spend their lunch hour with a student. Sometimes these lunches involve Candyland or Uno while others involve heavy conversations about school stress and home life.

To continue bragging about how great Christ Church volunteers are, here are a couple emails I received this week from teachers…

  • “Thank you Christ Church for ALL you do for us!!”
  • “We love Christ Church!”
  • “Christ Church is amazing with how you treat us.”
  • “We are SO spoiled, and appreciate every bit of it! We are so fortunate to have Christ Church in our lives! You’re all the best!”

Thank you to everyone who has ever volunteered at Buchanan. It has been encouraging to see so many familiar faces when I am working with families in our community.