Math Night at Buchanan

In March, Christ Church had the privledge of working at Buchanan Elementary School as a part of their Math Night.

Math Night is a great event where kids at Buchanan Elementary School and their parents come back in the evening for food, games and learning exercises all geared towards strenghtening their math skills. Christ Church brought over 20 volunteers to help show the kids and their families that we care for them.

Click on either of the pictures above to see the whole album on our Flickr page. 

Click on either of the pictures above to see the whole album on our Flickr page. 

Our volunteers helped revive the world by playing math games, working through problems together, serving food, checking kids and their families in, and so much more.

After the event, Christ Church received many thank-you notes and cards from teachers and students.

Check out the pictures on our Flickr page.

Click on either of the pictures above to see the whole album on our Flickr page. 

Click on either of the pictures above to see the whole album on our Flickr page. 

All those Extra Hands: National Volunteer Appreciation Week

While help received at Christ Church is always appreciated, April brought an opportunity to bring a bit of extra recognition to those who assist in making our programs run and all those who are putting in extra hours both on the church grounds and out in the community. April 12-18 was National Volunteer Appreciation Week, and speaking as someone who relies on the assistance of volunteers on a regular basis, let me tell you, you’re more than appreciated!

Around 30 volunteers, from youth to older adults, help run our nursery, Kid Start children’s programming, and Endeavor youth group. That’s a whole lot of extra hands! Extra hands that show up early and leave late; that put out crackers and pour drinks; that pick up crayons from the floor, change dirty diapers, and build towering skyscrapers out of tiny lego blocks. Extra hands that are present and ready to assist however they may be needed. I appreciate all these extra hands helping me, and I certainly could not do what I do without all that extra help!

However, I know that for all of the volunteers that I get to witness in action during children and youth programming, there are many others who go unseen. Whether it be picking up trash outside or serving meals at a local shelter, I know it takes many to help our community remain the vibrant place that it is! So whether seen or unseen, know that your help is significant and your “extra hands” hold great worth!

On Sunday, April 12, I hope that most of your “extra hands” got a chance to dig into the special cake we shared at church, but if not, take a moment now to reach up behind yourselfself a big pat on the back because let me tell you, your extra hands are much appreciated!

Progress

Christ Church has been involved in Haiti for almost 5 years, pursing a vision to educate orphans in hopes of creating leaders who can transform Haiti. On this spring’s mission trip, our team drove past a church school that Christ Church built in 2013. At that time, 40-50 students were enrolled in the school at the church. Now, over 200 students are enrolled and two more classrooms have been added. On that same trip in 2013, I preached in a church with tarp walls (pictured below). This year, Pastor Mike Morgan from Marion preached to the same congregation. As you can see (pictured below), their facility has improved! We even built a building next door to accommodate the ever-growing number of children in the congregation.

When the team returned, Ryan preached a sermon in which he challenged us to focus on lives on the process more than the outcome. God’s timing hasn’t been what I expected. The outcomes of our involvement in Haiti are not what I expected. They’re better. More kids are hearing about Christ and receiving an education than I ever imagined. The process is taking us where we need to go and, once I let my timeline die, God could raise up HIS better outcomes. This kind of death and resurrection shows me what Easter is all about. Thank you for your faithfulness. Pastor Mike

Reflections: Salvation Army Adopt-A-Shelter July 2013

When I came to Christ Church the first person who asked me to consider a Revive the World opportunity for our Adult Discipleship ministry was Steve Garrington.

Steve took me to meet the good people of the Salvation Army and that day I heard about an "Adopt-A-Shelter" program they had started. The apartments at the Family Service Center in Davenport had not seen renovation in over 20 years. The Adopt-a-Shelter program would seek businesses and churches to take on fixing the whole shelter one apartment at a time.

The idea of Adopt-A-Shelter excited me because I realized that almost everyone in our church body could be involved in serving the Lord through such a large project. Because the project would require a special offering and several were already planned that year, the Finance Committee requested that we wait until 2014, though they fully supported the endeavor. "Full support" is exactly what the church body provided also! An overwhelming offering of $8000 surpassed the $5000 requested by the Salvation Army. Many in our midst did the physical work of remodeling the home, plus others provided donations that furnished the place for the incoming family of four - a single mom with three girls.

The Adopt-A-Shelter project was a HUGE deal for Christ Church. The local news featured a story on our service and best of all... the Lord Jesus was glorified through it all.

What big Revive the World opportunity will you bring to your church? When you've got an idea let me know. I'm confident our church can handle the task. There's much love at Christ Church and these pictures are just a glimpse of it. - Jon

Reflections: January 2012 Share-A-Meal

Jon's reflections on a Share-A-Meal experience from January 2012. 

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