where love is alive 

I want to dedicate my article this week to all the people that came out to serve on our church-wide ministry night.  We had four different projects running that night that our people had the option of choosing from:

The first was our Operation Christmas Child project.  Our church goal was 50 boxes and we accomplished that goal plus a few more!  That’s at least 50 children around the world that will receive a Christmas present that otherwise would not, all because of our desire to serve the Lord.  Thank you to all that packed boxes, donated items, or donated money for shipping.  Also a big shout out to Chrystal Bates for heading up this project!

The second project was at The Caring Place.  The Caring Place is one of our church’s sponsored ministries.  Our group traveled over to Wildwood Avenue to help serve at this great ministry.  The Caring Place provides both food and clothing for the less fortunate people of Cleveland several times a week.  Our team went and helped divide food up for distribution.  Thanks to all that served at The Caring Place and especially to Dr. Jay for heading up this project.

Our third project was an Ocoee Middle School project.  For several years, we have been Ocoee Middle’s “best partner.”  Our church usually hosts a Back to School breakfast for the faculty and throughout the year we provide small surprises in the teachers’ mailboxes that serve as encouragement to those on the front lines of education and even student ministry.  As a former teacher, I can tell you that those little treats are always a welcome site, and many times the scripture verses attached to the treat is exactly what is needed for that day.  Thank you to everyone that helped do ministry to OMS on ministry night and also to Mrs. Carolyn Goins for her leadership in this, not only this one night, but for several years now!

The final project we did was in downtown Johnston Park with people that are homeless or near homeless.  We prefaced this project with the day before going over to the Salvation Army and providing and serving a lunch to many of these same people.  We invited them out to the park the next night and had a second opportunity to reach out to them.  Many of our teenagers did both days of ministry to these sweet people and we were as touched by doing this ministry as the people were.  Homelessness is a real thing in Cleveland, and it’s a sobering reminder to see it.  Thank you to all that served the homeless and near-homeless on ministry night and a big thank you to Adam and Becca Ferguson who played music in the park to help draw a crowd!

As always, I am honored to serve at NCBC!



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