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On July 13th, teens from Metro's Teen Church went to Lewisdale Park. We passed out balloons and popsicles to those in the park. Children enjoyed the popsicles. Quite a few of the balloons flew away, but it made the children happy. When three kids walked over to our picnic table and asked "Can we get more balloons?" Novella said, "Here. Take 5!" it made me smile. I decided to take part in the activity because I knew that it would be fun. I definitely enjoyed it. Even when people said no to our offer of balloons or popsicles, they still smiled at us. I would recommend doing an outreach activity to all of my friends.
♫ ♪ My God is Awesome, Awesome, Awesome, Awesome! ♪ ♫
Awesome was the experience we had when Metro members, friends and supporters went to the Community For Creative Non-Violence shelter (CCNV) after church service on May 25 to minister to the homeless. It was our third time for the year serving at CCNV and our second time hosting a worship service there. Yes, we had church at CCNV after having had church at Metro!
As shelter residents entered the room to get a meal and some free items, they were able to participate in our worship service. Some clapped as they moved forward in line. A few left after receiving their plates and free goodies, but some sat and and stayed for the program while they ate.
Earle Hall, Sr. recited a poem he wrote - "One Day at a Time"; the poem spoke of the importance of adhering to God's word and taking life one day at a time. One of the residents later shared with Earle that he felt that the poem was written especially for him. Theo Milford, Latéy Bradford and KryselleBaptiste led out in praise and worship, accompanied by Jason Craigon keyboard. Shelter residents sang, clapped, waved their hands in the air and swayed to the music.
Some of the residents spontaneously participated in the program! One resident - Brother Butch - was so moved during praise and worship that he stood as he sang, leading Theo to invite him to the mic where he shared with the group what he was grateful to God for. Another resident - Sister Tisha - felt divinely inspired to perform a Gospel rap proclaiming the soon coming of Christ. Bible worker Sharon Jones entertained us with a catchy musical selection with her guitar. The guest speaker was Ronnie Jones, whose incredible, remarkable testimony had the audience audibly engaged throughout his presentation.
The program ended with raffle drawings for gift bags containing toiletries, personal care items and bibles that held a small surprise inside. Some of our members heard residents stating that they were going to stay until the end for a chance to win a prize. Sister Raji, acting as our Vanna White, called out the winning numbers.
♩ ♬ He's Mighty, He's Mighty, He's Mighty, He's Mighty, He's Mighty, He's Mighty, He's Mighty, He's Mighty. Awesome! I know He is, I know He is, Awesome....♬ ♩
Many thanks to all of our Metro members who donated toilet paper, which was our special giveaway item, and cases of bottled water. We served 194 people! We took 215 rolls of toilet paper and 232 specially labeled bottles of water with us to CCNV, so we had more than enough to give. We distributed 259 loads of powdered detergent (left over special giveaway item from the March homeless outreach) and 104 copies of The Ministry of Healing. A special thanks to Virginia Ross Charles who donated 3 bottles of liquid detergent for the March outreach that we included in the gift bags raffled off at the May outreach. Thanks to Aunty Connie's Kitchen for contributing towards our delicious menu. (Contact Connie Thompson for catering or for orders.) Last, but certainly not least, a heartfelt thanks to everyone who volunteered or assisted in making the outreach a blessing to the residents of CCNV.
We've incuded a video montage from the May 25 outreach below. Pictures from the May program, and our other outreach activities can be seen on our new Facebook page (the page is public, so you don't need a Facebook account to see it).
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Metro! You've done really well with our Jericho Walks. It's time to add a few more plays to our game plan, so we need everyone out at Lifted this Sabbath!
After service, we'll be heading over to Ridgecrest to do a Jericho Walk around the school. Principal Dunn will be at church on Sabbath, and she'll participate in the walk with us. BTW, she's got a Metro Church t-shirt; do you???? We've still got some available if you need one.
For this Jericho Walk, it's going to be BYOF (Bring Your Own Food) - bring whatever food you need to energize you to participate in the afternoon's activities. We'll provide water and fruit (bananas and grapes).
When we're finished at Ridgecrest, we'll head back to church and go straight into Lifted - where we'll dive into our game plan. Pastor Johns will teach us how to take requests from the community. You'll have the opportunity to practice these plays until you're comfortable with them. We'll show you the areas of the Lewisdale we'll be targeting. You'll learn about, and sign up to be playmakers with our visibility activities. We'll give you the schedule for the summer, so you can plan to be with us the whole way through. And most of all - we'll pray that God will lead and guide as we move to this next step.
This Sabbath, we'll also start to organize our teams of volunteers - "community angels" (help us collect and deliver goods) and "research experts" (help us find funding and support services). Regardless of your age, you can impact this ministry. If you're a student, earn your community service hours with us. SIGN UP TODAY! It's quick and easy!
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