On behalf of the children that the CONCERN foster care agency services and the staff who work with those children, i'd like to say a huge thank you to all of the Metropolitan Christmas Angels.
In November, I approached Tamara Sam and Latey Bradford about a Christmas project - I intern at the CONCERN foster care agency and this year, we wanted to make sure that every child in the program had the oportunity to have a gift to unwrap at Christmas. The children that CONCERN serves are all diagnosed as medically fragile, and have experienced some form of abuse. I know our church is big on serving - it's something I'm always talking about to my co-workers at CONCERN - and I thought this would be a great project for us to serve our community.
On Thursday, November 20, several Metro members met at the church at 7:45 a.m., piled onto the church bus and headed to the Lincoln Theatre in DC to attend Catalyst Next. Danielle Latouche and Latey Bradford share thoughts from their visits - click the link under each article teaser to read the entire article.
A Catalysmic Catalyst
“What’s next for our church?”
“One ‘God’ idea is better than a million good ideas.”
“Jesus kept the law, but broke the rules.”
“Maybe your Pinterest life needs a naked execution.”
“You can’t follow Jesus and be bored.”
“Praise God for the complications.”
These words poured out of the mouths of some of today’s most forward-thinking Christian leaders. Bright and early on the morning of Thursday, November 20, 2014, DC’s Lincoln Theatre auditorium filled with the scent of freshly brewed coffee, the glow of brightly lit iPads and hundreds of attentive listeners from all walks of life. The two commonalities between us all? Our love for Christ and our love for His people. Led by Pastor Johns, a lively group of Metro leaders excitedly joined the attendees in one of the most potent dialogues for the Christian church today. [Read more...of Danielle LaTouche's "A Catalysmic Catalyst]
Light It Up!!
Wait! Let me explain. I know what you’re thinking, but this has nothing to do with arson, smoking or any other terrible activity one can do with fire. And before I lose you to your mind’s best imaginations, let me get right to the point: God has called you to be the LIGHT of the world (Matt. 5:14). We read about it, sing about it, and we preach about it . . . but how do we really live out this call on a day-to-day basis?
I was blessed to be part of a group who attended a Catalyst NEXT conference -- a forum for discussion about the direction of the church and how we, as a corporate body and as individuals, can fulfill our commission. As we entered the Lincoln Center, the room bustled with excitement and anticipation. Unlike most in attendance, I was not familiar with any of the speakers on the program, but I had great expectations and came ready to record and absorb all the highlights. [Read more of Latey Bradford's "Light It Up!!"]
The cost of higher education should not leave you in poverty for the rest of your life. There is funding available, but you must put in an effort to search and apply for it. You must develop a plan to find the money for college, and work that plan so that the dream of obtaining that degree can be realized.
It would be nice if all students received full scholarships to college. But that is not reality. Some receive athletic scholarships because they have athletic skills that a school wishes to tap into for the school’s benefit. Others have demonstrated such academic prowess that schools give them academic scholarships to entice them to attend. Others have been dealt many of life’s lemons, and life has just been hard for them; compassion is extended to them, and college fees are paid on their behalf.
Many students manage to get partial scholarships. Others get no money at all. But do not despair; there is money available. You just need to develop a plan to seek and tap into that well of funds; use these simple steps to help you.
MetroKidz and Beyond the Walls need your help serving our community. They are partnering with the foster care agency CONCERN (www.concern4kids.org) to provide Christmas gifts for the children who are serviced by the organization.
The children that CONCERN helps have been severely sexually and physically abused. They are also categorized as “medically fragile” which means they have been diagnosed with three or more mental disorders such as bipolar, ADHD, schizophrenia, etc. All of them have been abandoned by their parents or primary caregiver.