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The Church has left the building. We always proclaim that the Church is a people and not a building and more than ever during these unique times we must be intentional, creative and faithful in the way we minister to one another and to this community that God so dearly loves. Beyond caring for your family and your geographical neighbors we as a church family have some opportunities to take action and be the church here and now in this unique time in history.
We have a new service opportunity that involves the distribution of 20lb. boxes of produce and other foods to individuals and families in need within our community. We would love your help! We need two things to make this happen:
(1) Individuals or groups who would like to pick up food from the distribution hub, New Life Community Church, and deliver it to predetermined individuals and families.
(2) A list of families or individuals that can be blessed from receiving food donations.
Those interested in delivering and have a truck or van will meet at New Life Community Church on Tuesdays at 9am to divide and load boxes. From there, all volunteers will meet at GBC at 9:30am to break up into teams and deliver to preassigned addresses from there. Click the Food Delivery button above to take action!
Whether you are sewing-savvy or not, making masks is an incredibly practical and vital way to serve both health care workers on the front lines, as well as the public to prevent the spread during necessary errands. The link below is to the CDC's website, which explains the use of and care for masks, and provides both no-sew and sewing patterns for you to follow to make masks. Check with local hospitals before making donations or consider sending some to hard-hit areas, such as New York City or Detroit.
Our mission is “Bringing Healing to Hurting Humanity.” We are dedicated to providing practical and spiritual training to rehabilitate broken men and women. Our goal is to prepare these individuals to return to their families and communities, healed from the chains of addiction. By “Bringing Healing to Hurting Humanity“, those we counsel and mentor can realize their dreams as they move into their destiny, learning how to recover, how to break free from their addictions, anger and grief, and how to set boundaries in their lives–tools they will need once they enter back into society.
Families in Transition (FIT)
The Lucia Mar Families in Transition Program assists families facing housing challenges. They are funded by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, which is a federal law ensuring immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. There are times, however, when this program needs additional support, and your monetary donations would help them purchase everything from toothpaste and lunches to Chromebooks and AP Testing for the homeless youth on our Central Coast. For more information, contact Shaun at 805.215.5152
Good News Club
Good News Club aims to evangelize boys and girls in schools, homes, churches, and just about anywhere they can easily and safely meet with their parent’s permission.
Because of the school closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's club has come to an end. However, if possible, this summer the club will host Good News Camp. If you'd like to help with facilitating camp, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lifeline shares the love of Christ and information on alternatives to abortion for women and girls in our local community. We offer critical support, mentoring, and healing.
Lifeline also has a job opportunity that will move forward once the county reopens for people who have experienced the loss of job due to the pandemic. If you are interested in a part-time position, or would like to volunteer as a receptionist, please call 805.481.4987.
People’s Kitchen serves as an emergency food resource for homeless and vulnerable members of the Five Cities community. We provide hot meals and safe haven. For more information, contact Nancy at 805.489.3254 or Betsy at 805.489.9046.
Shelter and Rain
Shelter and Rain is dedicated to the freedom, protection and restoration of human trafficking survivors through anti-trafficking efforts, as well as educates communities about trauma so that they may aid in empowering survivors.
We will be posting prayer requests from our missionaries. Stay tuned.