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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.
ADOPT A FOSTER FAMILY
2020 has been a unique time of need for many families, including the 386 foster families within SLO County. This Christmas, our Foster/Adopt ministry is asking that you would partner with them to adopt a Foster family. We know that everyone has different ways that they would like to take action, so we encourage you to consider what it would look like for you to adopt a family. For some of you, that could mean providing Christmas presents or a Christmas tree, while others might like to bring a family groceries for a Christmas dinner.
Whatever the capacity be that you would like to get involved, please email email@example.com to express that you would like to adopt a family this Christmas season. If you'd like to learn more about the Foster/Adopt & CSEC ministry, visit their page here.
Every Monday morning from 10:00-11:15am, our Food Distribution team goes out into the community to deliver boxes of produce, dairy, and meat to families in need. At 10am, our team meets at GBC next to the gym and breaks into 3 teams, each of who have 3 apartment complexes that they deliver to on their route. If you would like to partner with us in this ministry of meeting people's practical needs and planting spiritual seeds, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if you cannot come every week, when you are able to help, it is an incredible ministry in which to partake.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Our weekly Missionary Prayer Calendar can be found on the gracebibleag.com homepage. It is updated every Sunday with new requests for our missions partners around the globe. Thank you for partnering with us in prayer!