Monday, January 31, 2011

Life Care Center Christmas Outreach (2010)
January 31, 2011

Every Tuesday, from 3-4pm, Mrs. Jeanne and Mr. Charles Harris (the grandparents of Ben Harris) reach out to the residents of the Life Care Center in Palm Bay in the name of Christ.

They have faithfully been sharing Christ here for about five years. They and the residents would love to have you join with them on these Tuesday afternoon sing-a-longs.

One of the residents whose daughter was visiting with him that afternoon was deeply touched by the love of Christ demonstrated through the outreach and the remembrance of each of them with a special hand crafted Christmas ornaments. The daughter, through tears, thanked us for reaching out to her father and the others. What a blessing to see the kindness and compassion of Jesus Christ at work through the ministry of the Holy Spirit in and through His people.

Special thanks to:
  • Merlita Cote for organizing the nursing home outreaches
  • Keo Fred for the handcrafted ornaments
  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Jeanne Harris for faithfully sharing their gift of music 

Daughter and father at the outreach who received a handcrafted Christmas ornament...but more than that, they received the love of Christ through that simple offering. 

Jesus said, "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God. And every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God." 1 John 4:7

Monday, January 3, 2011

2010 End-of-the Year Report for Local Missions
January 3, 2011

God has given us the privilege of sharing the Gospel in both Word and deed to hundreds of unchurched people in our community in 2010.  Join us in celebrating what God has done in and through us.

  • Genesis House.  Three small groups served at our second annual Genesis House (a local women’s shelter), where we remodeled a bathroom, provided new window treatments, and many other handy-man projects.  New relationships with the ladies formed, and almost all of the residents attended our annual Ladies Christmas Tea where they heard the Gospel.
  • Nursing Home Outreach.  Continuing to impact Atlantic Shores Nursing Home, where severely disabled people are ministered to in Word and deed.  They have all heard the Gospel, and several have accepted Christ.  We also blessed them with a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas program.
  • Harvest Party.  Hosted our annual Harvest Party, where over 1,000 people (from Covenant and our surrounding community) experienced warmth, fun, and a family-friendly environment.
  • International Student Ministry.  Continuing to build relationships with over a dozen international students from Florida Tech.  These students range from Chinese Buddhists, to Middle East Muslims, to Indian Hindus.
  • Community of Hope.  Entered into a new partnership with Community of Hope, which provides transitional housing to near-homeless families in Melbourne and Palm Bay.  We provided them with about a dozen volunteers to help build their newest quad-plex unit in East Melbourne.
  • Habitat for Humanity.  Mobilized the youth group, several small groups, and many individuals to help build a Habitat for Humanity home for a low-income family.
  • ROAR Sports.  Our ROAR Sports program is becoming more intentional about reaching out to our unchurched neighbors.  For the first time ever, we now have more “community families” than “church families”!  Pray that many would come to Christ and come to church.
  • Ladies Tea.  Hosted our annual Ladies Tea, where hundreds of women, many of whom are unchurched, heard the Gospel and formed new friendships with our ladies.
  • SCVIM.  Raised over $3,000 for Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine (SCVIM) to purchase much-needed medical equipment.  SCVIM is a new local ministry designed to provide free medical care for families without affordable health coverage.  This ministry plans to launch in early 2011.
  • Christmas Gift Programs.  Served 30+ local children of prisoners by providing Christmas gifts on behalf of an incarcerated parent (Angel Tree), and blessed dozens of children in third-world countries with gift boxes and the Gospel (Operation Christmas Child).
  • Homeless Shelter.  Increased our number of volunteers serving in the shelter by 25%.  We now have over 40+ volunteers providing the homeless with shelter at the Cold Night Shelter, and feeding them at Street Life.
  • Evangelism Training.  Provided 65+ people in our church with intensive training in relational evangelism using the XPRESS Your Faith curriculum and the Life Issues booklets.  Many in our church are now using those booklets to share the Gospel with their unbelieving neighbors, friends, and co-workers.