ENGAGING LIFE: Winter 2014 Explanations
Here is more detailed information about the opportunities to Engage Life this winter…
* Alleviating Hunger
* Casa de Belen: From Jan 5 to Feb 14 I will make burritos, donate time and/or funding to Casa de Belen. Casa de Belen is a transitional housing facility dedicated to helping homeless teens and families with teens find a safe place to put their lives back together. Their goal is not to warehouse people, but to provide a home-like setting and create a space of dignity and hope, and to help families get back on their feet and teens to finish school, become self-supporting and capable of independent living. (For more info, go to http://www.casadebelen.org/). It relies on the support of the community. If you mark this commitment, someone will contact you to discuss the ways you might help with this life-saving, life-changing program.
* Warming Center: From Jan 5 to Feb 14 I will volunteer once when the Warming Center is open (on nights below 32 degrees). The Warming Center is now located at Faith Lutheran Church and is opened to the homeless on evenings that are forecasted to be freezing or colder. We’ve already had a string of cold temperatures and there are more to come. There are lots of ways to help, but they mostly need to people to volunteer for 4-hour shifts through the night. Training is provided to those who are willing to help.
* Support the Habitat for Humanity Build: From Jan 5 to Feb 14 I will volunteer once to assist in the ongoing construction of a new Umpqua Valley Habitat for Humanity home. (For more info, go to http://www.uvhfh.com/index.htm). Heidi Cavagnaro indicates that a new Habitat home is being built on the east side (Rifle Range Road) and by January, the exterior walls and roof will be complete. Most of the work at that point will be indoors and volunteers are needed for all sorts of tasks – construction, clean up, worker support, etc. If you make this commitment, someone will contact you to share what the current needs are and how you can volunteer once to help the effort.
* Other: Perhaps you have a spiritual practice for engaging life that you want to try or continue from Jan 5 through Feb 14, but it is not listed above. Tell us what it is and mark it as a commitment for the season!
ENGAGING LIFE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES
Think you might be ready to step it up? Here are some leadership challenges for you to consider…
1. Help Plan the Church Outbound Sunday in March: The first month in 2014 with five Sundays in March. The vision Sunday March 30 is to expand our fantastic outreach ministries on Church Outbound Sunday to include projects outside the church walls. A team is being assembled to imagine the possibilities and get them organized. Want to help? Then accept this leadership challenge.
2. Be a Champion in the Church for a Community Agency or Program: A champion is someone who supports, defends, stands up for, advocates for some one or something. There are many in this church involved with community programs that need our support or want to partner with the church. Are you involved in such a program or agency? Do you want to champion it in our church? If you accept this challenge you will be contacted to learn what the agency or program is and to explore the ways you can champion it!
3. Join Pastor Scott’s Demographic Team: The consultants who assessed our church over a year ago identified “active retirees” as our most fruitful mission field. We want to learn if this is really true for the Roseburg area and, if so, who these “active retirees” are – their lifestyles, preferences, needs and hopes – and how we might connect with them. We have access to local demographic information with loads of information about who lives in this region. Pastor Scott is assembling a team of people to evaluate this information and arrive at some ideas of who these people are and how the church can engage them. Want to be a part of the team?