Monday, February 26, 2018
Come enjoy dessert and hear an update from some of our graduated guests. Allow them to thank you for volunteering with Family Promise of Butler County. RSVP online at Eventbrite.
The 2017-2018 Ministry Magazine is available in print at Lord of Life or by downloading the file below!
“Go and do likewise.” These four powerful words Jesus spoke after sharing the parable of the Good Samaritan. At Lord of Life, we follow these words as a part of the heart and soul of our collective spirit. Our involvement in Family Promise of Butler County has provided a whole new level of ways we can be directly involved in the needs of our community. Family Promise provides overnight lodging to homeless families as well as services to put them on a path to permanent housing.
This June, we’re kicking off Club 180 as a way for individuals to get involved with a financial commitment toward this effort. For $180 you can provide a safe place for families for 4 full days. Club 180 is ongoing, but we’d like to get off to a strong start!
One way you can easily make this happen is to go to the Family Promise Website and also be sure to complete one of the yellow cards in the narthex or you can provide a check on Sunday and give to Patti Paulett or Michelle Payne. Any size donation is welcome. Don’t forget to let us know if you’d like to donate in memory/honor of a loved one.
Thank you for your kind hearts as we go and do likewise together.
Contact: Patti Paulett,
What a Spirit-filled experience! Our life-giving week hosting Family Promise once again revealed the beautiful ministry that can happen when we come together to be Christ at work in the world. In Butler County alone, there are more than 500 hundred children living in homelessness. Family Promise works to bring people together to respond to that need. Lord of Life came together: forty-three different people volunteered in many different ways throughout the week to provide comfort, safety, and hospitality to our Family Promise guests. Along with all those who were praying over Family Promise, I felt the impact of poverty and homelessness. Family Promise plays an important role in our claim that service is at the core of our calling to be the heart, hands, and feet of Christ. Although our work is never complete, it is important to pause and reflect on the impact we have made so far.
this Saturday! September 16
in the Fellowship Hall
Join us for a fun night playing games with our Family Promise guests.
Bring a dish to share (no nuts please) and a favorite game if you have one.
Contact: Kimberly Gebert
Next host week
August 19 - 26
Sign up to serve!
Lord of Life is a host church for families in the Family Promise program in Butler County. Family Promise addresses the needs of families struggling with homelessness by providing shelter, meals, and support services. As a host church we open our doors to these families and provide a place to sleep, meals, and a caring group of people to be with in the evenings.
There are many ways to participate in this ministry that take place before, during, and after our guests are here. Check out the Family Promise Board on Sunday, or sign up online.
Thank you in advance for loving our families, being flexible, and contributing to this life-changing ministry!
This Saturday, March 25
Faith Community UMC
Strengthen your outreach skills by attending this free training offered by the Faith Alliance. Cost of Poverty Experience is designed to help adult volunteers gain insight into the daily challenges faced by those who live at or below the poverty level. Light breakfast provided. $10 suggested donation. Registration Required: go to www.thefaithalliance.org and click on the COPE news article link.
Experiencing Family Promise is humbling, happy, a huge humanitarian help, and heart filling!
My heart was filled (overflowing!) through this experience and I hope and pray that I helped to fill the hearts of the wonderful families I have met through this project. We all need each other! It fills my heart to be a giver.....a giver of love, of time, of knowledge....and the list goes on.
Happy ... I am happy when I help to make others happy. Yet this experience did not lead me to unhappy families. The homeless families I encountered were playful, joyful, thankful, laughing, talkative and prayer warriors! Everyone was thankful for the littlest of things and families exhibited such a strong bond. The children ... quick to give bear hugs and quick to laugh. They were HAPPY ... so very appreciative of little crafts we were able to do together and discussions about so many things including school, free time fun, TONS of knock-knock jokes and that boys have cooties! One adult that I bonded with came to me probably 5 or 6 times one evening with funny videos she found on her phone and just wanted to share each one and then we would laugh together! I was able to get to know other church members and see Pastor Lowell play troll under the bridge as the children screamed with delight and tried to outrun him while playing outside. I was happy to share this experience with my grand-daughter and happy to try to answer all her questions, worries about the families and her heartfelt concerns. I was happy to see her go out of her way at such a young age to bond with other children and to just be another child's friend for the evening! I am HAPPY just thinking about all of these things, my list of Family Promise happiness goes on and on.
Humbling ... would I be as playful, joyful, thankful, laughable, talkative and prayerful if I were homeless? I have a house full of junk and clutter and these families have a temporary room. I have a refrigerator and pantry filled with food but am sometimes so lazy that I go through a drive through for supper, spending money unnecessarily ... etc. etc. etc. Yes, it's humbling. I pray that I remember and act upon this humbling experience by de-cluttering my life, by prioritizing, by tithing ... and the list goes on.
Volunteering in any way with the Family Promise experience is truly a huge humanitarian help. We are able to keep whole families together....especially during tough times when they need to be together. We can model what we know about parenting and Christianity and they can teach us even MORE such as true faith, believing, sacrifices, unconditional love ... and the list goes on.
John 15:12 Love each other as I have loved you.
I didn’t expect to find myself putting together a crib on Monday afternoon. My work day was almost over when I saw Pastor Lowell dashing from one part of the building to another, trying to prepare for Family Promise guests to arrive for their second day. A new family would be coming – one who was new to Family Promise and had an 18-month old and a 6-month old to care for.
Thanks to IKEA’s online assembly instructions, we finished the crib just as families began to arrive for the day. Kathy and Maddie Wagonfield were putting the finishing touches on dinner and Jenny Smith greeted several children and a few adults as they came in from a day of work, school, and job interviews.