Does God want you to go M.A.D. in New Orleans this winter? We will have an informational meeting this Sunday (Nov. 11) on this exciting opportunity to impact lives still reeling from the damage of Hurricane Katrina. Two times have been scheduled for you convenience — NOON and 6:30 PM.
Want to go MAD (Make a Difference) this Winter?
Missions Committee Plans Adult Missions Trip to New Orleans This Winter!
Looking for a chance to transform others and be transformed at the same time? You can have this opportunity for service this February on the Adult Missions Trip to New Orleans. NOLA 2013 is the Missions committee’s project for adults. This trip would be similar to the youth Work Camp—featuring solid service; great times of connecting with God, your team and the local residents; and a chance to use your gifts and abilities for God.
NOLA 2013 is scheduled for Feb. 2-9, serving in New Orleans the week between Super Bowl XLVII and Mardi Gras. We will be serving Urban Impact Ministries (UIM), a Christian ministry that has been transforming their inner city neighborhood (http://www.urbanimpact.org). They have built homes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, they help students succeed in the area schools, they reach out through many of the same means that we do – VBS and a program similar to AWANA. A local church sprung from their ministry – Castle Rock Church. (http://www.castlerocknola.org)
Mike and Brooke (Klotz) Becker have attended this church since their move to New Orleans for Mike’s assignment with the Marines. Castle Rock is a Free Church founded by Pastor John Gerhardt after he and his wife went down to serve at UIM. He saw the challenges of the neighborhood and the opportunities for transformation as God’s people stepped up to help.
Your mission (should you choose to accept this) will be to transform a 100-year old church sanctuary into a youth community center. Though the core of the project is construction, UIM is skilled at matching people’s ability levels with opportunities to serve. They will be able to use your talents and energy to make a difference. (We will also need help with cooking.)
UIM provides housing and meals during the work week. The plan is to drive down early on Saturday, Feb. 2, and return late on Saturday, Feb. 9. The cost of the missions project is $275 per person, plus transportation and some meals. If you would like to go MAD this winter (Make A Difference), contact our Missions Chairperson, Melody Kemp , Cheryl Klotz or Team leaders: Gary Klotz & Pastor Christopher.
If interested, we will have an informational meeting on Sunday, Nov. 11, immediately following the second service. For those unable to attend that meeting, we will have a make up meeting at 6:30 PM that same day.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) for NOLA 2013:
Where do we stay? We will be staying at the Yellow House, a specially set up bunk house for the volunteer teams.
What meals are provided? UIM provides housing and breakfast & dinner during the work week. We will help with cooking.
How long will we be gone? The plan is to drive down early on Saturday, Feb. 2, arriving in NOLA late Saturday night. We return on Saturday, Feb. 9, following the same driving schedule.
How much will it cost? The cost of the missions project is $275 per person, plus transportation and some meals. We will discuss fundraising at the informational meeting.
What must I bring? Your own sheets, pillows, towels, soap, etc. UIM recommends 2 pair shoes, plenty of socks, pair of gloves, eye goggles or plastic eye glass protectors and Bible. Pack light, small duffel bag as there is limited room for storage. UIM provides tools & materials.
If you would like to go MAD this winter (Make A Difference), contact our Missions Chairperson, Melody Kemp , Cheryl Klotz or team leaders Christopher Barnes & Gary Klotz.