Missions News

Missions Giving Update

With our donation deadline of Aug. 31 now past, we are encouraged to report that just over $35,000 has come in as missions donations to be sent for humanitarian relief (through WorldServe Ministries Canada) in answer to the crisis in the Horn of Africa.  In addition, the Canadian Government will be matching this amount through the CIDA program.

Please continue to pray for the people of Eastern Africa—precious men, women and children enduring tragic suffering—asking for God’s hand upon their leaders to bring peace and for the strength and wisdom of those on the ground working valiantly to serve in the midst of such tremendous need.  Please pray for WorldServe and the many other ministries and relief organizations, that they would be empowered with the love and power of Jesus Christ to share  light and life as well as the important practical resources of food and shelter.

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Threshold Goes to California!

During the school Spring Break (March 26 – April 3) a team of 14 teenagers and youth  leaders from Threshold got in a van and made the 40 hour journey to Los Angeles, California for a mission trip to work with the Dream Center in LA.

The Dream Center is a ministry that is dedicated to helping the inner city of Los Angeles. Their mission is provide hope by meeting both tangible and spiritual needs of the community by providing food, clothing, shelter, life rehabilitation, education and job training, biblical training and much more through their 273 ministries and outreaches. We were able to partner with them and serve in many of these activities during the week. We served in the following ministries:

Food Bank/Food Truck: The Dream Center gets loads of food donated each day that get distributed to feed tens of thousands of people each month. Some of us spent one morning sorting through food before it went out. Later in the week were able to go with the “Food Truck” as we delivered grocery bags full of food to those in need.

Under the Bridge/Skid Row Outreach: On Wednesday we spent our morning walking the streets of Skid Row inviting the homeless to a meal we served in the afternoon where we got to interact with and pray for many of them there.

We also spent that evening in Santa Monica inviting the homeless to a meal in the evening, during which our team had the chance to pray for them and hear many fascinating stories.

Project Prevention: We were able to go out and deliver food, baby supplies, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and furniture to families that are at risk of losing their children to foster care because of poverty. We were able to go into various homes to deliver these supplies and pray with those families as well.

Adopt-a-Block: While we were unable to stay for their big Adopt-a-Block ministry on Saturday (when they minister to over 150 blocks of houses), we did serve the area by cleaning up garbage and doing a free window wash at the local gas station.

Our team worked together really well in spreading God’s love through practical service to the city of Los Angeles. This trip also gave our team a passion and desire to come back and bring glory to God by serving our local community.

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Pie Auction 2011 – UPDATE

If you had never been to Church of the Rock’s annual Missions PIE AUCTION before last weekend, you were definitely in for a surprise!

Not only was everyone dressed up in their best “western” duds and singing country tunes, but there was a buzz of activity all over the church with tables of pies and cakes, people of all ages excitedly milling around, and the auctioneer and announcer shouting out the play-by-play at full speed.

Our total raised over the March 19-20 weekend was $106,000!  Pie Sales alone brought in $95,000, and donations are still coming in.

Main Stage Auction: $70,225
Silent Auction: $10,000
Buy-it-Now (whole pies for $70 each): $12,300 (and still selling!)
Pie-by-the-Slice (slice with ice cream for $10 each): $2,955

On both Saturday evening and Sunday there was a great increase in the number of pies and cakes donated compared to last year, and the desserts sold for record prices (the top buy was a beautiful Vinertarta that went for $4,000).

But WHY spend so much on PIE?

Because we want to give – joyfully and extravagantly – so that people around the world can encounter the life-changing good news of Jesus Christ and His gift of salvation.  The projects our Pie Auction supports are all in the “10/40 Window,” taking the Gospel to people who have not yet heard.

THANK YOU to our FANTASTIC volunteers and to everyone who created and donated their dessert masterpieces, and THANK YOU to everyone who purchased pie and donated towards the overall project of Missions in the 10/40 Window!

It was a wonderful weekend in every way, and it is not too late to participate. We can still give over the next several weeks to this project by marking “10/40 Window” on  the online donation or offering envelope.

(I also hear there’s a few $70 pies left for sale tonight at SATURDAY LIVE@5:25, so I hope you come early enough to get one!)

-Larissa

P.S.   Here are a few shots of the wonderful desserts that came in, just to keep you inspired for next year!

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Uganda Soup and Salad Fundraiser

The Uganda Missions Team would like to invite you to their “Soup and Salad”  lunch fundraiser events happening at Church of the Rock this Sunday, March 13th, and again on Sunday, March 27th.

Come and enjoy a variety of soups, fresh garden salad, buns, and dessert being served by the Uganda Mission Team members and volunteers.

DATES: Sunday March 13, Sunday March 27
TIMES: 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM (following each service)
COST: by donation – all profits will go toward the costs of the May 2011 Uganda trip

The team consists of 10 people from Church of the rock who will be flying to Uganda  and then travelling by van to the town of Ibaare in the Ntungamo region. There they will be staying for just over 2 weeks, living in tents while they will be building a roof on a church, distributing mosquito nets, and ministering to the children and the poor in practical and spiritual ways. We are excited about what God is preparing for this trip!

Thank you for your support!

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