Caring for Our Children and Youth – October 5th in Phoenix

CityServe Arizona (www.cityserveaz.com) has teamed up with ArizonaSERVES (www.ArizonaSERVES.gov) and the West Valley Human Services Alliance (www.wvhsa.acfbci.org) to put on a one day summit called “Caring for Our Children and Youth – when hungry, when in foster care, when is school.”  The event will be on October 5th at Living Streams Church in Phoenix.  Here is the save-the-date flier.

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Bridging the Gap One City at a Time

A number of families in our community cannot afford to buy backpacks and school supplies for their children.  What if the backpack drives in the area produced an overabundance of backpacks at one school and a scarcity of backpacks at another school?    Different areas in our state are sometimes prone to fires or flooding.  What if a natural disaster left a number of families homeless but their community wasn’t prepared to quickly respond?  What if outreach programs and services in the community could have an even greater impact on the people they serve by coordinating and leveraging resources? Continue reading

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Being an Externally Focused Church in an Internally Focused World

North Phoenix Baptist Church logoAn externally focused church that is present and involved in the community begins the process of changing the community. - Eric Swanson

A nearby elementary school, a local high school, and a senior adult Bible study group…these are only a few groups being touched and transformed through the efforts of a local “externally focused church.”   North Phoenix Baptist Church’s (NPBC) vision of living God’s love in the heart of our city began just 2 years ago.  Continue reading

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What Does It Mean to Live God’s Love in the Heart of Our City?

living God's love in the heart of our cityBeing an externally focused church means reaching out to those in the community in order to develop relationships, to find ways to serve, to show God’s love and to ultimately change the community.  In an effort to be externally focused and to live out their vision of living God’s love in the heart of our city, members of North Phoenix Baptist Church (NPBC) staff have been reaching out to a local elementary school and middle school.  Last year they approached school administrators and asked the question, “How can we help you?”  Continue reading

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Matthew’s Journey to Freedom

 

broken chainsThis is the third and final article in a series of stories focusing on Central Christian Church’s outreach ministries.  You will read stories of people helped through the ACTS Homeless Ministry, the Prison Ministry and Open Table.  We’ll explore how these ministries complement each other as well as how the Open Table model works in a faith-based setting.  Be sure and check out the first article and the second article in the series.

At the age of 8, Matthew* became a drug mule for his uncle.  As he grew older, he committed crimes in order to support his heroin addiction.  Continue reading

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EVCMC October 20th Meeting Update

 

Oct 20 EVCMC Meeting

The East Valley Community Ministries Consortium monthly meeting was held this past Thursday, October 20th at the Higher Grounds Cafe at Central Christian Church’s Mesa campus.  Continue reading

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Bobby’s Story: Second Chances For a Broken Heart

broken heart imageThis is the second in a series of articles focusing on Central Christian Church’s outreach ministries.  You will read stories of people helped through the ACTS Homeless Ministry, the Prison Ministry and Open Table.  We’ll explore how these ministries complement each other as well as how the Open Table model works in a faith-based setting.  Read the first article in the series here.

Bobby was born with a hole in his heart.  At the time, he was the youngest heart patient ever in the Phoenix area.  His heart problems, though,  were only one of the obstacles he faced in his young life.  Continue reading

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Lena’s Story: Clinging to Hope in a Mango Tree

 

Mango Tree image

This is the first in a series of articles focusing on Central Christian Church’s outreach ministries. You will read stories of people helped through the ACTS Homeless Ministry, the Prison Ministry and Open Table. We’ll explore how these ministries complement each other as well as how the Open Table model works in a faith-based setting.

She lived in Honduras in a house with no walls, supported by stilts over the water. A simple wooden platform with a hole cut out for a toilet, this is where 8 year old Lena and her family lived. When the hurricane hit, she sought refuge in a nearby mango tree, clinging to it to escape the raging water and wind. She clung to that tree for 15 long days, waiting to be rescued. Continue reading

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ArizonaSERVES joins the Arizona Summit on Volunteerism and Service-Learning

The ArizonaSERVES Task Force cordially invites representatives of Arizona’s faith-based and community organizations to partner with public and private sector organizations in the support of Arizona’s most vulnerable citizens.  Continue reading

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Arizona Hunger Action Week – September 12th – 18th

During the first Arizona Hunger Action Week on Sept. 12-18, 2011, individuals, groups, nonprofits, businesses, schools and the faith community are called to join forces and fight hunger in communities throughout Arizona. It’s easy to get involved and make a difference!

Here’s an informational flyer and the website with all of the information!

Arizona Hunger Campaign – http://endazhunger.org

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