Women In Mission Update (March 27, 2017)
You are cordially invited to step forward with your time and talents to help grow these ministries in your journey with Jesus Christ. For more information about these ministries, contact the coordinator(s) indicated below.
Children in Crisis (CIC)
On Saturday, March 18, Christ Church Women in Mission (WiM) sponsored a "Celebrate Spring" party attended by 29 foster children at The Children's Neighborhood operated by Children in Crisis (CIC). The children's house parents were also on hand to join in the festivities. Following the devotional, the children had a delightful time digging into bags of party favors and playing organized games. To top off the afternoon the WiM group served cake and ice cream to the whole crowd. Included in the group were Lynn Burden, Carol Cooper, Dawn Cooper and June Linke.
"We had a blast laughing with the kids," said Dawn Cooper as she cleared away empty cake plates. While helping with the games, Lynn Burden stated, "All the teams are cheering for each other! What fun!"
Children in Crisis is one of the WiM signature ministries. Since 2008, The CIC Neighborhood, located in Fort Walton Beach, has provided a nurturing, family-style home to more than 675 abused, neglected and abandoned children from Northwest Florida.
All of the children served by CIC are from communities located within the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast. Interacting with these children (age 6 to 14) in a joyful, family-style atmosphere is a wonderful opportunity to practice our mission of loving God by loving others.
Ladies, if you would like to help with Children in Crisis, please contact June Linke, 324-5702 (call or text),
The Cuba Project
Two-Day Fundraiser Guarantees Fun, Food and Fellowship
To raise funds to support housing for Father Gil in Holguin, Cuba, Women in Mission (WiM) is coordinating a Two-Day Celebration for the Cuba Project. May 5 and 6 will be filled with fun, food and festivities at Christ Church.
Calendar of Activities
Friday, May 5
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Rummage Sale "Hot Picks for Parishioners"
5:00 pm to 7:30 pm - Cuban Street Party and Pig Roast
Saturday, May 6
8:00 am to Noon - Rummage Sale (open to public)
On Friday, May 5, for two hours prior to the Cuban Street Party and Pig Roast Christ Church parishioners can take a peek and purchase Rummage Sale items.
Starting at 5:00 pm, live music featuring Cuban rhythms will be played for your listening and dancing pleasure. Prizes will be awarded for Best Hemingway Look-Alike, Best-Dressed in Traditional Cuban Attire, and Best Performance on Conga Drum. Topping off the frivolity will be a live auction for items such as extra special desserts, a bottle of Cuban rum, a half-day of saltwater fishing, a two-hour sunset cruise, and some beautiful gift baskets just right for school graduates and for Mother's Day.
During the festivities, Rev'd. Jessica Babcock and parishioners who traveled to Holguin, Cuba in 2016 will provide an overview of how Christ Church Pensacola and San Marcos Episcopal Church are partnering to work with Father Gil to plant an Episcopal church in Holguin, Cuba.
The Street Party menu includes pulled pork, side dishes, dessert and a beverage. Sangria will be available for adults. Food and organized activities for young children will be available. Tickets for the May 5 Cuban Street Party and Pig Roast are $20 per adult and $10 per teen (13 through18). Admission is free for children age 12 and under. Event ticket sales open Sunday, March 12.
On Saturday, May 6, from 8:00 am until noon the Rummage Sale will be open to the public.
Team Coordinators for the Two-Day Celebration for the Cuba Project will be providing details on how to join teams to help with the various aspects of this fundraiser. So stay tuned and get ready for lots of fun!
- We're Just Roasting the Pig: Eric Stevenson
- Food and Beverages: Bonnie Benz, Dawn Cooper, Carol Cooper, Lisa Williams
- Rummage Sale: Lucy Rentz, Jodee Hart
- Music, Decorations & Physical Logistics: June Linke, J.O. Zachow
- Live Auction: Mia Jerrems, Lynn Burden, Charla Norris
Woman to Woman Mentoring
Look for more mentoring sessions here
The Woman to Woman Mentoring ministry is conducted in partnership with Pathways for Change, www.PFC-SteppingStones.org. With ongoing training from Stepping Stones staff, mentors work with women who are striving to develop stable and productive lives.
To sign up for a training session, contact Jackie Bell, Stepping Stones Program, 850-206-2351, or June Linke, 850-324-5702 (call or text).
Women Bridging the Gap
Serving People in Need -- Rain or Shine, All Year Round
People in dire need of a meal continue to join the line that forms every Thursday at the Lee Street bridge. They appear all year around no matter the weather conditions -- heavy rain, cold and windy, or sweltering heat. Each week there are new faces and "regulars," women, children, teens, and men.
Ways in which you can help with this ministry include:
-- assist at Lee Street Bridge with serving food on Thursdays, 5:00 pm
-- assist with food preparation
-- donate food items
-- donate funds to Christ Church designating your donation for food at Lee Street Bridge
Contact Dawn or Carol Cooper, 571-274-1201.