Dear Love INC Community,
As a child, the back to school season was so exciting for me. I got a couple of new school outfits, maybe a new backpack and of course all those new supplies. On that first day of a new grade, new teachers and new classmates were exhilarating! I loved school as a child and deeply enjoy learning to this day.
When I became a mom, back to school advertisements were a wonderful sign that the fun but highly chaotic pace of summer would soon be replaced by the peace and consistency of school year routines. When our boys were in elementary school those routines were incredibly anchoring for our family. Sunday evenings were spent prepping lunches and planning for the week. Each weeknight was spent helping our two boys memorize spelling words, complete math assignments and making sure they were ready for Friday’s quizzes.
It was comforting watching our boys add to their knowledge week by week by week while enjoying the predictability of our schedules. Over the years, the disciplines learned in those early years of education served our grown sons well. They are both avid adult learners who love to discuss ways our family can make this world a better place for others.
Reminiscing about back to school seasons of the past got me thinking that maybe Back to School 2015 is a good time for the staff and me to introduce the Love INC community to some new routines that have the power to transform the world. Investing your gifts, skills and experience into the mission of Love INC Newberg to mobilize the Church to transform lives and our communities In the Name of Christ has incredible impact that can change our community over time. If God is nudging you to begin a new discipline of serving this school year, we have numerous options in which to put your talents to work! We hope that at least one of these programs will inspire you to invest your resources in ways that produce a valuable return.
Mentors are needed to spend Thursday evenings from 7-8:30PM walking alongside our Relational Ministry Participants. You will be paired with an RM Participant, attend class each week and have a front row seat to watching Christ’s amazing ability to change lives. Click here to become a Relational Ministry Mentor
Would you like to serve on a team providing school supplies to local elementary students? These teams will work collaboratively with school counselors to ensure the campus cupboards have the right supplies for teachers to give to students in need. This is a powerful way for the people of God to help change the odds for students at risk and will require only a couple of hours a month of your time. Click here to join a school supplies team in your neighborhood.
The Newberg Community Shelter is a place of turning scars into stars! The women we serve are on a healing journey toward sustainable self-sufficiency and monthly hosts are an important part of helping these women see a new way forward. Hosts spend one night each month in conversation around the dinner table with our guests (dinner is provided), playing games or reading and then retiring to the private bed and bath suite for a good night’s sleep! Training is provided and assistance is just a phone call away. Click here to become a host.
Maybe you have donated to Love INC here and there. Maybe you are already a monthly donor but have been thinking about increasing your regular support of the ministry. Either way, the need for financial support is always a challenge for us. Unlike most local non-profits, our mission is to mobilize the Church to do the work of ministry instead of investing a lot of time into applying for grants and hiring professionals to do the work of ministry. This means we are dependent on God’s people each and every month to provide. We work very hard to stretch your donations as far as possible and consistently show an ability to turn every dollar donated into $10 of life changing goods and services. You can set up a monthly donation through your online banking Bill Pay Program or click here to use Pay Pal to set up a monthly donation. Consistent financial support is a very important part of sustaining this holy work for years to come.
Reflecting on this season of transition from summer to school year and the opportunity it brings to establish new routines and disciplines, reminds us of the Parable of the Talents found in the gospel of Matthew. Jesus gave this admonition to use our talents to build the Kingdom of Heaven as he was approaching the end of his time here on earth. The staff and I leave you with this familiar passage of scripture and hope it inspires you to consider how you might participate in the Kingdom as you approach this fall season.