It was a rewarding season with some great victories for the spring/summer Relational Ministry classes. This time around, eleven people participated in the three-month Money Management and Nutrition courses. Karla McMellon led the Nutrition class, covering a new tenet of healthy living every week. One participant noted that “food groups—what they are and the effects of both healthy and unhealthy foods” was the most helpful part of the class. With this information, it’s no wonder everyone had something encouraging to say about how beneficial the class was. “I have not taken a nutrition class like this—[Karla] was wonderful with all her information.” “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV
We recently conducted an intake appointment with a woman who is experiencing immense difficulty as she wades through trial after trial. For the past two years, her life has consisted of much relational strife due to a divorce, financial hardship as a result of losing her business, bouts of severe depression/anxiety and she struggles to see a way out of her situation. We did our best to provide her with as many resources as we could to help her see that there is a community surrounding her willing to offer the love and care she needs to get back on her feet. Towards the conclusion of our time together with her, our intake volunteer turned the conversation to the name of our organization, Love In the Name of Christ. It was shared that God’s love has been demonstrated to us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8). God gave His one and only Son to die in our place, and we can have the hope of heaven and abundant life by simply trusting in what He has accomplished on the cross for us. Earlier in the talk the woman had shared that she was a believer. As the gospel was being spoken over her once more, she teared up and said, “Thank you…sometimes you just need to be reminded of what Christ has done for you. All of these resources are helpful, but they’re not what’s ultimately most important. I am feeling much more [...]
When Maggie first entered the Newberg Community Shelter, she felt lost. “My mother had just passed away and she was my whole purpose. I didn’t know how I was going to survive. I really felt like doing harm to myself. I felt like I wasn’t worth living.” But God had been with Maggie step-by-step through a difficult divorce, losing custody of her daughter, and eventually the death of her mother. Now through the shelter she had an opportunity to get back on track. Signing the check for her first month's rent! “Even in the darkest and lowest of times, this place saved my life. There was always a tiny little seed that said you are better than this, and that was God.” Though the first time Maggie left the shelter resulted in her moving back, it was another life lesson that prepared her for the journey. This time she was able to accomplish the tasks our Transitional Living Coach, Melanie Harrison, had assigned and participate in other programs to help her succeed. “Maggie has been a blessing to me, she went above and beyond what we asked of her in her individual success plan,” commented Harrison. Recently, Maggie secured a new apartment! While working with YCAP, they were able to provide Maggie’s security deposit. Recognizing her hard work, a team from Newberg Christian Fellowship volunteered to help her move and capped the day off with a celebratory meal from Pogy’s. “I didn’t even know how to talk to [...]
Love INC Executive Director Heath Placek recently gave a ministry update to the Newberg Ministerial Association at a picnic in Memorial park. During the time of fellowship and sharing, Pastor Irma from Red Hills Church shared an encouraging testimony about how she had referred a woman to Love INC to find out about low-income housing options available in the community. She reported that Love INC had provided this woman with a simple handout including all of the low-income apartments, and their approximate rental rates. With the help of the handout that individual was able to get into an apartment within a matter of two weeks! This is a great example of the success that can take place in someone’s life when churches utilize Love INC as a referral. We all are the Body of Christ working together! “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.”- 1 Corinthians 12:12
One of our shelter guests recently had her car break down, which has deterred her from going on job interviews and attending appointments throughout the community. Vocational Rehab partnered with Love INC and connected her with Precision Auto to do the repairs. They completed the work and even gave us a great deal! “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
The following are volunteer opportunities through Love INC that will put feet to your faith and witness the love of Christ in new and exciting ways: Relational Ministry Through Relational Ministry, Love INC trains church members to be the hands and feet of Jesus to people in need. This includes classes and one-on-one mentoring to help people in the Newberg area who are stuck in the cycle of poverty. MENTOR - Form an ongoing, planned friendship that focuses on helping the participant reach specific goals to promote self-sufficiency and life change. Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:00 PM @ Newberg Christian Church Begins September 7th Sign up to be a Mentor! Clearinghouse The Clearinghouse (office) of Love INC is the first place of contact for people in need. This is where we receive requests, gather and verify information, and refer to local churches and agencies who can help them. RECEPTION - Answer phones, greet and pray with clients, serve existing clients, perform other various office duties. Weekly - Tuesdays or Thursdays, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Sign up to Help with Reception! Serve Projects Perform yard work or housecleaning projects with groups of two or more. Can fit around your schedule! Sign up to Serve!
Join us in welcoming our new Clearinghouse Coordinator, Karen Henry! Below is a brief introduction by Karen: I am so excited to be in this new role at Love INC. One of my biggest passions is outreach and I am a firm believer in the mission of Love INC. Part of my history with this organization is that I was the Non-Food Pantry Coordinator for several years when it was housed at Northside Community Church. Then for the past six years I was Office Manager at Northside, and as part of my job there I referred people in need to Love INC on a regular basis. These partnerships were a great springboard in helping me to understand and embrace what goes on in this very important ministry. On June 9 of this year I became an ordained Elder (Pastor) in the Free Methodist Church. My assignment through the Free Methodist denomination is as a volunteer pastor, and I serve alongside my husband, who was also ordained in June. We are the Recovery Pastors and Ministry Leaders for the Celebrate Recovery program. My family consists of my husband David (married for 31 years), our daughter Alyssa (28) who lives in Salem and is a nurse, our son Ryan (27) who lives with us and is a Security Officer, and our son Isaac (24) who lives with us along with his wife Krystael and our three grandkids, Riker (4), Leo (2) and Izzibelle (4 months). My grandkids are the light of my [...]
It is a bittersweet moment as we announce that our Clearinghouse Coordinator, Jaynani Cababat is leaving Love INC to pursue her Master's Degree at Eastern Nazarene College (ENC) in Massachusetts. Here are her thoughts on Love INC and the move: Even as I write this now, I sit here wondering if I'm actually ready to hit 'Send'. It has been an extraordinary blessing to be a part of this team at Love In the Name of Christ for the past year. Such a blessing that it is precisely why I know I am ready for this next season of my life. In a little less than a week, I will be transitioning out of my role as the Clearinghouse Coordinator. God has been revealing and placing new dreams on my heart, I will be moving out of Newberg and on to new adventures. I am forever grateful for this organization, our local churches, our staff and volunteers, and the many conversations with clients that have molded and shaped this past year for me. From George Fox to Love INC, this community will always hold a dear place in my heart. "How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!" Isaiah 52:7 Our God reigns! And whether it's mountains or valleys in my near future, I trust and look forward to the places Emmanuel takes me next.
Thank you to River Street Church of God for inviting Executive Director Heath Placek to come and share on Sunday, July 16th. It was a beautiful time of worship and celebration of what God is doing in Newberg! In addition to updating the congregation on Love INC’s ministry, Heath encouraged the body of believers at River Street to remember to view outreach activities as opportunities to share faith in Jesus with people. Below is an excerpt from his talk: “As Peter and John spoke with the lame beggar at the Temple gate, they wanted something greater for him than to just support him in his condition. They wanted to transform his life by the power of the risen Jesus Christ. They knew that the help he sought would have only made his lot in life more bearable, but it would not have released the redemptive work of Christ in his life, so they shared Jesus with him. As Christians, when we encounter the “lame beggars” of the world in our lives, and we don’t know how to help, remember that you have the ultimate gift to share, faith in Jesus Christ. Let us be a people who, like Peter and John, saw our interactions with people reaching out in time of need as opportunities to share the hope of Jesus Christ, and allow Him to transform people’s lives and our communities just as He did through the healing of the lame beggar in Acts 3. ‘Then Peter said, ‘Silver or [...]
Earlier this week we received a message from a past client. This client used to be very involved with our relational ministry program, accessed resources from multiple GAPs for years, and stayed connected with various churches she had developed a relationship with throughout her time living here. Two years ago God called her to move away from this community. In her message, she explained that she had recently broken a tooth, and that reminded her of how grateful she was for the staff and volunteers who helped at our dental clinics and dental vans. “I just wanted to tell you that I miss you guys, truly.” How grateful we are at Love INC to be one working part of this body of servant hearts here in this wonderful town of Newberg! Thank you to all who help build up, foster, and maintain our GAP ministries. You are truly making a difference. “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13