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
As a follow-up, we wanted to share some exciting new developments with Dolores and her husband’s journey to get back on their feet! You’ll recall from a post back in March that Dolores and her husband had been attending our Jobs for Life class. In that class, they were encouraged by their teacher and mentor to actively engage in the process of sharing their God-given talents with the community through their job search efforts. Both Dolores and her husband embraced the support and were faithful to throw themselves out there, an action that led them to a networking connection with Coffee Cottage where Dolores got to have her artwork on display for April’s First Friday. Dolores’ husband also managed to score a job at a local fast-food restaurant shortly after. Since then, we’ve learned that Dolores ended up selling two pieces of art and now has art on display in the walk-way between Critter Cabana and Newberg Music Center until September. What’s more, later in September her work will be available for viewing in the artisanal next to Janis Jewelry and Gifts! We are encouraged by this couple’s willingness to ask for help and take the assistance that is provided for them with an optimistic attitude. We are confident the Lord will continue to direct their steps. If you are interested in purchasing art from Dolores, message us or stop by her show on Friday evening. “Ask and it will be given; seek and you will find; knock and the [...]
May has been a fun and exciting month for the Love INC ministry. Fun because God has been incredibly good to build a strong spirit of unity among the volunteers as they serve the community. Exciting because we can’t help but feel like God is on the verge of doing an even greater work in our ministry to reach people in the community for Jesus Christ. Here are some highlights from each of the core Love INC ministries. We hope you will join us in thanksgiving for the ways God is using this ministry for His purposes and consider how you might begin or continue to play a part in it! CLEARINGHOUSE We saw 13 new individuals this past month and were able to share the love of Christ with them as we helped direct them to helpful resources within our community. We are excited to be implementing an improved intake process that will allow us to better resource folks and follow-up with them through more intentional relationship and prayer. Our hope is that this process will be solidified by the time we welcome our two new GFU social work interns in August, KariAnna and Elijah, so that they can help us develop more transformative relationships with clients! SHELTER Our Transitional Living Program continues to blossom with our changeover from being an emergency shelter to a transitional living program. The latest change that we’ve incorporated is bringing on board two Bachelor of Social Work graduates to live in the [...]
We had a client come in who has just gotten out of a violent domestic relationship. She is homeless, staying for the time with a friend of a friend. She has four kids and is trying to find a job and a place to live. To say the least, she has a lot that she is dealing with. A volunteer told her about the dinners the churches have throughout town each night and was surprised when she noticed that tears were quietly streaming down her face. The volunteer wasn't sure what she had said....and asked if she was okay while getting her some Kleenex. She said, "These dinners. I am never sure what to do for my kids for dinner." She feels like she's imposing on her friend and is unable to use his kitchen. Of all of the things the Church could offer, helping her feed her children is the one thing that she needed the most. Sometimes we forget that this great work is impacting real people who are struggling through the hardest, most tender and vulnerable moments of their lives. They need Jesus and his People to lean upon. ”God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1
The Newberg Community Foundation just blessed us with a grant to purchase presentation equipment essential to sharing Love INC's mission to people in Yamhill County. We are anticipating a great season of promotion at various events this summer, all thanks to the generosity of our community! We were also pleasantly surprised to see Heath Placek's Elementary School PE teacher present the check! "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19
Newberg FISH Emergency Service Food Pantry has generously donated food vouchers for Relational Ministry participants in the Nutrition course. These vouchers will get them $20 of meat and vegetables each week they attend the course. This is another great step for our participants to practice healthy habits. We can't wait to see how they put these vouchers to good use!
The bike ministry is back! First Presbyterian Church has generously offered to distribute the bikes refurbished by the Retired Recyclers out of their church building. We are so grateful for this new partnership!