Service at NC3
New Creation Community Church conducts a number of Service projects addressing the needs of individuals, both locally and globally. Service is one of the Four Pillars upon which New Creation is founded, bringing the Love of Jesus to others through acts of Service.
On Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, we celebrated our second annual "Make a Joyful Noise" collection. On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we noisily drop all the loose change found from around our homes into a metal container. The collection, totalling $145, this year, benefitted Living Water International, an organization which provides clean drinking water and hygiene education to impoverished areas around the world.
Our 2016 Advent Project was a Reverse Advent Box. We asked each of our members to place one non-perishable food item in a box every day during Advent. The boxes are collected at our Christmas Eve service and gathering.
Beginning in June, we have designated the last Sunday of each month Make a Difference (MAD) Sunday. We alter our regular service to include a coffee-house type discission on a topic concerning Service, and conclude with an in-house, all ages appropriate service project. Currently, our discussion topics are taken from the book, "When Helping Hurts."
Our project in June involved making Blessing Bags. These are gallon-size, zip-lock bags in which we placed essntial toiletry and other small items that we carry in our automobiles to be given to a person in need who we may run across while driving in town.
In July, we completed salvation bracelets, outlining God's plan of salvation. The women made jewelry-type bracelets to be worn as a conversation starter, while the men made rawhide beaded bracelets, whiich were distributed to a neighboring church during a joint worship in August. Additional bracelets will be used to assist our members in witnessing to the saving plan of Jesus.
During May, we reached out to those who need to hear from a loving God. We set aside the week of Mother's Day to bring God's love to those who are hurting and in need of a caring, eternal Father. Our members participated in several projects, including making blankets for foster children, donating devotionals for Moms with at-risk pregnancies, and providing a first book of Bible stories for children ages Birth to 3. The Lord has stated that "pure religion" includes providing for those who are weakest in our community.
On April 24, in response to the recent tragedies in Texas and Ecuador, New Creation Community Church, in cooperation with Impact for Hope (formerly, ISOH/Impact), collected emergency items to help victims and rescue workers. Items included non-perishable food items, animal food, 55-gallon plastic bags, work gloves, blankets, flashlights and batteries, personal care items, and diapers. On April 27, members volunteered at Impact for Hope to prepare a mailing soliciting doations for the disaster victims.
During the first two Sundays of December, 2015, we collected nearly 150 personal and household cleaning items for the Sylvania Area Family Services.
On Dec. 20th, we celebrated our first "Make a Joyful Noise" Collection. Our worshippers brought their extra change from home, and noisily dropped it into our collection bucket. All proceeds benefitted Sylvania Area Family Services.
Other Service Projects at NC3 included members assembling over 3,500 food packs at ISOH/Impact in Waterville, OH, in October, 2015, that were slated for distribution to Syrian refugees in eastern Europe. In March, 2016, we assisted ISOH/Impact with the preparation of their mailing, informing of their name change to Impact for Hope.
More than 200 health and hygiene items were collected by NC3 in November, 2015, for distribution to students at two central Toledo Public schools. The project was coordinated by Mercy Children’s Hospital, Toledo.
Also during November, members wrote over two dozen letters to Christians throughout the world who are currently being imprisoned because of their faith. This is in keeping with what Paul wrote in the Bible during his imprisonment "remembering the chains of those imprisoned for Christ.”
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