Ways to Minister to Our Community During this Pandemic
We are in unprecedented times! One thing is certain... God is still in control. We continue seek out specific and unique ways to minister to our community and share the love of God with them during this time.
If you know of an idea for ministry and want to share it with us, please complete the form at the bottom of this page and we will be in contact with you to discuss how we can help!
Please check out this page weekly for updated ministry opportunities.
Food for Friendship House
Food Collection Needs for Friday, September 25. Collection is 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at Friendship House.
1 lb Dry Rice
2 lb Sugar
Canned Tomato Sauce
Canned Green Beans
Thank you for your continued generosity.
(Please look below for ways to continue to help/serve Cornerstone Baptist Church.)
1. Beginning Monday, July 6, the FH will open the back doors for donations only from 9:00am-12:00 noon(due to heat). After hours donation bins will be open beginning July 6.
2. Wednesdays will be emergency food sacks assembling (9:30am-12:00 noon)
Thank you church for your continued support and generosity during these times of need.
Please check our Covid-19 page weekly for updates on Ministry Opportunities.
Helping Cornerstone Baptist Church in Dallas
Please be in prayer for Pastor Chris Simmons and Cornerstone Baptist Church, in South Dallas, near Fair Park. As I said in our Pastors Zoom meeting on Tuesday, the community around Cornerstone has been hit hard by COVID 19. For example, their transitional living house for men just out of prison has 32 residents and 16 came down with the virus. Chris is struggling with when to resume worship on campus because the disease is so widespread. He asked us to pray for the Lord’s wisdom on how to proceed.
Mission project. Pastor Chris is asking all their partners to take on a mission project related to their ministry to the homeless. There are many homeless people in the Cornerstone area and the church has a wonderful feeding ministry to them. That ministry is now grab and go food as opposed to sitting down at a table and being served as it was prior to COVID 19.
- He is requesting that individual zip locks be filled with plastic utensils (spoon, knife, fork),2-3 napkins and salt & pepper packets. These will be handed to the folks as they pick up their food.
- He is requesting that individual sandwich size zip locks be filled with at least 3 feet of toilet paper. Many of the homeless people have lost access to toilets. Some bathrooms they use no longer have toilet paper because it gets stolen. So where ever they relieve themselves, this way they will have some toilet paper.
As to collecting these zip locks, on Friday, June 12, we are doing another food and masks collection event. (Go to the COVID ministry opportunities on the web site for the needed foods. The Cornerstone project will be there, too. ) Bring everything to Friendship House between noon and 2pm on that Friday.
Do pass the word about these ministry opportunities.
Mask Making/Agape Stitchers
We are very thankful and grateful to all who have made masks over these last several months and we are happy to report that the masks that we were taking to Richardson Methodist Hospital are no longer needed. Thank you again for all your hard work, time and effort with this very meaningful project.
Send Encouraging Notes
Help someone in these trying times by sending cards, colorful pictures, notes of encouragement, or anything else homemade (no food) to the facilities listed below.
Feel free to include Bible verses, “I am praying for you” notes, and any other encouraging words. We have been told that at every facility people would love to get remembrances since, in most cases, they cannot receive visitors.
Of these below listed institutions, the Denton State Supported Living Center (DSSLC) is by far the largest and has been hit very hard by the corona virus. 50 residents and 23 employees have tested positive for COVID 19.
Mail your cards to the addresses below. It is also requested that we all pray for the people and staff in these facilities. Each is struggling to cope under difficult circumstances.
Richardson, Texas 75082
Attention: Shelly Collins-Anderson
Villages of Lake Highlands
8615 Lullwater Drive
Dallas, Texas 75238
Attention: Claudia Hernandez
3272 N. Garland Avenue
Garland, Texas 75040
Attention: Dianne Farnsworth
Volunteer Services Counsel
Denton, Texas 76202-0368
Yard Care for Senior Adults
If you know a senior adult or another homeowner who is unable to care for their yard, why not contact that person and offer to mow, pull weeds, or whatever is needed? Just ensure that you always maintain social distance. We contacted the code compliance office in Garland and they assured us that providing this service will not violate the current shelter-in-place orders as long social distance is maintained.
Neighboring During COVID-19
Right Now Media has produced a piece on the Art of Neighboring which Doug Powell, our Minister of Education, passed along to several of us. Look at the ideas in the piece and see if there are some you can use in your neighborhood to engage your neighbors during this time.
Host a watch party of the movie "The Case for Christ" with anyone who has Netflix! You and your friends can type in the chat window with each other while the movie is playing, almost like you are there in the same room. INSTRUCTIONS
Watch for more ideas to bring us together while we are apart.