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, July 3.  Collection is 12 p.m.-2 p.m. at Friendship House. 

1 lb chubs of Ground Beef 

2 lb Flour

2 lb Sugar

1lb Rice

1 lb Dry Beans

Thank you for your continued generosity. 

FH Family,
The Friendship House will be reopening on limited days and times until the social distancing is no longer recommended. The reopening proposal has been approved and will start July 6, 2020.

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)

3.    Thursdays will be emergency food sacks distribution (12:00 noon-1:00pm)

4.    Fridays (as needed) will be food donation collection (12:00noon-2:00pm)
(designations will be determined by amount of food needed)

5.    Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, FH will be assisting clients with City of Garland utilities via phone and email (Terry)

6.    There will be NO client appointments in the FH facility until social distancing is over. All client interaction will be through phone or email.

We want to serve our community in the safest manner for our volunteers and clients.
Please stay and well.
Blessings,
Keith
 

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. 

  1. 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.   
  2. 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

Mask Making/Agape Stitchers

We have been requested by at least one hospital to make masks with pockets in them so filters can be inserted, and we intend to make these masks available to hospitals.  If you are already making masks with pockets, feel free to do it as you are familiar. 

Below is a mask pattern that will make your mask production quicker and an instructional video.  

  1. mask pattern --
    lorrienunemaker - face-mask-with-filter-pocket pattern
  2. instructional video--
    Lorrie Nunemaker - YouTube
    "Easy Face Mask Pattern w/fabric ties & Filter Pocket"
    (Note: Instead of making fabric ties, you can use 18-inch lengths of ribbon or cording.)

If you have questions, contact Diane Mangan

If, for whatever reason, you prefer not to make masks with pockets, we can use the masks without pockets as well.

We believe this mask-making initiative is a new ministry for the church.  We have decided to call it Agape Stitchers. We hope after the COVID 19 crisis has subsided, Agape Stitchers can continue as a sewing ministry at our church. 

Getting the Masks to the Church

Next Friday, from 12 p.m.-2 p.m., please bring your completed masks in tightly-sealed ziplock bags to the Food Dropoff line at Friendship House.  You will see a cart labeled "masks."  Leave your masks on the cart, and write your name on the ziplock bags.  Also, please label the bags as either “pockets” (for masks with pockets) or “masks” (for those without pockets).  There will be someone just inside the sliding glass door who will retrieve your masks after you depart to minimize contact. 

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.

Remington
1350 Lookout
Richardson, Texas 75082
Attention:  Shelly Collins-Anderson
57 Residents

Villages of Lake Highlands
8615 Lullwater Drive
Dallas, Texas 75238
Attention: Claudia Hernandez
97 residents

Mayberry Gardens
3272 N. Garland Avenue
Garland, Texas 75040
Attention:  Dianne Farnsworth
120 Residents

DSSLC
Volunteer Services Counsel
Box 368
Denton, Texas 76202-0368
450 residents

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.

COVID19 Neighboring Toolkit

MORE IDEAS

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.

Let us know of an idea for ministry during this crisis

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