As part of our Stewardship Program, the Visitor and the church’s website are highlighting many of the ministries your donations support. The generosity of your time, talents and finances to these ministries changes lives. Thank you.
FOSTER FEET BACK TO SCHOOL
Our Foster Feet Back to School program gave out 950 pair of shoes.
ENID WELCOME TABLE
Enid Welcome Table is a restaurant-style community meal on Sunday evenings for ANYONE who is hungry. The meal is planned, prepared and served by a different volunteer group each week. The program kicked off in May 2018 and to date we have served 8,064 guests with 3,647 volunteers. About 60 different organizations have served the meals. Many of this number have served two or more times.
A few people have commented that they “know” there are people taking advantage of the program. Our invitation is open to “anyone who is hungry, lonely or just wants a meal”. Our requirements are “no disruptive behavior, no weapons, no drugs or alcohol”. With those few criteria, we do not feel we are being taken advantage of. God will sort out the bad actors in the end, it is not up to us to decide.
What we have learned is that our guests are mostly lonely and food insecure, due to whatever reason, mental illness, substance abuse or poor financial choices. “Food Insecurity” affects households as well as the homeless.
Even though feeding is our primary mission, we often become aware of other needs such as dental supplies, feminine hygiene products, dry socks, blankets, shoes and coats.
Our church provides the place, the dishes and silverware, tablecloths and decorations plus an experienced set of volunteers to provide leadership for our hosts. We strive to be good stewards of the wonderful facility we are allowed to use. The Welcome Table regularly replaces kitchen supplies, towels, aprons, repairs and new items to make food preparation easier.
Thanks to a couple of grants and regular donations from the congregation, the Welcome Table is on solid financial footing. Our calendar is filling up through the end of the year.
It is a blessing to be a part of this ministry.
Pictured left to right: Linda Shaw, Maxine Shepard, Paige Waldrip, Terri Carpenter, Chuck Waldrip, Brooke Waldrip, Sonya Waldrip.
Not Pictured: Rev Tom Stanley and Sandy Stanley
Thank you to everyone that donated school supplies to CWF and Guild groups and for those that stayed after church on August 11th to help divide them. A big thank you goes to TJ and Scout Stanley for setting up the display of school supplies for Church Services on August 11th. Approximately $850 of supplies were divided between Hayes and McKinley Elementary Schools. Sonya Waldrip, Librarian Hayes and Amanda Rader, Principal McKinley were very thankful for the supplies for their respective schools.
At the August general meeting Guild members heard experiences of church camp and mission trip from the youth and representatives. It seems everyone had a very exciting summer at both church camps and the youth mission trip to Texas.
Mark your calendars because Guild’s General meeting for September will be the second Monday, September 9th because of Labor Day holiday. The program will be Rev. Tom Stanley.
We would like to invite all women of faith to our meetings held at 6:00 PM each first Monday of the month in the Fellowship Hall of Central Christian Church Enid, OK. Contact the church office for contact information.
Memorial Gifts to Central Christian Church
More than 20 years ago this church established the Special Gifts Committee
for the purpose of developing memorial plans that allow individuals and groups to honor the Church or specific individuals with special gifts. The family of an individual will be asked what program of the Church the memorial gifts will support.
These gifts help fund programs to grow and improve the missions of the Church. For example, the gifts could be designated to the Youth Programs, Mission work, Caregivers, etc. The Special Gifts program currently averages approximately $28,000 a year in gifts. The Special Gifts Committee also establishes Foundation Gifts for investment upon request.
Be a Hospital Caller and Change Lives
Members of Central Christian Church visit people in the hospital and skilled nursing facilities.
When they call on a person in a hospital or nursing home lives change.
A Hospital Caller reported, “I was walking through the halls of Greenbrier Nursing Home. A man came up to me. He said that Mom just died. In her hands was a card from the Hospital Callers of Central Christian Church. She needed prayers. And your card showed her she had been prayed for. You made a difference in the very last minutes of her life. Thank you.
As I walked away, I realized that our lives also change when we call on a person who needs the Lord. “
Hospital Callers meet on the second Wednesday, every other month and report on calls made. Every time we meet, we hear how grateful people are that we are visiting people in hospitals and nursing homes. Call Joyce Greenhaw (237-5115) or the Church office (233-1214) and ask about being a Hospital Caller. You could make one call a month or one call a week, at a time you can arrange and whatever your schedule allows. Currently we have to about ten callers, but we need more.
If you want to make a difference in the lives of people, if you want to change lives, be a Hospital Caller.