Missions and Evangelism

The Community of Faith Mission Winter Shelter, for those who are homeless, will begin the eighth season on Sunday November 17, 2019. The season will run for 18 weeks and finish up the week of March 15-22, 2020. Walnut Hills will host the shelter the week of February 16-23, 2020. Guests stay at the shelter from 6:30 PM each evening to 7:00 AM the next morning. The shelter provides a hot evening meal, warm safe place to spend the night, breakfast the next morning, and a modest bag lunch. During the 2018-2019 season 105 different individuals stayed in the shelter, for a total number of 2132 shelter stays. 74% of the guests were men and 26% were ladies. Ages of guests ranged from 5 months to 68 years old. For 2019 Walnut Hills had over 100 different volunteers, including youth, William & Mary students, and 22 volunteer partners from New Zion Baptist Church. As you are planning your schedules for the Winter of 2020, please consider adding time to help serve this very special group of people. You will truly be blessed.

At an earlier Business Meeting someone asked about the operation of The Harbor, a day center for those who are experiencing homelessness in the Williamsburg area. The Harbor is operated by the Greater Williamsburg Outreach Mission (GWOM), a coalition of faith based groups united to serve those who are homeless. The center is located at 10 Harrison Ave., in the former St. Bede parish house, near the Alumni House at the College of William & Mary. The center operates Monday through Friday, all year, from 10 AM to 2 PM. The center provides a warm meal, a place to relax with relief from the cold, or extreme heat. There are computers and volunteers to assist with preparing resumes or filling out on-line job applications. The center was renovated last Winter, and has showers and a place for washing and drying clothes. A number of Walnut Hills members volunteer regularly to prepare meals or assist guests in various ways. If you are interested in volunteering, talk with Sandy Covington or Susan Releford for more information.

Bill Johnson
For the M&E Council

Just what is the Missions & Evangelism Council?

“The M&E Council was established January, 2008 to lead in identifying mission and evangelistic outreach needs in our community, state and world. It encouraged the entire church body to be involved in identified needs and assist in the education of church members about WHBC mission and evangelism opportunities, mission giving opportunities and special offerings. The M&E Council will also:

  1. Provide avenues and process for external mission and evangelism support requests
  2. Receive, review and approve church wide projects from the congregation which involve financial and human resource allocations
  3. Submit proposed budgeting and implementation plans to the Church Council for approval if the projects involve donations/fundraising and/or expenditure of monies which are not part of the M&E Council Budget line item
  4. Plan ways of celebrating the accomplishments and history of missions at WHBC

The M&E Council helps maintain the outward focus of WHBC, which is serving:

  • the strangers in our midst
  • the least of these, and
  • children and families in our community

BUT, we are only the “administrative piece” so to speak. It is each of you that carries out this focus every day. And we want to thank you for all you do to serve those God has put around you!
— Melanie