Missions and Evangelism

COMMUNITY OF FAITH MISSION WINTER EMERGENCY SHELTER 2018-19

Early planning is under way for Walnut Hill’s week to host the Community of Faith Mission Emergency Winter Shelter for the Homeless. COFM operates the Winter Shelter for 18 weeks, from November 11, 2018 to March 17, 2019. Walnut Hills will host the shelter from Sunday, January 20, 2019 to Sunday, January 27, 2019. Guests are housed in the Walnut Hills basement and will be given a hot evening meal, a warm place to sleep, a modest breakfast, and snacks for the day. Last year the shelter program facilitated over 2,700 shelter stays, serving 114 guests of all ages. Of the guests, 68% were men and 32% were women.

Walnut Hills hosted the shelter last year for the week of Thanksgiving. During the week we had over 120 different volunteers serve in the shelter, including adult members, Youth, W&M students, and volunteers from our partner church, Smith Memorial Baptist Church. This year we will partner with New Zion Baptist Church for one of the nights. The operation requires between 20 and 25 volunteers each night. The various tasks, and scheduled times are as follows:

Shift 1A- Guest Check-in: The Guest Check-in shift begins at 5:30 PM and runs until the over night crew comes in at 9:00 PM. Volunteers help with registration of the guests and store their belongings In a secure storage room.

Shift 1B-Evening Meal Servers: Meal Servers help serve the evening meal, usually prepared by someone else, and clean-up after the meal.

Shift 2 – Overnight Shift: The Overnight crew serves from 9:00 PM to 5:30 AM the next morning. The Overnight crew requires two men and two women. At least two people are to stay awake at all times.

Shift 3A – Breakfast Servers: Breakfast Servers serve from 5:00 AM to 7:30 AM and heat up hot items and put out cold cereal, fruit, and juices. Lunch snacks are placed on a table with paper bags so the guests can take what they want.

Shift 3B – Check-Out and Cleanup: The Check-Out and Cleanup crew serve from 5:00 AM to 7:30 AM and retrieve guest’s belongings from storage, sign them out in the shelter records, and perform cleanup as may be needed.

A training session will be conducted in early January to discuss shelter operation and specific assignments. Sign up for specific jobs has not begun yet, but if you have a specific task or day you would like to volunteer for please let Bill Johnson know on Sundays or Wednesdays, or through e-mail at: wdjpe@aol.com.

Bill Johnson – For the M&E Council

PINEAPPLE INN –J1 VOLUNTEERS—SUMMER 2018 THANK YOU!

A HUGE thank you goes out to all of those who volunteered to serve, bring food, set up, clean up and spend time with J-1 students. We had about 20 plus volunteers serve each time we hosted a picnic. The students enjoyed spending time with families over the summer. Your presence and friendliness mean more to the students than you may ever know. Maybe even one of them came to know the Lord because of your interactions with them?

Amy Lee, The Director of the Pineapple Inn appreciates all that the churches in the area do to support the students. Your availability has given the students a chance to get to know Americans outside of their work context.

Look forward to next June and August when we will host a cookout and an ice cream social.

Thank you!
Terri Bolt and Mission & Evangelism Team

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