On the third Sunday of each month, a “Mission Moment” is presented, outlining a special mission in need. The Church passes the collection plate to support the special mission. This is referred to as our “second collection”. This gives our Church family the opportunity to support between 11 and 12 additional important missions during the year. Below is information about the next monthly special missions project.
April Mission Moment:
Our Mission Moment for April is Hopeline Pregnancy Centers with facilities in Danbury,
Bridgeport and Stamford. Their mission is to help women with unplanned pregnancies and save children from abortion. For many women, the hardest part of an unplanned pregnancy is facing it alone. Hopeline is still open in this virus pandemic. Even women carrying a wanted baby are terrified of continuing their pregnancies in these uncertain times. Many are out of work and can’t afford diapers, wipes or the formulas they need. Hopeline helps needy women with these items. There is a lot of fear. Hopeline is now doing drive-by pregnancy tests and using a tele-health platform to counsel clients.
In 2020: 1,009 pregnancy tests were done; 838 ultrasounds; 1,063 women were given material assistance; 113 educational classes were held; and 617 choices for life were made! Hopeline counselors help both men and women by also offering Healthy Relationship Programs, pregnancy loss support, abortion recovery, and Bible studies. Since its beginning in 1986, Hopeline has operated according to the Biblical reality of Genesis 1:26-27 that we are created in God’s image and Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you and before you were born, I consecrated you…” These verses, plus Psalm 139 and others, reveal the incalculable worth and purpose of every unborn child.
For the second time, Hopeline’s annual Spring fundraising banquet has had to be cancelled. This is their major source of funds. Please be generous as the Lord leads you. We are pleased to have the director of the Danbury facility, Altagracia Trinidad as our Mission Moment speaker on April 18. We look forward to hearing her.
Anyone wishing to donate to Hopeline may make out a check to The Sherman Church with Hopeline in the memo line, or donate on this website and put Hopeline in the Comments line.
The Mission Committee
FROM OUR MISSIONARIES
Bruneaus of Christian Camping International and United World Mission in Latin America
Robert Bruneau’s schedule of trainings continues virtually. Robert began the “Living My Strengths” workshop for pastors and leaders. They taught “The rules of the Brain”- how to teach the way the brain learns to 40 participants to help better their teaching. They continue to mentor students and disciple believers. They are counseling two new couples in the marriage ministry. They blessed 37 families with bags of food. They are planning “The Joy of Teamwork” workshop. They will teach “Building Relationships” course July to September. They plan to visit the US in Fall – (October to December)