May 20 Missions offering:
VBS 2012: Imagine 60 children, mostly from our community, in our church pews. They’re excited! They are in for three hours of fun, for a week in August, through creative Bible teaching, crafts, games, snacks, skits, songs and video, all of which will reinforce and re-teach the Bible lesson of the day. There’s a volunteer staff of around 25 adults and teens: teachers, teaching assistants, crew leaders, kitchen staff, nursery staff and decorators.
All this requires money, and we don’t charge a registration fee, though we do ask participating families for a donation. Our church has earned an A+ reputation for VBS. In summer 2011, we reached our registration limit by advanced email sign-ups only, and could not accept any walk-in registrations. We are thrilled to get all these eager kids, but our costs were up also. Last summer, donations did not meet expectations.
You will have an opportunity to help fund 2012 VBS on Sunday, May 20, through the Missions offering. This is a terrific outreach ministry of our church. Please support it with whatever donation you are able to make. Thanks so much. The Christian Education Committee.
April Mission Moment:
Hopeline: The mission moment collection for the 3rd Sunday in April was for Hopeline Pregnancy Resource Center. They have facilities in Danbury, Bridgeport and Shelton.
Purpose: they provide pregnancy tests, diagnostic ultrasounds, options counseling, pregnancy support, after abortion care, adoption referrals, Bible studies, and educational presentations in schools and churches for youth. All are free of charge.
Education: since 1998, 40,000 students have participated in these presentations, many in public schools.
Pregnancy tests and ultrasounds: since January, 2011, almost 300 women have changed their minds and chosen life for their unborn child, most often after viewing the ultrasound.
i-Phones: also in January, 2011, Hopeline decided to invest and be listed on i-Phones in the areas around the three centers. This costs $160/month. They were able to get the first place on the phone when someone looks for a free pregnancy test. It has been well worth the expenditure as 90% of the past year’s clients have come through the i-Phone and also the internet.
Summary: please give as generously as possible so Hopeline can continue to offer these services ministering to women and men and saving babies’ lives.