Monday, February 17, 2014

CCC and Haven of Rest: Hope Totes for the Needy

So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth.
Job 5:16

What’s this about?

God is concerned about the needy and the homeless.

What does this mean for us?

Believers are called to be God’s hands and feet in providing hope and working against injustice for the needy.


Christ Community Chapel ministry partner Haven of Rest is providing Hope Totes for needy and homeless men, women and children in the Akron area. This is part of a special Easter outreach effort. Recipients will be able to see and touch evidence of God’s love through Hope Totes. 

You can help by donating.

Donating what?

You can help by providing some contents, or entire Hope Totes bags for the needy and homeless

The following new, regular or large size items are being collected for Hope Totes from now until Friday, April 4, 2014:
   Toothbrushes and toothpaste
   Shaving cream and disposable razors
   Shampoo and conditioner
   Lip Balm
   Brush and comb
   Hand or body lotion
   Facial tissues

CCC members and friends are encouraged to fill Hope Totes for thousands of needy individuals and households. Please do not put cash in the Hope Tote bags.
You may request Hope Tote bags to fill, or receive additional information by calling Katrina Henry at Haven of Rest at 330-535-1563.
Your filled Hope Totes or items for the Hope Tote bags may be dropped off at: Haven of Rest’s Donation Drive Thru, 207 E. Market St., Akron
Where do I get more information?

Contact Duncan Othen, CCC Local Outreach Ministry Coordinator for Haven of Rest, at: .

Duncan Othen 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Simple Opportunities to Serve (SOS): Urban Vision

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?...’”

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

From Matthew 25: 37-40

What’s this about?
Jesus tells His followers that those who love Him will be known by their simple acts of service.
In response to God’s grace, we will want to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need.

What about today?

Friends and members of Christ Community Chapel (CCC) have been challenged to grow 10 degrees hotter in our love for Christ. The goal is to better fulfill our reason for existing:

To love the Lord our God with all our heart and soul, mind and strength.

If we grow in this love, we will also grow in loving our neighbor as God does. 

And God’s love is all about serving.

Serving whom?

This February, CCC’s Local Outreach team and the Love Like Crazy  group want folks to join them in serving the at-risk kids Urban Vision helps with after-school tutoring and other great programs.

Urban Vision serves meals for Pre-K through 5th grade. 
Photo is from website

Urban Vision provides meals for the kids. In the past, that meant feeding 20 or so children a day. However, the need has spiked to 100 to 200 kids a day.  This speaks highly of the impact Urban Vision is having in the lives of young people.

However, resources are limited.

How could I help?

In one of three areas:

PRAY: Sign up to be a prayer warrior for Urban Vision. You will get a monthly e-mail with three prayer requests/praises for the ministry. You can lift these up in prayer during the month. To sign up, contact Barbara Ammirati: .

SERVE: Hang out with Pre-K to 5th graders during a VBS-type event. Choose a Friday from 3:30 to 6:15 PM. Contact Nathan Kreis: for details.

GIVE: Make or buy a tray of lasagna (freezer ready in a disposable pan marked "URBAN VISION") to help feed children in need at Urban Vision. Simply drop the tray of lasagna off at the Hudson CCC office receptionist desk Mon-Thurs 8:30 to 4:30pm or Friday 8:30 to noon. For information, contact Karen McStay, CCC Urban Vision Local Outreach Coordinator, at .

Karen McStay, CCC Local Outreach Ministry Coordinator 
for Urban Vision