Pastor Eric knows by name many who attend Jackets for Jesus.
By Carl Stagner
Sometimes we’re compelled to offer the spare change from the car console, though our default response might be to look the other way. Homeless people are a part of our towns and cities, yet even the Christian community too often turns a blind eye. Everybody’s encountered a homeless person at some point in life, but few choose to respond. Fear isn’t always the cause; it’s often simple lack of know-how. How do God’s people effectively minister to those who don’t have a place to lay their heads at night? Pastor Eric Denton and Central Community Christian Fellowship, a Church of God congregation in Riverside, California, wholeheartedly embraces Jesus’ command to love “the least of these.” Perhaps that’s why they’re willing to hang out on the streets of downtown Los Angeles every Sunday night. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Western
Tagged CA, California, Central Community Christian Fellowship, Christmas, community, Eric Denton, gentrification, homeless, homelessness, Jackets for Jesus, meal delivery, outreach, poverty, Riverside, servanthood, soup kitchen, Southern California, Thanksgiving, urban, volunteerism, Volunteers
First Church volunteers sporting their Do Something! T-shirts (from the book with the same title by Miles McPherson).
By Megan DeBruyn
It wasn’t just the bright T-shirts matching the even brighter smiles worn by First Church of God volunteers that inspired their new nickname. The southwest Michigan church was unofficially dubbed the “Do Something! Church” by the surrounding local community after launching a work day in the summer of 2009 that encouraged members of the congregation to get out and serve. Armed with work gloves, paint brushes, and cleaning supplies, the mob of roughly 800 First Church of God volunteers took to the streets on a Sunday morning in early June and began to serve the most basic needs of their community. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Great Lakes
Tagged Benton Heights, Cars Ministry, Chris Britton, community, Do Something, First Church of God, food ministry, food pantry, Love Berrien, mechanical, mechanics, MI, Miles McPherson, missional, New Heights CCDA, outreach, service project, Southwest Michigan, St. Joseph, Stevensville, volunteerism