Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Hungry To Serve?

Mission Trip to Toledo 2008
Theme: “International Neighborhood Days”

Kids with cancer have been comforted. Firemen, policemen, and EMS workers have been thanked. Hospitality to the residents of two nursing homes and one assisted living center has been extended. Winter is long gone. And Spring is giving way to Summer. So with that in mind, please save the dates for the following ordinary outreach opportunities rapidly approaching. And please remind your friends and family that they do not have to be members of Toledo First to participate in any of these activities!!!

Prayer At The Pump
Date: Friday June 20, 2008 [Time TBA]
Location: Muslim and/or Christian owned gas station(s)
Action: A handful of representatives from both the Islamic Center of Toledo and the Toledo First Seventh-day Adventist Church meet at a gas station to pray that Allah [God] would: 1) increase volunteerism while lowering gas prices worldwide and 2) help us highlight our shared responsibility to protect the environment. *If our Muslim friends decline our invitation, all co-sponsored events will become local Christian partnering events.

[All night] Prayer Service and Concert
Date: Friday June 20, 2008 from 7 pm - 7am
Location: Toledo First
Action: A simple shared program of music and readings and blessings asking God to increase community volunteerism, lower gas prices, and help us all be better stewards of the environment.

International Neighborhood Day Block Party and Fashion Show
Date: Sunday June 29, 2008 2pm - 6/7pm
Location: Downtown Toledo campus of The Aurora House
Action: Provide a co-sponsored block party downtown for the approximately 21 women and children of the Aurora House and their neighborhood [500+] closing with a 45 minute program highlighting music, art, dress, or apparel from all countries represented with representatives from the Aurora House and City Hall commending our partnerships and celebrating the diversity of the world that makes Toledo home.

Evangelistic Picnics In The Park

Date: Every Sabbath in July
Location: Wildwood Metro Park
Action: Making Sabbath miraculous and delightful for the many walkers and joggers who love free lemonade!!! Donna’s wrist is getting better so she’ll be prepared to defend her Ladder Ball supremacy. And don’t’ forget nature walks, roller blades, bike rides, face painting, the playground nearby and Connections worship @ 5pm will also be available. Serving is so fun!!! Are you hungry to do so?

Extreme Home Makeover

Date: End of July
Location: Downtown Toledo campus of The Aurora House
Action: Women’s Ministry leaders will again be leading us in the makeover of one small home recently acquired on the campus of the Aurora House. A local financial firm has awarded the non-profit organization we created last winter, Haven of Hope Toledo Inc., recipient of a grant for the make over. So their money plus your labor will show many people how much God loves them like crazy!!!

Cars 4 Kidz

Date: September 1, 2008
Location: Toledo First
Action: St.Vincent Children’s Medical Center will be sponsoring our 2nd annual car show raising more money for Webkinz to comfort kids with cancer all winter long. There will be more live oldies music, food, and lemonade with 3 People's Choice awards and invitations to Kid Connect, Circles, and Pathfinders galore. The "Cool Bus" won't be there, but plenty of other cool cars ready to "burnout" will!!!

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