Feeding a Week of Meals to Over 100 Families

We have partnered with the Great Falls Optimist Club and 6 Sterling schools to provide over 100 under-resourced families with over a weeks worth of food in November. The Optimists have given $2500 to this service initiative and a private donor has contributed an additional $1000.

Through this initiative we are empowering Sterling and surrounding area residents to meet the needs of others. As we work along side these people, while serving others, we are building relationships that give us the credibility to share the love and message of Jesus.

I’d like to invite you to get personally involved in this initiative in two ways:

1) PRAY! Please pray right now – asking God to expand and deepen our relational network through this service initiative as we empower people to serve people and share the truth, hope, and love found in Jesus.

2) GIVE! Please give a special gift of $100 to help us feed these families and reach them with Jesus’ message. If you are able to give more than $100, then please do. The need in our community is huge! All financial gifts are tax deductible. You can give online at http://novaplant.chipin.com/nova-new-church-and-community-based-organization. Once at this site, click the “ChipIn” button and be the first to give.

Thank you in advance for your financial contribution in helping us unleash generosity in the Sterling Community as we offer hope and truth to people who are in need.

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Community Food Initiative

We are excited to announce our partnership with the Great Falls Optimist Club to provide under-resourced families in Northern Virginia with over a weeks worth of meals during the Holiday Season. The Optimists have generously committed $2,500 to this service initiative, which gives us the ability to serve over 40 families. By purchasing the food through Angel Food, we are giving each family the long-term option to substantially minimize their monthly food budget while increasing the nutritional quality of the food they consume.

Based on the feedback we are receiving from our community needs assessment, we are considering the continuation of this initiative throughout the year in order to help families in our community lower their cost of living while improving their physical health.

Through this initiative we are empowering residents in Sterling to meet the needs of others in the community. As we we work along side these residents, while serving others, we are building relationships that give us the crediblity to share the love and message of Jesus.

To learn more about Angel Food watch this video.

Prayer Update

Too good to write. I’ve got to share this with you personally.

Church Planting Made Easy!

Church planting is more work than most people could ever imagine, but it doesn’t have to be hard! The key to church planting is relationships. At least it should be – if ministry is relationships. And it is.

Today we ran our second community needs and assets survey – this time at Sterling Fest ’08 where we provided free face painting and water tattoos. While serving children, we took the opportunity to talk with their partents and listen to them identify unmet needs in our community through a written survey. 78% of the people who filled out the survey responded that they want to receive the results of the survey which gives us opportunity to engage them in community service and long-term relationship in the coming months.

It took 16 volunteers to accomplish this assessment. We had 3 face painters and 5 water tattooers. The rest of our team engaged parents in conversation. Man did we have a load of fun!

During this time, I met the activities director of OktoberFest who invited us to come serve with her in two weeks. I met a community member who approached us to help run survey’s and get involved in our new community service initiatives. I met the president of the Ruritan Club who invited me to come speak to the club’s 40 members. I met a business owner who wants to partner with us in community service. I met the outreach director for Eastern Mountain Sports who has invited us to set up in her store this coming Saturday. I met a small group leader from another church who wants to get her small group serving with us.

The people we met were extremely open to talking and helping us empower people to serve others.