Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ebenezer UMC has a smooth sailing first hosting week!

We visited Ebenezer United Methodist Church during their first hosting week - things were very organized and running smoothly, thanks to the great organization of their co-coordinators Kristin Moser & Brooksie Pruden, along with many dedicated volunteers.  Ebenezer joined Family Promise as our 12th host congregation this July, and was trained by Board member Kymm Hockman and ready to host just in time to help fill out our Fall schedule.  Ebenezer recently completed a major renovation and facilities upgrade, providing wonderful facilities for our families.

We enjoyed a wonderful meal and fellowship, with the volunteers and the clients who were obviously enjoying themselves.

Pastor Ted Day and missions chair Gretchen Fort were among the early supporters of Family Promise.  They worked through various teams to prepare the church to join our network.  Since the decision to join, the response to serve has been fantastic with 60-80 people coming out to serve this first hosting week.  Pastor Ted commented that one of his members came by this morning, with tears in his eyes, and said "this is what the church should be doing."  Pastor Ted noted, however, that he had trouble finding a place to serve this week -  he just had to stay out of the way of his eager church members!

Thanks Ebenezer UMC for your service to homeless children & families!

Laurel Wirtz, Jean Harlan, Kristin Moser, Gretchen Fort, Mary Anderson & Kathy Gibney

Congregational Coordinator Kristin Moser & Jean Harlan

Missions Chair Gretchen Fort & Pastor Ted Day

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