Go-Ops | April 2016

THE CENTER FOR PREGNANCY // WEST CAMPUS

“Celebrate Moms” Event

The Center for Pregnancy is in need of small groups that would like to help us host our annual “Celebrate Moms” event. Every year around Mother’s Day, we a day of pampering and fun for our clients – to remind them that we love them and their babies! We need small groups that can set up a craft station, provide pedicures, set up food and decorations, and interact with the clients. We need people with specific skills in hair styling, makeup, massages and painting nails. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jenna Kraft at jennaruth17@gmail.com.

Host a Lunch

The Center for Pregnancy is in need of small groups that would like to host a lunch at our facility. We will offer a free lunch to our clients and invite them to come for a time of fellowship and building relationships with people in the church. We need the group to provide lunch and snacks for approximately 20 people, please feel free to contact Jenna Kraft at jennaruth17@gmail.com, if you have any questions.

GOOD NEIGHBORS // All Campuses

Good Neighbors is in need of small groups to serve along side us in the community at Rancho del Rey.  Come be the hands and feet of Christ with us.  First and third Saturdays from 10:30 to noon, we deliver groceries, clothing, household goods, breakfast,  the Gospel and friendship to under resourced families right here in our back yard.  We share coffee, juice, pastries, children’s ministry and prayer time with our neighbors who may be struggling outside the margin.  For more information,  or to sign your group  up for a serve day, contact Renee Lafont at reneelafont@gmail.com.

Go-Ops | March 2016

BAY AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

BAHFH will be hosting the annual Women 5k Run/Walk on April 2, 2016, 9 am at Walter Hall Park in League City. This event will be a fun family oriented event with food trucks, bouncy houses, vendors and much more to entertain everyone. All participants will receive a goodie bag.  All proceeds go to fund the Women’s Build house in La Porte. Individual walkers who raise over $1000 will get a pink toolkit! Sponsorship level for teams (max 15 people) are $5000 for Diamond level, $2500 for Gold level and $1000 for Silver level.  On-line registration will be available at www.bahfh.org/women-build after Feb 29 and individual walkers will be $35. Let’s build a CCCC team- this is not just for women, all walkers are welcome! For those interested, please contact Erin Boyd at erin.boyd@wellsfargo.com or 281-615-5134.

CLEAR LAKE INTERMEDIATE

It is time to gear up for the STAAR Test! Volunteers with a science background and/or an interest in science are needed to help prepare students. Curriculum and lunch provided. Sign-ups are for every Friday in April during lunch. You can pick one or all Fridays and one or all lunch periods (11:55-12:25pm, 12:27-12:57pm or 1-1:30pm). Any help is appreciated! Contact Jason Warner for more info at jwarner@clearcreek.org.

LEAGUE CITY

League City has contacted us with a need from the community. There is an elderly citizen who is no longer able to mow his ditch, and needs someone to go out there and mow it. The citizen also needs help with holes in his roof. If you or your small group can help within the next couple of weeks, please e-mail go@clearcreek.org ASAP for contact information.

LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES

LCM’s Annual Celebration is coming up on Saturday, April 23 at 6pm at Hometown Heroes Park.  Volunteers for set-up and tear-down are needed. Contact: Erika Steele, erika@lighthousecm.org

Clear Lake | Go-Ops | Feb 2016

CCCC | GO RESPONSE

A POD (Point of Distribution) exercise with the Texas State Guard will test their readiness to set up and distribute needed items to our citizens following a disaster. We are looking for 300 people to come to Bayshore Park in Bacliff/San Leon to stress the system through large numbers and chaos. The players will go to the POD site on Feb 27th between 9am-11am to collect distribution items (water, blankets, etc). Contact: Robin Leach, rleach@clearcreek.org

CLEAR LAKE FOOD PANTRY

Two small groups are needed to serve on Sat, Feb 6th. The food pantry will be receiving food donations from a Souper Bowl of Caring event hosted by local Boy Scouts. The pantry needs workers to help sort the donations after the scouts drop them off. (Group 1: 10:30 am -12:30 pm; Group 2: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm) Contact: Tiffany Granderson, go@clearcreek.org

CLEAR LAKE INTERMEDIATE

Several small groups are needed for a workday on Sat, Mar 5th from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm to complete a garden revitalization project and a few other tasks around the exterior of the school building. Lunch is provided. Register here. Contact: Brad Granderson, bradgranderson@gmail.com

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Bay Area Habitat is celebrating 25 years of spreading God’s love by building homes, community and hope and we are going to have a party! Tickets are on sale now at http://www.bahfh.org for our February 18th banquet. You can attend, sponsor, volunteer, etc and all proceeds will be used to build the 25th anniversary house in 2016. Contact: Erin Boyd, erinboyd73@yahoo.com

West Campus | Go-Ops | Feb 2016

CCCC | GO RESPONSE

A POD (Point of Distribution) exercise with the Texas State Guard will test their readiness to set up and distribute needed items to our citizens following a disaster. We are looking for 300 people to come to Bayshore Park in Bacliff/San Leon to stress the system through large numbers and chaos. The players will go to the POD site on Feb 27th between 9am-11am to collect distribution items (water, blankets, etc). Contact: Robin Leach, rleach@clearcreek.org

THE CENTER FOR PREGNANCY

Decorate a Classroom // The Center for Pregnancy is looking for a small group that would be interested in helping us decorate and redo one of our classrooms. We need help getting our room ready for some new classes we are offering for our clients – we want to offer a space that is warm, welcoming and inviting.

Prayer Team // The Center for Pregnancy is looking for people to join our prayer team. We send out email updates and meet once a week to pray over the Center and the clients.

Contact: Jenna Kraft, center4pregnancy@gmail.com

GALVESTON COUNTY FOOD BANK

The Galveston County Food Bank is in need of volunteers to assist clients in our Client Choice Food Mart located at 624 4th Ave. North in Texas City. The food mart is similar to a grocery store. Volunteers are needed Mon-Fri. Shifts are typically from 8:30-12 and 12-4:30. Contact: Jeff Gordon, 409 945-4232 or jeff@galvestoncountyfoodbank.org

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Bay Area Habitat is celebrating 25 years of spreading God’s love by building homes, community and hope and we are going to have a party! Tickets are on sale now at http://www.bahfh.org for our February 18th banquet. You can attend, sponsor, volunteer, etc and all proceeds will be used to build the 25th anniversary house in 2016. Contact: Erin Boyd, erinboyd73@yahoo.com

RANCHO DEL REY

Good Neighbors at Rancho del Rey is planning our annual Easter event on March 19th, 10:30 am – 12 pm. Easter Fest is a great time to serve and we would love to have you walk beside us, especially if you love working with children! Possible station ideas: sack race, egg toss, egg hunt, egg spoon race, and a cake walk. Contact: Renee LaFont, reneelafont@gmail.com

Egret Bay | Go-Ops | Feb 2016

CCCC | ADOPT A MISSION TEAM

Egret Bay & West Campus Student Ministries are taking a mission trip to Haiti, June 15-22. Let’s mobilize 3 Egret Bay small groups to adopt this mission team of 40 students & adults.

If you commit to adopting a mission team, you will be responsible for doing the following for approximately 10 people: write a prayer card for each person, provide a snack bag for their travel day, provide/serve a meal and pray with team at their packing party (June 12), invite mission team members to visit your group and share about their upcoming mission. Contact: Tiffany Granderson, go@clearcreek.org

CCCC | GO RESPONSE

A POD (Point of Distribution) exercise with the Texas State Guard will test their readiness to set up and distribute needed items to our citizens following a disaster. We are looking for 300 people to come to Bayshore Park in Bacliff/San Leon to stress the system through large numbers and chaos. The players will go to the POD site on Feb 27th between 9am-11am to collect distribution items (water, blankets, etc). Contact: Robin Leach, rleach@clearcreek.org

CLEAR CREEK INTERMEDIATE

We are looking to mobilize a small team of people with interior design and/or artistic abilities to help decorate and revitalize the teacher’s lounge at Clear Creek Intermediate. This will be a huge blessing to the teachers and staff! Contact: Jenn Ganley, jganley@clearcreek.org

GALVESTON COUNTY FOOD BANK

The Galveston County Food Bank is in need of volunteers to assist clients in our Client Choice Food Mart located at 624 4th Ave. North in Texas City. The food mart is similar to a grocery store. Volunteers are needed Mon-Fri. Shifts are typically from 8:30-12 and 12-4:30. Contact: Jeff Gordon, 409 945-4232 or jeff@galvestoncountyfoodbank.org

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Bay Area Habitat is celebrating 25 years of spreading God’s love by building homes, community and hope and we are going to have a party! Tickets are on sale now at http://www.bahfh.org for our February 18th banquet. You can attend, sponsor, volunteer, etc and all proceeds will be used to build the 25th anniversary house in 2016. Contact: Erin Boyd, erinboyd73@yahoo.com

RANCHO DEL REY

Good Neighbors at Rancho del Rey is planning our annual Easter event on March 19th, 10:30 am – 12 pm. Easter Fest is a great time to serve and we would love to have you walk beside us, especially if you love working with children! Possible station ideas: sack race, egg toss, egg hunt, egg spoon race, and a cake walk. Contact: Renee LaFont, reneelafont@gmail.com

REDEEMED MINISTRIES

Confronting Human Trafficking in the Bay Area Conference / March 5, 2016 9:00 am – 1:00 pm / Location: Gateway Community Church / (8:00 am Pre-conference “Human Trafficking Basics”) / Early Bird Registration is now available! Register: http://www.project427.org/conference/ Contact: Tanya McAllister, tanya.mcallister@us.natixis.com

Confessions of an Everyday Missionary

by Tiffany Granderson

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

My husband and I made the decision last Spring to be more intentional about being on mission in the 4B Area. We moved from Clear Lake to an apartment complex in El Lago and took on the role of Community Life Team this past summer. We plan events and seek to build community among residents.

Through this opportunity, we are praying for open doors to be a gospel presence in the lives of many who do not know God. Interestingly, 95% of apartment residents are unchurched. What a mission field! This percentage is even greater than the general population of the 4B Area. [4B Area refers to our church’s vision to lead unchurched people to become fully devoted followers of Christ, specifically from the Beltway to the Beach and from the Bay to Brazoria county!]

Becoming an everyday missionary has been a growth experience for me. Since my first mission trip, I’ve been passionate about mission and felt called to be a missionary. Many years after that trip to Haiti, I’m excited to see a long time dream realized in being on mission with my family. But, that doesn’t mean it’s easy. In this, I’m learning about myself and hopefully growing in my dependence on Christ.

Here’s where I’m growing in my identity of “missionary”:

  • Being an everyday missionary has made my selfishness more evident to me
  • Being an everyday missionary has shown me how little I pray for the salvation of others
  • Being an everyday missionary has shown me how much I depend on my own gifts and abilities
  • Being an everyday missionary has taught me that obedience is important
  • Being an everyday missionary has grown my heart even more to love and care for people who are far from God

We are praying God could use broken people like us to love our literal neighbors through this unique role. In only a few months, I can already see how deeply the residents long for true community. I pray we can build that and bring them something greater too – the good news of Jesus!

My Duty, My Delight

By Jim Murphy

Let Thy unexampled love constrain me into holy obedience, and render my duty my delight. If others deem my faith folly, my meekness infirmity, my zeal madness, my hope delusion, my actions hypocrisy, may I rejoice to suffer for Thy name. – Divine Support (Puritan Prayer)

Obedience. This is a word that can conjure up a world of thoughts and emotions. Depending on the context, it can lean positive or negative. What thoughts and emotions go through your mind when you hear the word obedience or obey? I think if we are going to be honest, it is not always pleasant. We might obey because we do not want the hassle that comes from not doing so or because we receive a paycheck. Some of us obey to earn some sort of approval or favor. For many, obedience can often be motivated by a deep sense of fear. But what about a Christ follower? How should they view this word and concept? The Puritan prayer above gives us a biblical view of what a Christian’s approach to obedience should be: “Let Thy unexampled love constrain me into holy obedience, and render my duty my delight.”

Our desire to walk obediently to Christ should first and foremost be motivated by His love. Jesus’ love has not precedent or parallel, it is exceptional in every way. It was His love that caused Him to take on flesh and live as a man. It was His love that caused Him to obey His Father perfectly, even to death on a cross (Philippians 2:8). In John 14:30-31, Jesus said: “I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father.” Jesus loved His Father and everything He did was to show the world this profound truth. How could He endure so much pain, humiliation, and sacrifice if not for a deep love for His Father? Loving His Father first, also brought about wonderful consequences for us!

Jesus’ love for people in general was equally unparalleled and was not untethered from His joyful obedience. Every interaction He had with others was completely loving and holy. He was gentle, He was kind, He was not self-seeking and He gave of Himself for the good of others. He did not allow selfish obstacles to get in the way of serving others and proclaiming truth. Through His perfect life, death, and victorious resurrection our lives can be restored back into relationship with our Creator. Where would we be without the love of Christ displayed in His obedience?! His work continues to shape us and cause us to stand ever more firm on the hope found in Him. It was the love Christ had for His Father that was the foundation for His great love for us and what added a depth and a richness to His life. Love was and continues to be the distinguishing mark of His obedience. This was not drudgery, even when it was difficult. For Christ, obedience was the way He showed His love…and it brought Him joy to do it.

This is the love by which the author of the prayer desires to be constrained. To be inspired by Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, having no other option but living a life of joyful obedience. Through our obedience, we would show the world we love God above all else and it is the fountain from which we love the world around us. Yes, as a follower of Christ it is our duty to walk in His ways (Luke 17:7-10). We are His servants being shaped by the Spirit for obedience to Him (1 Peter 1:2). However, may this duty be our delight! May we delight in showing the world we love our God even when it is difficult. To the world that says ‘love self above all and therefore seek comfort and pleasures’ may our lives stand in stark contrast to it. Let us be a people who walk in the footsteps of Christ and love our God above all things, seeking His pleasure above our own. Let us be willing to lay ourselves aside as an act of worship and for the good of those around us.

When we do this, there is a ripple effect that is not meant to point us, but is to be a wave that drives them to Christ Himself. Our obedience should be a pitiful shadow of Christ’s. Our obedient love of others should be an echo of the One who truly loves. How can our lives accomplish this a part from joyful obedience? The answer is that it cannot! But, in view of the rich mercy of God in Christ Jesus, under the power of Spirit, we can offer our bodies as a willing sacrifice, which is our spiritual act of worship (Romans 12:1). In this way, our obedience is not just an act of worship to God, it is also witness to the world.

This is a very peculiar thing to those who do not know Christ. Often times others will consider you out of your mind, like they did Paul (2 Corinthians 5:13). But a life lived in joyful obedience puts the Kingdom of God on display. This is antithetical to the world around us. When others treasure themselves first and make decisions accordingly, we treasure Christ. When others treasure their families above all else, we treasure Christ. When others treasure their possessions, we treasure Christ. Whatever the world stands for, we stand for Christ. When others want to follow the rules of the world, we follow Christ. Others most likely will not understand this type of life, even those who regularly attend church. There may be ridicule that comes with a life like this, however, may we shine anyway. We may suffer for treasuring Christ and walking in His ways. But, what a blessing it is to be so identified with our Lord that we bear a modicum of the suffering He did and learn to count it joy. After all, with whom or what else would we want to be so identified?

Read this prayer again, slowly and prayerfully consider your life. Could you pray this prayer with sincerity before the living God? Do you see the joyous and meaningful life that lies in its meaning? Are you able to see the incredible releasing of grace to the world through a life that seeks to see this prayer answered? I pray with all of my heart the Lord helps me where I have trouble or fear in being able to do so that my duty would be my delight!

“Let Thy unexampled love constrain me into holy obedience, and render my duty my delight. If others deem my faith folly, my meekness infirmity, my zeal madness, my hope delusion, my actions hypocrisy, may I rejoice to suffer for Thy name.” Amen and amen!