BUOY - Building Up Our Youth
Do you have a heart for Jesus and our area youth? Do you have 2-4 hours a month to invest in the life of a young person? The Hope Center has launched a new faith-based ministry called B.U.O.Y. (Building Up Our Youth) to partner adult mentors with area youth. Through B.U.O.Y., mentors will become an encouraging friend to students through one-on-one activities, texts, calls, or notes of encouragement. A buoy is used to keep someone or something afloat. Are you being called to do just that? “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” Matt 9:37. The need for male mentors is especially great! For more information, contact Linda Schwyn by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a message at the Hope Center 937.303.4209.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
The Community Thanksgiving Dinner has become an annual way to reach out to those who would not otherwise have such a feast on Thanksgiving Day. The meal is provided for our county’s seniors, shut-ins, and those families who are struggling this season. In past years, more than 800 meals were provided to our neighbors. We also serve lunches in the Cornerstone Cafe for anyone interested.
This community outreach cannot happen without people like you! Here are some ways in which you can help:
- Send a monetary donation
- Food donation (pies, cakes, rolls)
- Drivers to deliver meals
- Volunteers—cooks, set-up servers, food preparation, clean-up on Friday morning
The Prison Ministries of Kairos, Epiphany and Embark offer the redeeming love of Christ to the incarcerated through weekend spiritual retreats and providing transitional support from prison back into the community.
The ministries of Kairos, Epiphany and Embark serve a powerful purpose in offering the redeeming love of Christ to those our society would term "the least of these". Many in our church are active in prison ministry through these ministries as well as weekly Bible studies in the prisons.
Financial contributions to these ministries make it possible for individuals in our church to serve on spiritual weekends through Kairos and Epiphany. Contributions also help Embark to provide the necessary resources for their reentry program, including: curriculum, transitional housing, food, clothing, bus passes and more.
To find out more about how you can get involved in with these ministries you can contact Bill Foreman, Mike Belli, Kent Money or Linda Brown or calling the church office at 937-642-4712.
The Hope Center
The Hope Center of Union County is a ministry of the Marysville Area Ministerial Association that is a community-based, faith-based, multi-service organization that strives to "serve the whole person to transform the whole community". It is located at 212 Chestnut Street, Marysville, Ohio, 43040, 937-303-4209, in the former East Elementary building.
Some of the agencies located at Hope Center include the Personal Needs Pantry, the Clothes Closet, the Youth Center, Union County Outreach Taskforce (on-site meals and off-site housing assistance), the Esperanza Cafe, Aglow, Union County Emergency Assistance Program and Here 4 Hope.
The Hope Center needs volunteers in several areas, including receptionists, the Community Kitchen (assistant manager), and in their newly renovated clothes closet called Restored 61. If you would like more information or to volunteer, please contact Tisha Miller at email@example.com. Additional information, see www.HopeCenterOhio.org.