Our church loves to do Community Outreach! We have several projects that we participate in during the year. Our Community Outreach program is called CBSDAC (Council Bluffs SDA Church) which is on our T-shirts! Keep an eye out for the T-shirts in the community!
We are doing at least one community project each quarter of the year, sometimes more, as a way of "Paying it Forward" to our community. We are calling this "Attitude of Gratitude".
We are open to ideas for various projects we can do each quarter. If you have an idea please let us know! We have already done a few projects this year and are anxious to do as many as we can as often as we can! We love our community and want to show our support and love to everyone!
We are working on getting more projects going. We will be volunteering again for the 712 Initiative on June 27, 2021. We love being able to serve our community! We are also going to be starting a project where we will collect personal care items to set up bags that we will give to a homeless shelter for them to pass out to people in need.
Look below for all the projects we have so far this year!
We did our second cleaning of the street we adopted on June 6, 2021. We so enjoy getting together to clean this street! It feels good to tidy up a small bit of God's nature! We always seem to collect a decent amount of trash each time we do this. We had approximately 6 bags of trash. We should hear back soon how much we collected in weight! We will be doing this again July 18th.
We volunteered for the 712 Initiative on April 25th. We helped with working on the inside and outside of a home in Council Bluffs. The guys worked on putting up some siding on a garage behind the home. The young girls helped with racking out the dirt to prepare it for grass seed and doing some painting. The ladies went inside and working on preparing some old windows to be restrung with pully systems so the windows will open and close. It's a really neat older home that is really starting to look nice! Lots of volunteers have been helping to renovate this home. We want to do our best so this home can bring joy to a family and brighten the neighborhood! Check out the pictures of everything we did at the house. We worked hard! If you would like to know more about the 712 Initiative just click here. Pictures are Turner Morgan (712 Initiative), Brad Pigsley, Joe LaFave, Laura Hargens, Alejandrina Saravia, Shona Hargens, Shannon Pigsley, Bryanna Saravia, and Christopher Melendez. Not pictured is our awesome photographer, Teresa LaFave.
We just finished a drive where we collected various things for the Micah House! We had a very successful drive and collected a bunch of food, some outerwear, paper products, and even some personal items. We had enough to fill the back ends of 3 cars! We had several people show up to help take everything over and deliver it to the Micah House. So glad we could have an impact! More to come!
Sunday, December 27th, we fed and shared some hope. Our church family gathered together at the Open Door Mission to help prepare and serve food to the homeless. While it is true the holiday season is about spending time with family and friends, it is also about giving to others. It was truly an honor and blessing for us to serve our community. We love to serve our community!
We delivered 60 bags filled with all sorts of goodies to CHI Mercy Hospital for the medical staff working with the Covid-19 patients! The hospital staff were overwhelmed with the bags! We had a great time collecting donations and filling the bags! We had bottles of water, reusable cups, k-cups, emergent-C, lip balm, hand lotion, lots of snack bars, cookies, and treats! The bags were also reusable bags with Bible verses and special wishes on them! See the pictures in the slide show to see everyone chipping in during the bag filling time we shared! We had a short devotional afterwards that was very good and a great way to end the Sabbath. God is great and we pray these bags touch the people who receive them!
We did a Food drive starting in August to benefit the Community of Christ Food Pantry. It was a short food drive but we were able to collect a lot of cans of vegetables, pasta, macaroni and cheese, rice, Pop Tarts, as well as many other things the pantry said they were in need of! There was even a bag full of what looked like almost brand new shoes! It was a variety of shoes and the bag was found just sitting in a parking lot! What better thing to do than to give it to an organization that could make sure people who need them could get them! We will have to do another food drive some time. We try to do something quarterly to benefit community organization. We love helping our community! Check out the pictures!