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JOIN US ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 2014 AT PINE VALLEY

Rev. David Hansen’s meditation What We Can Learn from our Neighbors”.  Reading from our tradition Matthew 25:31-40”.  Greg Yarnell will share with special music.                                                                                                                                         

 

GOOD JOB PVCC!

Excellent editorial in the Eagle today (August 10, 2014).  Good Job PVCC!

Reverend Carolyn Schwarz  

Senior Minister  

Seventh Street Christian Church

VISIBILITY IN THE COMMUNITY

Wear your PVCC shirts and join a group of volunteers to support ICT S.O.S. Saturday, September 6.

R4F (Race 4 Freedom) 5K Run 2014 is ICT S.O.S.’ biggest fund raiser of the year.  ICT S.O.S. is the non-profit organization in Wichita that works to prevent and rescue children, youth and adults from human trafficking.  We had the opportunity to hear Jennifer’s story earlier this year and supported the organization with needed supplies.  A sign-up sheet will be available Sunday.

Faith Sharing/PR Spirit Team 

GSA & GLSEN

GSA (Gay Straight Alliances) and GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) are hosting an educational event, “How To Start, Refresh or Support  A Gay-Straight Alliance At Your School.”  The educational event is Sunday, August 17, 2-4 pm at WSU Ahlberg Hall 210. Check the church bulletin board for more details.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS

At the end of July we had Camp Friendship, which is a camp where our region’s outdoor ministries program partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters to provide a camp experience, free of charge, to Wichita and Cowley County youth in the BBBS program. In meeting with a case worker to provide a recap of the camp I learned that there are 6,000 kids registered in the Kansas BBBS program, and of those 6,000 children 4,000 are still waiting to be matched with a big brother or big sister. We can help! There are a variety of programs, with differing time commitments; one Sally mentioned in church is simply going to eat lunch with a child once a week. Below is a link that will show you the different programs and describe the basics of each. I hope you will consider this opportunity to be a mentor for a child in need of support, and also pass it on to friends so that we can raise awareness in the community. Please let know if you have any questions.

http://www.kansasbigs.org/site/c.9rJKKWMEJmL4H/b.6762683/k.A261/So_many_ways_to_get_started.htm

Amanda

CLOTHING DRIVE FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN

The start of the school year is drawing near!  At this time each summer, we begin collecting new clothing items that can be distributed to children whose families are not in a position to buy new clothes for them.  As in the past few years, the number of families struggling with poverty is great.  Providing new clothes for their children helps in so many ways, but perhaps most importantly, it shows them that they are part of a community that cares about them.

Please consider helping us make this effort successful.  We need new clothing items of all types, including underwear, socks, shirts and pants.  We need these items in all sizes, and for both boys and girls of all school ages.  We will have a collection box at PVCC to collect contributions.  If you want to help, but don’t have time to shop, you can contribute specifically marked (“School Clothing Drive”) checks or cash envelopes to the PVCC collection, and we will do the shopping for you!  This is a great opportunity to help children with basic needs, so they can focus their energies on LEARNING, and building successful futures for themselves.

Thanks in advance for your generosity!

Bill Delaney, Giving and Mercy Team

THANK YOU FOR “FILLING THE GAP”

Greetings​,       Last Friday marked the last day of “Filling the Gap” at 15 locations across Wichita, Haysville, and Oaklawn. We are pleased to announce that about 9,700 meals were served to hungry children and youth in just 10 days. This number is up about 1,000 from last summer, meaning we served an average of about 970 children a day. Wow!       We are glad to have partnered with the Kansas Food Bank and blessed have your involvement. Congregations (big and small) and congregation members are truly the reason for this success. By helping provide volunteers, donating needed snack items and fruit, donating funds, and genuinely caring you have helped us make our community a better place for thousands.        During a time when 75% of USD 259 children are on free-reduced lunch and 1 in 5 children face food insecurity, your help made a huge difference. Partners for Wichita applauds you for stepping up to ensure our community’s children don’t go hungry.       This summer one mother said, “This lunch program has been a real blessing to our family. Two weeks doesn’t sound like a long time but when you have 4 mouths to feed – it is. Not only does this lunch program help on the weekdays but on the weekends too. But the best part about coming are the people who are there to greet and help you when you walk through those doors.”

THANK YOU!!

Danielle Ramirez Samaritan Community

Partners for Wichita

JOIN US ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 2014 AT PINE VALLEY

Rev. David Hansen’s message Faith is a Way of Life. Reading from our tradition Romans 10:5-15”.Tim Naden will share withspecial music.                                                                                                                                        

FROM OUR INTERIM PASTOR ~

It’s August. Parents and children are getting ready for school. Football fans are checking their gear for tailgate parties. Baseball fans are anticipating the playoffs. And Rev. Carolyn Schwarz and her husband, Ken, are preparing for their move to Wichita. October, their expected month of arrival will be here sooner than we expect. Let me again express my thanks to members of the Search and Call Committee for their diligence and good work on our behalf.

Peace, David

VISIBILITY IN THE COMMUNITY

Wear your PVCC shirts and join a group of volunteers to support ICT S.O.S. Saturday, September 6.

R4F (Race 4 Freedom) 5K Run 2014 is ICT S.O.S.’ biggest fund raiser of the year.  ICT S.O.S. is the non-profit organization in Wichita that works to prevent and rescue children, youth and adults from human trafficking.  We had the opportunity to hear Jennifer’s story earlier this year and supported the organization with needed supplies.  A sign-up sheet will be available Sunday.

Faith Sharing/PR Spirit Team