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4th Quarter 2012 Impacting Cuyahoga County Love INC in Action In This Issue: God's Perfect Timing Clothing Ministry Expansion Love Note Coat Drive Goods and Services GET INVOLVED: * Our Annual Breakfast Meeting will be April 18th * Our Annual Fundraiser is October 5th at Church on the Rise * Watch in upcoming newsletters for our Golf-Outing Details * Donations: We need bins, bins & more bins for our clothing ministry. If any of you would like to donate a bin or two, please let us know. We will be more than happy to come and pick them up. Join Our Mailing List P.O. Box 31775 Independence, OH 44131 216-459-0405 God's Perfect Timing by Janice Cepulo, Director You just never know what a day will bring. I was sitting at my desk when I received a phone call from Conte's Pasta in New Jersey. They had sent the wrong shipment to their local Cleveland affiliate. There were 30 boxes of Gluten Free Stuffed Shells sitting at Midland Foods in Cleveland, which they were generously offering to us. To this day, I'm still not sure how they knew to call us (God), but they did. We have learned over the years to never say "no". You just never know what door the Lord is opening up. We started calling our partner churches that have food pantries. They could not use it; their freezers were filled (which was, of course, a blessing), due to the many donations which they had received at Christmastime. I called the City Mission and their freezers were also filled. As we all know, God has perfect timing. Just the previous week, I had met a woman named Denise who had started a ministry called Restored Paths. She began her ministry by feeding the homeless once a week from the back of her car. The Lord had provided a building for her and her husband to purchase, to expand their ministry. They had just finished the kitchen and were working on being able to provide housing for their clients.Restored Paths was planning a large community meal a few days from my call. The timing was perfect. They were able to use a portion of the food to minister that weekend. Just after hanging up with her, I received a call from another Denise. She is also associated with a ministry of hope called Outside the Walls. They work with homeless and destitute (mostly woman) in the community. Once again God's timing is perfect. They were also planning a meal for later that week. We all met at Midland Foods... my friend Denise and my other friend Denise...the boxes made their way to those who needed it most. Many were ministered to with stuffed shells and the Love of Christ on a cold Saturday in December! Clothing Ministry Expansion by Janice Cepulo, Director Lord, please give me patience and I want it now!!!!!! This statement has been a little bit of a standing joke, especially for me, as we await the completion of our Love, INC clothing room. As you can see from our pictures we have come a long way... we are almost there...but not quite. We will keep you posted. In the meantime, we would like to thank so many who have helped bring us to the point we are at today: We are so very grateful to Hawkins Sales for their financial support and warehouse space. They are such a blessing to this ministry and our community. The process started with our architect, Tim Hunsicker who graciously volunteered his time to help us with the original plans for the City Inspector to approve. Another hat off to Pastor Hestel Stout, our contractor. He is the associate pastor at West 58th Street Church of God. Pastor Pratt, his Senior Pastor, graciously gave him some time-off at full pay to help us out. Pastor Pratt was so anxious to get his associate back full-time, that he also pitched in. They were joined by our electrician Dick Artman, our heating and cooling man, Pastor Paul Grodel, our carpet provider and installer, Dick Pimpo, and Paul from Affordable Warehouse, who is donating the racks which will be delivered after the final inspection. These men have been a tremendous blessing, in addition toall of the volunteers who have pitched in to make this all possible. The board, staff and Love INC are so grateful to each and everyone one of you. THANK YOU. We know how blessed we are to have these men share their talents with us as we construct our new Clothing Room! The total for our coat drive is in! Through our churches and local businesses, we collected more coats this year than ever before! WE DISTRIBUTED OVER 1,300 COATS The coats were distributed to The City Mission, Laura's Home, and St Herman's. In addition, seven ministries representing our partner churches were blessed to receive coats for their needs as they embody Jesus, His hope and love throughout Cuyahoga County. We'd like to thank State Auto (Dorothy Schreck and Sandy Kovach), and Eaton Corp (Shari Moran) for their support of this project. We'd also like to thank the following Dry Cleaners: CRDN, DKS, The Farrow Group and Williamsburg Dry Cleaners. We have received many comments telling us that the recipients of the coats felt respected and cared for when they were given clean coats or brand new coats and not items which appeared worn. Our prayer is that each and every coat will remind each person how special they are and how much they are loved. Thank you for helping us extend Love In the Name of Christ! Love Note I am a single mom who is not receiving child support. Although I am working, my daughter and I had some health issues which left us with some large medical bills which I was having difficulty paying. Thank you for the referral you gave me for my City Hall. They were able to help me with one month of scheduled payments, gift cards, and some food. I was referred to another church that was able to pay-off one medical bill and also gave us food. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You helped to make a difference in our lives. 4th Quarter Total of Goods and Services: $94,498 Individuals Served (including Coat Drive): 1,499 Phone Calls: 821 Needs Met: 1,499 Many Thanks to Calvary Lutheran Church! They blessed 49 children of our partner churches with gifts for Christmas!
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