Spring Love Letter 2nd Quarter 2009 Love INC “Vision Trip” to Hudsonville Inside this issue: Casting a vision for Newaygo County On April 2nd, thirty-five Gap Ministries - 2 community members, ways churches including Love INC are serving staff, board members, volunteers and local Letters and Sto- 3 pastors took a trip to ries from our Love INC Hudsonville, community Jenison, Grandville (one of the National Did You Know? 3 Training Centers for Love In the Name of Christ). Love INC 4 The trip was designed Contact Informa- to cast a vision for tion ways Love INC can help partner churches The mission of Love INC—Newaygo Love INC Finan- 4 cial Support organize, collectively County is to mobilize the Body of Christ Churches and individually, to ef- in Newaygo County to be the Church in fectively serve people action. Our job is to provide a solid What is a Love 4 in need. The trip gave clearinghouse that receives requests, re- INC Partner participants a clear un- views the nature, extent, and legitimacy Church? derstanding of the of the request, and matches individuals Love INC mission and or families to the most appropriate allowed them to ob- source of help. It is also our job to build serve clearinghouse church and community relationships by operations, visit multi- offering Christians tangible, manageable ple Gap Ministries, and ways to use their God-given gifts to help observe a mature Re- people in need see and experience lational Ministry Christ’s love. “Helping the Church Help People” Program in operation. Our mission is Greetings from the Love INC Board If your church is not in- to mobilize the volved with Love INC, Greetings! My name is Love INC because that is please read on in the Church to trans- Dave Kooienga; I am a exactly what it is…an ex- newsletter and discover some of the ministry op- form lives and new 2009 board member. tension of our local portunities we currently I wanted to take the op- churches...a resource de- communities in portunity to let you know signed to help churches offer. We also invite you that YOUR Love INC has combine their talents and to contact our office (231- the name of many exciting programs efforts to more effectively 652-4099); we’d love to share with you the bene- Christ. and projects going on and serve the people of fits of serving together! in the works. I say “your” Greater Newaygo County. Spring Love Letter 2009 Page 2 Love INC Gap Ministries: Ways You Can Help The Bunk Bed Ministry: Many families live in tiny apartments and others have multiple families living together under one roof. Sleeping space can be very limited. Through the Love INC Bunk Bed Ministry, families in need can receive solid, well-built bunk beds. Bob and Sandy Rudy, from Body of Christ Lutheran Church, took on the role of Bunk Bed Ministry Coordinators. Bob, a retired carpenter, has built our first set of six bunk beds and Sandy stained them. This ministry belongs to all of our part- ner churches. Construction is just the first step; here are five ways you and your church can help make this ministry a success: Help construct, stain, and polyurethane unassembled bunk beds. Hold a fund raiser or take up a special offering to purchase twin mattresses ($69 ea.), twin sheet sets, and twin quilts/comforters. Make twin quilts/comforters. Provide building space to store 6-8 unassembled bunk beds and the mattresses. Be part of a 2-4 person team that delivers and assembles the beds in people’s homes and presents them with the new linens. Growing Love—Gardening Ministry: This ministry is being offered through Love INC for the first time in 2009. Coordinator Robin Veltkamp, from Grant Wesleyan Church, and land owners Norm and Donna Rosema, along with volunteer gardening mentors will walk alongside families providing them with the opportunity to learn gardening techniques, plant, grow, and harvest their own gardens. Robin would also like to offer canning, freezing and possibly some cooking classes as well. Here are some ways you can help with this gap ministry project: Become a gardening mentor. Walk alongside the gardeners with support, advice, and love. Assist with canning, freezing, and cooking classes this coming summer and fall. Provide gardening tools for the gardeners to use. Seasonal Worker / Migrant Family Ministry: Many seasonal workers come to W. Michigan to work on the vegetable farms and in the orchards. Often, workers and their families arrive in vehicles loaded with people with little room for personal items. Camp housing does not usually provide dishes, pots, pans, curtains, towels and bedding. This is a gap we, the Church, can fill. Love INC is looking for a church or a group of churches to host the seasonal worker ministry. Love INC can provide much of the needed items, but we cannot effectively store and distribute the items. We need the following: Volunteers to assemble and clearly label boxes of dishes (plates, bowls, cups, silverware, pots and pans); bedding, towels and curtains; and some clothing (hats, light jackets and sweatshirts). A place to store the items once they are assembled. Volunteers willing to distribute the items to families once needs have been verified through the Love INC Clearinghouse. Volunteers who speak Spanish to help make distribution easier on the families we serve. Wood Ministry: Body of Christ Lutheran Church is the host church for the Love INC Wood Ministry. We have a good start on collection of wood for the 2009 fall/winter heating season, but we need help from our partner churches to get the job done. Every 4th Saturday of the month a “wood work day” is being held at Body of Christ (537 W. Brooks Street, Newaygo—just west of Wesco), from 9am—2pm, with lunch provided. We need volunteers to help collect wood, cut wood, split wood, load/stack/transport/unload wood, donate wood, provide lunches for the workers, provide trucks, splitters, trailers, and strong backs. This ministry belongs to all partner churches, let’s be ready to help provide heat to families in need. For more information, please call coordinators Carrie Wygmans 616.481.2489 or Dean Letter 989.289.9251. Growing Hope Relational Ministry: This ministry is centered around financial management classes and personal growth classes. Through the program, trained Love INC volunteers walk alongside individuals and families as they set and reach financial and personal goals. Many volunteers are needed to make this ministry a success. Currently, we are looking for volunteers in the following areas: child- care providers, budget mentors, financial management class teachers and personal growth class teach- ers. Summer classes are offered Wednesday evenings from 6pm—8pm. During the school year classes are offered Thursday evenings from 6pm—8pm. For more information, please call the Love INC Office at 231.652.4099. Spring Love Letter 2009 Page 3 Loving Millie Recently, 75 year old financial obligations. Millie agency and Love INC, Mil- “Millie” contacted the Love needed a financial mentor lie was able to catch up INC Clearinghouse seeking to help her properly man- the back rent, stop the assistance with her rent. age her income. Since eviction process, and in no She was behind more than our financial classes were time become current with $2,800 and the eviction already in process, Love all of her monthly financial process had been started. INC contacted Millie’s obligations. Millie was When we reviewed her church, explaining the very grateful that Love monthly income and ex- situation and asking if INC, her church, and the penses, it became clear there was someone from local agency would take that Millie could easily pay the church that could help the time to help her get “Bear ye one another’s her monthly bills with her. The church agreed to back on her feet. burdens and so fulfill funds to spare. When assist Millie; she signed a Bonus: The gentlemen work- the law of Christ.” asked how she had ac- contract with them agree- ing with Millie is now inter- quired such a large rental ing to work with them for Galatians 6:2 ested in becoming part of the debt, she admitted that at least a year and to Love INC Growing Hope fi- she had been giving most abide by their budgeting nancial management pro- of her monthly income to conditions. With the help gram. God is so good! her daughter for her bills of her church and some while neglecting her own financial help from a local Donating Loving Karen to the Love INC “Karen” came to the Love there might be in Karen’s Easter and said she had Pantry & INC Clearinghouse re- family would be restored. some items she would like Receiving the Michi- questing help with a den- A week later, Karen called to give her for her apart- gan Tax Credit: tal bill. During the intake Love INC and asked to ment. She ended the note process, the Love INC speak with the woman by asking Karen to come If you are interested in worker asked Karen if she who had prayed for her for a visit, as she and the receiving the 50% had any family members during the intake. Karen rest of the family would Michigan Tax credit for who could be of help and graciously thanked the love to see her. Prayer donating to the Love support in her time of worker for her prayer con- does heal broken hearts INC Community Food need. She quickly replied, cerning her family. She and help mend relation- Pantry, please send “No”. Her tense body lan- said she had been so ships! guage and quick response touched and convicted by your financial donations “….the earnest prayer of a to: Feeding America led the worker to believe the prayer that she went righteous person has great there must be some home and wrote an Easter power and wonderful results.” West Michigan Food strained family relation- greeting to her mother Bank, (formerly Second Har- James 5:16b ships in Karen’s life. After and mailed it straight vest Gleaner’s Food Bank), the intake was complete, away. A few days later 864 W. River Center Dr. the worker prayed for Karen received a response NE, Comstock Park, MI Karen; she prayed that from her mother; she 49321-8955. Ask them any broken relationships wished Karen a Happy to place the donation on the Love INC Ne- waygo County ac- Did You Know? In 2008 Love INC funding came from In April 2009 Love INC was asked by commu- count: #2215 and the following nity members to pray place the account num- The 2009 Love INC Auction sources: for more than 80 differ- ber in the memo portion raised $5,900 to help fur- of your check. ent concerns? Our staff ther our ministry. Thank 50% Resale prays each morning be- Thank you to all of our you to all who participated. Store fore the day begins. donors for your gener- 35% Grants During the 1st quarter of The Love INC Pantry ous gifts. We could not 2009 Love INC Volunteers 7% Individuals serves 700 - 900 fami- serve 700-900 families logged more than 7,300 5% Churches each month without lies each month? hours of service?! 2% Businesses your help. 1% Events God loves you! ♥ Service & Contact Love INC Core Values: Information We are Christian. Everything we think, say and do is in the Name of Christ. 11 W. 96th Street Prayer is an integral part of who we are. Grant, MI 49327 We follow Christ’s example of valuing those in need. Phone: 231.652.4099 Fax: 231.652.4079 We value unity of the Body of Christ. E-mail: email@example.com We value transformation in the lives of people and communities. Website: www.loveincnewaygo.com We value churches living out the two great commandments to love God and love their neighbors. 2009 Love INC We value building Christ-like relationships. Hours of Operation We value connectedness of the Love INC movement. Resale Store We model excellence. M, W, Th, F: 9:00 am to 3:45 pm We value continually maturing in our capacity to meet people’s needs. Tuesdays: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Saturdays: 9:00 am to 11:45 am 2008/09 Churches who financially support Love INC: Food pantry M, W, Th, F: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Aetna Calvary Church Grant Wesleyan Church Tuesdays: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Amazing Grace Acres Church Hesperia Baptist Church Tues. Eve: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Bailey Christian Church Kent City Baptist Church We will register people to use the pantry until Bible Study Church New Community Church—Newaygo we reach the limit we can serve by closing time Body of Christ Lutheran New Life Assembly of God each day. Cedar Creek Evangelical Church Newaygo Baptist Church Chapel Hill United Methodist Church Newaygo United Church of Christ Office and Clearinghouse Church of God Newaygo United Methodist Church M - Th: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Church of the Living Christ North Casnovia Baptist Church Tues. Eve (as needed): 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm Croton Community Church Northland Church of Christ Missions Friday: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Croton Trinity Bible Church Pine Grove Community Church Ensley Baptist Church Redeemer Lutheran Church Love INC Staff Family of God Church Reeman Christian Reformed Church Michele Zimmerman, Executive Director First Baptist Church—Fremont Rice Lake Baptist Church Rita Astras, Clearinghouse Coordinator First Christian Reformed Church River Valley Community Church Kathy Kuperus, Clearinghouse Assistant First Congregational Church St. Bartholomew Catholic Church Dick Ringlever, Clearinghouse Assistant Fremont Christian Church—DOC St. Joseph Catholic Church Sue Black, Office Assistant/Gap Ministry Fremont United Methodist Church St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Grace Bible Church St. Michael Catholic Church Tracy Conley, Food Pantry Coordinator Grace Community - Howard City Seventh Day Baptist Church Peggy Breen, Resale Store Manager Grant Christian Reformed Church Trinity Christian Reformed Church Amanda Hughes, Store Asst. Manager Grant Reformed Church Victory Fellowship Church Joanne Marvin, Administrative Assistant Grant United Church of Christ ♥ Thank You ♥ What is a Love INC Partner Church? Church partnerships are essential to Love INC. Without church partners, there is no Love INC. Promotes Love INC Gap Ministries within the partner church network. Each partner church: Commits to praying for Love INC, clients, other part- Agrees with the Apostles’ Creed. ner churches, and for unity in the Body of Christ Introduces Love INC to their congregation. Promotes volunteerism and encourages church There is no other group like the church. The members to participate in the Love INC ministry. church is ideally suited by design and definition to Participates in the financial support of Love INC. address human needs. Love INC brings the Refers requests for help to the Love INC Clearing- church together into one working unit to share the house. love of God with people in need. (1 John 3:18).
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