Saturday, December 16, 2017

Fwd: Good Samaritan Services - It's Official!

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From: "Bridge of Hope @ Good Samaritan Services" <info@bridgeofhopelcc.org>
Date: Dec 16, 2017 8:46 AM
Subject: Good Samaritan Services - It's Official!
To: <info@gehmanmennonitechurch.org>
Cc:

Introducing Good Samaritan Services: Merger of Good Samaritan Shelter and Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties is official!

Have you heard our big news? We are officially together for good!

As of December 1, 2017, our newly formed organization with Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties is now known as Good Samaritan Services! We are so grateful to God for His hand and faithfulness in bringing us together. Our impact is now broadened and will allow us to help roughly 200 men, women, and children on a daily basis!

What's more, by merging our two organizations, we are saving on administrative and operational costs, which means your donations will now have an even greater impact!  .

The new organization has been named Good Samaritan Services to reflect the progressive range of services available to homeless men, women and children in the two counties - from emergency shelter to rapid re-housing and permanent housing. Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties is formally a "program site" under the umbrella of Good Samaritan Services.

"This merger has been a long time coming, with more than a year of discussions, planning and praying," said Nate Hoffer, Executive Director of Good Samaritan Services. "Two powerful, impactful ministries that have been operating for many years alongside of each other have now come together for good; for the good of the Chester County and Lancaster County communities and for the good of the clients that we serve. What's more, by joining together, we are actually saving money and extending donation dollars. Every donation we receive will now go further than ever before to help people in need."


In combining forces, the new Good Samaritan Services will serve close to 200 men, women and children every day in shelter and housing programs while at the same time saving on administrative costs. In addition to emergency shelter, transitional housing and long-term affordable housing, the organization will provide rental assistance, financial stabilization, employment services, mentoring, parenting classes and family-building services.

All four office locations will remain open: two in Chester County - Phoenixville and Coatesville; and two in Lancaster County - the City of Lancaster and Ephrata. In addition, all Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester County staff will remain, joining together with Good Samaritan Services staff.

"This merger brings together two non-profits whose missions, Christian foundations and geographies are similar. What previously set us apart was our range of services. It truly is a cause for celebration because together we can reach out and embrace our neighbors in new ways, offering hope, homes and eventually independence to those experiencing homelessness," added Hoffer.

For more information or to become more familiar with our merger, please visit our website:  www.goodsamservices.org.  To continue this conversation or ask any questions, please contact Nate at nate@goodsamservices.org




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Fwd: Good Samaritan Services - It's Official!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Bridge of Hope @ Good Samaritan Services" <info@bridgeofhopelcc.org>
Date: Dec 16, 2017 8:46 AM
Subject: Good Samaritan Services - It's Official!
To: <info@gehmanmennonitechurch.org>
Cc:

Introducing Good Samaritan Services: Merger of Good Samaritan Shelter and Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties is official!

Have you heard our big news? We are officially together for good!

As of December 1, 2017, our newly formed organization with Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties is now known as Good Samaritan Services! We are so grateful to God for His hand and faithfulness in bringing us together. Our impact is now broadened and will allow us to help roughly 200 men, women, and children on a daily basis!

What's more, by merging our two organizations, we are saving on administrative and operational costs, which means your donations will now have an even greater impact!  .

The new organization has been named Good Samaritan Services to reflect the progressive range of services available to homeless men, women and children in the two counties - from emergency shelter to rapid re-housing and permanent housing. Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties is formally a "program site" under the umbrella of Good Samaritan Services.

"This merger has been a long time coming, with more than a year of discussions, planning and praying," said Nate Hoffer, Executive Director of Good Samaritan Services. "Two powerful, impactful ministries that have been operating for many years alongside of each other have now come together for good; for the good of the Chester County and Lancaster County communities and for the good of the clients that we serve. What's more, by joining together, we are actually saving money and extending donation dollars. Every donation we receive will now go further than ever before to help people in need."


In combining forces, the new Good Samaritan Services will serve close to 200 men, women and children every day in shelter and housing programs while at the same time saving on administrative costs. In addition to emergency shelter, transitional housing and long-term affordable housing, the organization will provide rental assistance, financial stabilization, employment services, mentoring, parenting classes and family-building services.

All four office locations will remain open: two in Chester County - Phoenixville and Coatesville; and two in Lancaster County - the City of Lancaster and Ephrata. In addition, all Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester County staff will remain, joining together with Good Samaritan Services staff.

"This merger brings together two non-profits whose missions, Christian foundations and geographies are similar. What previously set us apart was our range of services. It truly is a cause for celebration because together we can reach out and embrace our neighbors in new ways, offering hope, homes and eventually independence to those experiencing homelessness," added Hoffer.

For more information or to become more familiar with our merger, please visit our website:  www.goodsamservices.org.  To continue this conversation or ask any questions, please contact Nate at nate@goodsamservices.org




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Fwd: It's Not Too Late for You to Join Us on This Journey!

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From: "Spruce Lake" <slr-mkt@sprucelake.org>
Date: Dec 15, 2017 5:05 PM
Subject: It's Not Too Late for You to Join Us on This Journey!
To: <philandkelly@gmail.com>
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Impacting Youth for Christ
Your gifts last fall started construction. The project is already 60% funded. We have a $500,000 challenge of the remaining million. You can help us complete this project debt free.
Architectural Update
We are on schedule and our live web cam allows you to watch your donations finish this construction. With your generosity we will be opening our doors in the summer season of 2018.

Rendering to Reality
The Youth Ministry Center will house a gym, indoor high ropes course & a climbing/bouldering wall. It will also offer rooms for small groups & Bible studies. This will be the NEW hub for our Youth including Day Camp and overnight camp activities.

Fwd: Prayers around the World

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From: "Mennonite World Conference" <bogota@mwc-cmm.org>
Date: Dec 15, 2017 7:29 PM
Subject: Prayers around the World
To: "Phil & Kelly Horning" <philandkelly@gmail.com>
Cc:

 

MWC/CMM logo

 

December 15, 2017

Dear Phil & Kelly,

Mennonite World Conference matters because there are people praying for your churches, and we pray for their churches.

"It is a great encouragement to know you are praying for us."

We hope you feel that way too. Mennonite World Conference often receives this comment from our church members around the world. People sign up on our website to receive an email every 2 months, with specific prayer requests, and then you can pray for them.  You, along with anyone else in the world, can submit your prayer requests on our website, through social media, through emails and through our network of regional representatives around the world, all in multiple languages, and then people will pray for you. You can pray for them.

Hillbrow BICC SA
Photo: Barbara Nkala

Together we prayed about Zimbabwe in November, Kenya in October, and DR Congo in September. We prayed for Nepal in August, and North America in July. We prayed over YABs (Young Anabaptists) in June, the impact of the Holy Spirit on our churches in May, and for Peru in April. The list goes on and on, and in each case there is a specific item named for prayer in each country.

Women praying
Photo: Wilhelm Unger

Often we in North America devalue the importance of prayer.  And yet, we frequently hear from our brothers and sisters in the Global South that there is little you can do of more value for them than praying for them.  

They are praying for you as well: In North America, denominations are facing rapid technological change, shrinking congregations and shrinking budgets, challenges in sending service workers abroad and locally and theological disagreements that threaten to split congregations and denominations. Pray that hearts would be sensitive to confess how the church has also been complicit in injustice and violence toward others. Pray that the leaders and members would be divinely unified in the Spirit of Christ despite differing perspectives, and encouraged to spread the hope of the gospel.

Men Praying
Photo: Susanne Werner

"There is nothing so broken that God cannot fix it," says the MWC Prayer Network. As the Body of Jesus Christ here on earth today, we embody hope for our world by being a global community that prays for each other, overcoming our economic, theological, cultural and political differences.

I ask you for a financial contribution this year to strengthen MWC's capacity to carry these relationships and circulate these prayer requests, all in multiple languages. Even a small contribution makes a difference -- we have calculated that the value of one lunch in your own country from each adult Anabaptist each year would be enough to nurture all of these inspiring global relationships for one year.

You can make a contribution on our website (www.mwc-cmm.org/donate) or mail a contribution to our mailing address in Canada or the USA (see below).

What can you contribute to keep the circle of prayer going?

César Speaking

 

In the Peace of Christ,

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César García, MWC general secretary


 
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