At this week’s Church of West Orange meeting, we were grateful to pray together, encourage one another, and leave with specific opportunities to give ourselves away together.
Here are a few of the highlights:
:: A CHRISTMAS CONSPIRACY TOGETHER
You probably received the email that had the “Christmas Conspiracy” video and the flyers for you to promote our conspiring to get less stuff and give more hope to two local ministries. In case you didn’t, you can go to this post below on the COWO website and check it out. Let me know if you have any questions.
Meanwhile, at the meeting yesterday, Robin Caputo with the Orange / Seminole Foster Children’s Association shared with us more about the foster kids we will be helping by collecting shoes, jeans, underwear, socks, hoodies, winter hats, and jackets. She had connected with the Church of West Orange through Charles Woodward of West River Gathering. She answered questions about the Annual Christmas Event they do for foster kids and their families. This year it is December 19th from 5pm to 9pm at the Mark Street Senior Recreation Center in downtown Orlando on the corner of Magnolia and Colonial. They not only will be giving away the items we collect together, but volunteers are also needed for that evening. If you are interested, please call Robin at 407.222.0594.
Scott Billue with Matthew’s Hope also shared with us some updates on our local homeless friends whom we will be collecting items for during our “Christmas Conspiracy.” Check these figures out. Scott told us that 76% of the people Matthew’s Hope is serving grew up and had a home in this community. 1/3 of them became homeless within the last six months. And 1/3 of them are women and children. Wow! Please be collecting shoes, jeans, underwear, socks, hoodies, winter hats, and jackets for them, as well.
For the Foster Kids, Robin said the ages and sizes range from newborn all the way through 17 years, but that the bulk of the kids are ages 4 to 9. Scott has told us before that the main jean sizes for men are 28 through 34 with very few adults needing XL sizes. You can collect items at your Sunday gatherings or you can drop them off at either Axum Coffeehouse in Winter Garden or House Blend Cafe in Ocoee.
:: A CHRISTMAS MEAL IN THE MAXEY COMMUNITY
Anthony Hodge with “Finding the Lost Sheep Street Ministries” updated us on a Christmas party with our friends in the Maxey Community in East Winter Garden. It is December 17th from 3pm to 7pm. Like last year, the generous folks with Orlando Ale House will be providing some food for the event, but this year local folks in the community will also be bringing “pot luck” dishes of sorts. If you would like to help folks in the community that are preparing those dishes, let us know and we can connect you with Anthony (he suggested some Publix and Aldi gift cards for groceries).
:: PRAY FOR BABY COHEN
Some of you may already know about Scott Billue’s granddaughter who was born premature at 26 weeks. She has obviously had her ups and downs and will continue to, so please be praying for her and her mommy and daddy and Scott’s family. You can follow along with her story and updates at this website.
:: A CALL TO PRAY
We discussed how important a prayer focus together would be moving into 2012 as we desire more and more maturity in oneness together as His church (John 17:18-23). So, the suggestion was made that we consider a time together in prayer the evening of New Year’s Eve so as to kick off the year together in prayer. That would be followed by asserted prayer in each of our respective gatherings on a weekly basis (with a list of the local church expressions to be provided soon), along with once-a-month gatherings for prayer in the different segments of the Ocoee / Windermere / Winter Garden / Oakland areas. Other groups and individuals praying fervently, as well, in an organic way will be encouraged. The focus of the prayers together would be GRATEFULNESS FOR THE GOSPEL and UNITY AROUND MISSION. More details coming soon. Be praying for wisdom that this would be an authentic effort to seek the Lord together and not just some “prayer event.”
:: USED SOUND EQUIPMENT NEEDED
Tom Welch with Southwest Church shared with us that the ministry he and others assist with at the Lake County Correctional Institution is in need of used sound equipment. Wires, amps, speakers, etc. are needed. If you have any at all, please let us know and we will connect you with Tom.
:: ONE MORE NOTE
Please remember the efforts during Thanksgiving week for Bread of Life’s annual food drive and delivery of groceries into our community. Contact Bread of Life in Ocoee for more details.
Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to all of you! Hope to see you at our next Church of West Orange meeting which will be December 14th from 9:30am to 11:00am beginning at the House Blend Cafe for some grub and gathering in the Gary Merideth State Farm board room.