Adventus (Week Three)
Adventus (Week Three)
Church of Cincinnati Eats Beans and Rice, Raises $557,933.69 for Local Organizations
What do you get when 35 different churches combine individual efforts of saving money by eating beans and rice for a week, and then give away those savings? City-wide love. (And a lot of gas.)
Community members at churches across the city were encouraged to eat cheap, simple meals of beans and rice for one week, tally up their grocery and restaurant savings and then donate it to one fund. Thousands of families from 35 tri-state churches participated and after one week, an amazing total of $557,933.69 was raised. Every penny of these donations will be given to local organizations working to better lives in our city.
$118,526.21 will be given to Coalition of Care. Kids in the foster care system are the most vulnerable in our city—for example, 30% of homeless adults and 25% of prisoners were once foster children. Imagine, instead, they had a place to call home and a family to care for them. Coalition of Care fights for these kids and mobilizes Christ-followers to open their doors as safe, foster and adoptive families. Learn more at coalitionofcare.org.
$118,526.21 will be given to City Gospel Mission. City Gospel Mission helps the homeless and hurting in our city break the cycle of poverty and despair. We’re proud to partner with them in the fight against poverty throughout the year. This spring, they’re moving to a new location, expanding their services and their impact. We’re excited to help finish their capital campaign and enable them to move into their new facility. Learn more at citygospelmission.org.
With the additional money raised, churches are using over $200,000 to support organizations like Teen Challenge, Prospect House and others working to combat the heroin epidemic in our city. We took a swing at attacking this problem last year, but it’s so big, we’re re-investing in the people on the front lines of the anti-heroin fight.
“It’s incredible to see what is possible when Christ-followers all over the city unite to bless our neighbors in need” said Denis Beausejour of Mariemont Community Church.
Additionally, individual churches were free to use any remaining funds to support organizations important to them.
To make it more fun, participants shared their beans and rice experiences on social media. See the attached photos and also check out the Beans and Rice Week Instagram feed at http://www.gramfeed.com/instagram/tags#beansandriceweek.
What is the Church of Cincinnati?
Church is not supposed to be just a building full of religious people. It should be a group of people who believe Jesus gave us the best example for loving God and our neighbors. A group of church leaders in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky asked, “What if we all joined together with a common goal to bless our city in a few big ways?” That question ignited a movement in our city called the Church of Cincinnati. Visit churchofcincinnati.org for more.
Joshua Johnson, email@example.com, (513) 502-8638
Join us Sunday, November 9, for a special time of celebration. We will have ONE service beginning at 9 A.M. that will include worship, testimonies, and thanksgiving as we celebrate the Beausejour’s 10-year anniversary at MCC. We will end the time with lunch. Plan to attend as we rejoice and praise God for all He has done during this decade. If you would like to help with this event email Terry at tbrtpr @ aol.com. Let’s celebrate!
Mark Your Calendar! There will be a potluck lunch celebration at 12:30pm in the Emery Room for both Mariemont and Gladstone communities, Sunday, September 21. This will give everyone a chance to stay connected and give thanks to one another! Please bring a dish to share. We’ll provide drinks.
SAVE THE DATE – September 8 at 6:30pm
By all, we mean ALL – all ages, all stages!! Join us for a delightful evening of food, fellowship, and a review of the Women’s Ministry programs offered. Babysitting provided! Hostess Lissa Cambron welcomes us into her home (located at 6050 Red Bird Hollow Lane). Please bring a side dish for everyone to enjoy. Also, if you have ever purchased an item from the Family shop, please plan on wearing it! For more information and to R.S.V.P. for childcare, please contact Cathy Burke at catherinepburke @ gmail .com.
We currently have openings for volunteers in most of our Sunday morning serving teams. Please consider signing up to serve the Kingdom in an easy and practical way.
Sign your family up to serve along side another family to prepare a simple breakfast snack.
Serve at 9am or 11am to help hand out programs and Bibles, collect the offering and offer a warm smile to members and visitors. It’s easy!
-1st service – 3 volunteers needed
-2nd service – 2 volunteers needed
Chose from serving either on the first set-up team or the second service tear-down team.
-1st service – 6 volunteers needed
-2nd service – 4 volunteers needed
Jasmine is always looking for energetic individuals to help teach, love and disciple our children weekly.
-8 nursery workers needed
-2 younger elementary teachers and 2 assistants
-2 older elementary teachers and 2 assistants
Sound & Visuals
Paul Raz will train you to “mix” the sound or run the visuals for the service. No experience required.
-3 volunteers needed for sound
-4 volunteers needed for visuals
Contact joe @ mariemontchurch.org to volunteer for any of these ministry teams.