Archive for Outreach Ministries

Serve at Love Modesto!

LOVE MODESTO is getting super excited for this Saturday preparing for over 4000 volunteers, but we can still use your help!

There is still a big need for more volunteers for these following projects:

  • Beautify Modesto Parks
  • Clean Up Modesto
  • Airport Neighborhood – Oregon Park
  • Needham Neighborhood Clean Up
  • Orchard Park Neighborhood Clean Up
  • Tobacco Litter Clean Up
  • Tuolumne River Clean Up
  • Delta Blood Bank
  • Love All Our Kids
  • Pajama Program
  • Downey High School
  • El Vista Elementary School
  • Garrison Elementary School
  • Hanshaw Middle School
  • Johansen High School
  • Modesto High School

People can sign up at LoveModesto.com and click on “Projects.”

April 18 Festivities begin at 8am on I & 10th Streets, right in front of the Gallo Center.

  • Lots of music, free giveaways including Modesto Nuts tickets for all!
  • Free food and refreshments (SaveMart, Starbucks, Pepsi, Blue Diamond Growers, Del Monte, Buffalo Wild Wings, Frito Lay, Gold N Fresh Bakery, etc.)!
  • Free Kid’s Zone featuring jump houses, face painting, super heroes, games, etc.!
  • Free back massages by Armstrong Chiropractic!
  • Free family/friend photos by Platinum Photo Booth!
  • Fire trucks, ambulances, CHP, Sheriff and MPD patrol cars, motor bikes, swat truck, K9 and horses!
  • And LOTS more!

It’s going to be an incredible family-friendly atmosphere before we all go out to volunteer in 90+ projects!

Out of the Darkness Walk to Prevent Suicide

Saturday, Sept. 20, Mancini Bowl in Graceada Park, 8am: registration, 9am: walk

Walk to raise awareness about suicide.

Mentors-in-Action

Mentors-in-Action, College Avenue’s mentoring program pairing community volunteers with Modesto High students, will be holding a mentor training Saturday, September 27, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, at 1341 College Avenue, Fireside Room.   We welcome any of you who are interested in developing a friendship with a teen and helping him/her achieve potential in school and in life.

The students may be disadvantaged economically, but they are academically able and part of a program that prepares them for college.  A minimum of four hours a month and a year’s commitment are required. If you are interested in attending the training or have questions or concerns, please call Sharon Froba at 521-7265.

New Support Group

The new Mental Health Support Group Class that began Tuesday, July 8 will continue to meet the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm in the Youth Building, through December 2014.

This group is for those who have mental health issues, their family and friends. This is not a therapy group, but a gathering of people who can share support, resources, and a sense of hope.

Facilitator: Chaplain Erin King

 

Mentor Training

Mentor Training, Saturday, March 15, 9am to 12:30pm, College Avenue

Mentoring a high school student is rewarding for both the mentor and the mentee. Mentors-in-Action pairs financially disadvantaged but academically able Modesto High students with community volunteers.

The purpose is to foster a friendship through one-on-one interactions four hours a month. No knowledge of algebra or geometry is required. Mentors must participate in a training Saturday, March 15 from 9:00 to 12:30. For more information or to sign up, please contact Sharon Froba at 521-7265.

College Avenue members who have been or who are currently mentors are as follows: Janet Betcher, Lisa Bruk, Liz Carota, Debbie DeBoer, Andrea Duroy, Sharon and David Froba, Linda Johnson, Denise Judd, Erin King, Andrew Lee, Bill Mensing, Bob Moore, Richard Oliver, Gene Palmie, Julie Reuben, Mary Rose Shelton, Linda Smith, and Kim Weinmeister.

All-church Caroling!

COME CAROLING WITH US!

To celebrate the last Sunday of Advent, join us for a night of caroling! We’ll caravan around Modesto, visiting our shut-ins, caroling all the way! We’ll end the night with some soup, fixings, and cocoa!

Meet at the Youth Building
Sunday, December 22, 2013
5:30pm – 7:45pm
Free

Peace Camp!

Friday, June 28 – Sunday, June 30, Camp Peaceful Pines on Clark Fork Rd. off Hwy 108, $80

Come to the Modesto Peace/Life Center’s 31st annual Peace Camp in the Sierras June 28-30.

What do we look forward to? Stimulating workshops, great food, hikes, campfires, singing, talent show, children’s activities, crafts, table tennis, horseshoes, tetherball and other recreation, fresh air in a mountain setting, the wind in the pines and cedars, the starry night, the labyrinth, and creative and committed people of all ages.

Friday offers a hike for those who can leave early in the morning, spend the day hiking and arrive at camp in time for dinner. Hike leaders are John Lucas and Mike Chiavetta. A short hike will be available later in the weekend.

Rob Brittain coordinates Saturday’s workshop on economic and racial privilege. Rob is leading a group on a trip through the South to visit civil rights sites and to study privilege in early June. Scott Gifford returns to lead us in song.

At the 6,200-foot elevation in the Stanislaus National Forest near the Clark Fork of the Stanislaus River, Camp Peaceful Pines is located about 25 miles above Pinecrest off Hwy. 108. Surrounded by tall peaks, the camp is set in the forest and has a creek running through it. Sunrise Rock, with views of the river valley, is a short hike from camp.

The camp features kitchen and bathroom facilities, rustic cabins and platform tents and a cabin for those with special needs. Depending on the number of campers, cabins may be shared. Campers share in meal preparation, cleanup, and other work. Families and individuals are welcome.

The $80 fee covers program, food and lodging for the weekend. Young people 18 and under are $60. Ages 3 and under free. Minors need to be accompanied by an adult. Early registration, before June 2nd, entitles registrants to a $10 per person discount. Partial scholarships and day rates are also available. Campers may arrive after 2pm on Friday. The camp opens with supper at 6pm on Friday and closes after the morning workshop on Sunday. Directions and other information will be mailed to participants before camp.

Below are the registration form and the medical information form. Print out the forms and mail them, along with your check, to the address on the registration form.

If you have questions, please contact Ken Schroeder at kschroeder70@yahoo.com.

Medical Form

Registration Form

CROP Walk to feed the Hungry!

Millions of people die of hunger each year and CWS/CROP very efficiently distributes the funds we raise in our communities to provide help throughout the world to people in need. Twenty-five percent of funds that we raise in Modesto will remain at work here in our community through Inter-Faith Ministries.

The CROP Hunger Walk 2013 enables each of us to help – as a walker, a sponsor, or a supporter. We walk because the hungry must walk, often far and wide, to gather the most meager sustenance. During our four-mile (or two-mile) walk, we’ll be walking with as well as for those hungry people the world over.

If you’d like to be a sponsor, ask friends and loved ones to donate online at http://www.cropwalkonline.org/modestoca or give you or a sponsor a check written to “CWS/CROP” so their generosity will be counted this Saturday. We’ll begin with a short gathering/rally at 9:30am at the Geneva Presbyterian Church, Fairmont & Coffee Ave. (across from Downey High School), and the walk will begin at 10am. Click this link to check out the route.

For more information, please call Doug Smith at 523-1014, or Velma Tinkler, 579-5407.

“The Bus” Play at The Gallo Center

Come watch a powerful play called The Bus, the story of Jordan and Ian, two boys who regularly rendezvous in a parked bus that belongs to the most powerful church in town, Golden Rule.  Caught between family, feelings, and faith, The Bus is a touching tale that swirls with suspense.

Buy your tickets at church on Sundays April, 14, 21, and 28.  Or buy them HERE or at www.galloarts.org.

May 3, 2013, 8pm, Gallo Center for the Arts

 

Mardi Gras Royale

Dinner, music and celebration of our mission to seek joy and justice in our world. We’ll be honoring our Modesto partners in ministry.

Tuesday, February 12, 6pm -7:30pm, Sanctuary

Tickets required, suggested donation $10