Missions Weekend 2018

Missions Weekend April 13-15 with Rev. Dr. Harry Reeder

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Rev. Dr. Harry Reeder is our guest speaker for Missions Weekend. Adults and youth are invited for dinner with him Friday, April 13. On Saturday morning adults, youth and children of all ages can sign up for a service project at Cedar Brook Elementary, The Cottage of Spring Branch, Gracewood, Memorial Assistance Ministries, Mission of Yahweh, or the WorkFaith Connection followed by lunch at CEPC. Missions Sunday will feature a 30-minute combined Sunday school time, missionary and ministry displays on Main Street and a special worship service with Rev. Reeder.

Dr. Harry L. Reeder III is the Senior Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. He and his wife, Cindy are natives of Charlotte, North Carolina. Since 1999, Pastor Reeder has served a growing and vibrant congregation committed to “…Equipping Christians for God’s glory to reach Birmingham and to reach the world for Christ…”

Full Schedule

Friday, April 13, 6:30-8:30 pm: Dinner
Adults & youth are invited for dinner in the Chapel Friday night. Rev. Dr. Harry Reeder will be our guest speaker.

Child care will be provided for infants and children up to 5th grade. A service project related to the outreach events on Saturday will be provided for the children in child care Friday night. Dinner will be provided to children in child care. You can sign up for childcare when you register.

Saturday, April 14: Service Projects & Lunch
8:30 am to 12:30 pm: Service Projects
Adults, youth, and children of all ages are encouraged to take part in community outreach service projects near the church Saturday morning. Participants in outreach projects who register by April 9 will receive a free t-shirt. You must specify the size and quantity of T-shirts in the registration form.  Sign up to serve at Cedar Brook Elementary, The Cottage of Spring Branch, Gracewood, Memorial Assistance Ministries, Mission of Yahweh, or The WorkFaith Connection. Learn more: Outreach Service Projects

Child care will be provided at the church for children age 6 and younger beginning at 8 am. Lunch will be provided to the children in child care whose parents attend the lunch at CEPC following the service projects. You can sign up for childcare when you register.

1:00-2:30 pm: Lunch at CEPC with Rev. Reeder
Service project participants are invited to return to CEPC for lunch and a time to share about their experiences in service that morning.

Sunday, April 15
8:30-9:30 Worship Service with Rev. Reeder
9:45-11:15 Missionary Meet & Greet on Main Street
11:15-12:30 Worship Service with Rev. Reeder

Service Projects

Cedar Brook Elementary

2121 Ojeman at Hammerly & Bingle
CBE is a bilingual, bi-literate, bicultural campus of 900 students and 100 staff. Their enriched dual language program uses English and Spanish for the purpose of instruction, developing strong thinking skills and problem solving, educating the next generation for a global future with greater cultural awareness. A key factor to the success of CBE is its dedicated staff, teachers and PTA.

CEPC entered into a partnership with CBE last spring 2016 and has participated in several activities supporting the teachers and students. Our relationship grows stronger with each intentional event. On Missions’ Saturday, we will join the CBE PTA in its first “Bulldog Paw Print” fundraiser work project and have the opportunity to also connect with CBE parents.

Service Opportunity
Work alongside CBE parents, students and staff.
Paint paw prints with the names of contributing donors on the side walk leading to the school’s main entrance.
Construction of "booths" which can be easily set up and taken down. These booths will be used school functions such as Cedar Brooks fundraising festivals.
Construction of game boards to be placed in the booths Provide supplies, food and drink.
Divide up carnival tickets from large rolls into sets of ten and stuff mystery grab bags or plastic eggs with candy or toys--to support Cedar Brook's spring carnival.
Show the love of Christ to our school partner.
Support CBE’s vision of teamwork and respect as they keep moving forward to excellence.

The Cottage of Spring Branch

1842 Hollister Street | Houston TX 77080
The Cottage of Spring Branch is an assisted living facility in the Spring Branch neighborhood of Houston that includes Alzheimer's and dementia care. They offer tailored care such as daily grooming and dressing and other regular needs of each of the twenty residents and greater care for patients who can no longer function due to Alzheimer's or dementia. Services Available to elderly residents include private rooms; tailored individual personal care; Alzheimer’s and dementia care; a common area ; green space; and activities and meals.

Service Opportunity
Engage with more active residents – game activity
Engage one-on-one with residents unable to participate– coffee and donuts chat time
Engage participating residents one-on-one – personal service activity (writing letters, etc.)
Share a short devotional with residents


1617 Elmview, Houston, TX 77080
Ministry Description: Gracewood is a residential program for single mothers and their children who find themselves in a difficult season of life. Gracewood offers a home-like environment where family well-being is restored while moms work toward specific, individual goals. Mothers come to Gracewood from all walks of life, but they all have one thing in common: they are single women who love their children and are ready to do whatever it takes to make a better life for their families. At Gracewood, hurting mothers find a professional staff that is trained to deal with trauma and loss. Gracewood provides:
A faith-based community and a loving home environment
A chance to keep the family together
Encouragement and guidance from professional staff
A personalized plan of care
The ability to heal from past trauma
Individual, group, and family counseling
Financial guidance, parenting skills, and other helpful training
An opportunity to build relationships with other moms
A continued relationship through the Aftercare Program.
Mothers are role models for their children. Seeing mom succeed shows the children that they, too, can achieve great things in life through hard work and commitment.

Service Opportunity
Spring cleaning in cottages
Maintenance of grounds: clipping plants, hedges, and the like
Engaging with children of Gracewood through various crafts, Bible stories, and crafts, giving mothers a morning out

Memorial Assistance Ministries

1625 Blalock Road, Houston, TX 77080
Memorial Assistance Minstries’ (MAM) mission is to assure that families have the means to meet their basic needs. To carry out that mission, we assist families facing financial crisis to avoid homelessness, offer programs to enable long-term financial self-sufficiency, assure children an improved school experience, facilitate client access to other support networks, and enhance MAM’s value to its member congregations and the community.

MAM began in 1983 during a severe economic downturn in Houston. Area churches were faced with an unprecedented request for food, rent, utility assistance and clothing. Unable to meet these needs, these congregations decided to pool their resources to establish Memorial Assistance Ministries.

Services and Programs available to area residents:
Rent and utility assistance
Other types of limited emergency assistance
Case Management
Mental Health Counseling
Employment Services
Financial Education and Coaching
Free Tax Preparation
Immigration Legal Services
GED and ESL classes
Resale Store

Service Opportunity
CEPC volunteers are needed to help sort donated items in the warehouse and to assemble toiletries, home care or snack kits that MAM hands to their clients after the assessment. There will also be a table set up near the entrance to the resale store to encourage dialogue with clients about CEPC and to share the love of Christ with those willing to speak to our volunteers.

Mission of Yahweh

10247 Algiers Houston, TX 77041
Mission of Yahweh is a faith-based shelter located in Houston that empowers, enriches and restores the lives of homeless women and children. It also provides outreach services to low income families in their neighborhood.

Mission of Yahweh began with the work of Sister Helen Gay and has provided food, clothing and shelter to women and children in crisis since 1961. This unique refuge is committed to helping women become self sufficient, productive members of society through many life changing programs focused on ending the cycle of dependency. Services and Programs available to women and children residents:
Responsible Resident program teaches responsibility and accountability
Individual Case Management
Vocational/Educational Employment Counselor
Mentoring program offers encouragement and hope
Educational programs include money management, life skills, parenting classes, computer training, job readiness training, GED tutoring, victim prevention, drug and domestic abuse awareness
Spiritual Counseling and Chapel services
House of Joy Children’s Educational and Recreational center

Service Opportunity
Engage with the resident women – Coffee and donuts chat time, fun group game time, devotion and prayer
Engage the resident children – Organized outdoor games, song time and Bible story time. Indoor games and crafts if weather does not permit outdoor activities.
Engage in a service project – Sand, stain, and varnish patio area.

The WorkFaith Connection

4555 Dacoma, Houston, TX 77092
The WorkFaith Connection's mission is to help people in transition build a new life through work and faith. WorkFaith is a Christ-centered organization that exists to encourage disadvantaged job seekers in their hope for a better future and to equip them with the skills and beliefs to gain employment and lead healthy, productive and spiritually rich lives.

The WorkFaith Connection program goes much deeper than simply teaching someone how to fill out an application and where to look for work. We teach our clients how to be great employees, how to serve their employers and how to thrive in the workplace, while growing in their faith throughout the journey. The effectiveness of the WorkFaith program is reinforced by building and maintaining long-term relationships with our students. To help our clients build a new life through work and faith, we offer a four-stage program:
1. Recruitment and Selection of Participants
2. Eight-Day Job Readiness Bootcamp
3. Job Attainment
4. Job Retention and Advancement

Outreach Activity:
Join Us! You can help in all three areas, or pick your favorite one and do that the entire time! There will be a few graduates of The WorkFaith Connection present for you to work alongside as well! We will pause at the ½ way point and all come together to learn a little bit about the work God is doing in the life of the ministry.

Blessing Angel for the Staff:
The staff spends so much of their time giving to the clients they serve. On this serve day we want to bless them. We will do several things, and you can pick and choose which parts you want to help with!
1. Do a thorough vacuuming of the office
2. Clean the desk surfaces and interior window thoroughly
3. Write a note of encouragement for the staff to find on their desks on Monday morning

Ambassador to the Community:
Volunteers will be inserting newsletters in envelopes to be mailed to WorkFaith Connection friends. This mailing is important for the ongoing recruitment of much needed volunteers, employers, and prayer partners. We see an increase in volunteers, employers, and prayer partners after our mailings.

Prayer Walk through the Stages of the WorkFaith Journey:
Guided by a staff member, you will walk through the story of the entire journey of The WorkFaith Connection graduates as you walk through the office, stopping at the various stations in the office. After a staff member tells you about the stage and what is going on in the life of the graduate at that stage, you will join us in praying over the graduates, (past, present, and future).

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