Here's where you'll find all the latest opportunities to volunteer your time and talents alongside other Christ Church members making a difference in our communities.

Help Wanted

Looking for a few folks to help behind the scenes of the SILENT AUCTION contacting businesses, securing donations and searching the Internet. Please contact Patti Miller 859-781-2115 or Pam Weber859-781-5462 if you can help.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner – Tuesday, February 9th

MARK YOUR CALENDAR  – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner, Tuesday February 9th  Thanks to the Pendery Family and First Watch, the pancake batter, syrup, and butter will be donated for our   Shrove/Mardi Gras Dinner.  To defray costs for the sausage, beverages, and decorations, donations will be collected in the Narthex and back hall by the coffee. Any money not used for supplies will be donated to the Illumination Youth Group.  If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Linda Gracey at (859) 380-1599 or LLG1216@aol.com.

Opportunities for members and friends to serve outside the church:

(1)  On September 27, 2015, we will serve a meal at Henry Hosea House (901 York Street, Newport, KY) with volunteers needed from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

(2)  Beginning September 14, 2015, volunteers are needed to tutor at Washington UCC’s Homework Club.  Washington UCC is located at 2950 Sidney Avenue, Cincinnati, OH.  The Homework Club is an after-school tutoring program from 4:15 – 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday for children from ages 5-12.  The children eat a light meal, then work one-on-one with volunteer tutors who help them complete their homework and do other academic enrichment activities.  Volunteer tutors are asked to commit to one day a week, in order to establish an ongoing relationship with a child.  To volunteer or for more information, call the church at 513-541-7757, ext. 4, or email laurelh@zoomtown.com.

(3)  The Crossing Bridges (Greater Cincinnati) CROP Walk will take place on October 4, 2015.  CROP Walks are national walks organized by Church World Service with proceeds going to hunger relief projects locally, nationally, and internationally.  25% of the money raised by our walk goes to the St. George Food Pantry, Gabriel’s Place, and the Henry Hosea House.  Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. at St John’s UCC, 415 Park Avenue, Newport, KY, and the walk (a 5K) starts at 2:00 p.m.  Volunteers may sign up (or donate) online at www.crophungerwalk.org .  Locate our walk on the site by searching under the state of Ohio.  There is no cost to walk, but we hope walkers will raise funds by asking friends, family, and businesses to sponsor them.  Join us on 10/4 to stamp out hunger!

(4) Family Promise is reorganizing in Northern Kentucky.  To help raise funds for startup costs, day center renovations, and a van or small bus, it is bringing back its 100 hole golf marathon on Friday, October 9, from 8 am until 5 pm at AJ Jolly Golf Course (5350 US Hwy 27, Alexandria, KY).  There is no cost to play and breakfast, lunch, snacks, and beverages are provided.  There is a goal for each golfer to raise $1,000 in donations.  Pledges are due Oct. 2.  More information is available from NKYFamilyPromise@gmail.com or 859-904-3106.

MORE INFORMATION ON WHAT FAMILY PROMISE DOES: A group of dedicated people have begun the process of re-starting Family Promise of Northern Kentucky (FPNKY).  There is a tremendous need for Family Promise because many Northern Kentucky families have no regular place to call home. FPNKY is one of the only social service organizations in Northern Kentucky that keeps entire families together.  Restarting FPNKY will provide families with training and support to better their life, for example job training, a professional case worker and something as simple as a mailing address.  The goal is to help these families obtain the life skills that make a stable home life possible.

(5)  People Working Cooperatively’s Prepare Affair is on Saturday, November 14.  Prepare Affair is a volunteer event that brings together more than 3,000 volunteers to help low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners prepare their homes for winter. One of the largest one-day events in the tri-state, volunteers at Prepare Affair will perform winter preparation activities that will make a huge difference for elderly homeowners with physical limitations.   Services range from raking leaves and cleaning gutters to other small winter preparation tasks.  Information for online registration is coming soon.

(6)  We will serve a community meal at Washington UCC on Tuesday, December 15 from 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm.  The church is at 2950 Sidney Ave, Cincinnati, OH, and provides meals, clothing, and other assistance to its Camp Washington Community throughout the year; the holiday meal in December is a well-loved and anticipated annual event.

(7)  Brighton Center needs volunteers to assist in its food pantry and clothing closet in Newport, KY.  Brighton Center is a non-profit organization on a mission to create opportunities for individuals and families to reach self-sufficiency through family support services, education, employment, and leadership.  For more information about volunteering, contact Beth Hodge at 859-491-8303, ext. 2331 or bhodge@brightoncenter.com .

After-school tutoring at Washington UCC

Washington UCC, our sister church in Cincinnati, has an after-school tutoring program that will be starting in September. It runs Monday through Thursday from 4:15 to 5:30. Washington UCC is very involved in bettering the lives of children in the surrounding community, and this is a great way for you to make a difference. If you’re interested, email Melissa Cox at mlsjcx4@gmail.com for more information.

Sept. 27: Serve a meal at Hosea House

We’ll be serving dinner at Hosea House, 901 York St. in Newport, on September 27. Volunteers arrive between 3:30 and 3:45 in the afternoon and we are typically finished by 5:45 (not later than 6 pm). Email Melissa Cox if you’d like to sign up to help. Melissa will also be putting up a sign-up sheet in the church lobby in mid-September.

MORE SILENT AUCTION NEWS

Yikes, the festival is 1 month away and we still need items for the silent auction! Also, don’t forget that we are still looking for gently used basket, totes and tubs to hold Silent Auction items. Please consider making a donation to help make it a success.  If you have questions, you can contact any of our committee members listed below. Pam Weber 781-5462 Patti Miller 781-2115 Marcia Hosea 441-6261

 

Tutors – Washington UCC

During the school year, volunteers are needed to tutor at Washington UCC’s Homework Club. Washington UCC is located at 2950 Sidney Avenue, Cincinnati. The Homework Club is an after-school tutoring program from 4-5:30 pm Monday – Thursday for children age 5-12. The children eat a light meal, then work one-on0one with volunteer tutors who help them complete their homework and do other academic enrichment activities. Volunteer tutors are asked to commit to one day a week, in order to establish an ongoing relationship with a child. To volunteer or for more information, contact Melissa Cox (859-291-1324) or mlsjcx4@gmail.com.

PRAYER GARDEN UPDATE

A special thank you to Sally Schmidt and her neighbors, Sheila and Dave Mains, for the beautiful benches they have given to our church.  One is a child’s bench, in front of the altar, with Noah’s Ark design, and a second is a bench in the Prayer Garden.  There will be a another bench added to the Prayer Garden in the next few months. Please check them out.  Thank you, Sally, Sheila, and Dave.

A reminder that Mike Randall (708-710-2590) is taking donations for purchasing plants for the Prayer Garden.

 

Festival Needs

SILENT AUCTION – The Silent Auction committee is collecting gently used basket, totes and tubs to hold our items.  If you have any you would like to donate please place in the box in the narthex. Thanks so much for your generosity and support!  Pam, Patti and Marcia

CAKES, CAKES, CAKES—The Cake Walk will be a fun part of our Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 12th. Lots of cakes, coffee cakes, & pies will be needed.   It is not too early to start baking and freeze!  As part of the German tradition, cream puffs and strudels (purchased from   a bakery), will be sold in place of the usual bakery goods.  However, we do need CAKES!  Thank you! Linda Gracey

FESTIVAL DONATIONS—We are in need of 2 liters for the festival. Please drop them off in the Narthex. Thank you!

 

SILENT AUCTION

Here we go again! The silent auction committee is beginning to gear up for   this year’s event which will be held on Saturday, September 12th. Last year was a great success due to the overwhelming support of our congregation, so we are again asking for your help.  Please consider donating gift cards or “new” items for our baskets.  Donations can be dropped off in the church office or given to one of the committee members listed below. Not sure what to get Monetary donations can also be used by the committee to purchase items to fill the baskets. Feeling   a little creative?  Baskets already put together and ready to auction are always welcome.  We are sorry, but we cannot accept “used” items at this time. Let’s work together and make this another successful event! Look for weekly updates as it gets closer to the date. Thank you for your support, Pam Weber – Patti Miller – Marcia Hosea