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TGO 2017

Thanksgiving Offering 2018 application: If you would like for your ministry/organization to be considered for funding through Christ Memorial’s Thanksgiving Offering, please visit our APPLICATION LINK and follow the step by step instructions. We are glad to come alongside other missions in this way. Application process is open until July 31st.

 

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

After School Program brochure: If you are interested in joining CMC’s After School Program on Tuesdays and Thursday for the 2017-2018 School year, check out our information BROCHURE.

 

70×7

Below is a letter written by CMC member Nick DeVries sharing the about the 70X7 ministry and his experiences . . . 

Becoming involved with 70×7, the “Reentry Ministry” established originally by Pastor Jim Liske while he was at Ridgepoint, was as simple as my friend, Dave Goetz, saying: “COME”.

I realized that getting some physical exercise on Monday mornings could be accomplished while sharing my “gift of Gab” with others.

70×7 arranges for 4 – 9 guys, of all ages, to come to CMC from 8:30am – 1pm to learn how to act,  take responsibility and lead in a workplace environment.  We form teams, wash windows, vacuum carpets, arrange tables & chairs as well as wash and wax church vehicles.  This spring we’ll clean-up sticks and rake lawns too.  Some of the participants have never held a job in their life, others are reentering the work force and need to be guided into “best practices”.  From my perspective the really tough part is working alongside those who are highly skilled and yet because of their choices now have to “humble” themselves and take a menial job, until they can rise up the ladder by earning the confidence of management,  to fully utilize their skills once again.

I want to invite each of you to consider coming alongside these teams as a mentor to guide them into positive, Christian behaviors that will help them achieve reentry to the local workforce.

Many local companies are in need of employees who can take direction and do a variety of tasks.  70×7 is helping evaluate and train these individuals who have either never worked or are returning to work after incarceration.  They come from all walks of life. Most are pretty much like you and me . . . they just got caught or “snapped” under the pressures of life.

Please let me share (I‘ll call him) “Jim’s”, story.  His teenage daughter was being “disrespected” by her boyfriend, so he drove to Muskegon and confronted the boyfriend.  They got into a fight, the police came so “Jim”  backed-off and left.  While driving back to Holland he stopped and picked-up some booze to ease his pain.  “Jim” realized that he shouldn’t be drinking and driving so he got off the road, parking in Grand Haven’s theater parking lot, to “sleep-off” the effects of the alcohol.  The police woke him up by knocking on his car window.  Now “was he “Driving” drunk“?  The police reminded him before he answered the question that the theater had video surveillance.  Following the last 6-months in jail, he has voluntarily chosen to work through 70×7 Ministry to get employment with this offense on his record (and now on his job applications).  “Jim” has learned that there are other choices he could have made to help his daughter get into healthier relationships.  His choice of alcohol, also, was not a positive way to treat his ANGER.  “Jim” OWNS his choices and really appreciates CMC and our support through, love and acceptance, that is showing him his “NEW PATH” is a so much better LIFE.

70×7 Ministry, with Rev. Ron Bechtel as a certified counselor, is here to walk “Jim” through the ways to healthy life choices . . . CMC, with us as “group mentors” are here to provide a Monday morning, “regular friend” who shares our listening ear and provides a “short term” (3-6-week) mentorship relationship that helps “Jim” know there are Christians out there who care and want to see him succeed.

Our Monday schedule begins at 8:30am, sharp with prayer, work time, coffee break fellowship, more work time.  We conclude with a 12:00 – 1:00pm fellowship luncheon provided by staff at CMC (Thanks to Pastor Ben Aguilera).  Following this “group mentoring experience”, the 70×7 Ministry program has the participants move to Moran Park Church where they spend the remainder of Monday afternoon in classes geared around life skills, relationships with their probation officers, their responsibilities to the court system, workplace etiquette, housing availability, clothing appropriateness and how to fill-out the forms that are required for full-time employment.

If  YOU would show “Jim” what a positive role model looks like, he will be better able to show his daughter what a transformed DAD, with proper, God-honoring, biblical relationships was meant to be.

I invite and challenge you to use your lifetime of experiences to make a real difference by joining us in, CMC’s Group Mentoring, 70×7 Ministry, on Monday mornings.

-Nick DeVries

 

 

 

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