9:00 Spanish Service
11:00 English Service
10:00-12:00 English Classes – Beginning-Intermediate-Advanced
6:00 – 8:00pm English Classes – Beginning-Intermediate
9:00 Prayer and Intercession – all are welcome!
6:00 pm Worship Service
10:00-12:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 English Classes
10:00-12:00 Women’s Bible Study – English contact Nan firstname.lastname@example.org
6:30-9:00 Men’s Bible Study
9:00-10:30 Spanish Women’s Bible Study – Spanish | Contact Eugenia 4033-8349
6:30 Young Adults Meeting 18+ Contact Raquel
3:00-5:00 Youth Group (Age 12-17) – Join us! Contact Alejandro or Vivian for information email@example.com
A Trip to the Food Bank
Hope gets the opportunity to access the Banco de Alimentos (Food Bank) in Playa Conchal for our Seeds of Hope feeding program. The use of the Bank can be critical for making our donated colones stretch to the limit. Our access, though, comes with strings attached… we must provide 8-10 volunteers once a month to sort food at the Bank. This month I went as a rookie volunteer. Let me tell you about my experience so that you will be prepared when you volunteer next time. (hint, hint)
First, eight of us met at the church at 6:30 am. We formed a circle and prayed for a safe and successful day, then split up into car pools and we were off! The ride down gave us the opportunity to share with our fellow passengers bits and pieces about our daily lives. Nice!
Upon arrival at around 8:00 we went to the office and were shown what to do. Since none of us in this group had done it before, and none of us could speak Spanish fluently, it was a bit confusing, but we managed. The basics: there are pallets of cardboard boxes filled with different kinds of food items from various stores and manufacturers. We started by opening the boxes filled to the brim with cans of anything from baby formula to tuna. Then there were plastic bags with things like flour, corn meal, coffee, rice and beans. Those items were inside the other plastic bags because the manufacturer’s bag had a hole in it, and the outside bags were keeping the contents more or less contained and sanitary.
Two basic areas were set up: a taping station (we called it the “Food Doctor Area”, to open the plastic bags and slap on some tape on the manufacturer’s bag with the hole, then there was the sorting/weighing station. All categories of food such as cans, pasta, cereal, cookies, etc., got sorted into various plastic bins. Each category was assigned a weight to determine how full the bin should be before was considered finished. Weighing was done, and then the finished plastic bins were set aside to make room for more. Continue this process for about four to five hours and voila!
Considerations for your visit (next month?) to the Banco de Alimentos:
-The floor gets slippery (no… make that VERY SLIPPERY) from the food coming out of the holes in the bags – think “ice rink”. So, make sure that you’ve got on some shoes with decent tread. Flip flops won’t cut it.
-Bring your own water. (hey man, you’re going to get thirsty!)
-There is lifting and bending, so consider that when you sign up. (Although you could stand and tape bags up if that’s a problem.)
-Super bonus: You are guaranteed to have a warm fuzzy feeling of a job well done that you are free to take home with you and enjoy for days to come.
Do it – it won’t kill you.
In March of 2017 with the help of
Life Austin, from Austin,TX and New Life, from Alamo, CA we completed a new home for a deserving family.
Click the link above to enjoy a video of this journey!
OTHER NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.....
Would you like to be baptized? Paula in the office is taking names for the next Baptism Class. Call Paula today! 4033-8349 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday School Teachers!
Do you want to be a part of our team of Sunday School Teachers? Call Paula and let her know. 4033-8349 or email her at email@example.com
English Class Schedule
Monday July 17th starts the new eight week session. Spread the word to your Tico and Nico friends! Also, consider being a teacher this time. Talk to Vivian Gonzales (firstname.lastname@example.org) about volunteering.
Clases de Inglés (Programa Manos de Esperanza)
Modulo 3: Inicia 17 Julio... Finaliza 11 Septiembre
Modulo 4: Inicia 25 Septiembre... Finaliza 15 Noviembre
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