Twenty for Twenty

6 Down, 10 Planned, 4 to Go!

Here we are, approximately halfway through our (self-imposed) 20For20 Time Frame to celebrate our congregation’s twentieth anniversary. Last year, United in Faith’s Church Council and Ministry Directors embarked on an ambitious plan to implement twenty community projects in order to celebrate our twenty years of ministry at United in Faith. The goal has been to build relationships with other community organizations, bless nonprofits doing great work, and learn more about the surrounding community. Each 20For20 project has been tailored to the organization(s) we are partnering with. All of them have given us opportunity to meet and support many great local organizations.

So far, we have completed 6 of 20 “20For20” projects, with at least 6 more that are well underway.

We are still seeking 4-8 more 20For20 projects, so please talk to Pastor Carla if you need more information.

Do you know of a local organization that we can help to support and bless through our small opportunities for community interaction? What do you hope our congregation’s Twentieth Anniversary legacy will be as we look back from the future? We would like to complete these by the end of October 2018 (if possible). Please share any ideas you may have with us!

SIX 20for20 PROJECTS COMPLETED:

9/23/17 – Lifesource Blood Drive at UIF

10/8/17 – Reformation 500 Book Fair - @ Bethesda Home

11/4/17 – Veterans Salute – with Chicago Public Library, American Legion, and Portage Park Chamber of Commerce

11/28/17 - Jimmy John Fundraiser Two-Fer - benefiting NorthWest Side Housing Center and St. Cyprian’s volunteers

2/10/18 – Winter Farmers Market @ UIF with Faith In Place

4/2018 - NVAM Spring Ice Breaker – Sponsored 5 Veterans to attend this celebration of veterans and veteran art at Copernicus Center

TEN 20for20 PROJECTS ARE IN THE WORKS OR ALREADY ENVISIONED

  • OLIVE’S NEIGHBORHOOD GARDEN – relocating bee habitat garden. Work days are not scheduled yet. We will support the creation of their new bee garden with funds for donation of plants and people power to help ready the space. Current garden is at Laramie & Ainslie, but moving to Laramie & Gunnison. Lead person: Pam Marino.
  • WRIGHT COLLEGE – in May – provide some fun items for end of finals (maybe some purchased food as well). Lead person: Dave Quillin
  • YOUTH OUTREACH SERVICES – not scheduled – GSTM plans to host a meal/reception for YOS staff at Irving & Narragansett in order to begin a relationship and see if we can mutually support one another’s work in this neighborhood. Lead person: Carolyn Doughty.
  • MARYVILLE CRISIS NURSERY – not scheduled – painting a hallway in their building at Irving Park & Oak Park. Lead person: Terrie Miller.
  • CENTRAL BAPTIST VILLAGE – not scheduled – hosting a party for a special event (possibly this could be an intentionally intergenerational get-together). Lead person: Nancy Ciecko.
  • LSSI REFUGEE FAMILY – details are still not fleshed out, but we hope to have information soon. lead person: Jeff Jewell
  • SWOBODA DEAF CENTER (initial contact made)
  • LYDIA HOME
  • PORTAGE PARK FARMERS MARKET (idea sharing is in the works)
  • PORTAGE PARK SENIOR CENTER (initial contact made)

--->> AN IDEA CHALLENGE FOR YOU <<---

The Big Question – what will the other seven 20For20’s be? Do you know of a local organization that we can help to support and bless through our small opportunities for community interaction? What other organizations do you think we should be involved with in the next year of 20For20 projects? What organizations serve our neighbors and support the community every day that we could partner with intentionally during 2018? What do you hope our congregation’s Twentieth Anniversary legacy will be as we look back from the future?

For more information, feel free to contact Pastor Carla, Nancy Ciecko, Katie Jewell, or Dave Quillin.

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