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Hello from Rhonda!
After Hurricane Harvey, a good friend of my sister-in-law organized a truck full of supplies to be sent to Cornerstone, which we distributed. It was a blessing to give out box fans, dehumidifiers, shovels, bleach, etc. to families in immediate need of supplies. Sarah Joy Hays is a single working mom who rallied to meet the needs of the south Louisiana floods of 2016, and subsequently started the Foot Above Foundation which is once again striving to meet the great need in wake of Laura.
Sarah Joy, who lives in Baton Rouge, is working with the church in which she grew up just outside of Lake Charles, and they are trying to meet the needs of at least 55 families. She is focusing on families with babies first, one of which was born via C section last Tuesday.
My goal is to fill up as many pick-up trucks (or larger) in Katy/Houston that we can and have a caravan drive supplies to Moss Bluff this Friday, or possibly Saturday. If we gather enough items, and you have a truck and are willing to make a trek to Moss Bluff, let me know!
If you are not in Houston, and want to send gift cards or donations directly to Foot Above Foundation to purchase items from local stores there, visit the Foot Above website. You will see several ways to donate, including an Amazon wish list, and can find more information.
Immediate needs include:
Size 1 and size 6 diapers (but any size will be helpful)
Gift cards from Sam’s, WalMart, Target, Kroger, gas stations, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Stine’s, Albertson’s, and Dominoes, McDonald’s, Cane’s, and Waffle House are open generators
fire ant poison
dawn dish soap
trash bags (contractor or giant leaf-heavy duty)
oil for generators
AC window units
non perishable foods easily prepared without electricity
single serving items or resealable (humidity)
If you want to purchase an item to be taken to Louisiana, you can drop it off at my house.
Grace & peace,
We received the following news this morning:
The million and a half boxes designated for Texas were over-extended across the state, and no one let Dennis Turnipseed know until today. Dennis is the Executive Director of Eyes On Me [who has done so much wonderful work in Houston, and who has been working with the distribution of the Farmers to Families boxes]. The good news is that no produce has gone to waste, but that also means we have no choice but to push pause on the “Farmers to Families” neighbor outreach.
So the Farmers to Families is “on hold” for now. Be on the lookout for future announcements. Hopefully, next time we will be better prepared to respond.
As part of the USDA’s $3 billion program to help our farmers by buying meat, dairy and fresh produce to give away, we have a wonderful opportunity to share God’s riches with our neighbors. On June 12th, boxes of fresh produce will be available to be distributed by Katy-area churches. All the costs of this program are being paid by the USDA; the food is free to us. Inserts can be added Inside these boxes to share the Good News of Jesus and provide helpful aids for people struggling in their homes.
This effort in the Katy area is being organized by the affiliation of 30 or so churches in Christ Together Katy. Kingsland Baptist and The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch are the main organizers.
We are free to request as many boxes of food as we would like! There is no reasonable limit. The picture shows what will be in each box. A box will contain bags of potatoes, onions, oranges, apples, carrots and dried beans. This food is not just for the needy, although those are among our highest priority. This program was designed to help our farmers, and we can all join in doing that by getting a box for ourselves. Our main emphasis will be for Cornerstone congregants to distribute food boxes to their neighbors.
There are three groups that Cornerstone is targeting for this food:
- Cornerstone members for themselves and their neighbors
- Memorial Parkway residents
- Cosecha de Vida members and friends
Cornerstone congregants will need to place your orders with Debi Barrett (email@example.com) for the number of boxes that you want for you and your neighbors, by Friday, June 5th, for pick up in the Cornerstone parking lot on the 12th.
For Memorial Parkway residents and Cosecha de Vida, a website will be set-up, KatyFoodBox.com, for people to reserve however many boxes of food they want. Friday, June 12 is when the boxes of food will be available for pick-up at Kingsland Baptist and Powerhouse Church.
A lot of details are being worked out at this time. Updates will be posted on the Cornerstone website as we learn more. A really fast turnaround for all of this to get done, a God-sized task for which He is able.
As part of the USDA’s $3 billion program to help our farmers by buying meat, dairy and fresh produce to give away, we have a wonderful opportunity to share God’s riches with our neighbors. On June 12th, boxes of fresh produce will be available to be distributed by Katy-area churches, including Cornerstone congregants.
We are free to request as many boxes of food as we would like! There is no reasonable limit. A box will contain bags of potatoes, onions, oranges, apples, carrots and dried beans. Our main emphasis will be for Cornerstone congregants to distribute food boxes to their neighbors,
Cornerstone members will need to place your orders with Debi Barrett for the number of boxes that you want for yourself and your neighbors, by Friday, June 5th, for pick up at the Cornerstone parking lot on the 12th.
Details are still being worked out at this time. Updates will be posted on the Cornerstone website as we learn more.
Stuck at home with not much to do? Then join us for the virtual CM Volunteer Training on Monday & Tuesday, April 27 & 28 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. While this training is intended for volunteers who work directly with our children, there is great benefit for our general volunteers to participate in the training as well. Do you know what our emergency response plans are? How about where all the fire extinguishers are located? What would you do if there was a child stranded on campus? Did you know we are working on policies for families with special needs or possibly in crisis? Now that your schedule is freed up during the Stay Home Work Safe mandate, it is the perfect time to participate in this training!
Contact Carol Kutzer at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. She will send you all the materials you will need for reference and the Zoom link needed to participate.
Baby Jarvis has arrived!!! Praise the Lord for this special delivery. Please click the link if you are able to provide meals for the family. Contact Becky Yuvancic with any questions you might have. Thank you for serving!
Click hear to sign up.
The schedule for Sunday Morning Children’s Ministry volunteers is almost complete. We still need an additional 5 volunteers to fill up all the vacant slots. Please prayerfully consider volunteering once next quarter. Contact Carol Kutzer at 281-579-1080 or info@CornerstoneKaty.org.
We kicked off this year’s food drive a little later than in years past. Please be sure to CLICK HERE and select “Feeding B4 Feasting” and sign up for the food items you would like to bring and maybe sign up to help with wrapping or sorting. Items are due by November 17.
The purpose of Feeding B4 Feasting is to provide Thanksgiving meals for the hungry before we enjoy our own feasts. And this is Cornerstone’s 13th year to host this food drive. We will accept donations through November 17. Our goal is to put together 16 boxed Thanksgiving meals. Please consider helping in the following ways:
- Sign up to bring menu items by visiting: https://signup.com/go/GCzZqnE and clicking on “Feeding B4 Feasting 2019”
- You may leave your donations in the red barrel in Carol’s office.
- In lieu of providing food, consider donating money a gift card from Kroger.
- Write a letter or prayer to the family who will receive the meal.
- Include a favorite recipe with all the ingredients with a special note as to why it’s a family tradition.
- Pray for the families receiving the meals.
- Help sort, pack, shop and deliver food on Monday, November 18 at 9:00 a.m.
- Help wrap the boxes on Tuesday, November 12 at 1:00 p.m.
The CSCK families will spend one Sunday morning in November decorating boxes and writing letters and prayers to the families receiving the boxed meals.
This year our Feeding B4 Feasting ministry is supporting a different organization. We are happy to announce we will be distributing the boxed meals between Memorial Parkway Elementary, MP Junior High and Taylor High School. What a great way to serve our neighbors!
Be prepared to serve our children and youth when needed and make Cornerstone a safe, welcoming and nurturing environment. Saturday, October 26 at 9:00AM. Lunch and childcare will be provided.