In May, The Vine Church held a food drive for Nourishing Network, a program through the Foundation for Edmonds Schools which provides weekend meals for students in the district who are struggling with homelessness and hunger. The drive was greatly successful and the program was greatly supported by our efforts. Without much prompting, donations continued to accrue in the green donation bins over the summer, and they had to be emptied and transported several times. Thank you, church! If you would like to continue donating, Nourishing Network is in need of canned pasta and meat (ravioli, spaghetti), canned chicken and tuna, and juice boxes. Snack items such as granola bars are not in demand currently but may be again in the future.
This summer, Nourishing Network also served summer meals at three sites in Edmonds School District Monday thru Thursday from June 25 to August 24. Children up to age 18 were provided with free sack lunches prepared by FareStart, a rehabilitative program. Generally the meals included a fresh fruit or vegetable, a protein or dairy, and a grain item. Children were also provided with a pint of milk.
The three sites also provided enrichment activities: organized games by Move60 and educational activities by community members.
A few members of our church regularly volunteered, and the consensus was that it was an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Stephanie Ross, who volunteered once a week, “felt honored to cherish these children with three hours of supervision and food in a safe environment.” Heidi Bleeker and her three children served at a site once a week as well, for which she shared, “The opportunity to practice selflessness, kindness, patience and love towards the kids at Summer Meals has been an amazing gift.” Thank you for your service to this program, all who contributed time and effort!
Heading into the school year, weekend meals will resume and a few new pilot programs will begin. Educational assistance and tutoring will also be provided. Nourishing Network is running pop-up pantries and toiletry pantries for students in the district who are in need.
That being said, there are many ways to help serve our community! The Vine will continue to help pack weekend meals once every other month, generally on Tuesday nights.
If you have availability and a desire to serve, consider daytime help with the pantry on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Additionally, drivers are needed on Thursdays to help deliver weekend meals to individual schools.
If you can help, please email email@example.com and you will be connected to the respective coordinator. Thank you!
Children’s Ministry at the Vine is continuing to grow and change. Addie Gerlach was brought on staff in February and is overseeing curriculum, volunteer schedules, and communication. We are concluding The Gospel Project story cycle and will soon begin again in Genesis.
In May we are running a food drive for Nourishing Network in Edmonds School District, a charitable program bringing food to homeless and at-risk youth in the district. The Vine Children’s classrooms will be raising money and asking for donations of non-perishable food items such as canned chili, fruit snacks, shelf-stable milk, and granola bars. As the school year winds down, we also hope that families will consider continuing to serve our community by volunteering at the Nourishing Network summer meals. More info here: https://foundationesd.org/nourishing-network/
Although it still occasionally snows, summer is right around the corner.
The Vine will not be hosting a VBS as in years past; we hope to be a support in being Christ to others. Consider attending and serving at a local VBS at one of your neighborhood churches, or churches such as:
Kenmore Community Church (http://kenmorechurch.org/)
Families in our church will also host and lead Backyard Bible Club, a neighborhood event to connect with the people already around us.
Using an outline of story ideas, crafts, snacks, and games, Backyard Bible Club will introduce our God to others through Exodus 34:6—“The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty.”
Chat with friends and team up to lead a BYBC at your home or a neighborhood park. Curriculum and supplies will be provided, and support from Children’s Staff is available if needed. If you’re interested, please let Addie know at firstname.lastname@example.org
In Children’s Ministry at The Vine, our hope is that we would come alongside parents and families in supporting children’s love and knowledge of Jesus and His Word and are grateful that you entrust your children to our care week in and week out during the service.