Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Curate: A Creative Women's Ministry Event

You are invited to join our new
Women’s Creative Ministry
Friday, July 24th at 6:00 
This ministry’s mission is to provide a
Christ-centered gathering where
women can bond with other women
while creating fun and creative pieces. 

Curate embraces a variety of mediums
and projects, all the while creating a
great environment to fellowship
and build community. 

This first event’s art supplies will be
provided. We simply ask that you bring
 a $10 donation.  Our hope is that in
the future, Curate will be city-wide, 
reaching women throughout
Birmingham while providing creative,
Gospel-driven experiences in their lives. 

3600 3rd Avenue South Birmingham AL 35222

Monday, July 20, 2015

What Do We Do With 1000+ Volunteers From 16 States?

Since June 1, we have had over 1000 volunteers from as far as Wisconsin come to serve with us to improve living conditions in Birmingham. These groups work in gardens, build houses, organize the warehouse, sort food, create new ministry opportunities, work with our partners in day camps, and spend time getting to know our city and the people in it.

Each week stories come back into the office from teams working out in the communities and it is great to hear how God is working through all of these different people. Often the groups coming to serve are impacted in ways they didn't expect and make lifelong friendships, grow closer in their relationship with Christ, and learn new skills like framing a house, using a hammer properly, hanging sheetrock, or picking vegetables for the first time. Tired, laughing, and joyful faces leave us and our staff is blessed by these groups coming to serve with us. 

Here are some of the great groups who have come this summer.

2nd Presbyerian Memphis TN
El Bethel, MD 

Liberty Crossings, Birmingham, AL

Mt. Zion Baptist, KY

Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Vestavia, AL
Regions Bank, Birmingham, AL
St. Luke's Episcopal, Mountain Brook, AL
A Note From Tracy Hipps

The Lord's Prayer
Matt 6:10 Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

God is so amazing to listen to prayers offered up to Him on behalf of others. I have seen amazing things happen for those we term " the least of these".  For the last 13 years, I have had the opportunity to mobilize hundreds of churches to serve people that have great needs. I have seen the power of God move in people's hearts to extend their gifts of time, talent, and resources to help those in need. Many of you have been a part of those projects that lead to a lasting relationship for all involved. We call them Grace Makeovers and I am so excited to see the hand of God moving again and again. This month we have seen families moved to help and share with others in need through our Housing Ministry.

Wells Fargo gave us a house and now we have a family that needs a place to live while we build them a new one with one of our partners. The family has been living in the home with a tree that had fallen on it during the 2011 tornadoes. They were hopeless but kept praying that God would send help. They had a house and God has made a way for all of this to happen and now churches are stepping up to make this house a home. We sat with this family and their pastor a few weeks ago and God is using this in the life of their church.  God is still in the miracle business and we get to see and experience it firsthand when we serve the least of these.  Come join in on the fun and see lives changed through housing.