Summer 2016 Outreach: ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE: lovin’ His Community
In lieu of a full week of VBS this year we are lovin’ on our community: Sundays, June 5 & 12 we gathered in the fellowship hall for songs, skits, games and lunch then both Sundays went to Alden Estates to build a raised garden for the residents, played Bingo and spent time building relationships with them. We are partnering with Compass Church to make bookends for students at Scott School and on Tuesdays, July 12 & August 9 will be having a “BBQ and Books” event with the students. On August 27th we will have our 2nd Annual Garage Sale . Proceeds going to Lycee Vanette school for girls in the Congo and for Scott School’s reading program. Our last event of the summer will be a “Celebration” on Sunday, September 11th with an outside worship, picnic and FUN!
Bridge Communities addresses the needs of the homeless in DuPage County. NECC has and continues to partner with Bridge Communities with a number of projects including refurbishing and restoring some of their Learning Resource Centers and serving as tutors to students. NECC is also working with Bridge Communities in their Transitional Housing Project in furnishing an apartment and sponsoring / mentoring a Bridge family.
Alden Care Center
Alden Nursing Home in Naperville – We provide a Sunday morning worship service for the residents every Sunday, 9 – 10:30 AM. Please visit us. Click here for more information.
Feed My Starving Children
Each year we serve at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora, IL. FMSC is a non-profit organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. Volunteers hand-pack meals specifically for malnourished children that is shipped to 70 countries around the world. Click here to learn more about FMSC.
Loaves and Fishes
Loaves & Fishes, which serves approximately 600 families each week, distributes over 60,000 pounds of groceries with a network of over 1000 volunteers to collect, sort and stock their shelves. NECC is part of that network. The second Sunday of each month we collect items for L&F with a specific emphasis each month; paper products, baby products, breakfast/lunch items, cleaning and health supplies, canned and dry products and baking products. www.loaves-fishes.org
In a city like Naperville it’s not very often that we truly experience hunger. The next meal is almost always just a few hours away, and there is usually a snack in-between. The 30-hour famine is a perfect opportunity to teach our youth that they have the opportunity to use being blessed by living in America, and to learn that there is need beyond themselves. We spend the 30-hours not simply not eating, but we take this time to learn about the needs of others, and then we take it one step further, and instead of just learning about it, we do something about it! We pack food for needy families in Africa, we go to a local food pantry, and sort food to be distributed in the area, we do a road rally of mini-missions, and play lots of fun games that get us in touch with the reality of starvation in our world. We all start the day thinking there is no way we can do it, and by the end we see how God did it, and we are amazed by His loving touch. The 30-hour famine is usually in early March. Click here for more about 30-hour Famine.