Good News Spring 2015

by Shannon McAllister on May 24, 2015


Spring has arrived! I love this time of year—seeing the plants begin to grow and bloom again, enjoying time in the warm sunshine, fishing (yes, I know you can fish when it’s cold…but I don’t!), starting a fruit & vegetable garden with our after-school children with the support of KIPP’s Youth of Extraordinary Spirits grant, and celebrating the Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He provides the purpose for all we do at The John 3:16 Center.

This time of year also brings sobering thoughts: April is Child Abuse Prevention month and we “planted” our pinwheel garden this year in memory of the 25 children who died at the hands of a parent or caregiver in 2013. There are links to more child abuse & neglect statistics as well as an online prevention training contained in this newsletter.

We have entered an extremely busy time of year. In the following pages, you’ll see information about: Volunteer Appreciation Day, GED classes, Kid’s Carnival, our Fundraising Golf Tournament and Yard Sale, and Camp J316! In addition, our new basketball posts are finally up, so we will be scheduling a meeting with those who want to play basketball here. We want to go over some rules of use and have them help put up the backboards, hoops, and nets. If you know someone who has been hoping we’d get our court set back up, have them contact us soon! I know there will be those who will want to have access after-hours through the summer—if you’re willing to volunteer to make this possible, let us know and we will schedule a training!

If you have volunteered at The John 3:16 Center in the past year, PLEASE come by for our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon 11am-1pm on April 17th. We hope we made you feel appreciated when you volunteered, but this is just another opportunity for us to serve you and express how grateful we are for your assistance, without which we would not be able to provide the services and opportunities that we currently do. Just let us know you plan to come by Wednesday evening, so that we can ensure we are prepared.

Thank you for all the support you provide to The John 3:16 Center. We appreciate the various forms of donations, acts of service—like the tree planted by the Gardening Club, and the prayers you offer up for us and those we serve. Please consider sponsoring a child for Camp J316, volunteering to help with one of our fundraisers, or enjoying some time on our playground and walking trail. Pray for us as we continue to serve God in this community.

In Christ,
Shannon McAllister

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