Good News Spring 2016

by Shannon McAllister on March 15, 2016

Happy New Year! 2016 is already moving quickly by and I hope it has started off well for all of you. The year has started with several new challenges at The John 3:16 Center. However, God has led us to excellent alternative plans and again demonstrated how many of His people are prepared to step up and help when we ask. That is something that I have had to learn: to ask for help when it is needed. It is all too easy to try to keep struggling to do things on one’s own…when asking for assistance could make the task simple.

We asked for your help many times last year and have been so grateful for your responsiveness. God has used all of you in some way to meet the needs of the children and families served through The John 3:16 Center in the last year. Thank you to those of you who attended our fundraising banquet, sponsored events and/or Camp J316, assisted with Christmas Outreach, contributed in other ways, volunteered, and prayed! Without you, we would not have been able to accomplish what we have, nor been able to consider more.

We asked for your help many times last year and have been so grateful for your responsiveness. God has used all of you in some way to meet the needs of the children and families served through The John 3:16 Center in the last year. Thank you to those of you who attended our fundraising banquet, sponsored events and/or Camp J316, assisted with Christmas Outreach, contributed in other ways, volunteered, and prayed! Without you, we would not have been able to accomplish what we have, nor been able to consider more.

You have many opportunities to participate at The John 3:16 Center this year; upcoming activities are highlighted in successive pages and we look forward to sharing even more with you as plans finalize for other services and events. GED classes have begun again! This is exciting because Halifax Community College reduced the number of satellite sites for these classes last year. A generous donor made it possible for us to add this to our budget and several students have already begun to make progress.

If you are interested in deeper involvement, your skills and experience would be appreciated as a volunteer: helping with an event, joining a board committee, driving the after-school van once a week, volunteering to help with administrative tasks, landscaping, gardening, and much more. We would love to have more members of the community engaged and sharing in both the effort and the sense of fulfillment as we reach out to children and their families with the love of Christ.

On page 3, you will see information regarding a new position, funded through a designated donation for 1 year. This is such a blessing and we look forward to working with the fund development manager we hire to enhance our communication with donors, evaluate fundraisers, and find ways to fund programs that will engage and enrich the lives of those served. Please pray with us that God leads the right person to the job and that it helps create additional, effective means of service.

Our annual golf tournament is quickly approaching; this is always a fun event and we would love to have you participate. If you enjoy playing, start working on getting your team together and take advantage of the reduced rate for early registration! Also, consider purchasing a ticket from Lakeland Theatre and Cultural Arts Center for the Lakeland CAREs event on April 15; they always do a wonderful job of gathering local performers. We are working with our after-school children to prepare a few songs as well. Oh…and for our supporters who ride motorcycles; if you missed the Ride for us last year, there will be another opportunity this year. The date and other details will soon be announced!

Thank you for taking time to read this and to look through our newsletter each quarter. Working and praying together, we will make positive changes in our community and beyond. God truly provides through His people and we are grateful to have so many of you involved.

You have many opportunities to participate at The John 3:16 Center this year; upcoming activities are highlighted in successive pages and we look forward to sharing even more with you as plans finalize for other services and events. GED classes have begun again! This is exciting because Halifax Community College reduced the number of satellite sites for these classes last year. A generous donor made it possible for us to add this to our budget and several students have already begun to make progress.

If you are interested in deeper involvement, your skills and experience would be appreciated as a volunteer: helping with an event, joining a board committee, driving the after-school van once a week, volunteering to help with administrative tasks, landscaping, gardening, and much more. We would love to have more mem-bers of the community engaged and sharing in both the effort and the sense of fulfillment as we reach out to children and their families with the love of Christ.

On page 3, you will see information regarding a new position, funded through a designated donation for 1 year. This is such a blessing and we look forward to working with the fund development manager we hire to enhance our communication with donors, evaluate fundraisers, and find ways to fund programs that will engage and enrich the lives of those served. Please pray with us that God leads the right person to the job and that it helps create additional, effective means of service.

Our annual golf tournament is quickly approaching; this is always a fun event and we would love to have you participate. If you enjoy playing, start working on getting your team together and take advantage of the reduced rate for early registration! Also, consider purchasing a ticket from Lakeland Theatre and Cultural Arts Center for the Lakeland CAREs event on April 15; they always do a wonderful job of gathering local performers. We are working with our afterschool children to prepare a few songs as well. Oh…and for our supporters who ride motorcycles; if you missed the Ride for us last year, there will be another opportunity this year. The date and other details will soon be announced!

Thank you for taking time to read this and to look through our newsletter each quarter. Working and praying together, we will make positive changes in our community and beyond. God truly provides through His people and we are grateful to have so many of you involved.

In Christ,
Shannon McAllister

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