SHARE Tree Recap

We are very proud to round out the Christmas giving season with our SHARE Trees! This year, Woodcreek families, groups, and individuals took 641 tags off of the four trees that represented BEST, Forman Elementary School, Refugee ministries and Network Community Ministries. Each one of these ministries was able to take the items collected and use them into minister to the community in their own unique ways. BEST distributed their donated items with a “You’ve Got Mail” theme where students learned about writing thank you notes and mailing and receiving packages. Forman items filled a Christmas Store where the Children used school created money that was earned from work in their classes to buy gifts for their parents. For The Nations items also filled a Christmas Store where low-income shoppers purchased items for pennies on the dollar while our Bhutanese Garden ministry provided gifts to the children of the Bhutanese Church that partners with Woodcreek. Lastly, Network used the food boxes collected to provide food for seniors during this holiday season. Thank you to all who participated in the SHARE Trees this year as you can see you were a blessing to... Read more

Barefoot

By Nita Thomason “Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees takes off his shoes; The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning Today God opened a door inviting Paul, Nece and me to take off our shoes and see Him working through His people, His church… through us. He invited us to glimpse His garden and taste delicious, goose-bump-tingling sweet fruit. Our adventure began at “For the Nations” refugee outreach. We hugged old friends and made new acquaintances – Sudanese, Iraqis, Ethiopians, Muslims, Coptics, Christians. We listened to the Bible read with many accents. We watched as the students studied from ESL books. We heard about an apartment scam charging unfair fees. We saw young missionaries welcome, teach, and help their students – refugees from Africa, Asian and the Middle East. We marveled at their loving community. Then, we headed off for lunch at the Buddhist Temple. As we sat in the tea room waiting for the cafeteria line to open, the cell phone rang and an unknown number flashed on the screen. The caller was identified as a priest from the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany and began to tell about a dream for a garden for Burmese refugees in the Vickery Meadow area. Rebecca Walls, through the Unite network, connected the caller and our trio of listeners – undoubtedly God’s timing. The plan involved tearing up a concrete parking lot, building a fence, preparing garden plots and partnering with Vickery Baptist, New Life Lakewood, Watermark and other churches to be identified by God. $500... Read more