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Why Easter Buckets?

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Starting this Sunday, you will notice blue Easter buckets in your Sunday School classes and in the Gathering Place.  

Why are we asking every church member to bless their neighbors with blue buckets? 

 

I’m a guy.  I get it.  But I did this last year, and it worked, so I’m glad to answer: 

 

Unified efforts like this make an impact.

 

  Last year, we gave out almost 1,000 buckets to area neighbors and businesses.  I personally took some Gatorade to a neighbor working in the yard.  I thought it might be  awkward, but it wasn't. In fact, it was easy!  I ended up having a great conversation and inviting my neighbor to church for Easter Sunday.  I have every intention of repeating and expanding the invites this year.  The blue bucket helped me break the ice and open a door!

 

Shandon member Hilary Dickerson made this "bubble bath" bucket last year to invite a friend to Easter services at Shandon.
(via Instagram)

 

I wasn’t the only one who had success last year, and I want you to know what others experienced.  Starting this Sunday, you will see various examples of how others used the Easter buckets to bless their neighbors.  Feel free to copy them  or use them as  inspiration to try something else.  

 

IT'S EASY!

Step 1:  Pick up a Bucket and an Easter Invite card from the Gathering Place.

Step 2:  Choose someone to bless and fill your bucket with treats.

Step 3:  Give your bucket to your neighbor, and invite them to celebrate Easter at Shandon.

 

About a month ago, we finished Tell Someone, a 3-week series on how to love our neighbors. Let’s circle back to the 3-2-1 Challenge we issued to our church: In the weeks leading up to Easter, pray for three neighbors, invite two neighbors, and tell one person about Jesus. 

Those three challenges remain, and the Easter Bucket Outreach is a fun tool for accomplishing part two. 

We have an action-packed and exciting month ahead as we welcome George Wright on Palm Sunday and celebrate  Easter with a community Egg Hunt, The Eucharist, and 4 Easter weekend worship services! (Get the scoop here.)

Let's get the word out to those who need to hear about Jesus and be encouraged by the truth of the Gospel! 

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2017 Short Term Mission Trips

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I'm so excited about the doors God has opened this year for our church to participate in spreading the gospel in our country and around the world!

 

At this past Sunday's Missions Fair (February 5), 90 of you indicated an interest in a particular trip...I was blown away by your rapid response to the call be "sent" and your eagerness to learn more. I have no doubt that God is going to use your willing hearts and the sacrifice of your time and resources to further His kingdom as we are willing to go. 

If you weren't here on Sunday, or if you just didn't have a chance to indicate an interest, the 2017 short-term mission trip opportunities are now available and you can submit an interest form below. We'll be in touch with more details! 

 

2017 SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS

 

ATLANTA, GA  

TRIP 1: College Ministry
Team Leader:  Billy Judge
Trip Dates: May 14-20, 2017
Approximate Cost:  $440/person
Team Size:  15-20
Description:  The team will partner with the North American Mission Board in outreach efforts to the large and growing refugee population in Atlanta, GA.

 

TRIP 2: Adults
Team Leader:  TBA
Trip Dates: Fall 2017
Approximate Cost:  $440/person
Team Size:  10-15
Description:  The team will partner with the North American Mission Board in outreach efforts to the large and growing refugee population in Atlanta, GA.

 

BOSTON, MA

Team Leader:  Brandon Petersen
Trip Dates: June 8-11, 2017
Approximate Cost: $775/person
Team Size: 10-15 
Description:  The team will assist our church plant partner, Encounter Church, with community outreach efforts and events.

 

NICARAGUA

Team Leader:  Greg Abrams
Trip Dates: June 10-17, 2017
Approximate Cost: $1,540/person
Team Size: 10-15 
Description:  The team will assist our longtime missions partner, Chosen Children Ministries, with a Bible club for children and other evangelistic efforts. 

 

HAITI

TRIP 1
Team Leader:  Buster Whitlock
Trip Dates: July 22-29, 2017
Approximate Cost: $1,450/person
Team Size: 15 
Description:  We're partnering with Disciples' Village to take the  love and truth of Jesus to one of the poorest countries in the world. 

 

TRIP 2
Team Leader:  TBA
Trip Dates: Fall  2017
Approximate Cost: $1,450/person
Team Size: 10-15 
Description:  We're partnering with Disciples' Village to take the  love and truth of Jesus to one of the poorest countries in the world. 

 

GULF COAST, USA

Team Leader:  Scott Lee
Trip Dates: August 2017
Approximate Cost: $550/person
Team Size: 60
Description:  This is a "music and missions" trip. Our team will lead worship in a couple of churches and work alongside local missions organizations. Membership in the choir is not required; however participation  in rehearsals is  needed.

 

CUBA

Team Leader: Dennis Banks
Trip Dates:  November 2-9, 2017
Approximate Cost: $1,650/person
Team Size: 10-15
Description: With travel recently being reopened to Americans, we're excited to have this opportunity  to reach out to Cubans in partnership with Rob White Ministries.

 


APPALACHIA, USA

Team Leader:  David Taylor
Trip Dates: Fall 2017
Approximate Cost: $550/person
Team Size: 10-15
Description: The team will partner with the North American Mission Board to minister to communities that have been thrust into extreme poverty, both financially and spiritually.

 


READY TO LEARN MORE?

Let us know which trip(s) you're interested in, and we'll be in touch with more information!

 

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