Thanks to everyone who came out to our Saturday night Block Party event at Marnelle Mobile Home Park. It was a bit chilly, but we still had a great time of fellowship with about 40 kids and adults.
In addition to serving hot dogs and hamburgers, we had a good game of football going on, as well as a craft table where the younger kids made a Thanksgiving craft to take home. Thanks again to those who made the event a success.
Thanks to everyone who donated to our sock collection for the homeless. A group of 11 RHBC youth and adults made the trip up to Renaissance Park in Atlanta this afternoon to serve the homeless population there. We helped our friends at Kingdom Come Ministries with feeding, and handed out over 150 pairs of socks.
For the last several years the Youth Group has been making almost quarterly trips to Atlanta to serve the homeless; feeding and distributing much needed items such as clothing and hygiene products.
Thanks to everyone who donated to the emergency food collection for the Fayette Samaritans food pantry. We collected 1 1/2 bins of groceries, which were delivered today.
Over the last several months Fayette Samaritans has been doing their best to keep up with the need for groceries as area residents continue to cope with economic conditions. Our donation is helping them to meet that need.
Roger is a 50-something year old shut-in who lives in Haralson. He is legally blind and lives by himself in a mobile home that is in much need of repair, both inside and out. Although he tries his best to take care of things himself, he has not been able to stay on top of his yard work. Square Foot Ministries, one of our local organizations that has been helping Roger with repairs to his trailer, asked us if we could help with the outside work.
On Saturday, a squad of RHBC men (young and old) descended on Roger’s home with a tractor, bush hog, chain saws, mowers, and a myriad of yard tools and conducted our own version of “Yard Crashers.” After 2 hours of hard work, Roger’s yard was looking good as new. More importantly, we demonstrated to him through our work that GOD loves him.
Thanks to everyone who came out to support our worship service at Marnelle Mobile Home Park this past Sunday. It was a fun night of music, food, and fellowship with our new friends.
We had a great RHBC turnout; and although it started off slow, we ended up having a good amount of Marnelle residents join us, including about 20 kids who we kept busy playing football and soccer.
A special thanks to those who helped set up, slice watermelon, the band, and Drew Dobson for translating the message.
The youth group finished up their summer Monday Mission schedule this week when they invaded a local Peachtree City subdivision to collect food in support of needy families in Fayette County. All the food collected was donated to the Real Life Center in Tyrone to stock their food pantry. The food drive took place over two Mondays; the first to distribute fliers and donation bags, and the second to collect the filled bags.
The Real Life Center is a non-profit organization that exists to help individuals and families from all walks of life who are facing unanticipated challenges by giving them a means to cope with the financial, emotional, and spiritual hardships of life. On average, the Real Life Center distributes over 70,000 lbs of food items every year to families in Fayette County. For more information on the Real Life Center, visit their website.
The Youth Group, along with several adults from the congregation, travelled to downtown Atlanta to minister to approximately 100 homeless men and women. While there, the group witnessed to individuals, and handed out toiletry bags containing deodorant, a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and a wash cloth.
The Youth Group makes quarterly trips to Atlanta to serve the homeless; feeding and distributing much needed items such as clothing, hygiene products, and shoes.
VBS this week was a huge success! We had 58 kids register, and only 4 were no-shows. That’s 54 kids who heard about, felt, and saw the love of Christ in action this week.
Thank you to everyone who helped resource, set up, tear down, sing, cook, clean, teach, exercise, cool off, feed, register/account for, and entertain with crafts. I think that about covers everyone – it was truly an all-hands-on-deck affair. A special thanks to Renee for doing a phenomenal job planning and bringing everything – and everyone – together to make it all happen.
Topalli, his wife, and their 5 children are a local family struggling to make ends meet. They came to the US from Kosovo approximately 12 years ago, living in the Gwinnett area before coming to Fayette County. Topalli, who doesn’t speak English, has been unemployed for over a year, and his wife was recently laid off from her job cleaning houses due to a significant decrease in her company’s clients. The family is currently being supported by their 17 year old son who works at a local ice cream shop.
They do not have a car; their only mode of transportation is a golf cart. They attend a local Catholic church (due to proximity to their home), and have received threats from members of the local Muslim community because of that.
The family has received help from other local agencies, to include the Real Life Center, which has been supplying them with food. However, they still needed assistance paying their electric bill this month. Rolling Hills stepped up and took care of this need for them.
A group of RHBC-ers participated in a Team Casas build in Juarez, Mexico this past week. Team Casas is different from a normal church trip in that the team is comprised of individuals from across the country that work on a small house together. On this trip there were folks from Joplin, Missouri, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Indiana.
Despite the heat (every day over 100), the build went very smoothly and quickly and the family we built for was very happy with their new home.
Unfortunately, the bad press Mexico receives is continuing to take it’s toll on the Casas organization. They are projecting only 150 builds for this year for Juarez, Acuna and Guatemala combined. As a result, Casas has had to lay off five staff members, and the waiting list for homes now exceeds two years.
Please continue to pray for Mexico and the Casas por Cristo staff. They are hard workers who are faithfully serving in one of the most poverty stricken areas on our continent.