Calling Used/Broken CellPhones!
Bet someone you know hasa broken or old cell phone,laptop computer, iPod, Wii, Xbox, Play Stationor GameCube stashed in adrawer gathering dust andtaking up room. Did youknow that people changecell phones on averageevery 18 months? Peopleare increasingly mindfulthat discarded electronicequipment pollutes theenvironment. A betteralternative for unusedor broken equipment isrecycling. Maybe yourteam can sponsor a drivein your congregation.Collect all you can andgive them to your sta member from InterfaithCarePartners. Tey will berecycled. Te environment will be protected. Yourteam will be publicizedin the congregation. Teproceeds will benet ourcaregiving programs.Everybody wins, includingMother Nature. About1,350 phones have beenrecycled already.
When I was a child beingraised in a Baptist home, now many decades ago, much of our family liferevolved around church. Services were Sunday morning and eveningand Wednesday night, visitationon Tursday, in addition to specialchildren and youth activities,including Vacation Bible School inthe summer. Once or twice yearly evangelistic meetings lasting a week or more helped to ll in the churchyear. Many of these aspects of church life have disappeared withthe passage of time.Te term ‘revival’ that was used for theSpring and Fall evangelistic meetings was a bitmisleading. I even remember that these meetingsoften were held in tents erected on vacant lots.I cannot recall if sawdust covered the ground,but it probably did. A visiting preacher calledthe ‘lost’ to repent and believe. He summonedfaithful ‘backsliders’ (some of you will know thisterm) to a more obedient and fervent faith. Teprimary purpose of these services was to convertpeople to faith. If believers were energized or‘revived’ in the process, that was a bonus.Maybe it is time for your Care eam
tohave a Fall Revival. Has membership fallen? Hasattendance at meetings waned? Has enthusiasmsagged? Has the team’s ‘get-up-and-go’ ‘got-up-and-gone’? Have team members becomecare partners in the passage of time? If so, itis past time to develop a campaign to recruitnew members and energize or ‘revive’ current
Old Time Religion in the Fall
members. Fall is a good timefor these renewal activities. Startnow to plan a campaign. Enlistthe help of your sta person fromInterfaith CarePartners.I remember dierenttechniques to ll the pews duringrevival meetings. Members would commit, for example,to ‘pack the pew.’ Tis meantthat they would be responsiblefor getting enough people to aservice to ll one or more pews.Maybe team members can bechallenged to recruit one or morefriends to the team as part of the campaign.Posters nailed to telephone poles were usedto publicize the revival services. Maybe teammembers can develop a publicity blitz in thecongregation’s media for a month or quarter.Personal testimonies of how faith made lifemore meaningful summoned the faithless to anew beginning. Maybe team members can tellhow they have been blessed by the care partnersthey have served.I tend to be very pragmatic when itcomes to strategies to keep a Care eam strongor to rebuild one. Whatever works is a rightcourse! Look at your team. How is it doing? Isthere need for growth or recharge? If so, investsome time in the remaining weeks of summerto plan an eective and uplifting campaign toimplement in the Fall. Make it fun and makeit inviting. Your success will bless you and yourcare partners.Does your current or former employer have a program that supports your volunteerrole with Interfaith CarePartners? ExxonMobil VIP Program and Chevron Humankind,for example, honor the volunteer service of employees and retirees, as well as their spouses,by making grants to the charity upon request by the employee, retiree, or spouse. ChevronHumankind will donate $500 for 20 hours and $1,000 for 40 hours annually for retirees andemployees. It also will match 1:1 nancial gifts of employees up to $5,000 annually and upto $2,000 for retirees. ExxonMobil VIP grants $500 for every 20 hours of individual service with a cap to the charity of $5,000 annually. eams of 5 employees, retirees, and spouses canrequest a grant for every 20 hours of collective time with a cap of $10,000 annually. If theseopportunities apply to you, please make a grant request for Interfaith CarePartners. Teseprograms are a wonderful and easy way for a company to honor your service and help thecaregiving programs of Interfaith CarePartners to remain strong and grow.
Time Can Be Money