We are working closely with the International Institute in Southwest Missouri to support Afghan refugees coming to Springfield. Our task is to form a Community Sponsorship Group that will be connected with an individual or a family of Afghan refugees. The purpose of this group is to welcome the family to the community, to be there to help them integrate into the community, to help them understand and navigate Western culture, to be a support network for them as they will most likely not know anyone in the area. It is a six month commitment, but sometimes it lasts beyond that just because of the deep and meaningful relationships that are formed. The hope is to have a group formed and ready to welcome an individual or family as soon as November.
We as a church will be raising funds to help cover the cost of first month’s rent plus a deposit, as well as items that need to be purchased (or collected) to set up a home for the family unit. (The International Institute is finding housing for everyone, so that is not our responsibility.) We won’t have an official list until the Community Group is formed, but it will contain new or gently used household items like living room seating (enough for each member of the family), a table with enough chairs for each family member, kitchen utensils, dishes, cups, sheets, towels, cleaning supplies, stuff like that. Some from the team will stage the home and put everything in its place so the home is ready to welcome the family unit; some from the team will greet the family at the airport.
We are looking to form a community group of at least 10 people (we will be joining efforts with Trinity Presbyterian in the hopes of being able to sponsor at least two family units), but there are first steps that need to be taken by every member of the group in order for us to officially sign the contract with the International Institute of SWMO. These steps are:
1. Volunteer application:
Print off this volunteer application (or pick an application up in the Brentwood office), fill it out, include $10 for the background check fee (cash or check made out to International Institute) and mail it to 1114 E Commercial St (there is not a suite number as indicated on the form), 65803.
2. Volunteer Training:
Attend three volunteer zoom training sessions.
Here is the link to sign up to volunteer.
After clicking the link, enter your e-mail address and the options will appear on the next page. There are three offerings for each session, however at this point there is only one more offering of Session 1. If you can’t make the next offering of session 1 (it is this Thursday evening), it is ok to attend Sessions 2 and 3 first and then attend Session 1 the next time they offer options for it.
Once each person on our team has completed those steps, we will reach out to the International Institute to officially sign up as a community sponsorship team. Once it is official, we will be given a list of items that need to be rounded up while we wait to be connected with an individual or a family.
Thank you all for expressing an interest in this important work of showing love and welcome to our new Afghan neighbors. And please pass this information along to any others in the church or community that you think may be interested in being a part of this work. You are all so appreciated!
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Brentwood family and friends, we are excited to celebrate Emily’s twenty years of ministry at Brentwood this Sunday, Sept. 26, at 10:00 a.m.
Emily has meant so much to so many for so long, and we want to express our appreciation to her. We will present her with a gift from the church on Sunday during worship, and an outdoor reception in her honor will take place immediately after the worship service (we encourage you to bring a lawn chair for the reception).
Here’s how you can be involved:
- Bring a card that expresses your appreciation to Emily. For those who are able, we are encouraging you to bring a suggested gift of $20 or more along with your card, representing one dollar for each year that she has been in ministry at Brentwood. All of the gifts (cash or check) will be collected in a separate basket, and one check from the church will be written to Emily (this gives you the option to make your gift anonymously if you desire, separate from your card). Collectively, this will make for a gracious honorarium of appreciation given to her by participants in our church. If you aren’t able to attend this Sunday, you can mail your cards and gifts to the church (1900 E. Barataria, Springfield MO 65804).
- We are also encouraging people to honor Emily by making a suggested donation of at least $20 to the Springfield Cooperative Cold Weather Shelter fundraiser, which raises money to provide much-needed shelter during the winter months for those experiencing homelessness. This work is very close to the heart and ministry of Emily, and represents a way you can honor her ministry by giving toward something that is incredibly important to her. [Link to Donate]
We look forward to seeing you this Sunday, Sept. 26, at 10:00 a.m., as we celebrate Emily’s twenty years of ministry at Brentwood!
We are excited to welcome the No Reservations Food Trailer to Brentwood on Wednesday evenings! This is a great way for you to enjoy a meal with friends that also supports those experiencing housing insecurity in the Ozarks. So come on out to Brentwood on Wednesday evenings for great food that supports a great cause!
Hosting the No Reservations Food Trailer allows us to:
– Resume offering delicious meals on Wednesday evenings, all in a Covid safe environment
– Provide convenient opportunities for individuals and families to grab a bite to eat before Wednesday evening church activities
– Partner with an organization that makes a lifesaving difference in the lives of our unsheltered friends and neighbors in the Ozarks
Wednesday evenings from 5pm-6:30pm
Brentwood’s back parking lot
To eat good food while supporting our housing insecure friends and neighbors!
More things to know:
The No Reservations Food Trailer will be at Brentwood on the Wednesdays we have Foundations classes. Currently those dates are:
– September 22 – October 13
Participants in the Cooperative Youth Group (6–12 grades) have the cost of their dinner covered through our program budget. When youth members order, they can tell the workers it’s on the youth tab.
No Reservations is a Food Truck grounded in the mission of providing meals without limitations. By providing unique and extraordinary meals for those with the means to pay for them, we create profits that will allow us to share meals with those who don’t have the means to get a hot and healthy meal. At the same time we are creating a platform for job and life training allowing those that are housing insecure a place to learn a trade, be mentored and enjoy camaraderie while serving the public. No Reservations is committed to doing all this with minimal environmental impact. We’re grateful to collaborate together.