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A New Look for the Children's Ministry!

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Children’s Ministries is starting strong the first few weeks of our programs! We hope the trend continues well into the school year. Our new nursery opened up across from the Parlor and while there are still a few bugs to work out it is a sunny, pleasant and convenient space for our youngest members. Stop by to check it out when you have a chance. We continue to make progress on our new electronic child check-in system and will begin using it this Sunday!

We are very excited to share our new branding logo and signage for our weekly programs. You will start to see the signs around campus on Sundays especially in the children’s courtyard. For a time now we have felt the need for an official identity to give us a larger visual presence on our campus, direct families to where they need to go, as well as to link our many forms of communication together with one identifiable brand. We are hoping that it gives our church
families, potential members, and those in the community a way to recognize and remember us. We are in the midst of doing great things for God so we want to be seen!

After many thoughtful hours of pouring over branding ideas we feel like we came up with a complete package that is visually attractive, fun, simple, and yet has a deeper Biblical meaning for our ministry. Our main logo is a circle surrounding a simple tree with leaves of beautiful colors with the center leaf displaying a cross. We feel that this tree icon represents the growth of our ministry with Christ directly in the center, leading us and guiding us through our many aspects of growth in life – both physically and spiritually. We deliberately included the words “Red Brick Kids” in addition to “Children’s Ministry” surrounding the logo to not only show our ministry’s purpose but to give us a fun and engaging name that we can affectionately be known. Our children will feel special attending their own “Red Brick Kids” program.

Our branding extends to classroom and nursery signage which seems even more of a necessity these days due to our focus on family ministry and the many new young faces we see around on Sundays. Our campus can be a bit confusing to navigate so our bright new signs will help parents and children find their way to the right spot. Our signage links to our main logo of the tree and each of our classrooms will now be associated with one of the Fruits of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, or self control. The signs will become a lesson in itself as well as be a fun way for the kids to feel special in their respective rooms. We feel that these fruit images along with the words are a great teaching tool. They are not trendy and are non-age and non- gender specific so they will stand the test of time. We are hoping that the rooms become affectionately known as the “Lemon Love” room, the “Peach Patience” room or the “Kiwi Kindness” nursery. We currently have six rooms that we use so we also included the “Pineapple Patience” room, the “Berry Joy” nursery, and the “Grape Goodness” room. In time the kids at each grade level will be taught all about the Fruit of the Spirit and will know that when they ask Jesus to live in them his Spirit stays with them and He will give them some of this special fruit.  As they grow and learn more about Jesus, the Spirit will give them more and more fruit and they can become more Christ-like. They will learn that is hard to do it on their own, that each of us needs the Spirit to help and guide us.

Our eventual goal is to use our signage and branding images as inspiration to redecorate our 2nd floor classrooms into modern, welcoming, engaging, and visually attractive spaces. Spaces that our Red Brick Kids will joyfully want to visit and spend time in with their friends learning all about God’s amazing love. We pray that this vision will be embraced and attainable in the near future.


In His Joy,
Karen

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Interfaith Shelter

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From Mission Beyond:  Interfaith Shelter coming to PLCPC

Isaiah 58:7 asks “Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and to bring the homeless poor into your house…?”


Why should we try to do something about homelessness? Beyond scriptural exhortations to care for those in need, take a look at some of the facts.

  • In San Diego County, over 9,000 of our neighbors are homeless (9,116 according the Regional Task Force for the Homeless 2017 count, though all experts agree that the actual number is far higher).
  • Less than 2,000 emergency shelter beds exist, and many factors limit individuals’ eligibility for a bed.
  • Families with school-age children represent one-quarter of our homeless population.
  • The number of tents and hand-built shelters on city streets has more than doubled in the past year.
  • In recent months, an outbreak of Hepatitis A, largely affecting the homeless, has sickened over 400 and killed 16.

The statistics go on and on…

The problem is complex and requires a diverse array of solutions. What can we do about homelessness as individuals? As a church?


1. PRAY – While the problem is great, our God is greater. Pray for those who are unsheltered. Pray for those who serve them. Pray for wisdom for the leaders in our churches, our government, and the organizations who serve the homeless.
2. LEARN – Browse. Read. Ask. A great place to start is the website:
understandhomelessness.com. Several media outlets have reported extensively on the problem; articles can be accessed on their websites, including KPBS and the Union Tribune.
3. SERVE – Don’t let the overwhelming nature of the problem prevent you from taking a small, first step to help. Get involved in the upcoming Interfaith Shelter at PLCPC February 24-March 10, 2018. Give your time or financial support to a local ministry
serving the homeless, including Presbyterian Urban Ministries, Uplift San Diego, Loaves and Fishes, OB Community Dinners, Ladle Fellowship, and many more.


More information about PLCPC’s participation in the 2018 Interfaith Shelter program will come your way via the Spire, social media, eblasts, and during Sunday services. There will be
opportunities for individuals to minister to shelter guests, for groups to provide meals, and for donations and financial support.

PLCPC will house up to 12 guests from February 24-March 10.
All will be actively working with case managers at Presbyterian Urban Ministries to seek employment, long-term housing, and other services. Individuals with active substance abuse or
mental health problems are directed to other shelters that have resources appropriate for their needs. More information on the program, including an excellent video, can be found at
interfaithshelter.org.

 

 

 

Opportunities to get involved abound!  We will need members of the congregation to assist with planning and operating the shelter.  Congregation members and groups will be asked to provide evening meals and spend time in fellowship with our guests.  Donations of linens, toiletries, and breakfast food will be needed.

Look for more information during services and in church communications over the coming months.  The initial planning meeting will take place on September 28th - anyone interested in the program is invited to attend.  Feel free to contact Mark Olcott ( ) or Sam Laub ( ) for more information.  We look forward to this congregation-wide opportunity to help our neighbors in need.

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