A total of 1,225 Thanksgiving Meal Boxes were given to families in the area through the generosity and hands of many churches, volunteers, businesses and friends. On Monday volunteers filled boxes with everything needed to make a Thanksgiving Meal for a family of four, and Tuesday churches distributed their boxes to families!
Hundreds of Jesus-friends joined together in worship and prayer on Sunday night, November 15 at First Baptist Church of Eugene! Light, love and times of believing God in intercession rang throughout the evening. Several Pastors/Leaders shepherded the night as we focused on Jesus and His Word. This annual gathering is always a highlight of our holiday season!
Saturday Serving Schools | On Saturday, August 29th, about 30 churches joined together to help prepare neighborhood public school facilities for the upcoming school year. Volunteers provided hundreds of hours of manpower by power washing, weeding, trimming, painting, cleaning, window washing and more! One school administrator expressed the value of this service day by explaining that when school grounds are well cared for, it creates a positive and enjoyable environment for students and faculty alike. Each year the School Work Day proves to be full of joy, good relationships, and hard work, and this year was no different!
Sunday Kids’ Fair Giveaway | On Sunday, August 30th, 70 plus churches, organizations, and businesses partnered together to serve children and families in need throughout our community. Through our combined efforts, we made available 3,000 backpacks full of school supplies, 3,800 pairs of shoes, 3,000 pairs of socks, haircuts, face painting, inflatable games, and meals in five Kids’ Fairs in the Eugene, Springfield, and Junction City area.
After weeks and months of planning and preparation, volunteers arrived at the Kids’ Fair locations to begin setting up in the early afternoon. Shortly after, the line began to form when children and families started to arrive at each location. While parents waited in line, kids were free to play line games, have their faces painted, and play on inflatables supervised by cheerful volunteers. The doors opened at 4PM, and students chose their backpack and pair of shoes and socks. At the end of the line, they had the option of a free back-to-school haircut, provided by local hairdressers. Lastly, many local restaurants served small meals to bring the Kids’ Fair to a close. It was a joyful day to serve with so many to show Jesus’ love by meeting practical needs of students headed back to school this fall!
On May 31st, we gathered for a night of Community-Wide Worship to launch the One Church – One Day: Strategic Prayer Initiative and dedicate the new season of prayer to the Lord. The evening was hosted at Grace Community Fellowship, and we had a packed house. People, young and old, from the diverse group of churches participating in One Church – One Day came together to exalt Jesus, pray for our community, and present ourselves to God as we seek to pray continuously for our community together. The night was full of joy, anticipation for what’s ahead, and love for one another.
Thundering Agreement: May 31st Lightning Story
Following the Community-Wide Worship and One Church – One Day Launch on May 31st, we saw an unusual thunderstorm that followed . . . Click here to read the story and documentation!
On March 4th, we partnered with the Palau Association and area churches to host a training for pastors and ministry leaders. Luis Palau and Rick McKinley shared on the topic of evangelism and the local church. The event was held at First Baptist Church of Eugene. About 200 leaders came together for this valuable training time just before the Easter season!
For over 20 years, pastors and ministry leaders have gathered together in Cannon Beach for three days of worship, prayer and relationship building! This time together was facilitated by Tom and Terri White, founders of Frontline Ministries. It is a highlight of the year for many leaders and pastors, as well as a time of refreshment!
We joined together to begin the holiday season in thanksgiving, prayer, and service!
On Sunday, November 16th, we came together for our annual Community-wide Thanksgiving Worship and Prayer Gathering. Worship leaders from multiple congregations led us in worship, as artists from the Pacific Rim Art Guild created an art piece on stage. Different pastors and leaders led portions of prayer, and it was a delightful time to give thanks together!
The week before Thanksgiving, more than 40 local congregations joined together to assemble 1,000 Thanksgiving Meal Boxes to be distributed to families in need. We had a joyful time as we filled boxes and distributed them throughout our community!
On August 23rd and 24th, we joined together to serve local public schools, teachers and administrators, and students and families in our community. On Saturday, we prepared school grounds for the upcoming school year. On Sunday, we held our annual Kids’ Fair and school supply giveaway. It was a wonderful weekend expressing Jesus’ love, and thank you for the part you played in Project Hope!
On Saturday, August 23rd, many churches and ministries joined together to spruce up more than 30 local schools before students returned for the school year. Thank you everyone who joined in by weeding, trimming, painting, spreading bark, cleaning and organizing rooms, power-washing, and window cleaning!
On Sunday, August 24th, people from more than 40 churches and ministries came together to host 4 Kids’ Fairs and Back-to-School Giveaways. While, kids and their families waited in line, they could play group games, have their faces painted, and play on inflatables. Then when the giveaway began, every student received a backpack full of school supplies, new shoes, a meal provided by a local restaurant, and the option of a free haircut!
All of this could not have been done without the many people who served with joy, flexibility, and the love of Jesus! Thank you to everyone who served a local school by weeding, painting or sweeping, and we’re grateful for every person who participated in the Kids’ Fair and Giveaway, making it a delightful time. To everyone who gave financially through churches to purchase backpacks, our shoes donors, and the restaurants who provided many meals for the families we served… Thank you! Lastly, thank you for every prayer that the love of God would be tangibly seen and experienced during Project Hope. It’s a joy to love Jesus in this community with you!
On Saturday, May 17th, believers gathered at the top of Skinner Butte, Spencer Butte, and Mount Pisgah simultaneously for worship and prayer over our community! A variety of people from many churches were represented, and worship along with portions of prayer were led by different youth and college ministries from the area. The sun was shining brightly, and it was a great morning to be together, praise the Lord, pray for our community, and agree with the truth of God’s word over the place we call home.
During the 21 days leading to Easter 2014, we invited pastors, leaders and churches into a season of unified prayer and sharing the Gospel, focused on Colossians 4:2-6. This direction came from the overflow of that year’s Pastors’ Prayer Summit, when leaders sensed this direction from the Lord. We look forward to seeing the continued results of this joyful season in our community!
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
On August 17 and 18th, while students recreated and teachers vacationed, 51 churches and ministries joined together to bless schools and families through Project Hope. This annual outreach combines manual labor to prepare the school facilities for fall, and a joy-filled kids’ fair, where churches give away backpacks loaded with school supplies, haircuts, shoes, food and games.
From Walterville and Springfield, across Eugene to the Bethel and the Junction City school districts, approximately 6,000 volunteer hours were logged painting classrooms, pulling weeds, cleaning bleachers, moving desks, power-washing, and almost anything the maintenance teams needed!
The following day, right after church, teams went to work to set up the Kids’ Fair in four locations throughout our community. Each location had 8-12 churches/ministries joining together to set up inflatables, games, face-painting, haircuts and backpacks, supplies and shoe distribution. Food was generously donated by BJ’s, Hawaiian Time, Red Lobster, Home Town Buffet, Olive Garden, and Roaring Rapids Pizza.
It was a heavenly environment to be able to give freely without any strings attached. What a blessing to be His hands, feet, and heart extended! Thank you to all the churches who gave and made the backpacks and supplies possible, and thank you to all who served!
This year hundreds of people from across Lane County gathered together for ten days of prayer in May. There were eight nights of prayer and worship. Each was hosted at a different church and led by two pastors from the area (see below). Every night had the common theme of God’s people coming together to ask the Lord to move in our community while focusing on five prayer requests.
Click to enlarge and see the partnerships and prayers!
Still, the prayer did not just stay in the church buildings! On the first Saturday of the ten days, we hit the Willamette River path for a prayer walk. People came together for a barbeque and worship in the park, and then they circled the river path that was colored by chalk art and Scriptures as they prayed. On the second Saturday, the ten days came to a close with Mountain Top Prayer. People hiked up four different summits surrounding our community simultaneously to worship, pray and declare the Lordship of Jesus and His goodness.
Thank you to every church that hosted a night, every pastor and worship leader that partnered to lead an evening, every sound tech, chalk artist and mountain top worship leader. And thank you to the hundreds of people from Noti to Junction City, Harrisburg to Springfield and Veneta to Eugene who prayed and partnered their faith in agreement that God would move mightily in our county and in our time!
High school and college young people joined together during their spring break in an effort to reach our community and bring positive change through prayer, service and evangelism. Multiple youth groups participated in this three-day outreach. After the outreach, the youth left with a whole new perspective on their community.
This year’s Outreach Ministry Fair provided an avenue for many of the outreach efforts of local churches and ministries in the community to join together. Sixty-one ministries were represented, from youth to homeless, and recovery to city-wide outreach, at Northwest Christian University’s Morse Event Center. In the morning, ministry leaders were given the unique opportunity to discuss what they found to be successful in their efforts to reach out, as well as perceived obstacles. Ministries became aware of resources other ministries possess, and multiple plans to partner together in order to better reach our community began to form. After lunch, the community was invited to come and see how churches and ministries are serving our community!
The event would not have been a success a part from Northwest Christian University’s generosity in allowing the use of their facilities, nor would it have been as fun without Tree of Life Christian Book Store’s kindness in giving the first two hundred people to arrive a copy of the new Bonheoffer biography. Thank you, Northwest Christian University, Tree of Life and everyone who participated!