Outreach


OUTREACH UPDATES

May 4, 2020 Update
Hi Grace!!

We are going to make every Tuesday from 11a-1p a food collection day for the month of May.  This will begin tomorrow, May 5th.  Our goal is to collect enough food to start having a regularly scheduled food distribution once a month.  You will park in the back parking lot and bring your items to the conference room door.  We do ask that you do not leave donations outside of the church and unattended. If the drop off times do not work for you,  please contact us and we can arrange something.

We are trying to be strategic about what foods to collect so that we are able to feed the most people, be cost effective for all of you that are donating, and not have anything go to waste.

For example, we would like to collect things like milk, eggs and fruit but we would have to collect these things on the collection date nearest to distribution so they do not ruin.

For now we are asking for:
Dry rice and beans
Dry/instant potatoes
Macaroni and cheese
Pasta and sauce
Canned vegetables
Canned soups
Canned/jarred fruits
Canned meats (chicken, tuna)
Oatmeals
Cereals
Bread
Peanut butter
Jelly
Protein/granola bars
Individual drink mixes

On the collection day closest to distribution we will ask for:
Milk
Eggs
Bananas, apples, oranges, potatoes
Frozen meat

If you know of any local resources that are available to help we are always open to hearing about those.

Thank you so much for being the church and helping to reach our community.   Feel free to email us if you have any questions.  Together, we can do so much more!

Blessings,
Mark+Rebecca Rodriguez

April 6, 2020 Update
Hello Grace Family,

We miss all of you so much and are praying for you during this time. We hope everyone is safe, healthy, and finding the positive in our current situation.

Our community needs us more than ever right now and this is a great time to BE THE CHURCH! We would love to see our church and families come together and get involved in blessing those who are in harms way and in need of resources.

Here are some ways you can help:

CAN YOU SEW?

Hospitals are in desperate need of masks! There are also some great tutorials online. JoAnn's actually has free fabric for this cause. CLICK HERE FOR WEBSITE INFO.

There are a ton of ways to make masks with scrap material, t-shirts, bandanas, and even socks. Hospitals will not allow anyone in right now, so if you are a healthcare worker and would like to collect and distribute these please let us know. Anyone interested in making masks can contact me and I can coordinate a time to drop off at the church.

BLESSING OUR GROCERY WORKERS

We can 2 simple things to show our gratitude:

  1. Make thank you cards! Get your kids involved, too. Make handmade cards, print them, or use store bought.  Whatever you have is great.
  2. Donate bottled waters & individual drink mix packets. (Ex. Starbucks Via, Crystal Light, Emergen-C, Zip Fizz, etc.)  CLICK HERE FOR EXAMPLES.We can give these out with the thank you cards. This is inexpensive and practical.

They are working long hours and dealing with a lot of chaos. The least we can do is thank them and let them know they are noticed and appreciated.

If you would like to donate these things email me for a time to drop them off at the church.

If you work in a grocery or retail store please reply to this email. We would love to send these things with you to distribute.

SAN DIEGO BLOOD BANK 

The good news is they have had an amazing and overwhelming response from the community and don't need any new donation locations and are not in dire need of blood anymore. What they DO need...volunteers to help with crowd control, enforcing space & distance and pre-screening questions.

They have North County locations in Vista and Escondido. If you would like to be involved in this please contact me for more information.

CONTACTING ELDERLY, SENIORS AND IMMUNE COMPROMISED

If you know someone who is in one of these categories, please contact them to see what their needs are. We have non-perishable foods, toilet paper, and more we can distribute to those in need. We also have people who will make store runs for them. Offer to pray with them and make sure they know we can help.

If you would like to make phone calls, donate items, or run errands for those in need, let us know.

If you can help in any capacity please reach out to me via email at rebecca@gracesd.tv or text me at
817-723-9913.

What may seem small and insignificant to you could be a huge blessing to someone else. Thank you all!!

Blessings,
Rebecca + Mark Rodriguez
Grace Outreach Directors

Join the Grace Community Outreach Team and serve our city in a variety of ways. Check out the slides to see the up-and-coming outreach opportunities we have available.

PIER & BEACH OUTREACH - POSTPONED

Join us on one Saturday a month for our next Pier+Beach Homeless Outreach where we prepare lunches and then hand them out near the Oceanside Pier. If you would like to be a part, we would love to know! Email Mark & Rebecca Rodriguez below and let us know if you and your family will be joining us as we love and minister to the homeless in our community.

Upcoming dates for Pier + Beach Outreach: 1/18, 2/15, 3/21, 4/18, 5/16, 6/20, 7/18, 8/15, 9/19, 10/17, 11/21, 12/19

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SENIOR CARE OUTREACH - POSTPONED

The entire family is welcome to be a part of our outreach to Life Care Center in Vista (a senior care facility). Join us for a time of music, prayer, conversation, and sitting with those who could use a caring touch and a friendly smile. We meet every month from 10am-12pm at the center on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Email Carlos & Pink Mercado below for more information and to let us know if you will be joining our senior care outreach.

THIS WEEKENDS OUTREACH ON 3/14 IS CANCELLED DUE TO THE RECENT HEALTH CONCERNS. 

Upcoming dates for Senior Care Outreach: 1/11, 2/8, 3/14, 4/11, 5/9, 6/13, 7/11, 8/8, 9/12, 10/10, 11/14, 12/12

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SENIOR CARE BUS MINISTRY - POSTPONED

We already meet every month for a Senior Care Outreach to Life Care Center in Vista (a senior care facility), but we are taking it one step further by providing transportation from Life Care Center to Grace Church every Sunday morning, giving our seniors an opportunity to have a church they can call home. Email Pastor Matthew below for more information and the license requirements if you would like to be a driver for our seniors.

Upcoming dates for Senior Care Bus Ministry: UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AND THE RECENT HEALTH CONCERNS CHANGE, THIS MINISTRY IS SUSPENDED.

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OPERATION HOPE OUTREACH

Operation Hope is a non-profit shelter providing a safe and supportive environment for families with children and single women who are experiencing homelessness as they rebuild their lives. Each month we will provide meals for them, serve and have fellowship with those living there from 4:30-7pm. Email Mark & Rebecca Rodriguez below for more information and to let us know if you will be joining our Operation Hope Outreach.

2020 dates for Operation Hope Outreach: 2/25, 3/30, 4/19, 5/26, 6/30, 7/28, 8/25, 9/29, 10/27, 11/24, 12/29

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ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL BIRTHDAY BASH OUTREACH - POSTPONED

Help us celebrate some students in need of some extra love at a local alternative high school. We will decorate, bring cake and give gifts once a month, throwing a birthday bash for all the students who have a birthday during that month. We will start decorating around noon and throw the party from 12:45-1:30pm. If you have a heart for high school students, this outreach is for you! Email Mark & Rebecca Rodriguez below for more information and to let us know if you will be joining our Birthday Bash Outreach.

2020 dates for Birthday Bash Outreach: 2/26, Future dates TBD but will likely be the last Thursday of every month

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TIJUANA ONE-DAY MISSIONS TRIP - POSTONED

Have you every thought about taking a missions trip? Grace Church offers one-day missions trips to Tijuana to serve Colina De Luz, an orphanage we have adopted with over 60 kids. This is an opportunity the entire family can be a part of that will leave an eternal mark on the hearts of the kids we serve and the people who go. Email Nancy Nunez below for more information for more info and to be a part of our up-and-coming day trip. Also CLICK HERE for the details of our next one-day missions trip.

Upcoming dates for Tijuana Trip: 4/11

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FIREHOUSE MEALS

COMING SOON!!! Each month we will bring a different themed basket of food and goodies to thank our local first responders for their hard work and sacrifice. If you love to bake treats and casseroles, you will love being a part of this outreach team.

Upcoming dates for Firehouse Meals Outreach: Check back soon for dates!

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