Afghan Family Support
Two members of our church community, Caleb and Jordan Cienski, are partnering with the Apartment Assistance for Afghans Program through the Center for Refugee Services (CRS), a non-profit here in San Antonio. The mission of CRS is to promote the wellness, self-sufficiency, and successful community integration of resettled refugees and their families. Since 2010, CRS has been providing necessary material items as well as education opportunities, health and wellness, employment and language training, technical training, parenting classes, and other much needed community support. This week the Cienski’s has been placed with a family of 6- parents and 4 children, two girls ages 9 and 15 and two boys ages 10 and 13. Your donations of new or gently used items are greatly appreciated to help ease this families transition into their new home. Please make sure everything is clean and free of animal dander/hair. Please be culturally aware and remember that new arrivals have lost everything- country, friends, relatives back home, even their identities. If you would prefer to donate money to support this effort, you can click here. To see items needed you can click here. If you are able to donate any of these items please message Jordan Cienski at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can bring items to church this Sunday.
If you have a larger furniture item you would like to donate and the slot is already filled, message Jordan and she can see if another family is in need. For more information about CRS, you can visit their website by clicking here.
The biggest needs right now are:
-4 twin mattresses. It can be hard to find a gently used twin mattress so we may just go purchase those. Donations to the Park Refugee Fund can help in this effort.
-3 twin comforters/quilts: one for a boy and two for the girls
-jackets, one for each child that would be appropriate for San Antonio weather.
Discipling Your Preschooler Workshop
Join us Sunday November 7th from 2-4 PM at Castle Hills Christian School for our Discipling Your Preschooler Workshop. Our desire is to create space for learning, discussion, friendship and prayer as we look at what it takes to disciple young children. We believe you are the priests of your household and we want to come along side you to equip and encourage you on this journey. Childcare will be provided or we will also reimburse babysitting costs. Register today by clicking here and help us spread the word!
Volunteer Highlight: Connections
The Park’s volunteer Connections Team welcomes our church community in each Sunday through a variety of ways and is lead by Nancy Gaines. This team not only welcome people in through greeting, but we set the tone for our church as they enter the building. If you think of the spaces you’ve felt the most welcomed, it’s interactions with people where you are welcomed with a smile, a friendly greeting, and you feel at home. That is what the Connections team tries to create each Sunday. Pre-service there are several areas to welcome people at. After service we gather at the Connection Area in the back of the room to answer any questions, meet new people, and help connect them via the forms on the iPads. Currently we are in need of volunteers specifically on the 3rd and 4th Sundays of the month. We encourage all volunteers to attend our prayer and worship time at 9:15am, and the Connection team gathers at 9:30 afterwards to go over invitations and events coming up. If you are interested in volunteering on the Connections Team, or any of our volunteer teams, you can click here.
Zoom Isaiah Bible Study
We are continuing with the study on the book of Isaiah at 8pm on Wednesdays via Zoom. All are welcome to join the zoom call as we read through Isaiah. Ashley Powell and Des Leiloglou will be facilitating reading, discussion and prayer. Can’t make it every week? No worries, jump in when you can! We will save your virtual seat. For more information you can contact Des Leiloglou at email@example.com.
If you are wanting to connect with other’s at The Park, joining a neighborhood parish is a great way to do that. Hosts from each parish would love to welcome you into their homes this week for our bi-monthly gatherings. Each neighborhood parish gathers the first and third weeks of the month. Each parish meets in homes around the city and shares a meal together. Click here to see each group’s night of the week they are meeting and join a group! Join anytime!
Sunday Morning Live-Streaming
If you will be joining us online, click here to view the live-stream service.
If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or you can submit a prayer request by clicking here. We have a prayer team who will join you in prayer.
If you are interested in baptism we would love to talk more with you. For more information on baptism you can click here and a parish pastor will contact you.
Stay in Contact
If you are experiencing any hardships we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.