COMMUNITY LIFE

Outreach

Outreach Committee Mission Statement, Christ Church Cathedral
The mission of Outreach is to improve the quality of life within the greater Springfield community, our nation, and the world. Our objective is to reach beyond the church walls to bring Christ’s vision of a loving and sharing community to fruition. We recognize that there are unmet needs within all segments of society as we support those agencies that attempt to heal our brokenness. We will also be engaged in direct participation when we can be of service.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

La misión del comité de alcance es mejorar la calidad de vida dentro de la comunidad de Springfield, nuestra nación y el mundo. Nuestro objetivo es llegar más allá de las paredes de la iglesia para hacer realidad la visión de Cristo que es una comunidad que comparte y que ama. Reconocemos que hay necesidades insatisfechas dentro de todos los segmentos de la sociedad así como apoyamos a esos organismos que intentan curar nuestro quebrantamiento. Nosotros también estaremos envueltos en participación directamente cuando sea necesario.

‘Dónde está su tesoro, allí también estará su corazón’. Mateo 6:21

In 2018, the Outreach Committee welcomed several new members, participated in the Ministry Fair, received and approved grant requests from a variety of partner agencies, acquired a large “blank check” to be used for Outreach presentations, successfully promoted a variety of service opportunities, and expanded the practice of having Cathedral partners visit to speak about their agencies during both church services and forums.  We also collectively read the book Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, And How to Reverse It by Robert D. Lupton and had targeted discussions to relate and apply our findings to the work of Outreach.

We sponsored the following activities: Cathedral participation in the annual April Revitalize Green N Fit event in Springfield; forums and church testimonies from Square One, NuDay Syria, Friends of the Homeless, Loaves & Fishes; more frequent updates/feedback from funded agencies by members of Outreach Committee; collection of classroom supplies and Thanksgiving food items for Square One; attendance at Square One Lunch Bunch events; attendance at the opening of Gardening the Community’s Walnut Street Farm Stand and the Square One Tea; volunteer serving of meals at Friends of the Homeless; Christmas caroling at Hampden County Jail in Ludlow via REC; and collection of clothing for Big Blue Ministry and Friends of The Homeless.  Outreach members continued to address the Opioid Crisis with weekly prayers for recovery; a Christian worship service for those in recovery, those struggling with substance use disorders or compulsive behaviors, and for friends and loved ones; and via the recent appointment of Donna Barten to a Diocese Commission on Opioid Addiction.

In 2019 the Outreach Committee looks forward to expanding opportunities for volunteer service, especially to those who are struggling or in need.  We will also revise our applications for grant funding and expand our evaluation of donations and partnerships.

For additional information about the Outreach Ministry at Christ Church Cathedral, contact Jahn Hart, Co-chair or Barbara Loh, Co-chair.

Drop in Center

Christ Church Cathedral runs a weekly drop in center on Thursdays from 9-2. Volunteers serve guests coffee and snacks, and spend time listening in our comfy living-room, and in the warmer weather outside. To volunteer or if you have questions, or if you are in need, please contact the Rev. Linda Taupier, Deacon at Christ Church Cathedral, deaconlindat@gmail.com.

In the past two years of operation, the DIC has met with and assisted countless homeless and disenfranchised people in the greater Springfield area. People that come are amazed at the outpouring of love, acceptance and the non-judgmental way that the staff has of being with people.

Being able to supply basic necessities such as tents, sleeping bags, blankets, coats and various personal hygiene items means the difference between freezing and being made a little more comfortable with people’s living situations. By providing washers and dryers people have been able to maintain their dignity by being able to have clean clothing. The coffee and snacks that are provided are sometimes the only food that people have during the day.

To help pay for snacks and coffee and other necessities, please donate through Christ Church Cathedral, earmarked drop-in center. We are currently accepting gently used winter coats and blankets. If you wish to volunteer, please drop by on a Thursday or email Deacon Linda.

 

Bible Study Groups

Feed your soul with prayer and scripture.
● Sunday Morning 9 AM, Bible Study on the Sunday Lectionary, on zoom, hosted by
Mark Betsher.
● Wednesday Morning 8 AM, Bible Study, on zoom, hosted by The Reverend Mike
DeVine.
● Saturday Morning Centering Prayer, 10:30 AM, on zoom, hosted by Lani Bortfeld,
a chance to sit with others in the stillness of God.
● Saturday evening Bible Study, 5:00 PM, Lectio Divina, listening to God speak
through the Word. On zoom, hosted by Mark Betsher.
Contact for links and login information: Amanda Paredes at cccspfld@gmail.com or 413-736-2742.