Board of Christian Action
Many Serving Many
Serving others is a priority for our congregation. Donations fund an annual budget earmarked to be distributed to "people-helping organizations" in the South Bay. The Board of Christian Action identifies organizations that effectively provide key services to members of the community in need. Each year, the board makes strategic donations to many of these organizations, providing funding that will in turn help people across a spectrum of ages and needs. That really is "many serving many".
Another way Christian Action board members are helping the church to obtain its outreach goal is by volunteering themselves in the community. They are setting an example for other members of the Neighborhood Church to follow. Over the past year, board members have devoted time to the following organizations: Crop Walk, Heal the Bay, Beacon Light Mission/Doors of Hope, Belmont Village, Canterbury Retirement Home, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Habitat for Humanity, House of Hope, Peninsula Seniors, Spirit of a Giving Heart, and The Volunteer Center.
An example of the Board of Christian Action coordinating outreach efforts of church members is in serving the homeless at the Beacon Light Mission/Doors of Hope shelter. This homeless shelter provides a chapel service and hot meal for 60 to 80 needy individuals every night of the year. Volunteers are needed to set up the dining area, serve the meals and clean up after the meal. Since July of 2012, 60 members of Neighborhood Church have participated in this activity by volunteering their time on a scheduled basis.
Another example of coordinating church members volunteering their time was the project last year with Habitat for Humanity. A deserving family in our area was unable to perform much needed maintenance on their property. The Board of Christian Action was able to designate the funds for the project and to enlist the help of 44 Neighborhood Church members to perform the work over a five-day period under the direction of Habitat for Humanity personnel.
In a totally different way the Board of Christian Action (BOCA) interacts with the community by the awarding of college scholarships. Over the last 30 years, three Neighborhood Church families have asked the church to administer endowment funds to provide college scholarships. The Board of Christian Action was assigned the administration of these activities.
In 2011 two of the endowment funds were transferred to a local college foundation with a matching funds program to award scholarships in perpetuity. In 2013 this program led to BOCA members helping in the selection of eleven students to receive scholarships to local community colleges. Members of BOCA attended award ceremonies in April and May and personally congratulated the students who received the awards.
The third endowment fund provides scholarships to Navajo Indian High School students entering college. Students apply for the awards and members of BOCA carefully evaluate the applications to choose the most deserving students. With the funds available in 2013, two Navajo students received scholarships.
Look to the Neighborhood Notes and the Neighborhood Church WAVE to find information about upcoming opportunities where you can serve.