Serve United

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Demonstrating Hope in our communities and region

This newsletter features several stories of hope. They are stories of churches reaching out into their communities to love and serve their neighbors in meaningful ways that demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. In light of the recent tragedies both globally in Paris and locally with the shooting of Grant Union High School student JJ Clavo, our community is looking for hope. I share these stories to both encourage you and compel you to think and pray about ways you can demonstrate hope in your community and among your neighbors. Together we can demonstrate hope to those who need it most. You can review our list of participating churches here Don’t see your church? You can apply to be a participating church here.

Serving with you,

Megan McCleary

Serve United Director

The ACTS Group

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Stories of Service: Arden Arcade Day of Hope

Last Saturday, over 500 volunteers from 12 Arden Arcade churches came together to serve the families of the Arden Arcade community at an incredible event called Day of Hope at Encina High School. Day of Hope is a program that has been developed by non-profit E49 (see below). Over 1,500 individuals were served with free groceries, haircuts, foot-washing/pedicures and family portraits. Live music, raffle prizes, free food and a Kidz Zone provided lots of entertainment for families. A health service area provided families with flu shots, health screenings and helpful information, and a community resource area provided families with resume help, mock interviews interview appropriate clothing, legal and housing assistance. Day of Hope was made possible by the San Juan School District and Encina High School administration, the Arden Arcade Community Churches, local ministries, non-profits, civic entities and businesses who worked together to bring provision and hope to Arden Arcade families.

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Day of Hope is an outreach opportunity provided by E49 Corporation, an organization that connects, resources and mobilizes civic, business, non-profit, church and community leaders to respond collaboratively to the critical needs in the region. Day of Hope events can be replicated in communities of need through the efforts of churches working together. If you are interested in seeing a Day of Hope happen in your community, contact E49 at
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Every School Parntership Update: Pacific Elementary Halloween Carnival

More than 2,000 people came out strong at Pacific Elementary School’s Harvest Festival. Sponsored by BOSS (Bayside Church of South Sacramento), the students and their families engaged in 17 carnival game booths, a fun photo booth, balloon artist and face painting. BOSS also served up hotdogs, chips and popcorn while a DJ encouraged some great dance moves on the blacktop! The two-hour event, fully underwritten and served with the help of 127 BOSS volunteers, was used as a fundraiser for the school’s educational field trips. BOSS Church officially partnered with Pacific Elementary School in 2014 in support of the Every School Partnership initiative. THANK YOU Bayside of South Sacramento for partnering and supporting the efforts of Pacific Elementary School to raise up our next generation leaders!
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Upcoming Service Opportunity: Thanksgiving Dinner at the Arab American Learning Center

The Arab American Learning Center is hosting a Thanksgiving celebration for local refugees on November 21, 6pm at Arcade Church in Sacramento. Because they have established long-term trust within the refugee community, hundreds of our refugee neighbors attend this special event. Contact the Arab American Learning Center at (916) 484-0175 to learn how you can be a part of this event and help provide a Thanksgiving dinner experience for our new neighbors! Arab American Learning Center is a nonprofit support service center that offers help to refugees to settle in their new land.