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Knowing and Serving our Neighbors

Do you know your neighbor’s name? Before serving our neighbor’s, it is important to get to know our neighbors. We have been created to live in community with one another and community is best realized when we act in love as good neighbors. In our fast paced culture, it is easy to become disconnected from the people who live around us. Disconnectedness among neighbors can lead to a slower response when crises, emergencies or violence occur.

On August 4th, Serve Sacramento challenges you to get to know your neighbors by participating in the National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. Thousands of communities each year participate in National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, dedicated to developing crime prevention programs and safer communities. National Night Out events look like BBQs and resource fairs in parks and community centers all across the nation. It is people getting to know people so emergencies can be addressed quickly, crime can be reported, and needs can be seen and met by those around us. Find out what events are happening around you by looking at the map. If you don't see an NNO event near you, start one yourself! Get your church or small group to host an event at a nearby park. And make sure to tell us all about it here so we can spread the word!

Through programs like NNO that help connect us to our neighbors, we can become the flourishing relational communities that offer connectedness, safety and hope for all of our neighbors.

Serving with you,

Megan McCleary

Serve Sacramento Director

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Stories of Service: Elk Grove's Gone Serving

On Saturday April 25th-26th, 337 volunteers from 10 different Elk Grove churches participated in 12 different service projects in the Elk Grove area, resulting in a total of 1,583 service hours. This annual event, called Elk Grove’s Gone Serving, encourages churches to serve together for the purpose of unity and making a difference in their community for Christ. Through the effort of Elk Grove’s Gone Serving, many parks and neighborhoods got a facelift, residents of a mobile home park got handyman help, and several area nonprofits received needed projects from many volunteers. Thank you to everyone who participated this year! [see photo gallery here]
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Upcoming Event: Special Needs Ministry Equipping event

Joni and Friends Sacramento is hosting a training on August 22nd for churches beginning or advancing special needs ministry in their congregations. Whether you are a leader or volunteer in your church, this training day is designed to provide tools and encouragement as you live out the mandate given us in Luke 14:23. "Then the master told his servant, 'Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full". Come out and discover how you can help create a ministry for such an important population in our region! For more information and to register, click here.
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