"Giving is not just about making a donation, it is about making a difference."
It was a blessing to donate to Angel Steps yesterday, as they are a recovery home for women struggling with addiction. Lydia House, one of our outreaches from Long Beach, teamed up with us for this donation — as they made delicious desserts for us to deliver to Angel Steps. It is nothing less than inspiring that one of our programs has looked beyond themselves in order to provide for a different recovery program!
Special shout out to Lauren (NE Teaching & Worship Associate), Demetria (long time NorthEast volunteer), Sarah (member of Lydia House/NE community member), and Shaneen (NE Re-Entry Program Coordinator), for teaming up to make this donation possible!!
Thank you NorthEast Pastor Gail, for sharing this encouraging message and scripture 🙌📖 -- Please take a listen for updates regarding our weekly meeting/zoom schedules. Send us a message or comment below if you would like to join a zoom meeting and/or a community zoom gathering! We would love to see your faces.
💙 Please never hesitate to reach out to us! We are here for you and want nothing more than to stay connected with you and continue praying for you during this time.
God provided yet again! ✝️ Enabling us to coordinate another donation delivery to Vera's Sanctuary (the only licensed residential drug treatment site in OC dedicated to victims of human trafficking). The young ladies within Vera's were blessed and grateful to receive the dinner, yummy home-made desserts, and personalized bibles from NorthEast.
A special shout out to Leigh from Trabuco Presbyterian, as she provided the wonderful meal for the young ladies of Vera.
An encouraging and honest word from Shaneen - NorthEast Re-Entry Program Coordinator - to our NorthEast family.
"The mature children of God are those who are moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit. And you did not receive the “spirit of religious duty,” leading you back into the fear of never being good enough. But you have received the “Spirit of full acceptance,” enfolding you into the family of God. And you will never feel orphaned, for as he rises up within us, our spirits join him in saying the words of tender affection, “Beloved Father!”
- Romans 8:14
Hello, NorthEast family!
Please note that we will not be having any of our zoom gatherings on Monday, May 25th, as it is a Holiday. Feel free to spread the word!
Thank you for understanding and let us know if you have any questions.
NORTHEAST DONATES TO PROTOTYPES 📖🍪✝️
Sarah (NE Ministry Program Administrator) and Susan Callas (Loaves and Fishes team member from our Newport community) coordinated the donation drop off to Prototypes, which is a service program that rebuilds the lives of women, children and communities impacted by substance abuse, mental illness and domestic violence. While we deeply miss our face-to-face bible studies and gatherings with Prototypes, we are filled with gratitude for the opportunities to donate desserts, personalized bibles, supplies, etc. to these women and children.
We are so grateful -- For God is always making a way for us to stay connected with our various programs and to continue serving the most vulnerable.
Praise and honor the Lord with us today as we sing "Nothing I Hold Onto," which highlights the simple fact that we are giving it all to God and trusting in His plan.
Thank you, Daniel (NorthEast worship team & men's bible study leader), for leading us in worship!
NorthEast of the Well is so grateful to donate meals, personalized bibles, and critical supplies to our various programs and outreaches especially during this time!
Rhino House (a sober living for men that we have been bringing bible studies and dinner to for almost two years) were the recipients of our donations last week — we loved the opportunity to see their faces and catch up with each of them as we dropped off pizzas, deserts, bibles, etc. While social-distancing, Alex (NorthEast Men’s Teaching & Discipleship Associate), Sarah (Ministry Program Administrator), and Bobby (long time Newport community member) coordinated the donation drop off!
At NorthEast, we acknowledge that the act of giving first started with God, and that our own gifts are a way to honor Him and to extend His love to others. We hope that through these donations, our community members will experience the joy and love of Christ.
#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of unity taking place on MAY 5 (TOMORROW), as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.
While #GivingTuesdayNow reminds us of the importance of generosity during this global pandemic, it also reminds us of gratitude. Are you thankful to be at home, safe and healthy during quarantine? Consider what it’s like not having a home, family, or financial stability during this crisis. This is what many of our NorthEast community members are currently facing.
We may not be able to gather in groups during this season of social-distancing, but that does not stop NorthEast from supporting, encouraging, and giving back to our various outreaches and programs! Even with the current limitations, we continue to bring much needed meals, personalized Bibles, and critical supplies to the places and people we serve. Now more than ever, we are called to bring God's Word to the people who need it most.
While our costs and needs have stayed the same, our funding has decreased significantly since the start of the crisis - this is our moment of transformation. TOMORROW (or now), please consider making an urgent, special gift of $35, $50, $100, or whatever amount suits you. In doing so, you will be providing NorthEast with the resources needed to continue transforming lives from the inside out.
OUR GOAL: TO RAISE $30,000! Take a stand with us today!
✞ DONATE HERE:
✞ or text the word GIVE to 707.505.8352
You are what makes this goal a reality.
Broken down by the founder of NorthEast, herself: Pastor Laura Suk.
"Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people: Come, see about a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”
- John 4:28-29
We may not be able to gather in person during this season of isolation — but that does not stop NorthEast from supporting, encouraging, and giving-back to our various outreaches and programs! Just this past week, we were blessed with numerous opportunities to connect with our NorthEast community. Not only did we donate a variety of desserts, bibles, and personalized scriptures to Vera’s Sanctuary (the only licensed residential drug treatment site in OC dedicated to victims of human trafficking), but we were also blessed with the opportunity to donate a full course dinner, flower arrangement, personalized bibles, and cards to 50+ residents of Crittenton (children and family services - providing solutions to heal the wounds of childhood trauma — specifically serving those that have experienced abuse, neglect, and system involvement).
--- More details on these wonderful days of giving-back:
✞ ✞ CRITTENTON DONATIONS ✞ ✞
The opportunity to donate a full course dinner, flower arrangement, and personalized bibles for 50+ residents of Crittenton was such a blessing for all involved. Bethany (NE donor relations) and Hannah (NE special events & communications) took the lead on this operation, and were thrilled to give-back to Crittenton during this season of uncertainty. Our friends at Crittenton were so grateful for the surprise and gifts. A special shout out to the Women at the Well President, Heather Re, for helping make this donation possible!
✞ ✞ VERA SANCTUARY DONATIONS ✞ ✞
Laura (NE founder and director) and Shaneen (NE re-entry program coordinator) happily met with Lenora Ward and her husband Darrell, the Pastor of Village Church in Laguna Woods, who worked together to help NorthEast donate numerous desserts, bibles, and personalized scriptures to the young ladies at Vera Sanctuary. In addition, our supporters from Trabuco Presbyterian Church happily stepped in to donate a variety of desserts. After our team collected the various donations, they made it up the mountains to Vera's Sanctuary. The young ladies were overjoyed to receive the gifts and to see our NorthEast team, as we all miss our in person bible studies and gatherings so much!
Opportunities like this are blessings from God, and we will only continue to serve our community in any way that He will allow us to. We are so grateful for our donors and supporters who help make donations like these possible.
A special shout of to the ladies at Trabuco Presbyterian Church, Women at the Well, and all those involved in these donation operations!
Special note: During our donation deliveries, NorthEast keeps the current regulations forefront in our minds; making sure to social distance and wear masks/gloves during all operations.
While many things have indeed changed because of the global crisis, many things still remain the same. NorthEast of the Well continues to reach out, donate, and connect with our programs and outreaches weekly. The fact that we are able to virtually gather with our community members truly means the world to us! The way we come together and give-back is most certainly different during this season of social distancing, but our love for our NE community is never-changing.
Until we are able to join together in person once again, we are committed to our weekly zoom gatherings! Some of the programs that we are currently meeting with weekly via zoom include:
☼ Anaheim and Newport Community Gathering
☼ Long Beach Community Gathering
☼ Casa Teresa
☼ Kids Discipleship
☼ Newport Men’s Discipleship
☼ Men’s Bible Study
☼ Vera Sanctuary
☼ Newport Women’s Discipleship
☼ Long Beach Bible Study
☼ Rhino House
If you would like to be included in our Monday evening community zoom gathering (or any others), we encourage you to private message us your email address so we can add you to list/send you the zoom invitation!
When? Mondays @ 6:00 pm
How long? 1 hour, 15 minutes
✙ JOIN US!!! ✙
Pictured: Pastor Laura, NE founder & executive director, gathering with the young ladies of Vera Sanctuary (licensed residential drug treatment site in OC dedicated to victims of human trafficking) via zoom -- sending them love and word of encouragement! 📖
VIDEO DEVOTION --
🙌"Pursuing Patience with Strength and Courage" 🙌
by Alex (NorthEast Mens Teaching & Discipleship)
📖 Psalm 27:14: Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Through this scripture, Alex encourages us to activate our strength and courage BY FAITH!
Alex challenges us this week to make HABITS out of the following list...
1. Ask. Ask God to help you believe and trust in His word and His promises.
2. Hope. Continue to have hope in Jesus by faith. Make your hope more full in Christ in whatever way works for you!
3. Humility. Learn to humble yourself before God.
4. Patience. Pursue patience during this time. Go to the Lord and pray/ask Him for patience.
Thank you, Alex, for uplifting and encouraging our NorthEast family and staff during this time!
Today we are lifting our hands in praise as we worship the Lord. NorthEast encourages you to sing with us as we feel the presence of God through this worship song that comes entirely from Numbers 6:24-26.
.....“The LORD Bless You and Keep You".....
HE HEARS YOUR VOICE
HE HEARS YOUR CRIES
HE HEARS YOUR SPECIFIC NEEDS
NorthEast family - WE ARE MISSING YOU! As Pastor Gail says in her video message: we are missing our moments of prayer with you. We are missing joining hands with you, looking you in the eyes, praying together, seeking God, sharing our stories and our needs, and thanking the Lord. These are just some of the special moments we cannot wait to experience with our community members once again.
We encourage you to receive Pastor Gail's message out of the book of Psalm today. 📖
Shaneen (NE Re-Entry Program Coordinator) reminds us today: "While the churches are empty this Easter… so is the grave - because Jesus has RISEN!"
As we praise Jesus on this Easter Sunday, we encourage you to ask yourself... What does the resurrection of Christ mean to you?
📖 "In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." 📖
1 John 4:10
How are you remembering the cross today? For a time of reflection, check out the scripture and song from worship leaders Matt & Kristel Lease. Hebrews 9:22 reminds us: "Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins." The GOOD news about GOOD Friday is that Christ paid the price for our sins, both now and forever. Jesus declared in Luke 22:20: "This cup is the new covenant between God and His people - an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you." That means we're now in an eternal, binding relationship with the Living God - we're not perfect, but we're forgiven. That makes us so thankful for the cross. ✝️
🎶 "O precious is the flow // that makes me white as snow // no other fount I know // nothing but the blood of Jesus."
To our NorthEast family - please watch NE Pastor Gail’s video message on HOLY WEEK. She reminds that, “The perfect peace of God is not based on what is happening around me, but the perfect peace of God is based on who He is and our relationship with Him. Because of that, I pray that you are experiencing the perfect peace of God."
John 3:16 tells us: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
We at NorthEast are reflecting on the fact that because of JESUS CHRIST, we can have a good day everyday, even in the face of Covid-19.
We encourage you to spend some time alone in your own way this week to reflect on Holy Week.
What does His death burial and resurrection mean to you?
Today, as always, we are praying for you, thinking of you, and missing you. Please take a moment to ♫ WORSHIP ♫ with us today by singing along to WAY MAKER!
♫ Way maker
♫ Miracle worker
♫ Promise keeper
♫ Light in the darkness
♫ My God
♫ That is who you are
"My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts, says the Lord. & my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways. & my thoughts, higher than your thoughts." Isaiah 55
Kristel emphasizes in her worship clip - "This scripture isn't to answer all our questions or dismiss them, but it's important to remind ourselves of who God is... Romans 8 tells us: God is able to take all things, ALL THINGS, good, bad, or otherwise, & work them together for the GOOD of those who LOVE Him."