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Journey Serves — Community Impact and Missions

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When Jesus showed up on the scene, he said that he was all about “good news for the poor.” So, like him, we want to spread good news for the poor, the dejected, the unseen, the broken, the wounded, the outcasts. Through Journey Serves, we hope to spread good news by feeding people, clothing people, helping people back on their feet, cleaning up our local parks, partnering globally in communities like Carrefour, Haiti and Tecate, Mexico.

Keep up to date on ways to serve by visiting this page often. Together, we can bring heaven to earth.

Serving Our Teachers!

April 13, 2015 10:59 am

Journey loves its teachers! May 4 through 8 is Teacher Appreciation Week! On each of these days, Journey will be serving lunch to the teachers and staff at one of our four partner schools: Bancroft Elementary School and Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley; San Miguel Elementary in Lemon Grove; and La Mesa Middle School. We serve them a buffet lunch, tell them that we ‘have their backs’ and sit and chat with them. Join us during lunchtime on one of these days as we bless our schools and teachers and tell them how important they are to us.

Interested? For more information, let David Merk know.

It’s Summer Time . . . Almost!

March 30, 2015 11:40 am

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Are you considering opportunities to serve this summer? Interested in doing good works in and for your community? Looking to work side-by-side with your children?

This summer there are a number of fun service opportunities for you and your family.

•    May 4 – 8. National Teacher Appreciation Week
•    May 30. La Mesa Flag Day Parade
•    June 22 – August 12. Summer Lunch Program
•    July 21 – 24. Summer Fun Camp – Tecate
•    August 10 – 13. Collection of Teacher Supplies
•    September (TBD). Kid’s Care Fest


National Teacher Appreciation Week: May 4 – 8

Journey loves its teachers and local schools. We recognize that they work hard, often with inadequate resources and little support. We want them to know that we are behind them and ready to help when we’re needed.

May 4 – 8 is National Teacher Appreciation Week and May 6 is National Teacher Appreciation Day. What better time to step up! We will be serving a special lunch to each of our four partner schools (Bancroft Elementary School, La Mesa Middle School, Monte Vista High School, San Miguel Elementary School) on a different day of this week,

Help Needed: Three or four persons per day. Pick a day (T – Fri). Serve food, chat with teachers and tell them how much you appreciate them.

The request for volunteers for this project will be re-advertised in Journey Connect Weekly Update, and other media, when we are a few weeks away from the project date.


La Mesa Flag Day Parade: Saturday, May 30

An annual event of the city of La Mesa! Several years ago, the City asked for Journey’s help in providing volunteers for the parade. Twenty people would be great. A terrific event for you and your children to work side-by-side!

Help Needed: Twenty people, 9 a.m. to noon! Simple tasks – helping make sure that floats and bands and such are properly lined up, some traffic direction, carrying banners . . . easy stuff like that.

The request for volunteers for this project will be re-advertised in Journey Connect Weekly Update, and other media, when we are a few weeks away from the project date.


Summer Lunch Program: June 22 – August 12

One in six persons in San Diego are “food insecure” (i.e., do not know from where their next meal will come). For school children who receive a free lunch during the school year, this is a particular problem. Last year, La Mesa churches joined together to distribute lunches from the school district during summer break and we are doing so again this year!

Help Needed: The Summer Lunch Program will take place at Vista La Mesa Christian Church at the corner of University and Massachusetts in La Mesa. Adults will be needed every day from about 11 to 12:30. Hand out lunch and hang out with the kids!

The request for volunteers for this project will be re-advertised in Journey Connect Weekly Update, and other media, when we are a few weeks away from the project date.


Summer Fun Camp – Tecate:  July 21 – 24

Year 3 of SFC-T! Two hundred and fifty cool, young kids having the time of their lives. As Linda Doss (co-director of HIS Ministry, Tecate) says: “This is their Disneyland.” We go down on Tuesday. Camp runs Wednesday through Friday. Saturday is the fiesta, open to local families and friends. Yes, we sleep on cots and mattresses on the floor, but that’s part of the fun.

Help Needed: Fully staffed would be around 50 people. Although there are plenty of positions that need to be filled, the one that EVERYONE shares is loving kids. Must be over 18.

Interested? Contact Bonnie Henderson, SFC-T Volunteer Coordinator

The request for volunteers for this project will be re-advertised in Journey Connect Weekly Update, and other media, when we are a few weeks away from the project date.


Collection of Teacher Supplies: August 10 – 13

School suppliesA big event! For the last few years, Journey attenders have given thousands and thousands of dollars of school supplies to our partner schools. They appreciate it . . . you . . . so much. Without you, they would be spending even more of their own money on these supplies.

Help Needed: We need a (smallish) team of people to help assemble the supplies . . . maybe a small group. In addition, it would be great to have several people at each of the deliveries to our four partner schools. Choose a day.

The request for volunteers for this project will be re-advertised in Journey Connect Weekly Update, and other media, when we are a few weeks away from the project date.


Kid’s Care Fest:  September (TBD)

Kids Care Fest 2013_5296-X2Another request for assistance from the City!

A few years ago, the City of La Mesa and Grossmont Health Care District asked Journey to be involved in Kid’s Care Fest. KCF has become an annual event in which doctors, nurses and other health care workers provide medical exams for 1,000 children who might not otherwise receive them. Journey’s role is to provide a fun time for kids walking through the different display areas. Arts, crafts, and face painting.

Help Needed: Lots and LOTS of kids come to put together the crafts and get their faces painted. LOTS of faces! It would be great to have 30 to 40 volunteers, 15 to 20 in each of the 2-½ hour sections – 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The request for volunteers for this project will be re-advertised in Journey Connect Weekly Update, and other media, when we are a few weeks away from the project date.


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Contact me at:
DAVID MERK    Email
Community Impact/SocialJustice/Global Missions
619.464.4544

El Salvador Trip + English Teacher needed

March 10, 2015 7:37 pm

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El Salvador Trip Info
If you are planning on being a part of our El Salvador Missions trip in May (4th-9th) or are even CONSIDERING the possibility, then please don’t miss our first meeting this Sunday, March 15th at 11:00 am in THAT ROOM. We’ll cover details of the trip and answer any questions you may have. Hope to see you there!

Opportunity to Teach English
Would you like to have a longer missions experience? We need an English teacher for our youth center in El Salvador. (to begin in April, May or June) It is a great opportunity for a teacher or student during a semester or summer off. Please contact Lance for more info.

Christmas In Barrio Logan!

December 1, 2014 12:32 pm

Hope Leadership Foundation (www.hopeleadershipfoundation.org) is a Christ-centered youth ministry working within the San Diego Unified School District. HLF’s goal is to help kids from kindergarten through college succeed in life by means of mentorship and educational support, arts, sports and recreation, and spiritual development. 

On December 20, HLF will be hosting its annual Toys For Hope event for the children in Barrio Logan. Each child will receive a free Christmas toy and a meal as well as a chance to celebrate our Lord, play and sing. 

Would you like to help out? Hope Leadership is looking for volunteers to be a part of the fun. Like last year, the event will be held at King Chavez Elementary School, 415 31st St. San Diego, CA 92102 from 10 am to 2pm. For more info, visit their website or e-mail Hope Leadership at event@hopelead.org or call at 858-909-0889.

Interested in Missions?

November 6, 2014 12:16 pm

Has God been leading you to go on a missions trip with Journey? Were you unable to go in 2014? Come to a brief informational meeting about the opportunities that exist for 2015. We will have at 5 trips in 4 different countries spread throughout the year. Don’t put off what the Lord is leading you to do. We’ll have a Q & A time at the end of each session. (30 minutes followed by questions)

Friday, November 21st at 6:30 pm (The Corner Room) or Sunday, November 23rd at 11 am (That Room).

Need more info? Email Lance.

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