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Journey Serves — Community Impact and Missions


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.

Volunteers Needed: La Mesa Park Appreciation Day!

September 22, 2014 11:14 am

Journey Appreciates Its Parks!

La Mesa Park Appreciation Day just around the corner. On Saturday, October 18 from 8 am until noon, individuals, families, churches and organizations will be sprucing up La Mesa’s 14 parks. As has been our custom, Journey will be responsible for Collier Park at Palm & Pasadena Avenues. Got a couple of hours on Saturday morning? Come hang out with friends and neighbors and serve your community! Bring your kids with you! Please RSVP to David Merk.

Volunteers Needed! Kids Care Fest

August 29, 2014 4:39 pm

kids care fest 2012_6019-X2Kids Care Fest 2013_5296-X2For the last 12 years the Grossmont Healthcare District, La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation and the City of La Mesa have presented Kid’s Care Fest. This is a family-oriented event open to the public and featuring free health care screenings, the focus of the event. Organizers expect that more than 1,000 children will receive free, potentially life-saving, health care screenings, including hearing, vision and dental screenings, from healthcare professionals. Also available at the event will be free medical information from pediatricians, dermatologists and pharmacists, along with free kids fingerprinting from the La Mesa Police Department and La Mesa Rotary Club.

Last year, the City of La Mesa and Grossmont Healthcare District asked Journey to participate, providing crafts and face-painting. We did and will do so again this year.

We will need 20+ people to do face-painting or to sit with kids as they prepare crafts. The crafts are simple, mini-mini projects that we get from Oriental Trading. They are individually wrapped and you simply open and assemble them. Even I can do it! Face-painting also is simple. There will be one or two expert face painters in our group to help. Volunteers assist where they feel comfortable!

This year’s Kids Care Fest will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers can serve for part or all of the time!

To volunteer, contact David.

October Missions Trip Opportunities

August 18, 2014 11:33 am

Haiti Amber dsc_1035Don’t miss out on the opportunity to go on a missions trip this October with a team from Journey. We’ll have teams go and work with our partner ministries in El Salvador (Oct. 11-18) and Haiti (Oct. 29 – Nov. 3) Don’t delay if you feel God’s prompting as there is limited space on each team. Contact Lance.

Hope For The Homeless

August 15, 2014 10:55 am

Have you thought about serving the homeless but just never got around to it? Well, we make it easy! Every Friday evening for the past 583+ weeks, people of all ages have gathered at the Journey Food Bank to make 500+ PB&J sandwiches and deliver them to the homeless in downtown San Diego. Simply show up between 5 and 6 p.m. on Friday and we’ll show you the ropes! Contact David Merk for more information!

Journey Serves: Local Schools & Teachers

July 15, 2014 10:34 am

Caring For Our Students | Supporting Our Teachers | Helping Our Schools

School supplies

For the past two years, Journey has provided classroom supplies to JCC teachers and JCC partner schools (San Miguel Elementary, La Mesa Middle School, Bancroft Elementary, Monte Vista High School).


School Supplies
91 percent of teachers buy basic school supplies for their

2 in 3 teachers (67%) purchase food or snacks to satisfy the basic nutritional needs of their students — even ones who are already enrolled in their schools’ free or reduced-price meal program.

1 in 3 teachers purchase clothing for children, including jackets, hats and gloves (30%) or shoes and shoelaces (15%).

Personal Care
18 percent of teachers purchase personal care items, such as toothbrushes and sanitary products.

Hygiene Products
Nearly 1 in 3 teachers (29%) purchase items such as toilet paper and soap that their school cannot provide enough of due to budget cuts.

Field Trips
More than half of all teachers have paid the costs of field trips
for students who couldn’t afford to participate otherwise.

Alarm Clocks
Several teachers reported purchasing alarm clocks for students. Due to work schedules or family circumstances, guardians were unable to wake their children for school, which led to absences and academic under-performance.


Download a printer friendly Shopping List.

Please consider helping out by purchasing one/some/all of the following. Deposit donations in bins located in the lobby of Worship Center, Journey Java and in front of the Church Office. Donations accepted through August 10.

o    Kleenex
o    Dry erase pens
o    Xerox paper
o    Colored pencils
o    Glue Sticks
o    Black felt pens (thin tip)
o    College Ruled Spiral Notebooks
o    Mr. Sketch pens
o    Post-Its
o    EXPO white board markers
o    Crayola Crayons and markers
o    Construction Paper – 12×18 and 8×10
o    Ball Point Pens (Black and Red)
o    Ticonderoga Pencils #2
(We go through 50 dozen every two weeks)
o    Highlighters
o    Lined paper – college ruled and wide spacing
o    Pocket Folders
o    Sentence Strips
o    Backpacks

Would you like to help with the preparation and delivery of these gifts to the teachers? It’s a wonderful experience! Contact Dave Merk.

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