Serving Central Detroit Christian this Christmas
By: WebmasterDate: Nov 25, 2019 Tags: Plymouth Christian Life, Service
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (ESV)
PCA students learn about the importance of service throughout the school year, but during the Christmas season, we hope to instill the importance of serving others even more. This year, we are providing our families a very simple, yet critical way to share with families in Detroit. We are joining forces with Calvary Baptist Church to provide needed items for the Central Detroit Christian (CDC) Pride for Parents store. According to their website, “Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a non-profit, faith-based organization committed to empowering people, creating positive opportunities for the community and loving our neighbors as ourselves.” Their vision is extremely powerful, “Once again, men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets . . . the city streets will be filled with boys and girls there. This is what the Lord Almighty says!”-Zechariah 8:4-5
How can you participate?
The impact that Central Detroit Christian is having on the city of Detroit is so powerful and we are grateful to be able to serve them this Christmas by providing needed items for their Pride for Parents store. This special store allows families served by CDC to purchase Christmas gifts and winter wear items at a significantly reduced rate. We are hoping to collect 450 items campus-wide.
The CDC Pride for Parents Christmas Tree is located in the Calvary Baptist Church lobby. Following the Thanksgiving Chapel this week, we are inviting PCA families to take a gift tag off the lobby Christmas tree. Can’t make it to the Thanksgiving chapel? Feel free to take a tag off the tree at any time; no sign-out needed! The gifts need to be returned to PCA/CBC by December 15 for delivery to the Parent Store at Central Detroit Christian.
Why Central Detroit Christian?
Central Detroit Christian is a very special organization for Plymouth Christian Academy. For the past several years, we have served CDC through Project SHINE. This past spring the PCA Class of 2020 served them, working with CBC Volunteer Coordinator, Nate Gangwer. They came away with very powerful testimonials of that day.
- “For our annual PCA SHINE day, the junior class went to an organization in Detroit called Central Detroit Christian, or CDC. Following our arrival, we had a discussion with the volunteer coordinator who explained the struggles faced by the people who live there. He explained the many obstacles it takes to remove oneself from poverty and get to the middle class. It was very eye-opening and left me with a different viewpoint than the one I had when I originally walked in.”
Rosalia Vileo, PCA 11th Grade Student
“This year SHINE was very impactful in my life. It was not only the work that I did in the community but the lesson that the volunteer coordinator taught us. This lesson was about people in poverty and why it is so hard for them to get out of poverty.”
Matthew Powers, PCA 11th Grade Student
“Being in Detroit and seeing things people have to go through every day showed me how blessed all of us really are and how much we take for granted.”
Rebekah Anger, PCA 11th Grade Student
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