We received $819.00 for Change for a Dollar last weekend. All the proceeds went to the Veterans Network Committee’s Honor Flight 2015. The Honor Flight is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the War Memorials built by a grateful nation for those who served. The proceeds from Change for a Dollar will help them to realize their dreams of honoring their fallen comrades and also provide closure.
We received $801.00 for Change for a Dollar last weekend. Here are the two organizations it went towards:
Winnebago County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) – It costs $1,070 per CASA. The average number of children one CASA serves is 3, so that breaks down to $350 per child. With our donation, we are helping them recruit and train these volunteers.
Warm Feet Mission – Ann Honer started Warm Feet Mission from her Garage with the help of several neighbors in 2009. They provide socks for the underprivileged and homeless in our local community. Each pair of socks is folded and includes a card saying “The Lord Walks With You.”
Thank you so much for partnering with these amazing ministries. Keep dropping your loose change in the buckets every week, and we’ll keep making change for a dollar together!
Last weekend, we received $710.00 from Change for a Dollar, and 100% of the money was gifted to Ben, a 15-year-old Heartlander who has been diagnosed with a rare type of Parkinson Syndrome. His family is raising $5,000 to go to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, NY.
This week, we gifted the Salvation Army your Change for a Dollar donations for their 26th Annual Koats for Kids. The purpose of the drive is to collect and distribute new and gently used winter coats to needy children living in Winnebago County.
Every wonder what almost $500 of children’s coats looks like? This is what staff members Julie and Sandee had a fun time buying with your donations:
Update on 10/28: because of your generous donations, we’ve now gifted a total of $2,500 to the Westline Church plant! Way to go Heartland!
We received $622.50 that went to Westline Church, located in Glen Ellyn, IL, on the Union Pacific Westline Metro route. Their vision is to plant churches all along the Westline Metro spreading the message of Christ and his love.
The last two weekends we received $1,202 for Change for a Dollar, and 100% of the proceeds went to two great organizations here in town:
Project Undershare is a nonprofit organization who distributed around 30,000 pieces of socks, underwear, and T-shirts to children last year. It is the only organization in the surrounding communities to provide this service.
By Bob L. — Communications Team
After the last baptism weekend at Heartland, a staff member told a pretty interesting story about one of the people who was baptized. I thought it was compelling enough to follow up for you. Let’s set it up with a little baptism background provided by Julie…
“No, you wear those shorts!”
Not something you expect to be spouted out to a soon-to-be baptized new believer, especially since I sounded like a mother scolding her daughter. But you had to be in my shoes 45 minutes earlier to understand. Melanie had checked in with me before services to put her change of clothes for baptism in the women’s restroom. I overheard her tell her friend that she was going to wear the shorts she was given the day the Air Force saved her, the only piece of clothing left from that horrific day. I couldn’t help but ask her about it. All she stated was that she was saved that day by the Air Force after her convoy had been bombed and after they had cut away her burning uniform, they had put the shorts on her. “Now today is the day Jesus is saving me”.
Fast forward in service, Breaux asked that those who wanted to be baptized to meet him at the pool. Melanie had come to change her clothes first but she stopped at the rack of extra clothes we make available for those who decided during services to be baptized. I looked at her and asked what she was doing and she said she wasn’t comfortable showing her legs, she thought she would put on pants. And here’s where I say “No, you wear those shorts!”
Baptism weekends at Heartland are my favorite. It’s where we as staff get to see the fruits of our labor in ministry. Now, I’m not a ministry leader or talented communicator and they sure don’t want me on the worship team…I work behind the scenes. I get to hear about the lives being changed in the ministries we have at Heartland but sometimes I am in the right place at the right time and this is not where the story ends…
By Mitch J. — Communications Team
One City. One Church.
I personally had the privilege to attend a worship night a few weeks ago where students from high schools and churches all across the Rockford area joined together and worshipped God. It was honestly one of the most powerful events I’ve ever been a part of.
Emily K., a Rock Valley student that attended One & One, told me that she “loved everything about the event, but especially liked that everyone worshipped in a different way.” She’s very passionate about churches not being in competition with each other, but rather all coming to Christ together. Even though she thought she would know everyone, from this event alone she’s made a lot of great new friends at Rock Valley.
Aria S., another student who attended One & One, told me that it was “really cool” for her to see other kids outside of the 4 walls of the church worshipping together. Going into it, she knew worship was going to be part of the event, but she “didn’t know it was going to be so powerful.” Plus, she said there weren’t any cliques, and the whole atmosphere was super inviting.
With all this buzz about One & One going on, I wanted to get a behind-the-scenes look at what drove this incredibly unique (and obviously successful) event to become a reality. Nathan Branam, the head of our High School ministry at Heartland, sat down with me and gave me the scoop on how One & One came to be.
Outside Mall Makeover
ICYMI – Some pre-winter sprucing up around the mall just happened that saved Heartland a significant amount of money. Let me sum it up.
Twenty volunteers spent a weekend performing a makeover on the storefronts from the Heartland entrance all the way past Great Clips and ended at Vinny’s Pizza.
By Bob L. — Communications Team
Wow! What an Awesome Gift!
That’s what Sherry Pitney, Executive Director of the Rockford Rescue Mission, wrote to us, or rather to you if you brought toilet paper to Heartland this September.
In all, Heartlanders donated 4,208 rolls of toilet paper to the mission. That’s a value of about $2,100.
Your gifts help us care for hundreds of men, women and children who are homeless and struggling with some of life’s most difficult challenges… Thank you again for your kindness and compassion. Your generosity is truly a blessing to our ministry as we rescue, recover and restore broken lives. God bless you.
Way to go Heartlanders!