Monday, September 18, 2017

2017 Walk Preparation and Reminders

"When you are hungry, you can't think about anything else."
                     Juana "Janie" Mendez, 17
    Crestwood Christian Church was overflowing with energy and creativity Sun. Sept. 17th when 55 youth and 12 leaders gathered to meet new friends while playing robust games in the gym, eating pizza, sandwiches, fruit and cookies and making colorful, unique posters to carry on our Walk, Sept. 24th.  Abundant Gratitude to Rev. Kory, Rev. Trish, Casey and team for hosting another successful ecumenical  event that brought together 'Walking' youth from Providence Christian (Jessamine CO), Central Christian, East 2nd St. Christian, First Christian (Winchester) and Crestwood. 

Friendly Reminders as we prepare for next Sunday's Walk:

  • We are 'GREEN' and it will be a warm day!  DO bring, and REMIND others, your own water bottle which can be refilled at Southern Hills UMC Water Station. E. Main/MLK.

  • Youth Leaders: save time at 3 PM registration!  Print a sign- in- sheet (includes statement of consent) from CROP Hunger Walk's resource center to complete and bring with you.  3:25 send-off message. Walk begins promptly at 3:30.

  • Crossing guard volunteers will be located at the major intersections.  BUT, everyone MUST  Walk on the sidewalks and adhere to traffic lights.  The route will be well marked with official posters.  Strollers, wagons, dogs are OK....no bicycles, skateboards.

  • Our 'cash' fund raising continues through Oct. 31st and ON-line donations accepted through Dec.  Let's continue our efforts so we can Celebrate reaching our 30th Anniversary,  $30,000 goal!

  • Print your on-line confirmation donation receipt and take with you (or give to someone) to ALFALFA's for Brunch or take-out SUNDAY, 9-2 PM.  They will donate 20% (before sales tax) to our mission.  GOOD NEWS! indeed.

  • Bring a can(s) protein food (tuna, chicken, p.butter) to donate to God's Pantry station.

  • T-shirts will be sold; profits to our Walk (this year's style $12, others $8)

  • Abundant Thanks! to Providence Christian, Southern Hills UMC, Crestwood Christian, Unitarian Universalist, Meadowthorpe Presbyterian, East 2nd St. Christian and Christian Science for giving all Walkers visual, interactive moments of reflection as to why we are Walking in Solidarity for all our neighbors in need of the most basic human rights!

          See you and yours Sunday!
          Blessings, 
              Judy M., Walk organizer

Our 3-mile 2017 Hunger Walk Route

Monday, August 28, 2017

Plans for the 2017 CROP Hunger Walk

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is,
what are you doing for others?" 
                      Martin Luther King

        The Greater Lexington CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk will be Sunday Sept. 24th, at Second Presbyterian Church, E. Main St.  Registration and check-in begins at 3:00 PM.  Meet and greet fellowship activities will include poster making, a visit to God's Pantry Food Bank station to donate a can(s) hi-protein food, discover how you can support the 'ONE' campaign's fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases in Africa at their station, purchase and wear the 'new' 2017 Walk T-shirt, gather for group pictures, etc. 3:25 will be our send-off message. The 3 mile experiential Walk (and bus service) begins promptly at 3:30. (the walk route map and more specific info will be posted here after Sept. 12th).

        A productive, exciting Recruiter's Rally was held Aug. 17th. Andrew Gifford, our Church World Service liaison, Columbus, Ohio, shared Good News following his recent visits to Myanmar and South Vietnam. He explained how a portion of the 75% funds raised in the 2016 national Walks has contributed to the successful nutrition and hygiene educational programs now in place for thousands of our global neighbors in Asia. Rebecca Wallace, God's Pantry Food Bank, expressed gratitude for our 25% grant which helped provide 71,000 meals and snacks to Kid's Cafe, Back Pack and Summer Feeding programs.   Yes, indeed we DO make a difference!c
   MARK your Calendars!  Sunday, Sept. 17th, 4-6 PM,    Crestwood Christian Church, 1882 Bellefonte Dr. Lex!!
Ecumenical Poster-making and Pizza Party for ALL  youth, their leaders and parents!  Abundant Thanks! to Rev. Kory Wilcoxson  and Casey McDonald for once again hosting this creative, interfaith event.
PLEASE contact Casey (casey@crestwoodchristian.org) or Judy Maxson (jke659@gmail.com) before Sept. 14th with the number of people we can expect from your church or organization. THANK YOU!
       With the addition of committed recruiters representing 'new' congregations and organizations, my team and I are confident that we will reach our $30,000 goal this 30th year!  I am grateful for each participating Walker and Team Member's  dedication to our Walk mission!  For we are bringing gifts of HOPE, sharing HELP and restoring DIGNITY to all God's children in need of the most basic human rights. Thank You!

     Walking Together in peace, joy and love,
       Judy Maxson, Walk organizer