We have continuously shown up in this pandemic season in unique ways to Be The Church in our community and city. Our long track record has helped the city welcome us back again for a modified version of our Serve Weekend. Visit our projects website, find a project that works for you, your family, or group.
Venice Church serves the global community through multiple initiatives. These efforts help to provide clean drinking water to people around the world, assistance to orphans and children in need, and a way out for women trapped in the network of human trafficking. For further information on any outreach projects or missions trips, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have an organization you would like us to consider for a partnership? We partner with many local organizations through volunteer and financial support. Fill our our Ministry Support formMinistry Support formMinistry Support formMinistry Support formMinistry Support formMinistry Support form to be considered. Our partners are typically set during the fall for the following calendar year.
Be Faithful in Service
You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. ~ Matthew 5:14,16
Here are some ways you can serve one another during this time
Connect with family, friends, and neighbors regularly to offer words of love and encouragement. Pray with and for them.
Share a meal with someone who feels isolated.
Check in on elderly friends and neighbors. Offer to get them groceries.
Offer respite for caregivers of elderly individuals or those with special needs
Offer free childcare to parents who have to continue to work outside the home.
Pay for groceries or a meal for a family in need.
Walk your neighbor’s dog.
Show kindness, practice patience, and give grace.
Community Partnerships & Outreach
Each week, our EastLake Church Network family is spending countless hours serving our communities and being the church! Here are just a few of the ways we have served and seen your generosity at work:
Our churches in Playas de Tijuana and Zona Rio have coordinated the distribution of grocery gift cards to 1,500 families in need throughout their communities. These gift cards provide food and nutritional support to families affected by COVID-19 and the stay-at-home orders throughout Tijuana. Additionally, our churches in Mexico were instrumental in providing masks and other personal protective equipment to medical workers in Tijuana.
Your collective generosity has allowed us to support Big Table, a San Diego-based non-profit that cares for those in crisis in the restaurant and hospitality industry – providing both immediate help and longer-term mentoring and support. As the federal, state, and local Covid-19 containment measures have prioritized closing restaurants, bars, and other hospitality businesses, Big Table finds itself on the front line of this crisis. As a church network we have been able to help ten restaurant and hospitality workers and their families who have been drastically impacted.
Imperial Beach Church hosted a Food Drive last Friday and served 300 cars, representing 1,000 people in our community.
We continue to partner with Community Through Hope to provide food drives on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Last week, the food drives served 1,561 cars, 6,827 individuals and provided 84,266 pounds of nutrition! If you’d like to sign up to volunteer at our food preparation or meal distribution, sign up here.
Torrey Pines Church volunteers made and distributed 200 masks to hospice care workers in San Diego.
Sixty people at EastLake Church participated in the first online Financial Peace University courses this week and they are committed to achieving stability, peace and freedom with their finances.
We’ve made a helpful printable for you to use during this time if you’d like to help a neighbor who you think can use a helping hand with anything from picking up groceries to bringing in their trash cans or mowing their lawn. Download it here and share your photos on your social media pages so we can see you #bethechurch in your neighborhood.
Through your generosity and in partnership with Community Through Hope, we were able to add an additional food distribution site in Imperial Beach and at Community Through Hope next week. If you are healthy and would like to volunteer to help with preparing food packages or distribution, you can sign up here.
Venice Church members reached out to their elderly neighbors to help with everything from mowing their lawn to volunteering at the local food bank.
Imperial Beach Church attendees were able to provide formula and supplies for seven babies at Grace Children’s Home in Mexico. (Not to mention the brand new food distribution site we mentioned above!)
Torrey Pines Church delivered and transported ten loads of groceries, baby supplies and toiletries to families around San Diego.
Adult ministry staff and volunteers called 300 senior citizens of EastLake Church Chula Vista to check in and see how they were doing, and also delivered fresh vegetables and canned goods to those in need.
This is just a small listing of everything you’re doing to be faithful in prayer, faithful in service, and faithful in generosity!
Through your generosity, we have made a substantial donation to Community Through Hope to expand food distribution efforts for those in need. This week alone, they were able to provide 6,313 people with 59,256 pounds of food and 822 families received diapers for children.
Also with Community Through Hope, we joined Community Congregational Church in funding a mobile shower unit for the streetbound and homeless, providing critical hygiene resources for those at risk and in need.
We made a substantial donation to Powerhouse Ministries, who provide support and transitional housing to men in recovery, many of whom have been disproportionately impacted by sudden layoffs in the restaurant and service industry.
We committed thousands of dollars to Big Table, which provides assistance and immediate financial support to workers in the hospitality and food service industry, which has been devastated by shutdowns and cancellations in light of COVID-19.
People who serve in our Hand Over Hand ministry that assists families with children who have special needs dropped off groceries, supplies, and dinner to some of the families who have immunocompromised children at home.
A member of Imperial Beach Church delivered hand sanitizers, disinfectant spray, baby wipes, baby clothes, and other needs to the women at the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition, our long-standing partner in the battle against human trafficking.
Members of Venice Church served at information hotlines and community organizations to help get information out to people in need.
The amazing part is that this list is only part of all the good work that the people of our church network are doing – either individually or collectively. It’s all part of our ongoing goal to be the church by remaining FAITHFUL IN PRAYER, FAITHFUL IN SERVICE, and FAITHFUL IN GENEROSITY.