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Youth Emergency Services (Y.E.S.) is both the mission and hunger partner for May. Y.E.S. was founded in 1974 by a group of volunteers who wanted to help homeless young folks who were hanging out around the Old Market. From that beginning, came the YES House (better known today as the Emergency Shelter.) That shelter has served as the only arm of YES until 1999 when the Street Outreach Program was added. (The Hunger monies are used both at the YES House and in the Street Outreach Program.) About 10 years later, both the Transitional Living Programand the Maternity Home were founded. The latest programming came into being in 2012, when a Mentoring Program was launched. In the past decade, close to 6,000 youth were helped by YES to escape a crisis situation. It’s the only organization in Omaha whose focus is on helping runaway and homeless youth turn their lives around in a positive direction.
SPREADING JOY! The Prison Ministry worshipped at PCM celebrating Easter with the Active Christian Entertainers (ACE). What better way to experience the resurrection of our Lord.
Camp Calvin Crest summer camperships for church members’ children are available. Get a signature on your 2014 Summer Camp Registration Form from Kathy Sutula, Kathy Koslosky or Chuck McGavren. Consider camp this summer! Information and forms are in the Communications Center.
Monday Evening PW Circle will be meeting at 7:00 pm on Monday, May 5, in the church small dining room. They will be studying chapter 4 of the book, “Wounded Women of the Bible.”
The Deacons are helping with the Congregational Dinner on May 4. Please be sure to support the Mission Trip with your presence and with your monetary presents. Additional information is available in the article on Page 7. May 11 is Mother's Day, and the Deacons will provide a small gift to be delivered to the homebound mothers of the church. If you know of one of our members who would like to be remembered, please contact the church office or Deb Burg. Look for the bouquet of flowers with homebound names and addresses if you would like to make a delivery. The Deacons provide meals in containers for you to take home and enjoy, or for you to take home and share with a friend. March and April Meal Marts offered soups, but upcoming Meal Marts will expand the selections to other kinds of meals. A free will donation is suggested to continue the ministry. Thank you to the Deacons who provided the excellent soups and banana bread. The next Meal Mart will be held on May 11. Rainbow House is an ongoing ministry of the Board of Deacons. On the first Monday of each month dinner is prepared for the people who are staying at Rainbow House. The congregation is encouraged to support this ministry through food donations and by helping prepare the meals at the Rainbow House kitchen. Menus are posted in the communication center. Long term illness or confinement can make meal preparation difficult. For generations Christians have helped each other with food preparation, or delivered a casserole and a loaf of baked bread to support families in crisis. At PCM, Mealtrain.com is used to manage meal deliveries. Meal preferences, delivery times food allergies, frequencies and contact information are individualized for each Mealtrain. Please contact the church office or Deb Burg if meal deliveries would be helpful for someone you know at PCM. Each month Deacons support PCM members through cards, greetings, phone calls, visits, and building a sense of community. If you have suggestions for Deacons, please contact Deb Burg. Thank you to all of the PCM members who delivered live Easter lilies from the sanctuary the week following Easter. During the Easter Brunch the Deacons provided names and addresses of homebound PCM members so that the plants would brighten their day. The 2014 Board of Deacons includes: Brittany Andersen, Maurine Beason, Bob Benson, Julie Binderup, Cliff Buckingham, Angela Burg, Debra Burg, Colleen Collins, Joan Edwards, Marge Finch, Mason Finch, Mike Forsythe, Diane Frans, Cathy Heitmann, Loren Ilg, Lynne Ilg, Mary McClean, Winnie Pinch, Laraine Roberts, Emily Struebing, Sandra Wolff.