We believe that everything that happens inside the walls of the church, equips us to embody the message of Jesus outside the walls of the church. In fact, we believe the church is at its best when it serves, sacrifices and gives, caring about the things God cares about. We were created to live for something greater than ourselves, and we think the best way to accomplish that is by serving people outside the walls of our church. Listed below you will find just some of the ways we are attempting to accomplish this, both in our local community, and around the world.
SERVING OUR COMMUNITY
BUSES N BACKPACKS
Each Thursday, a backpack of food is taken to area schools, providing food to children of families in need, many of which are currently homeless. The child returns the backpack to the school the following Monday, where it is picked up, repacked, and delivered back to the school by Thursday. Currently we work with 15 local schools to identify those in need, serving 450 children each week. We are also in the beginning stages of working with local high schools to provide food pantries for students. Food is made available through donations made to the church, and through our partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank. This weekly ministry is overseen primarily by volunteers who order, sort, pack and deliver the food each week. To donate to Buses N’ Backpacks or to find out more information on the program and how you can help visit ServingSouthLake.org
DISASTER RELIEF TEAM
When a natural disaster strikes, it normally gives little to no warning, and leaves tremendous devastation in its wake. Through the initiative of a group of volunteers, we have outfitted a response trailer, equipped to assist victims of disaster with everything from tree removal, to roof repair, and just about anything in between. We currently have approximately 45 people who are an active part of this team, having been trained in strategic disaster response. Contact the church office for more information about upcoming training events and how you can get involved with this team.
ARTS FOR A CAUSE
Arts for a Cause is a coordinated effort among artists in our community to raise funds for various organizations & ministries locally & globally. It is another way that we can use our talents to further the work of God’s Kingdom on earth. The program consists of periodic performances including everything from dance, music, live painting, video, etc… with breaks in between to talk, get refreshments and look at (& bid on) various art pieces that have been donated for silent auction.
Are you an Artist?
If you would like to donate any art for the silent auction (photography, paintings, sculptures, etc…) or if you would like to participate with a performance piece (music, dance, drama, film, etc…) please contact Amanda Mendoza
SERVING THE WORLD
The church is a global movement with a global mission each and every one of us are called to play a part in. It is for this reason that we support several foreign missionaries and organizations through a combination of financial support and short-term mission trips.
ECHO RANCH | JUNEAU, ALASKA
Echo Ranch, a ministry of Avant, is a camp ministry that reaches out to children and teens in Southeast Alaska. We partner with them by sending teams for 1-2 weeks over the summer to assist with camp programs and/or facilities construction and maintenance needs. For more info on Echo Ranch, visit their website – Echoranch.org
CABARET BAPTIST CHILDREN'S HOME | HAITI
Cabaret Baptist Children’s Home was started by the Jacksonville Baptist Association in 1998 in response to the great need in the poverty-stricken country of Haiti. They have since started a school, a church and an orphanage. They also teach life and work skills to the adults in the surrounding community. We will be sending our first short-term team to Haiti this summer to partner with them in their efforts. To find out more about Cabaret Baptist Children’s Home, visit their website at jbahaiti.org
PAPUA, NEW GUINEA
Working with the missionary organization called “New Tribes Mission”, Keith and Angie Copley are in PNG serving the Hewa people. Their goal is to plant tribal churches in un-reached areas of the world. We help provide a portion of their monthly financial support through our annual church budget.
SOUTHERN BAPTIST COOPERATIVE PROGRAM
A cooperative network of churches that pool resources strategically to have the greatest impact for the Great Commission. The Cooperative program funds the International Missions Board (IMB), the largest international missions agency in the world, and the North American Mission Board (NAMB), strategically helping to plant churches throughout North America. The Cooperative program also funds numerous children’s homes, schools, aid and relief organizations, etc. through the US and overseas.