Rebuilding Together
By: Marcy Walker, Director of Adult Ministries
Last Saturday, a Ginghamsburg team of more than a dozen adults and students had the honor of partnering with Rebuilding Together Dayton for National Rebuilding Day. Rebuilding Together is a national organization with the vision of repairing homes, revitalizing communities and rebuilding lives. This organization helps to maintain and beautify homes and neighborhoods whose residents on average earn under $17,000 per year. Here’s how it all started:
 
“In 1973, a small group of people in Midland, Texas, realized a growing need in their community. Homes in their community had fallen into disrepair and their neighbors could not afford to fix them on their own. The group volunteered their time and skills to rehabilitate the homes of their neighbors. Realizing the potential impact of this work, the group formed Christmas in April, with the intent of performing repair and rehabilitation work in their community every April.
News of the group’s good work spread slowly, but eventually achieved national recognition. The mission spread beyond the idea of providing service once a year in April to bringing together partners from all walks of life to help our neighbors year-round. We opened the national office in 1988 and became Rebuilding Together.
Today, Rebuilding Together has grown into a premier nonprofit community revitalization organization. Together, with our corporate and community partners, we repair homes, revitalize communities and rebuild lives. Rebuilding Together’s local affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects nationwide each year.”
This past Saturday, volunteers around the Miami Valley worked on 10 homes in the Lakeview and Pineview neighborhoods, conducting clean ups in these neighborhoods in addition to clean ups at Lakeview and Mallory Parks. Our team was stationed at Lakeview Park. Ginghamsburg family member Anne Faris described the event as a great experience for her and her young daughter Sophia. It was an excellent opportunity to work with others, cleaning up the park and alleys to make them safe and beautiful for residents. Pastor Fitz, who served with his kids Colin and Hanna, shared, “It was rewarding to be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving this community in this way.”
 
In addition to beautifying this area, some wonderful connections were made. Pastor Rachel shared this experience from Saturday's event:
 
“I met Dave while serving on this Saturday’s National Rebuilding Day. The Billups’ family tagged along while Fitz led a group of students and their families in the clean-up. Loved getting my hands dirty for Jesus, but even more I loved meeting new people! Dave was from Sulfur Grove UMC in Huber Heights and asked, “Do you think we could partner with Ginghamsburg to do more to help our neighbors?” “Absolutely, Dave!” I replied. Although this concept isn’t new, a COVID world has taught us that we are better together. Partnership and networking are the way forward. We are the body of Christ — whether that’s the UMC down the street or a church from a completely different denomination. We together are on team Jesus!”
 
If you or your life group would like to get connected to other serving opportunities like this one, email me at mwalker@ginghamsburg.org and let me know. Thank you, Ginghamsburg family, for your commitment to being the hands and feet of Jesus!

Marcy Walker
Director of Adult Ministries
Infant and child baptisms return Mother's Day weekend!

Have your young one baptized or dedicated on Sunday, May 9 at the Tipp City Campus. Registering for and attending a one-time class is necessary for this event.

Class Options:
  • In person: Sunday, May 2, 10:30am, Tipp Campus Main Office
  • Via Zoom: Monday, May 3 and Tuesday, May 4, 7pm

To join on Zoom use Meeting ID: 814 0748 3767, Passcode: 688577

Click here to register for the class. Email care@ginghamsburg.org with
any questions.
By the Numbers...
  • Offering this week was $56,098 from 238 individual or family givers.  
  • In-person worship was attended by 390 individuals across both locations.
  • Online worship was streamed over the weekend by 1,830 unique devices on three platforms (YouTube, Facebook and ginghamsburg.org/live).
This Weekend at Ginghamsburg!
You’ve made it through the worst of the pandemic – but how are you doing, really? For many of us, unhealthy habits have reaped distracted thoughts, restless spirits and unloved bodies. This week’s wake-up call, however, is that healthy sex lives require nourishing daily practices. Don’t miss weekend worship for a reality check on loving our bodies, renewing our minds and creating life-giving habits.
 
Sex Talk: Every Day Commitment
Fort McKinley In-Person Worship Time:
Sunday: 10:30am

Tipp City In-Person Worship Times:
Sunday: 9, 10:30am
Ginghamsburg Online Worship Times
Saturday: 5pm
Sunday: 9, 10:30am
YouTube 5pm Saturday, on demand after