Summer is here, and there are lots of ways to share Christ's love and come alongside others! 
A huge thank you to everyone who brought books in May for children at Conn Elementary.  Thanks to your generosity our bins were overflowing, making it possible for children whose families cannot afford books to have plenty of summer reading!

If you weren't able to bring books, but are looking for ways to put your faith in action, check out this month's opportunities below.   I hope you find several that inspire you to go out and serve in love. 
Grace & Peace, 

Renae Newmiller , Director of Local & Global Engagement

Church in the City: Mental Illness 
June 2, 9:45 - 10:45 a.m., Chapel/Chapel Annex

One in five of us lives with mental illness, and 1 in 17 lives with a severe mental illness.  Yet, most of us do not know much about the state of treatment, crisis services and support in our community.   Join us for our quarterly Church in the City series looking at issues facing our city, and as Christians how we can respond. Leaders from the National Association of Mental Illness Wake County will share insight, we'll hear from someone who has struggled with mental illness, and find out ways we can be more effective hands and feet to those struggling with mental illness in our families and community. We will also get some tips on how we can better care for own mental health. Hope to see you there!

Disaster Early Response Training
June 1, 8:30 - 5:00, Edenton Street 
In the early days after a disaster, Early Response Teams (ERTs) clean out flood damaged homes, remove debris, place tarps on homes, and otherwise help to prevent further damage, while providing a caring Christian presence.  As we enter into hurricane season, it's a great time to get ERT training and learn the basics of disaster response, including how to stabilize and secure homes safely, and how to work effectively with survivors and others on a response team.  Sign-up here.

Beyond Our Walls - Increasing Our Impact!
June 9 - July 21 
WHAT?   40 days of intentional giving to benefit our local and global ministry partners.
WHY?   To further help our neighbors who are struggling in Raleigh and beyond.
WHO?   You! And our entire Edenton Street Campus family.
HOW?  (A CHALLENGE)    $ 1 (or more!) per family member (adults and children) per day for 40 days. With an average attendance close to 1,000 per week, we can reach our goal with full participation!
WHEN?   June 9 - July 21
Help make a difference  in our community and world by joining us as we seek to raise $40,000 in 40 days to benefit organizations that:
Strengthen families                 Help the sick                Feed the hungry
Fight injustice                           Provide shelter            Combat poverty
Come alongside children        Spread the gospel
Fill up a "Beyond Our Walls" cupwhich can be found around the Edenton Street Campus (starting on 6/9), and bring it to church on 7/21 (or anytime before then).
If writing a check, make it to ESUMC marked Beyond Our Walls.  You can also 
give here (select Beyond Our Walls in the dropdown).
Click here  for a full list of the ministries we support.

Build with Habitat for Humanity 
June 1 & June 8

As part of a coalition of downtown churches, we help families realize their dreams of being homeowners by building with Habitat for Humanity.  Join us for our spring build as we come alongside a local family eager to have a home of their own.  No special building skills required.   Sign-up here. 

Help The Green Chair Project

The Green Chair Project is one of our favorite ministry partners (it started  out of a closet in our church!).  Currently, they are running low on sheets and comforters (twin and queen sizes).  If you can help with this need for new or gently used sheets and comforters, drop your donations off at The Green Chair Project on Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm or the first and third Saturdays from 10:00 - 1:00 pm.
L earn more about what they do, and where to drop off donations here.

Dig into Alliance's Community Garden
Alliance Medical Ministry's community g arden is open on second Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and the 4th Wednesdays of the month from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.  Drop in (101 Donald Ross Drive, Raleigh) or  RSVP with  Jesse Crouch, Garden Director.    Kiddos welcome.  

Help Stock The Urban Ministries Food Pantry
Did you know we have an ongoing food drive to help stock the Urban Ministries food pantry?  We collect non-perishable food items year round, but in the summer, when kids are home from school and don't receive free and reduce breakfast and lunch, the need is much bigger.  The next time you're at the grocery store, please consider purchasing some extra non-perishable items to help feed hungry families in Wake County.  Current needs include canned meat, low-sugar cereal, canned beans and pasta sauce (in plastic jars).  Collection bins are on the first floor of the Edenton Street Campus.

Take a ZOE Trip of Hope to Liberia
October 8 - 16 

Want to experience God's power at work in the lives of some of the most vulnerable children on earth?  If so, consider journeying to Liberia with ZOE , a ministry that empowers orphans and vulnerable children to care for themselves and their siblings. While there, you'll meet our two Edenton Street sponsored orphan empowerment groups, which consist of nearly 200 children. Come experience, and be challenged by, the expressions of faith and discipleship evident in the lives of these young people.  If you want to join the October trip,  email Elena to learn more.   

Ongoing Opportunities
Looking for ongoing opportunities to serve this year?  Here are a few ways to get involved on a weekly, monthly or quarterly basis:

Loads of Love
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00 p.m., weekly teams provide one free wash & dry to people in need, serve weekly or monthly. Email Dawn 
Hurricane Florence Disaster Response
Weekend day trips to help our NC neighbors recover from Hurricane Florence damage.   Email Suzanne
Raleigh Rescue Mission 
4th Sunday, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., worship and spend time in small groups with Raleigh Rescue Mission guests.  Email Renae. 

Family Promise - Helping Families who are Experiencing Homelessness
Quarterly we host families who are temporarily homeless - providing housing and meals for a week at a time.  There are lots of ways to be involved.  Email Ed   to find out how.  2019 dates: 8/11 - 18 & 11/3 - 10

Ruth Sheets Center
Spend time with older adults in ESUMC's adult day center.  Choose a weekday, 2:00 - 5:30 p.m.  Email Matt

Missional Communities
We have Missional Communities across all of our sites who live life together and serve in our community on a monthly basis.  Email Ashley to connect with one of these amazing groups.