March 7, 2018 — What a pleasure it is to announce that your shopping in Earthglow Gift Shop in 2017, along with the booth rental from the 2017 Earthglow Market, has allowed a distribution of $38,000 to local organizations. Recipients of these earnings include: Skyline Urban Ministries (with funds designated for their eye clinic, clothing ministry and food pantry), Neighborhood Services Organization, Circle of Care, Exodus House, and Penn Avenue Redemption Church.
Each of these organizations is a significant provider of service to those who live in poverty throughout our city and state. Over the next several issues of the Church of the Servant newsletter, you will learn how your purchases in Earthglow help each of these groups provide individualized service to a specific segment of those in need. Today, let’s take a look at Penn Avenue Redemption United Methodist Church.
Penn Avenue Redemption Church is an affiliate of the United Methodist Church. It serves a congregation in the vicinity of 1320 N Pennsylvania – but it also serves a population of soon-to-be-released inmates from the six community correctional facilities around Oklahoma City, and their families. Three times a week inmates are transported to the church for worship services, classes, choir, and group study. The mission of Redemption Church is to serve their community by being and making disciples for Jesus Christ, celebrating God’s grace, encouraging recovery and providing fellowship for prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families.
The congregation of Redemption Church is a delightful mixture of congregants who are homeless in the area and the families who travel to worship and visit with their loved ones who are incarcerated. Sunday dinner is fed to approximately 200 people each week, and there is a clothing closet for those who are homeless, incarcerated or in need. What a privilege it is to send Earthglow dollars to help in this most worthwhile ministry!
Over the existence of Earthglow (some 42 years now), $817,244 has been shared with organizations like Penn Avenue Redemption. Thank you for your dedication in shopping Earthglow. Right now, Easter gift items abound in the shop for your giving pleasure. Stop in often. Your purchases do make a difference!