Saturday, April 19, 2014

Live the Legacy

Join us every Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 to beautify Johnson City. We will meet at Floral park to strategize and divide into work teams.  Gloves and various tools will be available for use.

The Outreach Team of Sarah Jane Johnson Church is led by Deacon Patricia Cardin and known in the community as “the George F. Johnson Dream Center.”  The Dream Center is carrying on the Johnson legacy of empowering the common person to make their lives and our community better, and we are making a big difference!

We will kick of our the 2012 year of the UNYAC “Reaching Our Neighbors” Initiative through neighborhood restoration with an organizational meeting, Tuesday, May 21st, at 6:30 PM in the youth Café.

The Outreach Committee needs members from Sarah Jane, so please consider joining us on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 in the youth cafe’. This is going to be a very exciting year of reaching our neighbors.

Take a look at all that we are doing this winter.

The Dragon Slayers After School Club which meets from 3:30-5:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays is open to students in grades 4th to 12th. The Leadership Academy for youth in grades 9-12 also meets on Mondays and Wednesdays. Academy students have the opportunity for leadership training in team building and program planning.  Check the Dream Center website for details: gfjdreamcenter.cfsites.org

This winter finds us is in the midst of our youth basketball program for 3rd to 7th grade. The outreach committee sponsors 2 teams in the Church league and we are happy to report that the teams have about 35 kids from our neighborhood! The Church league requires that participating children attend church services twice a month, so if you see a new face, please welcome ”the least of these” of God’s precious children with a smile and be sure to introduce yourself.

At this time of year we are also preparing to kick off our annual bike drive. This is our fifth year, and to date (can you believe it?) we have given away over 700 bikes! Please pass the word that we are looking for donations of bikes to recondition and give to youth in the village of JC to get to free village summer programs and Sarah Jane’s summer lunch, Monday thru Friday at noon, which is for kids up to age 18.

We are also kicking off our third annual Shift Scholarship. If you know of any youth who are the first to graduate or go on to secondary education on either side of their family, they are eligible to apply for a computer from the Shift Scholarship. We collect used computers and BCC computer classes recondition them. The students read about the life of George F. and tell us how they will emulate a life that gives back.