July 29, 2011 Leave a Comment
Al Santino – Northeast Community Transformation
In the beginning of April, Allen (our pastor) and I helped out at a local community cleanup that was sponsored by West Mount Airy Neighbors (WMAN). That day I met the Chair of the Nominating Committee for WMAN, who asked me if I had any interest in becoming a board member. As I thought and prayed about it, it seemed like a significant opportunity for me to become more relationally connected with some of the “gatekeepers” in this community (WMAN is a VERY active organization with a lot of influence in our neighborhood). As of June 14th, I officially began a three-year term serving on the Board of WMAN (monthly Board meetings start in September). Please pray for much wisdom for me!
Mt. Airy Day (which is sponsored by WMAN), was the large, annual community celebration that took place in the beginning of May. This was another good opportunity for me to meet and work alongside folks from WMAN and begin building relationships with this group. Several folks from our church helped “man” our table (at which we advertised community resources) and they began doing some community surveys as well. I was encouraged as I reconnected with several folks from the community whom I knew from previous events; it was good to interact with them and let them know about our church and our desire to serve the community.
MACC is also coordinating with another local church, Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, to run a Summer Kids Program (essentially a vacation Bible School) on Wednesday evenings in July and August. These evenings will begin with a free “community dinner” for the kids and their parents and families. This will be followed by teaching and activities for the kids, as well as worship time for teenagers and adults. This is one of the ways we are seeking to reach out and serve our community. We have posted flyers in the neighborhood, placed an ad in one of the local newspapers, and have also made some individual phone calls to “get the word out” about the program. We also plan on handing out flyers door-to-door to folks who live very close to the church.