From November 2020-November 2021 the Social Justice Ministry focused on educating our congregation on topics identified as areas of interest/concern in our community. This was done through our monthly newsletter, website, and monthly speaker series. Together, we are Living Grace First through all that we do.

 

In February 2022 the Social Justice Ministry moved from educating to activating our congregation toward volunteering and outreach in the community. 

 

Below you will find links to each speaker series topic with resources and video presentations. You will also find the most recent work of the Social Justice Ministry related to volunteering and outreach in Weatherford. 

The Social Justice Ministry invites you to consider getting involved in the following areas of outreach in our community. These areas address areas of hunger and housing insecurity in our community. Click here to see the powerpoint presentation from the February 6, 2022 presentation explaining our involvement in each of these areas. Or, you can watch the video of the presentation here. 

 

Fall Back to School event – is an event we held last year to supply the children of the area with the necessary school supplies they need to begin a new school year. Donations of school supplies or helping lead families around the day of the event to get their supplies is the way you can participate.

 

Emergency shelter – is a long-range goal we are working towards in partnership with other city, county agencies and churches to provide a space for the homeless of Weatherford to have a safe, warm place to stay when the weather is extremely cold. There are a good amount of logistics that will need to be worked out and it will be a process but there is a need and we want to work towards that need.

 

Community Garden – GFPC is going to be constructing garden boxes in the Back 40 and planting vegetables for anyone who wants fresh produce. The produce will be free of charge to those who come to the garden. We have people who are involved with this project already and welcome anyone who has a green thumb.

 

Tarrant Area Food Bank West in Parker County – is an opportunity to work at the food bank located out by Canyon West by helping with quality control and sorting on Tuesday mornings, 9-noon, and helping pass out food on Wednesdays in February and Thursdays starting in March in their drive through meal distribution from 4:30-6:30pm. You can sign up on their website to be a volunteer and pick your times by going to this link (tafb.org). 

 

The Haven – serves youth 6th-12th grades of Parker County who struggle with being bullied, issues at home, and provides a safe place for them to share and talk, share, and learn. We serve them dinner on the 3rd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 5-7pm. During the LOGOS season, the food will be already prepared and all one needs to do is pick it up from the church, take it to The Haven, heat it up and serve the youth. On weeks without LOGOS, you will need to provide the meal for the youth and serve. They average about 20-25 youth on Thursdays.

 

Contact the SJM Co-Chairs, Leslie Goeldner or Stephanie Williams, or Pastor David for more information or to get involved. 


Speaker Series Topics and Resources

Hunger

November 2020

Housing Insecurity

December 2020

Human Trafficking

January 2021

Racism

February 2021

Mental Health

March 2021

Environmental

April 2021

Gun Violence Awarness & Prevention

May 2021

LGBTQIA+

June 2021

Immigration and Migration

July 2021

Education

August 2021

Child Advocacy

September 2021

Domestic Violence Awareness
October 2021

Ableism

November 2021


 

2020-2021 Education and Speaking Series Timeline