UPDATE – 3/9/2015
So. You WERE invited to come and share in the presentation of the award presented by 2 City Council Members – Chris Hilbert and Ellen Robertson. And I totally got the date wrong. Totally my mistake. Totally an opportunity to keep me humble. Here is a picture my friend Valena Dixon took of them presenting the award…. and none of us were there. I am sad. I’m somewhat embarrassed. I’m beyond grateful to Ellen and Chris (and Lisa!!!!!) for honoring my work in such an awesome way. I apologize to them and the rest of council …and YOU… for getting it wrong. I really appreciate those who were planning to come. As soon as I get the certificate, I will post a picture for all to see! Because like I said below – YOU made this happen. I just connected you to the need.
WOW!!! I am still blown away by how you all have given so abundantly and extravagantly! We received “party favors” (as Louis began to call them!) from Dinwiddie, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Goochland, Richmond City, Petersburg, and even Norfolk!!! This was true regional cooperation! And we are grateful. Praise God for your generosity!
ARE WERE INVITED!!!
Last week,we received a call sharing that I (Marti) will be recognized by Richmond City Council for my work in the city; and I want YOU there, too! If you had any part in Mardi Bras RVA, please come! YOU made this happen! I just connected you to the need… and YOU made it happen!!
Here are the details:
DATE: Monday, March
16th 9th at 6pm Note: Recognitions happen at the beginning of the meeting, so you won’t have to stay long! And I will have a few minutes to share! Pray for me!
LOCATION: City Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall located at 900 E Broad St, RVA 23219
Because you gave, we have been able to assist women in transition, women who are homeless, women who have low or restricted income! You gave to women through the following ministries, agencies, non-profits and churches. Although we are no longer accepting donations and are working to empty the PODS, you can contribute directly to one or more of these organizations! True change and transformation happens through relationships! Please build relationships with one or more of these groups! I encourage you to get connected and stay connected.
- Housing Families First – Hilliard House and Building Neighbors
- Home Again/Espigh Shelter
- MCEF – Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Functions
- Daily Planet
- Help Somebody
- PICF Unique Resource Center
- Alpha and Omega Church
- Faith Landmarks Church
- Richmond City Justice Center (aka – the new city jail) REMEMBER – undergarments must be white and wireless!
- Life Transformation Church, a missional micro-expression of the church network in RVA
- Yeshua’s House
- and more!
What I learned….
In addition to giving to many women, I am THRILLED that so many diverse people from various parts of Metro RVA were connected. God wants us to take our gifts and use them to HIS glory. For me, that’s taking my gift of hospitality and love of fellowship, my gift of connectedness and love for people, and my gifts of arranging and believing to help unleash YOU around a common cause. Thank YOU for saying YES! My cup continues to overflow as I share your YES with the direct service providers (in between all these snowstorms!) One more week to unload the PODS! Pray it doesn’t snow…again.
Here are a few pictures of the 2 gatherings… Enjoy!