Volunteer E-News April 2019

Welcome to the expanded edition of Volunteer E-news. This month is National Volunteer Month where groups across the U.S. are celebrating volunteerism. For many of us who serve with Love INC of Brevard, volunteer service has a deeper meaning because it is an expression of our Christian faith. Service is foundational to being a follower of Jesus Christ because we are modeling the teaching of Christ who came to serve, not to be served. We are responding to the call to share God’s love with this generation for Christ, remembering the greatest sacrifice of all when Jesus died on the cross for you and me at Golgotha. We are responding to Jesus’s resurrection from the dead where sin and death were conquered and where eternal life is our living hope. We are responding to our faith in Christ that brings us reconciliation with God, where we are at peace with God. It is through faith in Christ that we have new life, we are reborn in Him. And it is in response to the love that Christ poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that we extend that love to our community in the name of Jesus in honor of our Lord and to share the good news that, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead you will be saved.” Romans 10:9. It is that good news that makes life worth living. Thank you to our Love INC volunteers who are shining their lights, who have counted the cost and have responded, “Yes Lord send me.”

“In same way, let your light shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds and glorify your
Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

A Volunteer Appreciation Event to Remember:
Celebrating Volunteers Past & Present, Testimony, Sharing Vision, & Worship

About 60 people attended this year’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event, held on April 11, 2019 at First Eau Gallie Baptist Church in Melbourne. It was an evening of celebration, shining a light on the people who make this Love INC’s ministry possible, our volunteers. In planning this event, the greatest desire of our Board and Staff was to find a heartfelt way to convey how much our volunteers mean to us, and to honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who we seek to glorify through our service.

When guests first arrived they were invited to fill out the #IVOLUNTEER Campaign signboard which posed the questions “What inspires you to volunteer?” Volunteer Victoria Smith photographed each participant with their signboard. Check out Love INC’s Facebook page for our volunteers who are featured throughout the remainder of April in celebration of National Volunteer Month.

The Appreciation Program began with Our Chaplain and Facilities Director John Maas’s welcome and meal blessing. Dinner was catered by Olive Garden, where in Italian hospitality guests were offered plenty to eat.

Our program highlights included our “Last Volunteer Standing,” Icebreaker recognizing Sheryl Fahje as our longest serving volunteer. The video, In Memorium honored the volunteers who have passed on, in remembrance and in thanks of their volunteer contribution. Some of our past volunteers included: Kimberly Bane, Bill Weiss, Karen Cameron, Pastor Larry Booth, Josh Fonner, and most recently John Blevins.

Volunteer Coordinator Denise Viscuso shared her personal testimony of Jesus Christ and spoke on the difference between volunteering as a civic duty, and volunteer service in Christian Ministry. Executive Director Kristy Stuart announced the April 2019 Volunteer of the Month Hillary Earle (See article below for details). Kristy spoke on Sharing the Vision of Love INC explaining the Freedom Map and correlating the client journey with Heather’s Client story.

Our Superlative Award Emcees Carissa Franklin and Hannah Demmer awarded our Stand Out volunteers of the year that included: Cindy Coleman, Melinda Perry-Davis, Carol Procter, Yolanda Almodovar, Ruby Lindeman, Barry Gault, Rich Ransom, Brenda Schulze, Kimberly Heath, Julie Wessling, Marilyn Cook, Volunteer duo Suzanne Hendricks & Darlene Conner, and Mary Catherine & her service dog Micah.

Next, our attendees had a beautiful time of worship with True Life’s Worship leader Stefani Bush leading our guests in “You are My King,” (Amazing Love). The evening came to a close with Board Chairman John Bankosky’s Closing remarks and Closing prayer. Attendees also received a small gift as they parted for the evening.

Buon Appetito!

Dinner is served! Volunteers and staff help themselves to the dinner buffet catered by Olive Garden at the 2019 Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event held on April 11, 2019.

Greeting Our Guests of Honor – Our Volunteers

Executive Director Kristy Stuart greets her prized Love INC Volunteers who are the lifeblood of Love INC’s ministry at this year’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event as guests were dining.

38 YEARS AGO “My Life is Complete,” recalls Denise Viscuso,
after experiencing God’s presence, for the first time.

Volunteer Coordinator Denise Viscuso shares her testimony from humanitarian volunteer to Christian Ministry servant in Christ at this year’s Volunteer Appreciation Event program.

Fundraising Volunteer Hillary Earle Named Volunteer of the Month, April 2019

We extend congratulations to Hillary Earle as the April 2019 Volunteer of the Month. Hillary was nominated by Kristy Stuart for the impact of her fundraising efforts during the year she served with Love INC. Amongst Hillary’s accomplishments is the ministry pitch that came out of the winter Board and Staff retreat, coining the phrase, “Hope, Help, and a Hand Up to Freedom.” Fundraising measures included hosting Donor Desserts where donors would meet clients who had completed a transformational journey with Love INC. Hillary also arranged for a videotaping of a new client story that was shown at various Love INC Events over the past year and promoted our Business partnerships. Congratulations Hillary Earle, April 2019 Volunteer of the Month.

March 2019

Hello Ministry Friends, Join us in prayer was we mourn the recent loss of our dear friend, John Blevins, co-laborer in the ministry as he was our volunteer service project leader and the husband to our Clearinghouse Coordinator, Janet Blevins. Our hearts are broken as it was a short 3 months from cancer diagnosis to his final home with our heavenly father.…

February 2019

Hello Ministry Friends,  Happy New Year! Thank you for your end of the year gifts that allowed us to make budget last year and begin this year financially strong. God bless you for your generosity and trust. Featured Client: A single father was referred for auto repair by Family Promise, one of our community partners. You, our supporters, provided him with auto…

December 2018

There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be open handed toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land. Deuteronomy 15:11 Hello Ministry Friends, Together we reached an under-served population in Brevard County this year — the elderly. One such person is Joe, who was handicapped and home-bound due to a car…

November 2018

Ministry Update – November, 2018 Hello Ministry Friends, We are thankful for you, our supporters! We are honored that you have allowed us to help you serve Christ through ministry opportunities at Love INC. Featured Clients: We had 6 people graduate from our budget mentoring class recently. One person shared at graduation that before the class he had no idea how to…

October 2018

Ministry Update – October, 2018 Hello Ministry Friends, Together we restore and so much more . . . Love INC unites churches in offering hope, help, and a hand-up to freedom in Christ to our neighbors in need. None of the resources offered to those in need happen withoutyou, Christ’s Church in Brevard County. Featured Client: A single woman on disability has…

September 2018

Ministry Update – September, 2018 Hello Ministry Friends, The holidays are quickly approaching and, like you, we are preparing for this wonderful season. We invite you to prayerfully consider partnering with us in the two transformational initiatives we offer this time each year: Gifts From The Heart Christmas Shop provides a rewarding, affordable, dignity-affirming Christmas shopping experience to the families being served…

August 2018

Ministry Update – August, 2018 Hello Ministry Friends, We were blessed to have two staff members, a board member, and I spend 3 days in Minneapolis attending the Love INC National Conference. It was a great time of idea sharing, rejoicing in what our affiliate is doing well, and discovering what needs improvement. Please pray for us as we move forward in…

July 2018

Ministry Update – July, 2018 Hello Ministry Friends, Building Strong is the focus God gave Love INC this year (1 Chronicles 28:10). In this effort, we are working with a ministry called Etch a Vision to review our internal processes starting with workflow in our Clearinghouse Call Center. Our staff will be walking together to overcome operational road blocks in Love INC…