We strive to follow God's calling to reach out, serve and evangelize. Through the Winter Shelter Ministry, we seek to work together to bring God's love to the poor, lost and needy.
We desire to hear God say to us: "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me" (Matthew 25:35-36). As we serve those in need, we are serving Christ.
"The Winter Shelter Program provided an opportunity for new CCCTO members such as myself to understand the meaning of serving in our Lord’s name. This is truly a humbling yet invaluable experience for me. One important take away was that we learned to serve others without any judgment, to be more patient and to serve with joy."
"Many people from our church family selflessly offered their labor to help run the operations, purchase supplies, recruit volunteers through online sign-ups, maintain security and orderliness, prepare the dinner tables, wipe down tables, empty the trash, wash dishes, wash the laundry, clean the bathrooms, distribute bedding supplies and provide breakfast – the fruits of our labor were that we were able to show God’s love to the poor through gifts of service, food, shelter and hospitality."
"Although we had just done it once so far, the purpose of conducting the Winter Shelter Program is not only assisting our friends in need but also shaping our own character and experiencing God’s grace, mercy, and miracle at the same time from the inside out."
"Despite my own inadequacies, our limited experience and facilities, and the mistakes we may have made along the way, I believe that people were blessed through our efforts and that God was honored as we stepped out to serve others. Several homeless guests complimented our church as being exceptionally friendly and welcoming to them. Others expressed interest in knowing more about Jesus as we engaged in spiritual conversations with them. A couple of the guests even declared a new-found faith in Jesus Christ! In addition to blessing others, we ourselves were blessed. We as a church body grew deeper in compassion and deeper in awareness of how to work together for the benefit of others in our community. Our relationships rose to a higher level as we united to serve a cause greater than ourselves."
"We won’t perform an act of kindness because it is convenient; we do that because it is needed."