Provide Christian-based holistic, relationship-based programs that empower the poor and marginalized. Mobilize middle-class Americans to become more compassionately involved among the poor. Seek ways to overcome the systemic issues of social injustice which oppress the poor and marginalized.
Thanksgiving Day Worship & Meal with the Homeless- Nov 26
Tenth annual “turkey-day” event blesses both cooks and guests
While many spend Thanksgiving Day catching up on sleep, watching football and enjoying the day with family at the dinner table, a host of volunteers at the Meyer Center are up early in the kitchen preparing to serve a homemade meal to 110 homeless men and women. For a decade, this event has become deeply meaningful for those who come to cook, serve, clean up and even have a time of worship and thanksgiving to God for our blessings before the feast begins. Volunteer numbers are limited due to space. If you are willing to cook one of the turkeys the day before, let us know.
At least 20 churches are expected to collect this year to help low-income families
The roar of motorcycles is only exceeded by the screams of delight by children who hear them coming as they wait outside their churches to get a photo on the Sunday morning after Thanksgiving to donate their purchased toys for Mission Waco’s annual Christmas Toy Store in early December. Low-income parents purchase the donated toys for only 20% of their actual cost, but it allows them to have the dignity of buying their own children’s toys. Want to donate, volunteer or be a donor church? Give us a call.
Make sure you click on http://smile.amazon.com/ch/74-2605621 when shopping on Amazon on Cyber Monday and during the holidays. Mission Waco receives a bonus contribution from you through Amazon!!
Youth Job Training in 76707- Apply now!
New program focusing on 16-24 year old to get and keep work
Mission Waco’s three-phase job training program teaches “soft skills” to learn to be a good worker, provides work experience with a stipend, and helps urban youth find jobs. Applications are currently being taken at Mission Waco’s main office, 1315 N. 15th St. Youth and young adults can be in or out of school.
“Advent and Accolades” Volunteer/Donor Reception- Dec 17, 4:30-6:30
Join us for refreshments, appreciation and 30 minutes of Christmas caroling-Jubilee Center
Each year, Mission Waco tries to reign in the craziness of Christmas shopping and distractions to say “thank you” to our donors and volunteers, then spend the last thirty minutes reading the Christmas story out of Luke’s Gospel and singing a few traditional carols. You can just drop by the World Cup Café (back room) and have refreshments and visit or stay for the last thirty minutes (5:45-6:15) in the next door Jubilee Theatre for the caroling. Either way, please come by.
Christmas Party Planning and Fair Trade in High Demand Around Here
World Cup Café & Fair Trade Mkt.’s group room offers shopping from around the world
If you are looking for a great location for your group’s Christmas meal, don’t wait long to reserve the World Cup Café and Fair Trade Mkt. The café can hold up to fifty (50) guests in the back room where our global products are for sale. Contact the café at 254.757-1748 soon for your holiday party.
or come on by the store to find that perfect gift located at 15th and Colcord. We are carrying our fair trade clothing, jewelry, and accessories along with housewares and other unique gifts from around the world. We are proud to serve Waco and central Texas! We have a deal of the week until Christmas!
We love music, and we love food. Put them together and you get Saturday Nights at the Cup. From 5:30-8, we feature a special meal and live music. Look HERE for the upcoming schedule!
Musical One-Act Play- Adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit- Dec. 17-20
Jubilee Theatre offers you and your kids a delightful holiday one-act musical by Lauren M. Weber
Don’t miss this delightful performance and adaptation of Margery William’s story of The Velveteen Rabbit.” Waco’s own Lauren Weber’s one-act musical called “Real” is a perfect family activity in the craziness of the Christmas holidays. Go online to <www.jubileetheatre-waco.org> to get your tickets. Performances are 6:30pm on Thursday and Friday night and 2:30 matinees on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Two options to double your donation: Children’s Program expansion or General Fund
Our children’s summer day camp and after school programs at The ROCK children’s center are always full, so we are looking at ways to expand the program beginning in summer 2015; and our General Fund provides support to all of our Waco programs across the board — adults, youth, children. Please give now and your donation will be doubled up to $12,500 for each of the two areas — total $25K. Just designate “MATCH-ROCK” or “MATCH-GENERAL” on your donation. Thanks so much to our anonymous donors who initiated this challenge. Their hope is that other donors will join in to increase or start their support of Mission Waco.
Jerry Johnston Creative Arts Memorial Fund
…a Mission Waco opportunity for lower income children and teens
Jerry Johnston loved the arts and the poor. His life showed it. While he played and enjoyed music sitting on the board among the elite in the Dallas Opera Company, he also remembered the poor wherever he lived or traveled, creating a home for homeless boys in Bogota, Colombia, serving though NYC’s City Harvest hunger ministry, and even visiting inmates in the jail ministry with his church. As a local Waco resident with two Baylor University business degrees and post graduate studies at Duke, he succeeded in the business world in banking and became one the Top 20 Young Businessmen of Dallas. At age 57, his earthly struggles ended.
To celebrate his legacy and continue purposeful efforts in keeping with Jerry’s life, friends and his mom
have blessed the creation of a special Jerry Johnston Creative Arts Memorial Fund through Mission Waco
to allow those who loved and respected him a way to express their appreciation for his life.