Christ Church, Fort Lauderdale
Thursday, June 22, 2017

GEMS (Gracious Energetic Motivated Servers)

An adult ministry, the Gracious Energetic Motivated Servers (GEMS), is one of Christ Church's most active groups. Throughout the year, the GEMS offer opportunities for service, fellowship and education. Whether you are new to the Christ Church community or have attended for years, this is a great way to connect with vital people!

Gracious, Energetic, Motivated Servers COLLECT boxtops and school labels, unused toiletry items, disposable paper products; DONATE filled backpacks to children in need, as well as hoodies and blankets for the homeless; PREPARE life skill binders and VOLUNTEER  as reading friends to students. 
 
For more information, please click here to contact Barbara Timmerman, or join a GEMS event. All are welcome. 

UPCOMING GEMS EVENTS

  
COFFEE CAFE | Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | 10am | Fellowship Halls 3 & 4
 
COFFEE CAFE | Wednesday, November 1, 2017 | 10am | Fellowship Halls 3 & 4
 
COFFEE CAFE | Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | 10am | Fellowship Halls 3 & 4
 
COFFEE CAFE | Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | 10am | Fellowship Halls 3 & 4
 
COFFEE CAFE | Wednesday, February 4, 2018 | 10am | Fellowship Halls 3 & 4
 
COFFEE CAFE | Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | 10am | Fellowship Halls 3 & 4
 
COFFEE CAFE | Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | 10am | Fellowship Halls 3 & 4
 
GEMS' LUNCHEON | Wednesday, May 2, 2018 | Coral Ridge Yacht Club
A luncheon to celebrate the previous gatherings and the services offered to others.
 

ONGOING ACTIVITIES

GEMS’ Coffee Café

Throughout the year, servers of all ages are invited to gather in fellowship for informative speakers and morning goodies. On these SOS (Servers Outreach Service) Days, we complete various services. There is usually one special themed endeavor for the event and several ongoing ventures that need attention.

"Reading Buddies" | School Volunteers
This rewarding experience is available to all who enjoy reading with or to children. Volunteers need to register at www.browardschools.com/getinvolved. Choice of grade level and flexible scheduling make this a relaxed experience. Join our team and help make reading a wonderful experience for a child. Other opportunities to volunteer as academic ambassadors, mentors or other assistance in the schools are available. Help a child in need achieve through personal, caring relationships. Contact Barbara Timmerman by email.
 
Welcome Kits for Kids
Attractive, handmade totes are prepared for the children in homeless families entering emergency housing. Each tote contains age appropriate items such as small books, a small toy, academic games or puzzle, coloring book, crayons, etc. The kits are assembled bi-annually at GEMS events.
 
Cards for St. Jude
The front covers of used greeting cards are collected by GEMS for St. Jude, where they are refurbished and used to create new cards. The cards are then sold to raise funds for St.Jude Children's Research Hospital. For further information, please call the Christ Church office at 954.771.7300 to be connected with Arlyne Griffin.
 

ANNUAL PROJECTS:

Back to School Backpacks Project
At the beginning of each school year the Back to School Backpacks Project provides new backpacks and school supplies for children in seven public schools as well as children at The Shepherds' Way, Faith in Action, God's Little Lambs and Blessings Food Pantry, etc. GEMS and FREEWAY (CCUM Student Ministry) partner for this project.
 
Easter Blessings   
Families at The Shepherd's Way shelter receive Family Easter Baskets each Spring,  filled with child favorites, gifts for mom and dad, and fixings for an Easter dinner.
 
Chilly Weather Project 
Each fall, the GEMS' Chilly Weather Project meets a need for warm hoodies and sweaters for children in the Faith in Action Ministry of Hope South Florida. These are children who are coming into emergency shelter with their parent(s), after having been homeless—living on the street or in a car. 
 

ONGOING SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES:

Health Kits are used for The Blessings Food Pantry families, homeless individuals and families, and others in need. Travel items and new items are appreciated: shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes with covers, nail clippers, dental floss, combs, new socks, and washcloths. Monetary donations are also accepted, and the GEMS team will do the shopping for you. For more information, please contact Barbara Timmerman by email
 
Campbell's Soup labels and General Mills box tops will help buy needed supplies (vans, computers, etc.) for the children at Cypress Elementary and Christ Church Early Learning Center. Save the code with the little scholar attached, or just turn in the entire label or box top. No taping or staples, please. The labels go to Cypress Elementary and the box tops go to the Early Learning Center. For more information, please call the church office at 954.771.7300 to contact Jean Henne. 
 
Taylor's Closet's Friends - Mixing fellowship with creativity, this team finds helpful projects to encourage and support Taylor's Closet, a clothing outlet for young girls in need, located on our Pompano site. Cookie dough making, furniture refinishing, administrative help and sewing instruction are among the activities this team pursues. Contact DJ Hartman by email.