"Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'"

Matthew 22:37-39

 

During this time of worldwide efforts to contain Covid-19 (Coronavirus), it is important that those of us who follow Jesus Christ strive to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. In order to be the very best neighbors we can, Columbus Avenue is prepared to respond during this unsettling period by protecting and supporting those most vulnerable to infection.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people who are at high risk — mainly older adults (65+) or people with serious chronic health problems — find ways to have their meals, groceries, and medications delivered. By now, you may know someone like that yourself. Maybe it's an older relative or neighbor, or a friend in self-quarantine because they may have been exposed to the virus.

Ways to get involved:

The question is, how can we love our neighbor and respond safely as a church and serve those in need in these days of social distancing? It's an unsettling time, but there are answers — and solutions. From your financial support and support through prayer to your willingness to volunteer and commit to serve, we need everyone to play a part. Here are some ways Columbus Avenue is prepared to respond and how you can get involved.
  • Give - Maybe your feet are not those that can personally walk toward others by preparing or delivering meals but maybe you can be the ones that help them feed their family and sustain their needs.
  • Pray - One of the ways we love our neighbor is by lifting them before God in prayer. You can dedicate time to pray for them and send them a text or call them and pray with them.
  • Call - Read a scripture passage and make a telephone call just to let someone know they are loved and remembered by the family of God.
  • Be a Buddy - While following social distancing precautions, we desperately need people to be a Buddy. You can be a Buddy in following ways:
    • Deliver Groceries/Medications/Meals to our Homebound/Quarantined - We need people to pick up meals and medications and deliver them. There will be no person-to-person contact. The delivery will consist of picking up the meal and dropping it off at the front door of the residence. Specific instruction will be given for each delivery.
    • Cut grass, landscaping, etc. - COVID-19 has taken our community by surprise and many people were not prepared. One of the ways we can respond is by providing lawn service as the grass continues to grow and can become a source of frustration. By providing a free lawn mowing service, you can ease their burden and love your neighbor with a fresh cut lawn. No person-to-person contact is necessary.
  • Pack and Deliver Meals through Meals on Wheels - Due to government and state restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19, CABC will not be preparing and serving meals from the Center. However, Meals on Wheels Waco is continuing their ministry at their offices on 501 W Waco Dr, Waco, TX 76707. As the restrictions affect those 65+, we are in great need of drivers to deliver meals.

HOW TO SIGN UP?

 Click HERE TO SERVE       i have a need
 
 

Family Resource Pantry

The Family Resource Pantry is another strategic way that Columbus Avenuers can help meet the needs of families during this difficult time. Together with the WacoISD, Grassroots Community Development, and Prosper Waco, families will be identified in order to meet their specific needs. Volunteers at the Family Resource Pantry will package and distribute items to drivers. Volunteers will be provided by local churches. To pack and deliver meals through the Family Resource Pantry and/or  to donate Essential items, click the links below:

HOW TO SIGN UP?

 Volunteer
 Donate essential items

Sew to Save

Many in our family of faith have the special skill of sewing and many are quick learners. Through Sew to Save, you can Love Your Neighbor by sewing compassionately and sending your hand-crafted masks to the Family Health Center, and they will place them on their patients to help protect others from COVID-19. Even after they leave the clinic, your mask will offer one more barrier to anyone they come in contact with (for example, household members).