December 2, 2013 – Back in July of last year we told you about an amazing charity/ministry called Help-Portrait created by world renown photographer, Jeremy Cowart a non-profit community of photographers, hairstylists, and makeup artists coming together across the world to use their photography skills to give back to their local community. It appears they will be back at it again this year as the event kicks off globally on December 4th, 2013.
One of the field sites in particular has taken to the popular crowd-funding site Pure Charity (https://purecharity.com/help-portrait-chicago) for support. Following their previous year’s success, Help-Portrait Chicago hopes to use the $1200 its requesting from supporters during its partnership with Angel Tree, a ministry that serves families with an incarcerated parent. These family members will come to Moody church, have their photo taken, attend a party, then pick up their photos on-site! Every penny is promised to go directly towards the hard costs of the event – paper, ink, picture frames, etc. All funds received through the Pure Charity site will be used for the sole purpose of bringing Help-Portrait to families in Chicago.
Chicago isn’t the only city getting involved either; since 2009 the global grass-roots effort has provided over 200,000 photographs across 62 countries featuring the work of over 52,000 volunteers and photographers. To see the great work that was accomplished with Help-Portrait’s incredible team of volunteers in 2012, check out their Photo Gallery and Video.
Help-Portrait (www.help-portrait.com) is a Global Movement of photographers, hairstylists, and makeup artists using their time, tools, and expertise to give back to those in need. Help-Portrait takes place around the world on December 4th, 2013.
Starting and/or managing a new ministry is hard enough as is without being able to find the software and tools you need to get the little day to day things done simply and efficiently. When we started our new church plant in San Diego, (The River, SDSU) we realized very quickly that there’s a list of things we would need that was just beyond our financial reach. That said, if you have a little time and a little ingenuity you can find some really amazing tools that can help you manage your time, money, personnel and presentation without the high price tag of some of the software we’ve come to know by name.
This new series, Ministry on a Budget hopes to introduce you to a few of those tools and show you a few tips on how to use them to your benefit. We’ll also tell you about their pro-level replacements, so when you’re ready to play with the big boys you’ll know just what you need to step up to the plate. You’ll also get tips on websites to bookmark and apps to download that will help you as well.
Got some suggestions for us to add to this new series? Hit me on Twitter @TygerBurch using the hastag #BudgetMinistry and maybe we’ll add it, because ministry is not about banging your head on the desk because you can’t afford Power Point. Its about reaching people and sharing the love of God, the tools should just be there to help that mission. Not hinder it.
Sunday, January 20, 2012 – San Diego-based church, The Body (http://www.thebodysd.com) celebrated the first service at its new home with a little help from The Godkins and Hip Hop artist Clister Smith. The church was founded by popular deejay and pastor Victor “Naz-e” Schloss along with his wife and a few friends back in September of 2011. What started as just a simple meet up at the pastor’s home to study the Word, quickly turned into the amazing gathering that was celebrated today. Moving from its previous location at the Paradise Hills Recreation Center to its current home within the Valencia Park Elementary School Auditorium, the church used the occasion to celebrate the goodness of God as well as share a message of service to the community, which tied directly into the Martin Luther King Jr weekend observance.
The Godkins rock the stage of The Body Church for the Grand Opening
First lady Tara Schloss shares a bit of testimony at The Body Church
Adding to the powerful message was an amazing worship provided by worship band The Godkins who were later joined by hip hop recording artist Clister Smith. Pastor Vick described the event best, “Awe inspiring. The truth! Very Informative.” More photos can be found on the official Facebook page of Praisable Press.
The Body Church Pastor Victor “Naz-e” Schloss, addressed the packed house during the Grand Opening.
The Body Church (http://www.thebodysd.com) is a San Diego church that launched on Sept 4th, 2011. By April 2012, the church quickly reached a high of over 110 people and has seen many introduced to Jesus Christ and many more fall deeper in love with Him.
January 10, 2013 - If you visit the still under construction One Accord DJ Alliance website (http://www.oneaccorddjs.com) you’d be surprisingly greeting with an opportunity to participate in a rare display of skill. Several select members of the the group of Christ-centered turntablists have placed their talents to the task and given the listeners the power to select their favorites in a number of match ups. The friendly competition coincides with the release of the Master’s Mixx: Season One Mixtape and is currently in the first round. Those interested in hearing some of best in their craft go head-to-head and taking part in the selection of a winner can visit the official voting site here: http://dimedianet.com/OADA/2010/MastersMixx/season1-round1-peoples.html.
Psalms 114:1 “Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:”
The One Accord DJ Alliance is an alliance of ministry-minded deejays devoted to helping the spiritual and natural needs of each other, spinning music for the glory of God, promoting Christ centered and anointed artists, and sharpening each other’s skills and knowledge of our trade. We are committed to spinning music that will usher in the presence of God and cause change.