North Texas Giving Day 2018

Recently I was reminded of Jesus’s words on giving.

Jesus says in Luke chapter six, verse 38: “Give, and it will be given to you a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

In our faith we are called to give as much as we can, as many times as we can and we will be blessed immensely – more than we can imagine. And if anyone but Jesus were giving that incentive, I would argue it assumes that as we give we are only thinking about ourselves and our reward for giving.

However, I think that my initial reaction is skewed from an Earthly perspective. Throughout our lives, we are taught how to share and how to be kind to one another, but then something switches, we begin to think about how we can get ahead and how helping others will only delay our goals and accomplishments. Being sacrificial with our time and our resources is frowned upon. The whole concept of sacrifice has become a sign of weakness or people pleasing.

But, as I think through Jesus’s words with my experiences, I can wholeheartedly say giving is selfish.

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Taking A Swing At Hunger

On August 27th, Feed Lake Highlands is hosting the fourth annual Topgolf Tournament. You may have seen our Facebook posts or a blurb in the newsletter, or the promotional posters around the church all prominently displaying our call to action: “Take a swing at hunger in Lake Highlands.” As you read the poster, the saying may have caused you to laugh or admire how fitting the saying is for a golf tournament. And it may have started that way, but as I think about that call to action for this year’s tournament, I think about the ways the ministries of Feed Lake Highlands continue to “take a swing.”

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Top Golf 2017 Wrap-up

Our 2017 Topgolf Tournament was our biggest yet. We were excited to host so many Lake Highlands area residents and FLH supporters this year.  Our largest fundraiser of the year continues to be a night of fun and giving back that provides us with a reason to kick up our heels and have a little fun. 

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North Texas Giving Day 2017 Was a Success!

This year North Texas Giving Day was more fun than ever with events happening the whole week leading up to the big day. You may have seen the FLH crew around Lake Highlands! We might have gone a little bananas!

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Homework Club is Growing!

We are so excited to see the growth in our Homework Club. Under the leadership of Homework Club coordinator Joy Martin, we have added lots of new folks to the program and the team! We now have 37 students on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Rotating between those afternoons and overseeing homework and enrichment activities are 28 team members.   

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New and Improved Food Distribution System

Our mission at Feed Lake Highlands is more than just giving people food. It's feeding our program members at all levels; providing them with nourishment for their bodies, minds, and spirits. With that in mind, we recently revamped our Food Distribution System.

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Equipping Our Volunteers

On September 23rd Feed Lake Highlands and Outreach Ministries co-hosted a team member training for all the volunteers.

This training focused on inspiring, informing and instructing everyone involved with our programs so that we can serve our community better and work more cohesively as a team.


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COPE Simulation Teaches Empathy and Compassion

On November 5th 80 Lake Highlands area residents participated in the Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE). Upon arrival, participants assumed the role of real-life individuals living in poverty. They were given a budget, medical conditions, addictions, children, living conditions, jobs, and other factors. With these realities in mind, they then lived in the shoes of the individuals they were assigned.

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Fresh Food Day 2017

On October 7th, Feed Lake Highlands and The New Room Fellowship participated in Fresh Food Day, an annual event co-hosted by The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, KidsU and Feed Lake Highlands. It was a huge success! Three hundred community residents from along the Whitehurst corridor gathered for fresh food, tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle, fellowship and fun! 

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North Texas Giving Day 2017

I want to get real with you...  we thought long and hard about participating in North Texas Giving Day this year. After the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Harvey, I wondered if it made sense. How can the rest of the Feed Lake Highlands team and I move forward as if it is business as usual? After much conversation and prayer, we realized that the aftermath of Harvey, much like that of Katrina, is just beginning and we must rise to meet the challenge. 

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