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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

At Mosaic We Need You To Make A Difference


During the holiday season there are many ways you can help Mosaic. We are a church of primarily homeless individuals and a few others. Mosaic is unique, different, and effective. One of the things we do and have received international recognition for is our work for Wichita’s homeless. A few churches have helped us financially and/or with food contributions, we are grateful for those. Contributions of food and finance are always appreciated. Starting last Christmas we started doing a Christmas Angel Tree. Mosaics needy take a card and place up to 3 items on it.  The card is then placed on our Christmas tree. People can then adopt someone from the cards to provide Christmas gifts for. Last year we had 47 names on our Angel Tree and provided gifts to over 50 more. Without the help of others, like you, this wouldn’t be possible. 

We try to provide at least one item for each person for each wish list. It is also appreciated when possible to give more than one item from the list. Your generosity gives many of those on the streets something to look forward to. We ask each person what they want, not what they need. Many are surprised at the simplicity of the requests. 

It is great if you are able to adopt specific individuals. We also appreciate those who make financial contributions to purchase gifts. 100% of what is donated for gifts is used to purchase gifts. We ask that presents be wrapped with the person’s name on the gift. We will give the presents out at our Celebration Saturday Christmas Service on December 29. If purchasing a gift and you would like to be present to give the gift, you are more than welcome to do so.

We appreciate your kindness and willingness to bless others who do without. We also appreciate your willingness to share our needs with others, whether one of our special projects or ongoing financial needs that allow us to continue this ministry.  We receive no financial help from Federal, State, or City sources; neither do we receive Food Bank assistance. We have no paid staff and contributions allow us to operate our day program which provides meals to the homeless a minimum of 6 days a week, sometimes twice a day plus extended hours for our day program and some shelter services. Our current operational costs run approximately $1,750 per month. We provide services to upwards of 500 homeless units a week (some persons come each day and we have upwards of 200 on certain days. All contributions are greatly appreciated and needed. Understand, we currently have no salaried staff. Your contributions make a drastic difference. We will state, it is our hope to someday have paid staff and programs where we can hire the homeless and provide long term shelter to those active at Mosaic. That day just hasn’t come yet. Our experience and example clearly show our first obligation is to provide the ministry we do.

The following represents some of the cards for our Angel Tree. We will likely have 50 or more cards and a total attendance for our Christmas Celebration Service of 125 or more. We try to provide a gift to everyone that attends which includes some children. If willing to adopt someone, please contact us so we don’t duplicate gifts. For further information please contact us at 316-807-8034 and leave a message if necessary. Also financial contributions made out to Mosaic Church can be sent to 6441 N. Hydraulic, Park City KS, 67219. I use my address to make it more efficient to get gifts as soon as possible. All contributions to Mosaic are tax-deductible as we are a 501 C3 nonprofit organization. Individuals can also give online to Mosaic by visiting www.mosaicwichita.com and visiting the donations page.

Our goal this year for our year end solicitation is to generate, 150 Gifts for Christmas. $21,000 Operational Funds (provides the costs of operation, includes $0 for salaries, any staffing costs will come from contributions of those attending Mosaic.)  While this seems like a lot of money, compared to other agencies receiving outside contributions, or via Federal, State, or City Contracts, Insurance dollars and so forth, this is minimal. There are many directors and/or pastors of nonprofit organizations which bring in salaries up to 5 times or more of this amount. While an ambitious goal, every person or organization supporting us as they can, can make a significant difference. You can give your contribution all at once or on a weekly or monthly basis.  We are grateful and if you want you want to see the difference we are making for yourself, we encourage you to give us a call, set up a visit and a face to face meeting.

Jesus said that what we have done for the least of these, we have done unto him. Will you bless and help those God has called us all to minister to, ‘The Least of These?’


Mosaic
Christmas Angel Tree

Cedric Houston
Boots 13 E
Coat 2XL
Jeans 42/30

P. Wats
For everyone’s health
For others to be around good, kind, family & friends

Bryson Belew
Mp3
IPod Charger

Aaron
4X Coat
Jeans, 50"X34"
Shoes, size 14

Julie
Mp3 Player
Laptop
Anything of Spongebob

Frank
Size 4X Winter Coat
Size 14 Shoes
Transistor Radio

Janice
Someone to teach her to play the drums
A CD Player, possible some CD’s
Some counseling to help her learn to forgive the person who murdered her son

Duong
Pocket Radio AM/FM Stereo sound
New pair of shoes size 7 (tennis shoes)
A new coat

Leann
Her family
A Camera
Tennis Shoes

Justin
Eye Exam/Glasses
Cigarettes of any kind, especially menthol 100’s
Cowboy boots size 8 ½ men’s

Thomas
Radio/Headset/CD player
Size 10 shoes
Gameboy

Ronald
Bus passes
Jeans 36-31
Tennis Shoes

James
Pair of Boots size 12
Bus passes
Gift Card to any fast food place

Whitey
Walmart Gift Card
Mcdonalds Gift Card
Home Depot Gift Card


Unnamed
Cigarettes
Vet Visit for pet
New back pack

Robert
1 night in a cheap hotel to have some peaceful sleep
A package of thermo underwear, top and bottoms
$10 phone card for Uratell to add airtime

Brady
Cigarettes
$10 refill for hypertension meds
$4 allipunol for gout

Carl
A motel room for wife and he for 1 night
Sub Zero Sleeping Bag
Backpack

Michael
To be above ground and experience joy for the holidays
Any money would be of help

Kim
Cigarettes
Insulated coveralls Size 3XXX

Kyle
Rain Pancho

Leslie
Vet visit for Tasha
Cigs, full flavor
A Backpack
Night in a motel

Charles
Shoes Size 11
Jacket 5X
Jeans 50/32

Gallen
Job
Boxers 36/38
Winter Parka Coat

Kevin
Clothes
Bicycle
Cigarettes

Frank
Gift Cards
Cell phone with net for daughter
To see his child more often

Neilie
Mothers day ring, size 9 with March, July, September, June
Black/White Nikes tennis shoes size 11
Menthol 100 Cigarettes

Michael
10 ½ tennis shoes
2 pair of wind pants

Daryl

Black cowboy boots 10D
Copenhagen Straight long cut chew or dip
Wrangler Jeans 32/34 cut, boot cut

Scott

MP3 player
Portable DVD Player
Anything related to Dallas Cowboys

Marshall

Winter Coat 2X – 3X with hood
Cologne for hygene
Watch
Batteries AA’s and AAA’s

Rod

Menthol Cigarettes
Gas for Truck
Motor oil 5W 30

Robert

Camel Cigarettes
Vet Visit for pet
Motel room for 1 night

Sheila

Cigarettes
CD Player & Batteries
Music - Country


Todd

Gift Certificate from QT
Gift Certificate @ Walgreens
Book Reading Light

Mike Stefanuck

Candy
Pocket Radio (prefer sentry brand w/ear buds)

Rosemary

Green Card
US Identification

Dana

Camel Cigarettes
Prayer
Sneakers size 11 ½

Godwin

Real estate job

Trey

Paper
Book or anything related to making movies

 

General gifts can include, bus passes, gift cards to Spangles, Subway, McDonalds, Quick Trip, Wendy’s, Quiznos, Papa John’s, cigarettes, socks, gloves, toiletries.  The above restaurants have been chosen as they are national chains and are also convenient to the downtown Wichita locations.

Thanks and again, God’s blessings,

Mike

If you haven't please visit our web site where you can also contribute to the ministry at www.mosaicwichita.com; you can also email me at mikefurches@yahoo.com

Lastly, we now have a way folks can contribute to Mosaic online.  If interested in sharing with Mosaic online you can visit the following link and do so.  Just designate what your gift is for when you donate, you can designate gifts for ‘general funds,’ ‘capitol campaign,’ or ‘homeless program.






If the button doesn’t appear, you can give at the following link - https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=G6KQJMMUS72CA


All contributions to Mosaic are tax-deductible. If mailing contributions to Mosaic, you can send them to the following address:


Mosaic Wichita
216 S. Market St.
Wichita, KS 67202


Blessings to you and have a great week.


Mike


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