Present in the City

What is “Present in the City”?

We know that being “Present in the City” may be one of the most difficult things to do; however, we believe that loving and serving our Community begins with being fully present and attentive to the needs of those in need of hope.

“Present in the City” gatherings are the moments that we chose to pause, to celebrate and to be an intentional community serving our community.

Present in the City Gatherings

Grace

The Cobblestone Project & People of the Second Chance invite you to gather for an evening that promises to radically transform your understanding of grace and second chances. Please plan on joining us on Wed, March 14th at 7 pm as we gather as a community and raise a banner of grace.  More info on “Present in the City:  Grace

We are lucky to have Mike Foster as the keynote speaker for Present in the City: Grace. Mike is a speaker, author, and consultant helping people live and tell a better story. Mike is the Co-founder of “People of the Second Chance” a radical grace movement made up of activists, artists and imperfectionists.

People of the Second Chance is a global community of activists, imperfectionists and second chancers committed to unleashing radical grace everyday, in every moment, for everyone. We challenge the common misconceptions about failure and success and stand with those who have hit rock bottom in their personal and professional lives. We are a community that is committed to stretch ourselves in the areas of relational forgiveness, personal transparency and advocate for mercy over judgment.

Fatherless Generation

John SowersThe story of Fatherlessness is being written into the heart of our generation. Quite often it is a story of shame, loneliness, and rejection.

But Fatherless Generation is offering hope. John Sowers shows how awareness, compassion, and mentoring can offer a generation hope — hope that will write new stories for generations to come.

On Tuesday, November 2nd, John Sowers, President of The Mentoring Project, joined  our community to share his personal story of growing up in a fatherless home, and how the issues of fatherlessness affects our families and communities.

We were able to hear from some incredible NW Arkansas organizations such as The C.A.L.L., Seven Hills Homeless Center and Big Brothers & Big Sisters.  It was also the launch of FatherlessAlliance.com an initiative to provide resources and connections on mentoring, foster care and the global orphan crisis.

…visit the Fatherless Generation page for more information, videos and next steps.

Haiti Relief

Over the past few months many incredible people from NW Arkansas have been a part of Haiti relief efforts. It has been remarkable to see the local response to the unimaginable needs in Haiti, but we know this community is incredible and expect nothing less.  Those efforts in Haiti are making an impact as they partner with some incredible organizations with operations on the ground in Haiti. The resolve of these organizations in the face of incredible difficulty is truly inspiring.Thirst No More

Chris Marlow of Help End Local Poverty and Criag Miller of Thirst No More shared about the work of their organizations current work in Haiti, discussed collaborative relief opportunities and opportunities  to work together to solidify future plans.

Keypoint Church, First Baptist Church of Rogers, Fellowship Bible and the Cobblestone Project hosted this Haiti Relief Collaboration Meeting to share past successes, discussed potential future opportunities and hear from the organizations who are directing the relief efforts on the ground in Haiti.

…visit the Haiti Relief page for more information, videos and next steps.

Present in the City

Greg Russinger was our guest for Present in the City and shared his story of what it means to be “Present in the City”.  Greg and his wife, Michelle, are Founders of Just One and currently live in Portland with their two children.

Just One is a non profit organization that was formed to stimulate greater global awareness about extreme poverty, and to provoke compassionate ideas and intelligent giving in order to provide sustainable relief. Just One is a collective voice for the victims of social injustice––the one(s) living in geographical and situational poverty; the one(s) orphaned through death, disease and desertion; the one(s) trafficked into slavery throughout the world.

Just One is also responsible for the creation of Laundry Love, One Voice to End Slavery, A Trash Can can make a Difference, On Bike with Love and a number of other incredible initiatives.

…visit the Present in the City page for more information, videos and next steps.

1,287 Stand Up and Be Counted

Tonight in NW Arkansas, there are an estimated 1,287 people without a home (nearly half of them youth).  In February of 2009, the University of Arkansas Community & Family Institute release a “Northwest Arkansas Point in Time Homeless Census” report exposing the issue.

In July 2009 the NW Arkansas Community gathered to support finding a solution to the region’s homelessness problem.  Mark Horvath, founder of InvisiblePeople.tv, was our guest to help share the true face of homelessness in the US and in our community.

In July 2010, Mark Horvath returned and our community gathered again to share progress, stories of hope and the need that still exists.  The NWA Point in Time Homeless Census will be conducated again in January 2011 and you have the opportunity to help (watch for details).

…visit 1,287 Stand Up and Be Counted page for more information, videos and next steps.


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