Today is the start of a new month and no April Fool’s jokes here!!! Just happy to be moving into spring, hopefully, and some nicer weather. We still have big snow piles from the plowing but hopefully those all will be gone by week end.
My cause for March–-Care of Creation and Brittany Ederer is done for the month and I am happy to report that a donation of $224 is going to help fund Brittany’s work at this wonderful organization. I was so happy to “find” her and be able to be a small part of this great work that she is doing. Way to go, Brittany!!! High fives all around!
April brings a new cause and I am thrilled to announce that the cause for this month is one that is near and dear to my heart but most importantly—the person who “we” will be helping is a wonderful friend from my days at Epworth UMC in Concord, NC. Megan Emerson was in the youth group when I started working at the church–her parents became good friends and I had the privilege of watching Megan grow in her faith while I was there. One of the great things that this church supported was a ministry called Carolina Cross Connection. In a nutshell CCC has existed for 25 years and offers opportunities for groups to be in mission serving others in many different areas. Participants can spend time building ramps, renovating bathrooms and kitchens and doing all kinds of projects that enable folks to live a little bit better quality of life. Their website here will show you a bit of what they do. Not only do they offer summer weeklong experiences there are also opportunities for year round local days of service within local communities and I am thrilled to say that one of my friends, Jen Hedrick, is now part of this wonderful ongoing outreach to back yard neighbors who need a hand up.
Megan will be the Service Week Lead Program Coordinator this summer and part of her responsibility is to raise a portion of her salary through “partnerships”. That is what we will be doing for Comments for a Cause this month. Below please read Megan’s own words about her summer plans.
Well hey ya’ll! My name is Megan Emerson and I am from Concord, NC. My lovely home church is Epworth UMC. I go to school in Boone and when I am not there, I live with my mom and dad, Lisa and Jim, and our 90-pound German Shepherd Curly. This year I am junior at Appalachian State University, GO MOUNTAINEERS! I am working towards a degree in Public Relations with a minor in General Business. I hope to go into Community Relations with a sports team like the Carolina Panthers Football team or the Carolina Hurricanes Hockey team. CCC has been a major part of my life since 2006 when I went on my first trip to Camp McCall. This summer will be my eighth in ministry with CCC! In 2008, I was a J-Staff at Camp Carolwood for two weeks and last year I was a Program Coordinator at Camp Carolwood four years later! Being a J-staffer was what set my mind to being on staff and who would’ve thought that I would have the opportunity to not only be on staff one summer but two!
This summer I have the amazing opportunity to be a Lead Program for CCC’s service weeks. I am so excited for this summer and I am counting down the days! I cannot wait to see what God has in store this year not only for the staff but also for our campers and adults as well as the families we will have the opportunity to work for across the state. CCC has always been this amazing part of my summer and once again having this fantastic opportunity to serve God and be in mission is absolutely amazing.
I am really excited to be a small part of this and hope that we can get a lot of support for Megan. Check out her personal blog here. She is an amazing young woman with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm for what she does. Remember –for each comment made on any post at any time during the month of April I will donate 50 cents to Megan’s CCC endeavors! It is easy to do–just click on the comment box and type away!!! Thank you in advance for making this month a great month for Comments for a Cause!