Here’s what SOMA’s up to:
September 24th: Worship Gathering, Communion, and Clean Up Day
We will meet at our regular time of 11:15am at The Well (1401 6th Ave) to share conversation, pray and sing together. Pastor Marc will be preaching this week and finishing our series on God’s work for the church. Starting this month, we are sharing in Communion each week.
Following the Service – Clean Up Day
We will be having a clean-up day after our worship gathering this Sunday. Stick around for a pizza lunch and help us give a once-a-year big clean to this community space.
2017 SOMA Budgeted Giving Update
General giving in August: $4,457
Budgeted monthly giving: $4,500
General giving year-to-date: $41,162
Budgeted giving year-to-date: $36,000
Farmers’ Market – Monday, September 18th
Every Monday from 3:30-6:30pm in Municipal Parking Lot, Corner of 8th Avenue & 12th Street.
Men’s Night – Monday, September 18th
Every Monday @ 6:30pm at The Well will be a Men’s Night for guys to meet, hang out, and encourage each other. All men are welcome!
Garden Work Night – Wednesday, September 20th
Each Wednesday we will have our summer community garden work nights. Meet at the garden (located at 15th St & 1st Ave) from 5-7pm to help out!
Youth Dance Class – Thursday, September 21st
This class has drop in and ongoing registration so it’s not too late to join in! Offered for ALL children and youth ages 5 and up! Pay as you go and pay what you are able options are available. Early fall session: September 7 – October 5. Class is held Thursdays, from 5:30-6:30pm at The Well. Cost is $25/session. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join in – or just show up!
Women’s Movement Group – Thursday, September 21st
This fall we are going to keep dancing together as we expand our movement range and honor our stories! Early fall session: August 24 – October 5. Class is held Thursdays from 7-8pm at The Well. Pay what makes you happy ($5-10 suggested)
Drop In Hours – Friday, September 22nd
Join in our Friday open hours at The Well! Anyone is welcome to come use the space from 10am – 4pm.
A Night of Harmony – Sunday, September 24th
CARE Ministries of Christian Assembly is hosting a block party at Harmony Dwellings with food, kids crafts, prayer, and bicycle repair by Communicyle. 5pm in the Harmony Dwellings parking lot (rain location: inside the Harmony community center)
September is the time to sign up for Community Groups, which we looking to start up again in October. Sign up for a group on the visitor card or by replying to the email. Open groups include:
– Tuesday @ 7pm
– A Recovery-focused group Fridays @ 1pm
– A weekend group (specific date/time TBD, based on people’s availability)
– A weekday morning group (specific date/time TBD)
– College student groups
Neighborhood Watch Meeting – September 25
7:00 pm at the Second Baptist Church (Fellowship Hall Annex), 2322 10th Ave., Beaver Falls. These monthly meetings last approximately one hour and provide residents with an opportunity to ask questions and register concerns.
Tiger Pause Benefit: Pittsburgh Pirates Players – September 25
Tiger Pause Youth Ministry has invited the Pittsburgh Pirate Players David Freese and Josh Bell to Beaver Falls on September 25, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm. This is a fundraiser to be located at Beaver County Auto. Tickets are $20 and will benefit Tiger Pause. There will also be an auction featuring items such as signed jerseys, bats, etc. There will be a Chinese Auction and a Silent Auction, and a 50/50 tickets sales. You are encouraged to bring pictures or other Pirate items to get autographs [one item per person]. Please call 724 843 2384 for more info.
Canning Night – September 27
Next week, September 27, we will be canning some produce instead of meeting at the garden. Meet at The Well at 5pm to join in!
A Night at Morado – Sunday, October 8th
CARE Ministries of Christian Assembly is hosting a block party at Morado Dwellings with food, kids crafts, prayer, and bicycle repair by Communicyle. 5pm in the Morado parking lot (rain location: inside the Morado community center).
Mental Health Conference – October 21
First Presbyterian Church in Beaver is hosting a Mental Health Conference from 9am – 3pm on Saturday, October 21st. Check out the Bridging the Gap brochure for details on the conference. Register online at http://www.fpcbeaver.com/Mental-Health by October 14th.
Prayer Retreat – November 4
On November 4th we will have a Prayer Retreat all-day Saturday at Lamppost Farm, led by Pastor Mark Ongley from Ashes to Life. There’s no cost, just sign up by replying to this email.
Rides for Tyler and Maci
The Pattersons are looking for help with getting transportation to and from appointments. They recently moved to College Hill. We are looking to put together a team of people who are available to provide a ride once per month. If you are able, get in touch with Dave Slebodnik (724-875-7286).
Aliquippa Impact Positions
Aliquippa Impact is looking to hire 2 more part-time youth workers for their after school program. If you are interested, check out the job description and then email Brandi Pupi at email@example.com for an application.
Youth Facilitator at Soma
We’re hiring! We are looking for a part-time (20 hours per month) Youth Facilitator to provide oversight for our work with teens, both in our church & in Beaver Falls. To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 724.774.6398, ext 104.
College Tutor Needed
We’re looking for a Biology or Chemistry major to help one of our folks with her college classes. If you’re able to give an hour a week, contact Pastor Marc or reply to this email.
Interested in a Relief Work Trip to Houston?
Scott Katip is hoping to lead a group of us this coming Fall/Winter to Houston, TX to help with the clean-up work needed following Hurricane Harvey. Possible dates are November 21-27 (over Thanksgiving) & December 26-January 2 (after Christmas). Details still to be determined, but each participant can expect to pay about $200 to cover costs. If you are interested, please let us know which of these dates works for you by replying to this email.
Donations and Volunteers Needed for 24th Annual Christmas Dinner
Items needed: hygiene products and new scarves, socks, gloves, and hats (only), and monetary donations. The dinner is held on Christmas Day from 11:30am – 3:00pm at the Beaver Falls High School; last year, over 1,300 people attended. To volunteer or donate, contact CARE Outreach Ministry at 724-846-3751.
Young Life is looking for some help with laying the flooring in the office they use at The Well. If you are available to help out, get in touch with Dave at email@example.com.
We are recording our Sunday messages once again! You can listen to them here. That same link can also be found at the bottom of our website.
If you’ve got something to share with SOMA’s community by way of prayer request or a call for help from the body, let me know and I’ll put those here.
Zack and Emily Harvey welcomed baby girl Lucille Shelley into their family on September 12th. Join them in praising God for his gifts.
Dan and Bethany Williams welcomed baby boy Judah Daniel into their family on September 16th. Bethany is the Beaver Falls Community Developer and a former SOMA member. Join them in praising God for his gifts as well as praying for Bethany and Judah after a difficult delivery.
Harvey Update & Irma
As we remember to pray for everyone affected by the Hurricanes over the past several weeks, I wanted to encourage everyone to be wise in our giving. I spoke on the phone last week with Pastor Ikki Soma at City of Refuge Church in Houston, and he reiterated that the most helpful thing right now, along with those prayers, is gifts of money or gift cards. Donated items can be helpful, but money allows the most flexibility for those helping locally to respond to specific needs, and it invests in their local economy.
You may already be doing so through an organization, but if you’re looking to donate financially toward either Harvey or Irma relief work, you can visit www.epc.org/emergencyrelief
And keep your ears open as we coordinate with folks in both Houston & Florida about future opportunities to travel & offer our hands-on support as they clean up and rebuild in their communities.
Thank you for joining in as Jesus’ hands & feet.
– Pastor Marc