What is ReachDSM?
Reach Des Moines is a church-wide day of service where the entire Revision community spreads out around the city to partner with various non-profits that are committed to helping bring hope & healing to our world.
Why Do We Do It?
Part of helping people meet Jesus is following in his footsteps and living out his love. In Luke 4:18-19, Jesus says, "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." Our desire is to pursue that mission. This means serving the city with our time, our abilities, and our resources. God is inviting us to be a part of writing a better story and a better future for those around us, and we are passionate about accepting that invitation and helping our community flourish.
When Is It?
Every time there are 5 Sundays in a month, we cancel our regular Sunday services on the 5th Sunday and send everyone out to Reach Des Moines. Our House Groups also regularly serve alongside our ReachDSM partners.
What We're Doing
This ReachDSM we are partnering with Bidwell Riverside Center as they host their annual toy drive for families in need. The toys will be used in their Holiday Toy Pantry in December to help families who may need a little extra help this holiday season. Last year, they provided toys to more than 1,700 children, and we are so excited to help that number grow!
When Is This Happening?
Throughout the month of November there will be a "Giving Turkey" set up in the church entryway on Sunday mornings where you can grab a "kernel of corn" (or 10) that describes an item to purchase. If you are joining us online for church this month, there is more information below about how you can participate!
On Sunday, November 29th, you can drop off your unwrapped donations at the Revision Church Office between 9:00am - 12:00pm. We may even give you a donut or two as a thank you for your donation!
How Can I Participate?
We would love for you to participate by grabbing a few "kernels of corn" on a Sunday morning and then bring those unwrapped gifts to the Revision Office on November 29th between 9:00am - 12:00pm. If you are unable to join us on a Sunday morning, no worries! We totally understand that some people may not be able or comfortable spending time in the store and then dropping the toys off at the office, so Bidwell created an Amazon list! When you purchase toys from this list, they ship directly to Bidwell, making it easier than ever to support the Bidwell Riverside Holiday Toy Pantry from home! You can click on that Amazon list below:
Most Needed Items
If you are unable to pick up a "kernel of corn" from church on a Sunday morning, but would still like to purchase an item to drop off at the Revision office on November 29th, here is a list of Bidwell's most needed items:
Toys (Ages 0-12)
Hats & Gloves
Quilts & Blankets
$10 & $20 Gift Cards to Walmart/Target
If you have any questions about this month's ReachDSM, contact our Community Outreach Pastor - Courtney Straka by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.