New Normal

A New Normal . . . is a term that we have been hearing a lot lately. The problem is, that everyday everything is new, and nothing is normal. One thing that remains the same is that people need one another. There are senior citizens, those living with a disability and other with catastrophic events in their lives that cannot look after the maintanance, let alone repair of their own homes. The everyday actions and interactions of people may have been halted, but the deterioration and disrepair of our most vulnerable neighbors has not.

That is why this year’s Mission Cedar Hill’s Big Week is even more important than the years in the past. With all that is happening, the last thing our Aunt, or grandparents, or brother needs is to worry about their fence that blew down in the storm, or the tree limb that now nearly hangs all the way down to the sidewalk. We can help. In these few, three days, June 4 – 6th, 2020, we can make a lasting difference in many of our neighbors lives.

Our City has done a fantastic job reaching out to our senior citizens. And while we check on them, we are becomig aware of an increasing amount of help needed in their lives on their property. But becoming aware of it is the easy part. Doing something about it is the important part. We need volunteers. We need LOTS of volunteers. And with this years issues and recomendations, we cannot make last mintute asignments and adjustments like we have in the past years. We need to asign every volunteer to a specific job site and Captian days in advance to ensure their safety and the safety of our neighbors.

So we ask you . . . Please, go to our website and sign-up to volunteer for this years Mission Cedar Hill’s Big Event, Thursday – Saturday, June 4 – 6th, 2020. The work begins at 7:30 AM, lunch is provided, and ends at 4:30 PM each day. You will be contacted after you register to volunteer on the “Join Mission Cedar Hill” page. You will be asigned to a Job Captian and address along with all of the latest information required for a safe, productive day of service.

Tell you friends, and HURRY, please. Due to all of the extra steps for organization and safety, registration closes Friday, May 29th. But you still have time! Sign up, call your friends, and spread the joy of serving others. There is nothing like it on the planet. God bless you for your generousity with your time, talents, and resources.

Spring into Action

It seems like this has been a wet winter. And as I listen to the weather man, we are right, It has been. While cold damp days may make working outside difficult, it is not impossible. And it may even be necessary. Carpenters, roofers, plumbers, and the long list of construction workers and civil servants work outside in the elements everyday, whether it is sunny, or raining. It may not be their first choice, but they do what they need to do.

We’d like to look at another “need to do”. That of the homeowner whose fence has blown down due to the saturated soil, or the high winds we have had lately. Unfortunately their need may not be able to wait until June for our Big Week. But your small group could meet this immediate need with just a Big Day spent on the home and life of a neighbor. While Spring officially starts on March 19, 2020 we are already seeing our seasonal bulbs and flowers Springing up out the soil displaying their beautiful flowers and colors.

Maybe you would like to get a head start on some Spring cleaning or Spring Planting. We already have a healthy list of Home owners and non Profits that are in need of help to not only get their properties ready for Spring, but back into code compliance. We already have a healthy list of home owners whose fences have blown down and are in need of repair, or replacement. We have a growing list of homeowners whose siding has deteriorated to the point that paint will not cover its condition any longer. It needs to be replaced and repainted for their home to be restored.

But please, hear this; Beyond the fences and siding are Moms and Dads, Grandmothers and Grandpas. They are homeowners living with disabilities and catastrophic events that are keeping them from being able to take care of these needs. But there is Good News in all of this. Their inability to meet these needs give YOU the Ability to Spring into Action and do it for them, with them.  We can guarantee you one of the most satisfying days you have had in a LOOONNNGGG time. What do you say? Give us a call. Give them a hand.

Mission Cedar Hill  (214) 884-8378 Spring into Action!

And then . . .

One of the phrases we hear a lot around a Mission Cedar Hill event is “And then . . . “. We hear this phrase as much from volunteers as from Homeowners, from Homeowners as much as from volunteers. But it is said with equal excitement and enthusiasm regardless of who is saying it.

“And then . . . when we got to the house we met the homeowner. She was such a nice lady, and so appreciative that we were there. She let us pray for her and her home, she even prayed with us. We didn’t waste any time. We got right at it. The work wasn’t all that hard, but at the end of the day when we stood back and looked at the finished project, I saw chest puff out, and eyes tear up. Someone said, ‘Look at that, we did that’. ” MCH Volunteer

“And then . . . when I opened the door I was greeted by the nicest group of people. They had taken a day out of their busy schedules to come help me with my house. They fixed my fence, cut back my shrubs and hauled away the trash. I couldn’t believe the difference they were able to make in my life in a single day. I am so thankful to God, and to Mission Cedar Hill for all their help!” MCH Homeowner

There is no shortage of things to do this time of year. And while the list of things to do is long, we want to remind you that so is the list of needs. While we reflect on what we are Thankful for, and look forward to what we may give, or receive, we would like to ask you to consider the needs of others, needs they cannot meet, not with another job, another day, or pulling their boots up. The only way many of our homeowners will be able to meet their need is when you and I show up and meet it with them.

What do you say? Are you ready to be a real part of a real solution? Are you ready to make a real difference in a real persons life? Are you willing to take one day and touch the heart and life of another person? Give us a call, we can place you with another group, or set up a Big Day for you and your group, your family, or just you. YOU can make a difference.

Merry Christmas!

MCH Annual Big Week Event

As I watch the rain gently dampen the leaves on the trees in my backyard, I am aware of the severe storm they say is headed our way later this morning. It also serves as a reminder of our Annual Big Week Event that is just 19 days away, June 6th – 8th, 2019. Each morning we will begin the check in/registration at 7:30 AM at the High Pointe Baptist Church campus located at 101 High Pointe Lane, Cedar Hill, TX. 75104.

For the 17th consecutive year dozens of teams will be equipped, empowered, and encouraged as they are released into our neighborhoods sharing their time, talents and resources as they pour out love, compassion, and kindness onto our neighbors. Sound like something you would like to be a part of? You can! It is as easy as going to our “Join Mission Cedar Hill” page at https://missioncedarhill.org/join-mission-cedar-hill/ and signing up to help.

You can volunteer for a part of any day all the way to all day, all three days, and even have a part in helping Sunday morning at our Worship Celebration at Virginia Weaver Park . Check out the many opportunities to participate in Love on our “Events” page at https://missioncedarhill.org/events-2/ . There you can not only see where we have been recently, but where are are planning to be in the near future. For example, we are not only planning on serving our community on June 6th – 8th in our Annual Big Week Event, but helping out at the Juneteenth Event lead by Best Southwest at Valley Ridge Park June 15th.

So let me encourage you to go to our Events page, check out the opportunities, dates, and times. Then you can click on the Join Mission Cedar Hill page and fill out the volunteer form. Every volunteer at every MCH event MUST register. The BEST way to do this is through the web site form. This gives us advanced notice, a better way to count and assign people to the numerous task we are taking on, and GREATLY SHORTENS the time spent registering and assigning people on the days of the events.

The rain continues to gently fall on my trees, and it serves as a reminder of what is coming very soon. I hope and pray that as you see a neighbor’s fence that has fallen down, or a yard that is unmowed it will serve as a constant reminder of the many neighbors we share that cannot fix their situation on their own, and the army of volunteers God is raising up to G.O. and share L.O.V.E. in real and practical ways. Come Join Us!

P.S – I would love to come to your group, Church or office and share these one of these two ideas of service. The acronyms G.O. = Given Opportunity, and L.O.V.E = Lifting Others Valuing Everyone, are just two of many teachings God has given me. Let me know, I would love to come share with you and yours.

Looking to Lead . . .

On Saturday, April 27th, 2019, Leadership Southwest is gathering together with Mission Cedar to G.O. out into our community and lead in love. Leadership Southwest contacted us a few months back and asked us if we would like to participate in a “Treasure Hunt” exercise they were doing in looking for a non-profit to join with. We were MORE than glad to join them.

We put together a short exercise for them to participate in, giving them small samples of what we do in various home projects which built upon each other, leading to a finished project, and hopefully, a desire to know and do more. Well, what do you know? Out of the five non-profits that were hoping to recruit a team of volunteers, we won.

So on Saturday, April 27th, from 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM the volunteers from Leadership Southwest are going to take on 5 pretty healthy project. Three homes have rotted siding that needs to be removed and replaced. They then need to be caulked, primed, and painted. One home needs a whole new paint job after some old paint is washed and scraped off. It’s a big two story home, so we hope they eat theirs Wheaties. And the fifth and final home needs a new fence built. The old fence is already gone, so we need to show up, dig some holes, set some post, and then build a brand new fence.

Each of these homeowners are going to be blessed by the generosity of Leadership Southwest and Mission Cedar Hill, not only in the free labor provided by the volunteers, but by the free wood, paint, and fencing that the generous donors with these two groups is gathering together to pay for all of it. Mission Cedar Hill has never asked a homeowner for a penny, and we never will.

We would like to invite you to come work with us on that Saturday, April 27th, or just come watch us do what we do for a while so you can see for yourself what Leadership and Love can do for and in a Community. Jesus said to “Love your Neighbor” so that’s what we’re doing. You can always learn what we are doing at our web site MissionCedarHill.org, and click on “Events”. Then click on “Join Mission Cedar Hill” and G.O. make a difference in your neighborhood.

And Then . . .

And then, there was a playground.

Toward the end of February through the first of March, the City of Cedar Hill along with Mission Cedar Hill the businesses, churches, and citizens of Cedar Hill set out on quite an adventure. In eleven days we were to turn a plot of dirt into a brand new innovative, inclusive, learning playground that would invite, encourage, and enlist every kid in our city to come play and learn on its features.

The weather turned cold and wet, I mean really cold (like freezing) and really wet, like rain, sleet, and ice. Volunteers and workers starting showing up every day at 7 am, and worked until 8 PM. Tools were hard to hold, the ground was frozen, on top of being Cedar Hill stone, the screws seemed sharper in our fingertips and the post seemed heavier. There were mornings where the decks were slippery from ice and things just didn’t want to work right based on these conditions. But we never gave in, and never gave up.

People young and old, skilled and unskilled came out to work in conditions we wouldn’t normally go to the store in, And after they showed up, they went to work. They dug holes and cut boards. They leveled post and built decks. They mitered saws and routed edges, all in the cold with their friends and family, and had fun doing it. Numerous city employees came out on and off of the clock. We CANNOT SAY ENOUGH about the dozens of city employees that worked relentless hours in demanding conditions to get the job done. Our hats off to William Ford, Shawn Ray, Tia Rich, and dozens more who gave and gave, and gave. Please thank each and every one of your coworkers, superintendents, directors, and associates for a job well done.

You, Cedar Hill, showed what can be done when a Community comes together to do a job. We did a lot, we learned a lot. But we’re not done. There is still ONE MORE REALLY BIG TASK with the Virginia Weaver Playground Project, and that’s Celebrate it! So we invite you, Saturday, March 30th, from 1 – 3 PM, come help us dedicate this New Playground to a new generation of Cedarhillians that will tell its story for generations.

Thank You, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!

“Build them Up . . . “

Every once in a while an opportunity comes our way that we just have to step into. The good of the outcome, the company that is involved, the personal growth that is there to be had, there are many reasons, but we have got to join in.

Romans 15:1-6 speaks of these opportunities like this; “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Endurance, Encouragement and Hope empowered by a positive attitude, looking forward to the outcome and the benefit to others. These are our thoughts, our prayer for you. Today, tomorrow, where can you find a place to be a part of something bigger than yourself. Something positive and encouraging that will bless your neighbor?

We’ve got a place, and a time. The Virginia Weaver Playground is being rebuilt by neighbors, for neighbors. Over 25 years ago neighbors got together and built the first playground. It was the very first thing put into the park. And now we have the opportunity to do it again, with a new generation of kids, parents and grandparents. We will be onsite, building this playground from Tuesday, February 23rd through Sunday, March 3rd, from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. There are 3 separate shifts each day. Please go back to our Home page, or read more on our Events page and see how you can be inspired, encouraged, to find your endurance and hope to pay it forward for generations to come.

Virginia Weaver Playground Project