Family Affair Ministries
Through the Great Commission Jesus commands the church to “go,” and as a congregation, Church of the Redeemer has been “going” to East Nashville since 2004—to serve the economically poor, in the Name of Jesus by partnering with Family Affair Ministries.
Who is FAM?
Family Affair Ministries is our sister church in East Nashville. They are a small band of faithful followers of Jesus who are energized by the Spirit of God. They creatively and faithfully share the Good News of Jesus through the proclamation of the gospel by supporting their neighbors and community. Over the last thirteen years, Church of the Redeemer’s relationship with Family Affair Ministries has given us a place to physically serve the poor in specific and appropriate ways, in ways that honor Christ.
How have we partnered with FAM through the years?
- Building a brand new playground
- Renovating the FAM church kitchen
- Providing scholarships for swimming lessons and summer camp
- Painting transitional houses FAM has for the homeless
- Yard work
- GED tutoring
- Sewing classes
- Pregame dinners for the Stratford High School Football Team
- Befriending the elderly
- Hosting a food pantry and clothes closet
- Providing gift cards to Kroger, Walmart, and Goodwill
- Throwing Christmas parties
- Worshipping together
These days East Nashville has the reputation of being a booming, prosperous and desirable neighborhood, yet the poor remain in pockets and their needs are great. FAM continues to serve out of their Family Center at Berkshire Apartments, where 365 low income residents struggle for the necessities of life. FAM is well known as a source of help. Metro school principals and counselors know they can come to FAM for an Emergency Food Bag for a hungry child or to the FAM Clothes Closet when a family needs warm clothes. Redeemer runs both of those ministries under the guidance of FAM.
2018 lies ahead of us with new challenges as we partner with Family Affair Ministries. There are questions. How do we best serve the 150 little preschool children who live at Berkshire? How can we make a difference in the lives of their mothers? How do we reach out to the 30 teenagers? What are the needs of the elderly? Family Affair Ministries’ vision statement holds firm: “Restoring families, rebuilding communities through Christ’s hand extended.” We are grateful for our long partnership with FAM and it is our joy to seek the Lord with them for the next steps for the year ahead. Berkshire Apartments may be sold this year, the poor displaced and a sparkling new development cover the hillside, but for today—may the Lord find us faithful in the harvest fields He has given us.
How to Serve Right Now
Currently we are partnering with FAM to provide a festive Christmas Store & Party for the Berkshire community. Our knitters are busy knitting 75 stocking caps; we are stocking the store, purchasing food items, and providing workers for the December 23 event. In addition to providing each child and adult a warm hat and gloves, everyone will also be invited to enjoy a festive party with hot chocolate, hot dogs, line dancing, games and cookie decorating.
There is always opportunity to purchase groceries for the Food Pantry or to provide clothing in the bins in the Redeemer basement. Donations can be left in the FAM corner of the Narthex.
Barbara Weigle, FAM Ambassador
December 6, 2017