Neighboring Resources

the Neighboring Church - “Love The Lord Your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength AND Love your neighbor as yourself.”  This was Jesus’ answer to the question, “What is the greatest commandment?”  You see, you can’t really love God without loving your neighbor and you can’t really love your neighbor without loving God. They go together!

The Neighboring life is about more intentionally loving the people around us and; specifically our literal neighbors.  It’s a call to be aware of what’s happening around us. It’s a call to look for ways to jump in and act when God nudges us. 

Throughout this series we have been challenged to love those around us. Below are some useful tools that you can use in getting to know your neighbors:

Gift Mart | December 16

Shine, Mission Avenue Elementary PTA, and New City Church are working in collaboration with the Mission Avenue Elementary School Administration to assist school families in need during the holiday season.

Christmas Gift Mart is an event where select Mission Avenue parents are invited to shop and buy gifts while their children participate in holiday games and activities. It is a special time where memories are made and the holiday spirit is shared.

All funds raised go back to the school in order to buy clothing and other needed items for the school’s clothing bank.

We are asking community members to donate new, unwrapped, $10 - $20 children’s toys, suitable for ages 5-11. Please bring your gift donations by Sunday, December 10. If you have any questions, please contact shine@newcityabq.org.

You can also volunteer to serve at the Gift Mart on Saturday, December 16, from 10am-noon.

 

starting point | november 19

StartingPointGraphic.png

Are you new to New City? Starting Point is a casual, complimentary, catered lunch that will be held at New City on Sunday, November 19 following the 11am gathering. It is for those who have recently started attending, and allows you to get to know other new attenders and the ministry staff. You will be introduced to our church and will be provided with ways to get involved. Please let us know that you are coming here. We look forward to meeting you!

community-wide food drive

food mart 17.jpg

Impact our community in a big way by inviting your neighborhood or office to participate in a community- wide Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit families at Mission Ave. Elementary. Most people want to help others, but they don’t know how. This is an easy way! Here’s how it works:

  • Grab a stack of bags provided. Identify five people in your neighborhood, office, or family.
  • Early in the week, please fill out the blanks at the bottom of the flier with: day, pick up time, your name and phone number.

  • If they would like to participate in the food drive, they will leave their non-perishable items in the grocery bag outside their front door to be picked up on the day you determine.

  • Please note: You will pick up bags. (If a grocery bag is not outside the front door, please do not disturb your neighbors. Not everyone is in the position to participate, and that is okay!)

  • After collecting the grocery bags, please bring the donated food items to New City by Sunday, November 12.

  • Do not put anything on or in your neighbor’s mailbox. If your neighbor is out of town or a house is vacant, please do not leave the bag on their door.

    Participating in this food drive can be a fun way to meet your neighbors and co-workers. This is a great opportunity to create community as you help families at Mission Ave have a Happy Thanksgiving. 

baptism class | october 22

baptism_1.jpg

There will be a baptism class Sunday, September 10 following the 11am gathering. Lunch will be served, please RSVP below to let us know that you will be coming. 

For kids (grades 3-5) who are interested in baptism, there will be an informative and fun FAMILY workshop for kids AND their parents. The goal of this class is to equip and encourage parents to share the gospel and lead their children to a relationship with Jesus. Families who feel their children may be ready to make a faith decision and be baptized are encouraged to attend.

mission avenue book drive

books.jpg

Do you remember your favorite book as a child? Dr Seuss said it best "The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you'll go!" Research shows that kids in generational poverty do not have the same opportunities as other students to interact with books at home. 

Our school, Mission Ave, has asked us to partner with them in providing books for our students. This is a great opportunity for you to make a difference and get plugged in to the mission of Shine at Mission Ave.

Donated books can be new or gently used, and should be for elementary-aged students. You may drop off books in the boxes placed in the atrium over the next few weeks. We will make sure they get delivered to the kiddos at Mission Avenue Elementary.

starting point | october 8

Are you new to New City? Starting Point is a casual, complimentary, catered lunch that will be held at New City on August 20, following the 11am gathering. It is for those who have recently started attending, and allows you to get to know other new attenders and the ministry staff. You will be introduced to our church and will be provided with ways to get involved. Please let us know that you are coming, here. We look forward to meeting you!

Party at the Barn | October 1

barn 2016 wo words.jpg

Dust off your boots, and bring some friends and neighbors! New City is going to have a party at the Los Ranchos Community Barn on Sunday, October 1 at 5pm.

Schedule of events:
5:00 BBQ Dinner is served
5:30 Live Country music & dancing
5:30 Family games 
6-7:00 Hayride
6:30 Pie Eating contest 
(Feel free to bring blankets or chairs to sit on) 
 

The Alfredo Garcia Community Barn is located at 6650 Rio Grande Blvd NW. south of the Los Ranchos Village Hall.

Harvey Flood Relief

Harvey-Header.jpg

For the past few days, many of you have probably been watching reports of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area and praying about how to respond. Josh Gosney, a pastor in Houston, says they are seeing family and friends lose everything. He shares, “For those of us who don’t have a boat or any other means to help those who are stranded, we are left feeling frustrated and helpless, asking what we can do to help.”

Wake Church, the church Josh planted last year, has started a Response Fund to help those who have been affected. Josh is a part of the church planting network called Stadia that helped to plant Abiel and Emily Diaz's church, Ciudad de Gracia.

Let’s help Wake Church show the love of Jesus to their city by giving sacrificially in this time of great need. Whatever you are able to give will make a difference during this tragic time.

Please join me in praying for Josh, the Wake Church family, and the entire area that's been affected by this tragedy. 

New City will be coordinating a team to serve with Wake Church in the future, so stay tuned for more information.

engage event | September 9

Looking for an opportunity to live intentionally and serve the community? Join New City on September 9 | 8am-12:30pm, as we love the city through mission. We will meet at New City by 8am. Breakfast and coffee will be provided. We will then be sent out to the work projects. You will receive an email before Saturday with all details and info related to your specific project. Questions? email easton@newcityabq.org.

love inc

Love INC partners with local churches and agencies in Albuquerque. They screen and refer those in need to the best organization to meet the need. New City will be assisting families as they pick up household furniture and goods. Kids over 16. Space is very limited!

new mexico children youth and families dept

There are over 1000 children in the foster care system in Bernalillo County. New City will be assisting CYFD as they seek to care for those children. We can do that by cleaning and sprucing up the visitation rooms at CYFD, creating an art center and general facility care. This will involve general cleaning, and decorating and is appropriate for kids and families.

mission avenue elementary school:

Mission Ave is a local school that New City loves and cares for. We will be assisting in cleaning up the community garden and the clothing closet. This will involve weeding, raking, folding and organizing. Kids and families are welcome.

cedar hill church (navajo reservation):

We will be delivering firewood to Pastor Tulley to be used during the fall to heat homes and cooking. This will involve loading/unloading trailers, moving firewood and driving back and forth to Cuba, NM. This team will return to Albuquerque at approximately 4pm.

baptism class | September 10

There will be a baptism class Sunday, September 10 following the 11am gathering. Lunch will be served, please RSVP below to let us know that you will be coming. 

For kids (grades 3-5) who are interested in baptism, there will be an informative and fun FAMILY workshop for kids AND their parents. The goal of this class is to equip and encourage parents to share the gospel and lead their children to a relationship with Jesus. Families who feel their children may be ready to make a faith decision and be baptized are encouraged to attend.