Tuesday, December 8, 2009

SoCalConnected has been focusing on Outreach to TWO major ministries in our local area.
Isaiah's House is a Women's Homeless Shelter
in Santa Ana, CA.
About 60-80 women come to this shelter to eat a hot meal
and sleep on a mat (inside or outside).
After working with these women in this past year, we have been beyond BLESSED by their spirits, perspective, and perseverance.
Volunteers from Saddleback Covenant Church,
and local High Schools have come to serve
in ANY way they can.
It has truly given these women HOPE that people DO care...
If you would like to know more, or volunteer, or donate to this Shelter,
please contact us at socalconnected@yahoo.com.
We will CONNECT you!
There are ALWAYS ways you can help...
whether it be socks, blankets, food, or time,
the women of Isaiah's House will be grateful!
Thank You to ALL who have served!

Christmas Craft Night at Lighthouse

Saddleback Valley Christian School student, Mysaki,
is doing her Senior Project on Lighthouse and boy...oh, boy...
is she making a difference!
Her love for the crew at Lighthouse is contageous
and spreading (in a good way)!!
She single-handedly taught this Christmas Craft to 50 kids
all by herself!
They loved it!
These ornaments will be hanging on Lighthouse's Christmas Tree,
along with a gift for this amazing ministry for individuals with Special Needs.
If you, or someone you know,
would like to help donate your time or give a gift to this organization,
please contact socalconnected@yahoo.com.
We will CONNECT you!
The Lighthouse is held at Coast Hills Church in
Orange County from 7-8:30pm.
The news has spread about how awesome and FUN this group is!
Please join us and spread some love!

Game Night at Isaiah's House

Isaiah's House is full to the brim with volunteers this time of year!
Saddleback Valley Christian School and JSerra students united
for a night of games, coffee, and dessert!
These students didn't hesitate to dive into helping the women in this shelter.
They served with joy and brought laughter into this House!
Thank you to EACH and EVERY student who came and
made a difference in these women's lives.
It's amazing that playing a game of Yahtzee with someone can actually
make a tremendous impact and difference in their lives...
Students...You proved that to be true!
Keep it up!

Thanksgiving at Lighthouse

THANK YOU to ALL our Lighthouse volunteers that helped out at
their Thanksgiving Dinner Night!
From serving food, to buttering bread, to preparing the buffet table, and finally to cleanin' up the kitchen after all that dining...
you ALL made such an incredible impact on our amazing friends at Lighthouse!
Thank you to Mandi and Heidi for organizing such an awesome event
that blessed so many people.
The Lighthouse is ALWAYS looking for people to show love and impact those with Special Needs.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in volunteering at Lighthouse, please contact us at socalconnected@yahoo.com.
We will CONNECT you...
and you WILL be blessed!
And bless others!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Students joining together to serve others...

Saddleback Valley Christian School and JSerra High School students are joining together at Isaiah's House for some yummy dinner service (with a smile)! It's amazing to see teens reach out AND to hear the lessons they learned... change of perspective once you actually interact with the homeless. They are just like anyone else, except they are in a time of great need!

Cupcake Club

JSerra students are stepping out and reaching others inour local community.
"The Cupcake Club" goes out to local shelters/lower-income housing and celebrates the children's birthday who live there. They bring presents, games, cupcakes, and lots of love to these precious little ones. They are currently working with Family Assistance Ministries in South Orange County.

Isaiah's House- Ladies' Manicure Night October

This is the 3rd month that this "Book Club" has gone to the shelter to bless the women with manicures. It all started by reading a book about a person who was homeless. The book sparked conversation...which lead to questions...which lead to action! This is how barriers are broken and questions are answered...by DOING rather than wondering... by investing, rather than sitting back and watching! Be Encouraged and Be Brave...Take action!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Lighthouse Costume Party

Another incredible night with the Lighthouse Crew! Mandi is leading this group and blessing everyone involved, including us! We love you guys!! You walk away inspired and encouraged by this wonderful group. See you next time...

Holiday Boutique Fundraiser 2009

Come STOP and SHOP!
Saddleback Covenant Church’s Holiday Boutique
This will be an evening for ladies for fellowship, shopping, food and fun for all!! We will have give-aways, a variety of vendors, refreshments, and live music. A portion of the proceeds will go toward supporting SoCal Connected-outreach opportunities meeting local needs, such as homeless shelters in our area, as well as supporting our Women’s Ministry. Please bring your friends and support all the wonderful vendors and ministries!!!
Please Note:
** If you bring a canned food item, you will receive a raffle ticket for one of our give-aways. The food will go directly to a local food back that serves many in need in the Southern California area**
When: November 12th, 6-0pm
Where: SCC 23401 Madero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA
For more information, you can visit www.socalconnected.blogspot.com
or call the church office at (949)770-0291.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Isaiah's House- Home Group given' some love

The Norton Home Group has been growing relationships with the women at Isaiah's House for a year now, and the love keeps comin'! Our kareoke night didn't turn out b/c of the rain, but there's always some way to give a blessing. This evening was full of conversation, manicures, and backrubs! The ladies loved the attention...and deserved it! Thank you, Home Group!!!