Baby, it's cold outside. One of my least favorite Christmas tunes, for the record. It doesn't matter which cute gal and old coot they get to sing it. It's lame. But that's not why I'm writing this blog.
Here in the PNW, it's getting cold outside. In fact, you'll find it's even cold inside unless you've got a heater or wood stove going. Anything less than 64 degrees and I'm headed for the thermostat.
It's a time of year when many of us have the same thought run through our heads. "I wonder what I'll get for Christmas?" No! Not that thought. The other one. "I can't imagine being homeless in this weather."
How many times has that thought come across my mind over the years? Too many to count. In recent years, I've followed that thought with "I wonder what can be done about it?"
Well, I've just recently found there's some really good news about that!
A small group of people from our community have been meeting together and planning a "Warming Center" for our town. It's just what it sounds like. A place to get warm. I'll spare you the legal talk, but there are reasons why it's not considered a "shelter". So, it does not offer beds to sleep in. But...it will offer hot soup and coffee (provided by Sequim Food Bank). It will offer a place to sit (people are welcome to sleep sitting in a chair though!). It will offer a TV and computer access. It will offer a place for families to gather and stay safe. It will offer resources (Serenity House) for job hunting and homes. It will offer an opportunity for people to find a warm shelter from the cold.
The Warming Center will be run mostly by volunteers. Churches are already grabbing a week at a time to help out. The hours will be 8pm-8am (divided into three 4-hour shifts) and the center will only be open nights when temperatures drop around freezing (someone knows how that will work exactly, but it's not me). So, that means volunteers will know the week they're volunteering, but they will be "on call" depending on the weather.
So, baby, it's cold outside. But that doesn't mean people have to be subjected to the dangers and misery of cold weather. There is now a place to get warm. A place to be safe. And an opportunity for us to show we care.
Interested? Let me know.
Dave became the Senior Pastor in April 2015 at TCC after serving as the Director of Children's and Praise Ministries for 9 years. He graduated in 2011 from A.W. Tozer Seminary with a Masters in Christian Leadership. He and his wife, Katie, live in Sequim with their 6 children, 2 dogs, 15 chickens, and 50,000 honeybees.
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