At the end of our worship services, we are dismissed with the words, “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.” We seek to do so by being in solidarity with those in need in our local, diocesan, and global communities by providing both hands-on and financial support.
The December meeting was held on December 6th at noon. Since there were no applications to be reviewed, those at the meeting discussed the book: Neighborhood Church: Transforming Your Congregation into a Powerhouse for Mission by Krin Van Tatehove and Rob Mueller. At the January meeting, we plan to combine our thoughts from the discussion on the 6th and the outreach information on the pledge cards to map out how we can engage more of the congregation in outreach in 2020. Next month’s newsletter will highlight Grand Boulevard Teas.Welcome to the first edition of the Outreach Committee newsletter. We plan to send a monthly newsletter via email to every parish member during the second week of the month. In this newsletter we plan to feature one of the non-profits that Christ the King Assists with money designated for outreach. This month we are featuring the Angel Tree. We will include biographies of the outreach committee members who are associated with the featured non-profit. We will include minutes of the month’s meeting as well A third component will be request for human help if we receive requests from any of the non-profits such as needing help with the COT event Coping with Poverty, Jan 25, 2020. Any questions, call Tommy Fairweather 850-217-1535 or email
Communities of Transformation
In March 2019, Caring and Sharing of South Walton launched a new program called Communities of Transformation (COT) for individuals and families seeking to make a positive change in their lives. SoWal Community Chaplain Emily Proctor discovered the program, already operating in nine cities in Alabama, and led the initiative to bring it to South Walton. COT empowers individuals and families who dream of having more income, emotional support, education—even hope – to realize those dreams. COT provides help in the following ways:
- preparation for education, job searching or advancement
- guidance in SMART goal setting and achievement
- help managing finances and improving relationships
- increased self-awareness and self-esteem
All this happens at a weekly meeting (every Tuesday evening, 5:30-7:30 p.m.) that includes dinner, childcare and a class, speaker or small group discussion.
Currently, there are approximately eight “Awaken graduates” and 25 volunteers involved weekly from several local churches, including quite a few from Christ the King! CtK members who have been involved or supported the program include Kate Smart, Barbie and Chuck Goins, Tommy Fairweather, Mimi Gavigan, Krissi Finch, Lynda Miller, Karen Thomas, Brad Reese, Charles and Libby Fisher, Karen and Mick Guthals, Marcia Burpee, Amy and Scott Helms, Crawford Sandefur, Don and Jacquie Childs, John Jacobs, and Richard and Emily Proctor. All members of Christ the King are invited to come and experience this transformative ministry and learn more how you can become a part of a community of support! A great time to visit is the “Taste and See” Event to be held on Feb 4that 5:30 p.m. at Good News Methodist Church.
Continued Medicine Bottle Collection
Please continue to bring used medicine bottles to the church for use by Hope Medical Clinic in Freeport and Destin. These were mistakenly advertised as going to the Point Washington Methodist Church Medical Clinic. Both not-for-profits provide free medical care to those without insurance and are worthy of your support!
Volunteers Needed for COT’s Cost of Poverty Experience
Jan. 25, 2020 at the Boys and Girl’s Club 8:30 am – noon
The Cost of Poverty Experience is a poverty simulation role playing game that offers up to 80 participants (ages 10+) a glimpse into the lives of low-income individuals and families living in our community. By being assigned particular family roles and interacting with community agencies, participants get a taste of the obstacles that are faced, the decisions that have to be made, and the consequences for those struggling to make ends meet. Afterwards we will reflect together on the experience and what we can do to help under-resourced families in our area. The event is open to the public for a suggested donation of paper goods/plasticware or a cash or check donation to Caring and Sharing of South Walton-COT. Last year this event inspired the Children’s Volunteer Health Network to go completely mobile in the services they provide. How will you be transformed?
To register for the event (as a participant or volunteer), go to https://www.awfumc.org/eventdetail/13010623 or contact Emily Proctor at or Tommy Fairweather at
COPE Volunteer Job Descriptions:
Set up (6-8 people needed) to help set up tables, chairs, and simulation materials at Boys and Girls club on Fri. Jan 24 from 5 – 7 pm.
Childcare Volunteers (2-4) Provide safe and fun environment for children ages 6 weeks-9 years old. Must pass a background check and abide by child safety policy. Jan. 25 8:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Greeters (2-4) greet the public and direct them to the registration, childcare, snack area, bathrooms, answer questions, etc. Jan 25 8 – 9:30 am
Registration Volunteers (2-4) Verify the identity of pre-registered participants and collect information from unregistered participants. Ensure participants have name tags and sign photo release. Jan 25 8 – 9:30 am
Simulation volunteers (25) Play assigned community roles in the simulation. Must attend training from 7:30 – 8:30 am on the day of event. Pizza provided for those who stay to help take down. 7:30 am – 12 pm.
Flex/runners (2-4) Do whatever is needed. 7 am – 12:30 pm
Take down (8-10) Put tables and chairs back to the right places. Pizza provided. 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Newcomers introduced to me at Christ the King on a Sunday morning may initially meet me as “the Rector’s wife” or Madeleine and Julian’s mom, but I wear several other hats in South Walton. One of my hats is an ordained member of the Presbytery of Florida, where I supply preach and serve on the Committee of Preparation for Ministry. Another hat includes my work with Caring and Sharing of South Walton, which allows me to provide pastoral care, information, and help connecting to community and faith-based resources in South Walton to anyone in need, but especially to those new to the area or without a church home. I also oversee their new program Communities of Transformation, which provides families with more long-term, relational, and holistic support. Needless to say, the Outreach Committee was a logical place for me to get involved at Christ the King. A few people even know me primarily as a local poet, as I helped start and frequently attend a poetry open mic night on the last Monday of each month at 30A Songwriter Radio Coffee shop. I have been passionate about outreach since a conversation experience I had in 2001, an experience I connect closely with Jesus’ words in Matthew 25: “Whatever you do to the least of these, you do unto me.” These challenging words have led me to explore issues of homelessness, sexuality, HIV/AIDS, incarceration, race, and poverty, but always in a relational, Christ-inspired way. I am so grateful for how many passionate and generous people I have met through my involvement at Christ the King.
The Commission on Outreach & Mission meets on the 1st Friday of every month at 12:00pm in the CtK Vestry Room. All are welcome to attend.
For more information related to Outreach & Mission, contact: Tommy Fairweather (Commission Chair): or Ben Ward (Vestry Liaison to Outreach & Mission):