At RDF Church we want to be known as much for what is going on in our community as what happens on our campus. We want to intentionally help you go into your neighborhood and make an impact where you live, work, and play.
Reach Local Fall/Winter 2018 Calendar
CHRISTMAS GIFT DRIVE
LISTS AVAILABLE: Nov 18 & 25 | COLLECTION: Nov 25 & Dec 2
Christmas should be a day filled with joy, security, and celebration! For some, Christmas can be painful, lonely, and triggering. The inability to provide gifts for loved ones can cause feelings of shame and worthlessness.
We are partnering with the non-profit organization, Solidarity, to collect new, unwrapped gifts for kids age 0-18 within $15-40, and gift cards to Target, Wal-Mart, Amazon, Kohl’s, etc. to buy gifts in most needed ages. They host a Christmas Store for families in at-risk neighborhoods, and sell the gifts at prices that don’t cause anxiety, but rather pride and dignity in allowing them to be able to buy something meaningful for their children. (100% of the proceeds from the Christmas Store go back to Solidarity to support their programs.) Pick up a suggested donations list on November 18, and then bring any gifts back on Sundays, November 25 and December 2.
Friends with Global Students Christmas Party:
Saturday, Dec 8 | 7:00 pm
Each year we throw an American Christmas Party with Christmas cookies, decorations, carols, and the Christmas story. You can join us by volunteering to help host the party or donate presents for our international friends. For more information, please contact Linda LeFeuvre at email@example.com
Love Your Neighbor Christmas Guide:
Opportunities abound at Christmas time to be a part of a neighborhood celebration! Coming up short on ideas? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with 31 ways to love your neighbors this Christmas! Click HERE to download a copy of our guide!
Food Pantry – Wednesday from 4-5pm and Saturdays from 9-10am
Our Food Pantry feeds hundreds of people every month and has become a distribution center for other food pantries throughout north Orange County! Get involved by volunteering during their regular hours, by sorting food in the warehouse, donating canned goods, or through being a driver for our grocery rescue program. Contact Tony Terling at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
The Foster Closet
The Foster Closet seeks to help foster families with basic necessities and more. Foster children often are placed in new homes with very few clothes and toys to call their own. The Foster Closet is a place where foster parents can receive appropriate clothes, toys, diapers, bedding, and more! Visit http://www.rdf.org/fostercare/ to see how you can donate or volunteer today!
Here’s what we’ve done so far!
Celebration of World Cultures
Saturday, February 3 | 6:00 pm | Junior High Room
Our Friends with Global Students Ministry will be hosting our international students as they present food, performances and more from their home cultures. Join us for an exciting night of music, art, dancing, delicious homemade food from around the world, and more! Volunteers are needed to help with this incredible event. Contact Linda LeFeuvre at email@example.com to get involved!
Foster Care Panel Discussion
Thursday, February 15 | 6:30 pm | Bangarang Room | Childcare provided through 5th grade.
Are you interested in learning more about the foster care system in our area? Come hear from foster and adopt parents, ask questions about the process, find out how you can support foster families and even how you can become a foster or adoption family yourself!
Empowered to Connect Simulcast
April 13 and 14 | 8:45am-5:00pm both days | Center Bldg. | Cost: $29 (includes workbook and lunch both days) | No childcare provided.
The Empowered to Connect Conference features practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care. This simulcast, live from Texas, is ideal for adoptive and foster parents, those considering adoption or foster care, and those who are serving and supporting others, including social workers, agency professionals, church staff and ministry leaders, counselors, and therapists.
April 28 | 8:00am-2:00 pm | El Dorado High School
Looking for a way to serve your neighborhood? Look no further! Join other churches and organizations in our city as we love our neighborhood in tangible ways in schools, parks, and non-profits through painting, landscaping, making blankets, encouraging senior citizens and more! Go to www.loveplacentia.com to sign up! All ages welcome!
Friends with Global Students Graduation Party
SATURDAY | MAY 19 | 6PM | CENTER BUILDING
We are celebrating 13 of our international students and their families who are graduating this year from Cal State Fullerton! It has been an honor for our American friends to walk with these students over their journey. Join us by volunteering to help make our graduation party a smashing success! Contact Linda LeFeuvre at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!
Hunger Doesn’t Go on Vacation Food Drive
LISTS AVAILABLE: JULY 8 & 15 | COLLECTION: JULY 22
Our food pantry is feeding hundreds of families in our community every month! Even though you may go on vacation this summer, our need for non-perishable food does not. Impact hundreds of lives through filling a bag with food for our food pantry. Get your neighbors involved too! Grab some extra bags and invite them to join you our Hunger Doesn’t Go on Vacation Food Drive.
Friends with Global Students New American Friend Orientation
SUNDAY | AUGUST 5 | 12PM | FIRESIDE ROOM
Just ask any of our current American friends, getting paired with an international student from Cal State Fullerton is a joy! Many new students to CSUF will be joining us this fall and you can be a part of what God is doing through Friends with Global Students. If you are interested in being a friend to a new international student, come to our orientation and find out what it means to extend friendship to our international neighbors. Contact Linda LeFeuvre at email@example.com for more information and to RSVP.
Foster Parents Night Out
SATURDAY | AUGUST 25 | 3-7PM
Foster Parents, drop your 0-5th grade kids (foster, adopted and biological) off and head out for a date night, a nap, a movie with friends, whatever you want, while we watch your kids! We will have fun games and activities planned for them while you have some free time. Babysitting is free, with RSVP by Sunday, August 19. Please bring a sack dinner for your kid(s). Space is limited. Please RSVP HERE!
Friends with Global Students Welcome Party
SATURDAY | AUGUST 25 | 7PM | CENTER BUILDING
It’s time again to welcome our new international students to the United States with an ice cream sundae party and fun games! Many opportunities are available for you to impact our international students through volunteering as a table leader, ice cream sundae helper, driver and more! You can also donate welcome gifts for students. Contact Linda LeFeuvre at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to get involved.
Love Your Neighbors on Halloween: Oct 31
At RDFchurch, we want to help you intentionally engage your neighbors. We believe that Halloween is a perfect time to build relationships and show love to those around you. Not sure how to engage your neighbors on Halloween? Click HERE to check out our Love Your Neighbors Halloween Guide!
Boxes of Love:
Bless a local family in need by donating a Thanksgiving meal! You can even engage your friends and neighbors by giving them a box or a bag to fill with food that you can collect and bring back to RDF for Canning Hunger, a non-profit, to distribute the week of Thanksgiving.
Box Distribution: Oct 21 & 28 | Collection: Nov 4
Thanksgiving with Global Students: Saturday, November 17 | 3-6PM | Sign up to be a part HERE!
Introduce our Thanksgiving holiday to our international students! Thanksgiving is an incredible way to engage students in an American tradition and have significant conversations about gratefulness. You are invited to volunteer to host a Thanksgiving Dinner for 4-10 of our Global Students or partner with an American host to provide support and presence for the Thanksgiving Dinner. Training will be provided. Questions? Contact Linda LeFeuvre at email@example.com.