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Partnering with you in your child's formation
You’ve probably seen us use the words "Strategic Partner" to describe our relationship with various mission and outreach organizations. But what does it mean?
Let me show you an example.
Meadows Elementary is a Title-1 school in East Plano. It’s home to 546 amazing kids. Many of them, however—as many as 90%—require state assistance just to afford a school lunch.
You can imagine the impact that hunger and poor nutrition would have on a student trying to learn and do well in school. Poverty presents a significant challenge to their personal development and their future.
Jacob Bartok had a different plan. A fifth-grade teacher and Meadow’s Teacher of the Year, Jacob pursued a grant with Whole Foods to plant a large fruit and vegetable garden on school grounds. The garden would serve an educational and nutritional purpose. Meadows students would tend the garden, learning about urban farming and balancing their diet with its produce.
Building an urban farm is an enormous undertaking. The garden would require the removal of existing trees, on-site construction, hauling 65 tons (130,000 pounds!) of soil and granite, and the installation of technical systems to manage irrigation, rain diversion, and drainage.
When Christ Church learned about Jacob’s project, we saw the garden as a beautiful opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the children at Meadows Elementary.
The Rev. Susan Freeman and Christ Church member Larry Holmes stepped up to provide leadership over the project. They coordinated experts, contractors, and volunteers to create the garden. Our teams worked with Meadows through July and August. Together they endured the sweltering Texas heat, sometimes from sunrise to sunset, to have the garden ready for the start of a new school year.
In the end, we planned, designed, and built 32 raised plant beds, each bed hosting varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowering bulbs. We erected a secure storage shed for tools, built a compost bed, and installed drip irrigation for each of the beds.
The school dedicated the garden on the evening of October 1, 2015. Fittingly, families gathered outside to enjoy a community picnic.
Children toured the garden with their parents. Already many of the plants had budded. We overheard one student exclaim, “Mom, this is my best day of school ever!” Where only grass used to grow, there was now an overwhelming variety: eggplant, radishes, lettuce, carrots, kale, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, blackberries, peas, spinach, strawberries, bush beans, corn, swiss chard, beets, cilantro, parsley, dill, oregano, thyme, and rosemary.
The principal of Meadows, Sandra Muzquiz, wrote this to us:
“As we begin the 2015-2016 school year, we want to thank you and the members of Christ Church to know that we count your partnership among our blessings. We have been completely overwhelmed by the time your volunteers have given to our school as well as everyone’s kindness and generosity. I do not even begin to know how to thank you. Please convey my deepest gratitude and appreciation to all those who are keeping the staff and students at Meadows Elementary in your thoughts. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Loving the least of these is incredibly important to our Lord Jesus. He has placed this love in the hearts of His people and His church. When we partner with other organizations like Meadows Elementary, we look for ways to bless others with the gifts and resources God has given us and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Your gifts of tithes and offerings do so much. They enable us to enjoy beautiful worship together each weekend. They support our clergy and ministries of pastoral care and equipping.
They also give an elementary student his best day at school, ever.
In Christ,Fr. David Roseberry
The Very Rev. David RoseberryFounder & Former Rector
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