Mission San Marcos Update

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Mission San Marcos wrapped up the first week of day camp at Regency Mobile Home Park this past Thursday. The week started off slow with only a few campers, but it was a great opportunity for the summer staff to get to know the kids and find out what their expectations were for the summer!

On the second day, the number of campers tripled and the staff shared the story of the birth of Christ. Campers will continue learning about the life of Jesus through weekly Bible stories, which will be shared every Tuesday.

Wednesday saw the highest attendance of the week with 20 campers. The big group allowed for big fun, but also highlighted the need for volunteers. With campers ranging in age from five to fifteen, it was a challenge keeping everyone entertained. Additional volunteers could enable the campers to break up into age groups and could also provide extra support for the growing numbers of kids.

The week wrapped up on Thursday with crafts. The campers had a great time creating their own personalized pennants, which they got to take home at the end of the day. Thursday we had help from two volunteers, Hannah and Erin, and they were a HUGE help to us!

Before leaving, the staff reminded everyone we would meet again on Monday. Many of the campers expressed their desire to see us on Fridays and even on the weekends. This is great encouragement and motivation for the remaining eight weeks!

Mission San Marcos is still in need of volunteers. If you are in need of volunteer hours, have a heart for serving kids, or simply have free time on your hands, we would love to have you! Please email Emily Barber, Director of Youth Programs, at emily@missionsm.org if you would like to begin volunteering.

Be Generous: Mission San Marcos

Be Generous - MSMIn our “Be the Church” series we looked at the importance of being generous with our time, our stuff, and our finances.  We feel like it is appropriate for us to have an opportunity to respond to the call to generosity by investing in one of our mission areas.  Over the next several weeks, we would like to ask you to pray about how you can “Be Generous” in reaching out to our city.  Mission San Marcos depends on the generosity of people in the community to enrich the lives of at-risk children and families in our city. MSM needs both financial and volunteer investment.

We will be taking up a special offering for Mission San Marcos on November 24th as a part of our weekly worship gathering.  That is not the only day that you can give to MSM (of course), but it will be the day we celebrate being generous together.  You can give on our website (giving link below) any time, just put “forthecity” in the memo line.  All of those donations will be given to Mission San Marcos.  If you write a check, please put “forthecity” in the memo line.  We will have a donation box on the 24th if you’d like to wait until then to make your donation.

We will be seeing video each Sunday about different areas of Mission San Marcos that will help us see where our investment is going.  We would love to answer any questions you might have about Mission San Marcos, and if you’re not sure the best way for you to be involved, we’d love to talk to you about that as well (contact us).

Please be in prayer about this opportunity to BE GENEROUS.  Also, be thinking about sacrifices that you can make over the next month that will allow you to invest into the Kingdom of God by giving to Mission San Marcos.

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About Mission San Marcos
MSM partners with local schools and neighborhoods to build relationships with at-risk kids and families to help change the future of San Marcos.  Specifically, MSM focuses on breaking the cycle of poverty that has enslaved so many people in our city.  Our work in this area is accomplished through After-School Clubs, In-School Mentoring, After-School Athletics, Reading Support Clubs, Affordable Christmas, and more. To learn more about Mission San Marcos, please visit our website: http://www.missionsm.org .

After School Volunteers Needed at Travis

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Much of our Mission San Marcos work in the city is done through relationships at Travis Elementary.  We are involved with many of the at-risk/fatherless/motherless students there.  In addition to our MSM programs, the school has other opportunities for folks to plug in and make a difference.  One of those options is Monday After-School Clubs.  The school has asked us to share a letter with our church family to see if anyone can help out.  Let us know if you’d like to help out with Monday After-School Clubs.

Dear River Stone,

 My name is Sara Torres and I am an educator in San Marcos CISD. We implemented afterschool clubs last year and have found the time well worth investing for our students. Benefits included a more positive atmosphere among students, behavior improvement, and academic improvement.

We have asked community members to help with passion/interests they may want to share with students.

I am attaching a student application to inform anyone interested in sharing a passion or interest what we offer and which grade levels are impacted. Volunteers may want to help with a club we already offer or may have new ideas to create a new club.
Volunteers will have to fill out a “Criminal History” form. Forms can be emailed to potential volunteer but forms need to be returned in person.

Clubs will be held on Mondays from 3-4 pm. Dates for Club meetings are….
Monday, October 7, 14, 21, 28
Monday, November 4, 11,18
Monday, December 2, 9, 16

Please feel free to pass this message along to anyone who may be interested.

thank you,
Sara Torres
Travis Elementary
(512)393-6450
“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”

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Again, contact us, or Mrs. Torres directly to help with after school clubs.  We’ll get you connected.

Saturday Lunch Volunteers


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A great way to make a difference in the life of kids in San Marcos is to rally around and encourage those who are participating in Saturday School.  One of the ways we do that is by making lunch for them.  Tomorrow morning, a team of volunteers will get together to assemble a couple hundred lunches for the Saturday School students at Travis.  If you would like to help, e-mail Ryan Damron – ryan@river-stone.org – and let him know you’re coming.  Each lunch has a note of encouragement, and this is a great way to connect with families in our community. It is a short period of time.  Show up at 10 and you’re home by 11:30am. Ryan can get you more info!

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If you can’t make it to volunteer, you can also help by praying for the kids who receive the lunch and the note of encouragement or by making a financial contribution (just type  “lunches” in the “For the City” line item) toward the cost of the lunches.  Each Saturday, the cost is around $200. This was covered by many different individuals last year, and that assistance would be very helpful as well.  Let Ryan know if you have any questions.  Thanks!

The first 9 mentors…

Today is a big day for Mission San Marcos.  We have 9 community-based mentors who are completing their Big Brothers Big Sisters interview.  These 9 mentors will then be matched with 9 students from Goodnight Junior High and begin a weekly mentoring relationship.  To say that we are excited about this program is a drastic understatement.  We believe this program has the potential to engage kids in need of support in such a way that their future will be changed.

Mission San Marcos – Why Be a Mentor 2 from River Stone Community Church on Vimeo.

To learn more about the Mission San Marcos mentoring program, please visit our website here.  You will find downloadable applications if you are interested in becoming a mentor.  If you have any questions, please send us a message at info@missionsm.org .

Food Bus & Mission San Marcos

The district just sent out an e-mail celebrating the work of the SMCISD food truck that is dropping food for kids at different sites around the city.  Two of the sites talked about in this article are the ones hosted by our Mission San Marcos team.  We are so grateful to be a part of bringing the food to the kids.  We are also grateful to get to know the kids and to be a part of their lives.  This summer has been a tremendous blessing.

Check out the article here: http://www.smcisd.net/news.cfm?story=1583 .