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Christmas Toy Drive

We need YOUR HELP to stock our centers with toys and holiday gifts for local families in need.

Christmas Giving Made Easy

What to do in 5 E-Z steps:

  1. Email Adrie Olson that you are interested in obtaining a Toy Collection Bin.
  2. Set your dates that your business/group/church will collect.
  3. Decorate your bin, spread the word about the Toy Drive and HCC’s outreach and have fun! People want to get involved! Click to Download Poster
  4. Collect toys and gifts for kids ages 1 to 16 years old. We especially need gifts for older teens such as make-up, athletic gear, body lotions, gift cards (Amazon, iTunes, etc.) Toys should be new and unwrapped.
  5. Schedule your drop off time at HCC to deliver your donated toys.

Please sign up early! Toy Distribution begins Dec. 1 to enable us to serve as many families as possible!

Other ways you can help:

  • Volunteers are needed to help HCC hand out donated toys.
  • Be part of one of HCC’s weekly shifts.
  • Donations of Food and Clothing are always welcome.
  • Make a 1-Time or Ongoing Monthly cash donation online.
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Up For Renewal

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect ((Romans 12:2, ESV).

There is a bull’s-eye, and then there’s the center of the bull’s-eye. If you threw a dart that truly hit the mark on “how to change,” and someone else threw another dart, splitting yours right down the middle—that dart, the one pointed directly in the center of the dartboard—is “the renewal of your mind.”

The process of renewing your mind is at the heart of real change.

It’s how you…

Protect your mind. When Jesus was forty days in the wilderness, fasting and praying before setting out on the public portion of His ministry, the Word of God was His protection against temptation. You know this: how He answered every challenge with Scripture. “The tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.’ But he answered, ‘It is written…'” (Matthew 4:3–4a). “For it is written…” (verse 6). “Again it is written…” (verse 7). Jesus could have made up new words if He liked, and those would’ve worked too. But He wanted us to see how these words, from the Word we’ve already been given, are mighty for our safety. When faced with temptation, you can guard your mind from defeat if you’ve renewed it in the Word of God. It’s also how you . . .

Wash your mind. You alone know the things you’ve seen, the things you’ve heard, the things you’ve looked at and thought about—and how they can still factor into the sins you’re drawn toward. But the Word of God can wash your mind clean. Paul speaks of what Christ has done for us, for His church, how He “gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word” (Ephesians 5:25b–26). Through continuous exposure to Scripture—reading it, studying it, memorizing it, meditating on it, and sharing it with others—His truth can wash away what’s been infused or allowed into your mind, and in the process can sanctify (make holy) your thoughts. Let the Word cleanse your mind, and . . .

Set your mind. “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth” (Colossians 3:2). Just as you “set” a nail by taking a few strong cracks at it, anchoring it into position so you can drive it down into the wood, the Bible sets your mind in a sure and steady place. Maybe you’re waking up today to a thousand decisions needing to be made. Maybe you can feel the pressure building already, afraid you won’t be up to the task, afraid you’ll cave to old habits of coping. No, you’ll be fine, if you “set your [mind]” on the Word of God.

“Why can’t I get any traction with these problems in my family?” you may be asking. “Why can’t I seem to get ahead and make progress? Why can’t I get these temptations in my rearview mirror once and for all? Why can’t I change?” Take that dart in hand, and aim it squarely at the center of the bull’s-eye. Discipline yourself to pick up the Word, even if you don’t feel like it. Seek it for your protection, your cleansing, and your strengthening in Christ, and it will soon become your desire, then your delight. It will renew your mind every day.

Journal

  • What other alternatives can seem more urgent, useful, or desirable than the Word?
  • How has having a renewed, biblically-thinking mind protected you in recent days?

Pray

Father, thank You, thank You, thank You for Your Word. It is such a generous gift, perfect in all it asserts. It is healthy and helpful and nourishing. I need it—for comfort, hope, strength, and wisdom. Forgive me for times I neglect it and act like it’s optional. Bring me into a season of life where I’m digging into Your Word more intently than ever, with deep gratitude. Renew my mind in Your Word this day, in the name of Jesus, amen.

— James MacDonald

For more from James MacDonald and the “Walk in the Word” Bible teaching ministry, visit WalkInTheWord.com.

 

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Team MSC Runs Another Successful Race!

Last month Team MSC gathered 200 strong as we partnered for the second year with DuPage Pads in Wheaton, Illinois for our annual 5k walk/run. MSC, Inc. has been racing annually for the past 8 years in the Chicagoland area each fall. We welcomed MSC partner Harvest Christian Academy who brought race participants and most of their student athletes to volunteer for the morning’s run.

Team MSC had over 35 race participants who locked arms with MSC, Inc. to raise funding for all MSC ongoing projects. Together Team MSC raised over $87,000 from over 360 donors!

We want to highlight Rockstar Team MSC participant Chuck Sampson who at 91 ½ years young took on the course and finished strong, plus raised over $5,000 from 59 donors! Chuck said, “As long as I have breath in my lungs and there is God’s work to be done, I’m all in!” Team MSC was inspired by Chuck’s tenacity and spirit and we thank him and every other participant, donor and partner who supported Team MSC!

A special thank you to DuPage Pads and Harvest Christian Academy and each volunteer who helped make this day possible.

View more pictures from the event here

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HCC Chandler Making Progress in East Valley

Many of you know that there are officially three Harvest Compassion Center’s in the Valley; Phoenix, Maryvale and our sister location in Chandler, who serves in the East Valley. Recently, HCC Chandler welcomed a new Lead Coordinator, Jonny Dekkers who will be taking over all daily operations. Jonny is an Arizona native who married his high school sweetheart Carrie and together they have four children. Serving and working at HCC Chandler has been a family affair, as the entire family has been involved with HCC Chandler for quite some time. If you drop-in any day of the week you will probably see the entire family hard at work stocking shelves and sorting clothing donations.

When we asked Jonny what he enjoyed most about working at HCC Chandler he replied, “I have been amazed by the level of openness our guests exhibit. We can pray for real hardships, problems and fears with many of the people seeking help. As I was walking a woman out to her car with her HCC groceries I asked her if she wanted to pray for anything? She responded with joy telling me that the prayers at HCC were working and continued to share some awesome ways that God was working in her life.”

Jonny is excited to grow deeper relationships with HCC guests and partners as they continue to meet the growing list of needs of their community.

All of us at HCC Phoenix and Maryvale are excited to welcome Jonny and his family to the HCC family as we all continue to feed, clothe and love the hurting, hungry and hidden in the Valley.

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HCC Wins Safeco Insurance “Make More Happen Award”

HCC is extremely thankful to Chris and Emily Coriano of Coriano Insurance Agency for submitting HCC for Safeco’s Make More Happen Award which Coriano Insurance and HCC WON!

Chris and his family have been volunteering and supporting HCC for almost two years and connected immediately with HCC’s mission as Chris’s parents had experienced hunger at an early age. “At age 15, my dad and his five siblings were abandoned by their parents. I heard heartbreaking stories of hunger and desperation. But I also heard stories of how good people helped them along the way – and I knew I wanted to be one of those people,” Chris said.

“The mission of HCC resonates strongly with all the team members at Coriano Insurance and it was clear that HCC is the right mission for us to support!” Emily commented.

The Coriano team has raised money for HCC through promotions and networking, and held diaper, school supply and food drives throughout the year. They also volunteer once a quarter at HCC. Coriano’s strong commitment to the community earned their agency the “Make More Happen Award” an honor that comes with a Safeco donation of $10,000 to Harvest Compassion Center on behalf of Coriano Insurance

“We shared our mission with Chris and Emily, and they jumped into action immediately,” Nicolee Thompson HCC Executive Director said. “The entire team at Coriano Insurance has been an amazing community partner, and we are forever grateful for that.”

Coriano is simply grateful for the opportunity to help. “By empowering individuals here, the whole community becomes stronger – and that means a safer and more prosperous community for everyone.”

Want to continue to help HCC and Coriano Insurance? For the month of October Coriano Insurance will CONTINUE to give back to HCC supporters. Coriano Insurance will donate $15.00 for every insurance quote (no purchase necessary) they receive from October 1st to the 30th. Plus, each quote will be put in to win a Family 4-pack of tickets to Schneph Farms!

To contact Coriano Insurance, email Emily.

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HCC Volunteer Spotlight: Dorothy Ardelean

HCC would like to shine our spotlight on Rockstar volunteer Dorothy Ardelean! Dorothy and her husband began volunteering at HCC Phoenix five years ago, then as their family grew they took a break, however once HCC Maryvale opened closer to their home Dorothy and her kids jumped into action. Dorothy and her kids serve every Tuesday at HCC Maryvale processing and sorting home and clothing donations.

“Volunteering at HCC Maryvale has been an amazing opportunity to help our local community and be the hands and feet of Jesus. It has been teaching us to be selfless and love those in need,” Dorothy commented.
Dorothy loves being able to see families coming into the center and know that in some way she and her family are making an impact in their lives.

“Dorothy is one of the hardest working, reliable, and heartfelt volunteers we have. Plus, she is extremely compassionate about HCC’s mission and it shows through her willingness to serve others before herself,” said Paul Thompson, HCC Maryvale Director.

“I am so grateful to be able to serve the community with my children. Although they are young, it is such a great opportunity for my kids to see what is done at the HCC – now they look forward to going to the HCC every week!” said Dorothy.

All of us at HCC would like to thank Dorothy for being an amazing example to her children and the community for the sacrificial effort she displays weekly. HCC Maryvale is extremely blessed to call Dorothy and her family friends.

If you’re interested in volunteering at HCCs across the Valley, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Adrie Olson at aolson@msfcares.org.

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Support HCC and Arizona Coyotes!

Opening night this hockey season will be extra special for HCC because HCC’s Serving SPROUTS families will be running the Coyotes 50/50 raffle during the game on Saturday, October 6th.

The game is SOLD OUT, but you can still get in on the action! Click on the link by October 6th and buy a 50/50 raffle ticket today online and a portion of all tickets sold will go towards feeding families in the Valley!

Thank you, Arizona Coyotes, for your continued partnership! Go Coyotes!

Buy 50/50 Raffle Ticket

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Monthly Motivation: Diaper Bank

Last month HCC Director Paul Thompson arrived for HCC’s quarterly diaper pick-up from partner Diaper Bank of Central Arizona. These diaper pick-ups bless HCC as they receive hundreds of diapers and wipes to serve the community. However, this trip ended up being extra special! Before Paul knew it, he was on two local TV stations as HCC was highlighted as one of the diaper bank’s outreach partners. Within minutes of the segment airing HCC Phoenix received several phone calls asking about our services. HCC received free on-air marketing that morning! As HCCs continue to show up for our community, it’s exciting to see how doors continue to be opened!

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What to Do in a Crisis

Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “A great multitude is coming against you from Edom, from beyond the sea; and, behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar (that is, Engedi). Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the LORD (2 Chronicles 20:2–3a, ESV).

King Jehoshaphat was in crisis. Not the kind of vague, ambiguous crisis that may or may not yet develop into a problem. This was the kind of crisis, like some we all face eventually, where you can tell in an instant, “Everything is about to change.” You can hardly see the future because of it. You can hardly see tomorrow for it. An enemy who significantly outnumbered the king’s forces was approaching from right over the hill, and “Jehoshaphat was afraid,” like any of us would be.

But when you are afraid, what you do next is everything. It’s one of the most important things about you. And when Jehoshaphat was afraid, the Bible says he “set his face to seek the LORD.”

What does that mean exactly? How does a person “set his face to seek the LORD”?

Four answers are found in 2 Chronicles 20:

  1. Fast. Jehoshaphat “proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah” (verse 3). Fasting is the denial of the body’s demands for a season to heighten the demands of the spirit. We are people of many hungers, the longing for God being only one. Desires, however, are a finite commodity. They can’t all be satisfied at once. But by deliberately turning down the satisfaction on some of them, you can turn up your passion for God. When you need to get to God in a hurry, when you need an answer that is obviously from Him, start with fasting.
  2. Pray. Jehoshaphat’s prayer, which runs for seven verses (6–12), gives many characteristics of what prayer in crisis needs to be. The words of his prayer right-sized the power of God, anchoring his faith in the invincible might of the Lord. He remembered God’s provision in the past. He recited God’s promises made in His Word. He reviewed his own powerlessness in trying to rescue himself. And he riveted his eyes and the eyes of the people on God. “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you” (verse 12). That’s breakthrough prayer in a crisis.
  3. Stand. They didn’t run. They didn’t hide. They didn’t quit. They didn’t cower. They stood. “Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly” (verse 5). “All Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children” (verse 13). When you’re in a spot where all you can do is fast and pray your way out of it, be ready to take your stand when the praying is finished. “No! This marriage is not over!” “No! I’m not losing my kids to the world!” As long as you have breath, you’re not backing down. You’re standing. No retreat.
  4. Believe. They “stood up to praise the LORD” for the rest of the day (verse 19). And the next morning, “Jehoshaphat stood and said, ‘Hear me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe in the LORD your God, and you will be established'” (verse 20). As one of their prophets had said while they fasted, prayed, and worshiped, “Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s” (verse 15). Believe, and watch Him deliver you.

Four things to do in a crisis, before you do anything else: fast, pray, stand, and believe. That’s how you set your face to seek the Lord.

Journal

  • Consider writing these four words in the front of your Bible. Have them ready in a crisis.
  • Who do you know who needs this kind of counsel right now? Will you go stand with them?

Pray

Lord God, not even the biggest, most overwhelming problems of my life are ever a match for Your power. When I am in the midst of crisis, whenever I feel afraid, You are always there. Help me run nowhere else. And when others around me find themselves in similar situations, use me as one of Your children to lead them down this same path of fasting, praying, standing, and believing. I trust that You are working, and I pray this in the powerful name of Jesus, amen.

— James MacDonald

For more from James MacDonald and the “Walk in the Word” Bible teaching ministry, visit WalkInTheWord.com.

 

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14 Year Anniversary of MSC

Fourteen years ago this past August MSC, Inc. was created after the tragic loss in a drowning accident of a son, brother, cousin and friend, Mitch Swaback. Mitch was an all-in type of guy, always volunteering, always saying yes and always showing up. Strangers were attracted to Mitch from the moment they met him. Mitch wore his heart on his sleeve; everyone knew the real Mitch and his desire to include and love everyone. For the past 14 years MSC has taken our lead from Mitch by saying yes, by including everyone and showing up!

From MSC’s early days of rehabbing women’s and children’s shelters, to building an athletic center and orphanage there has never been a time that MSC wasn’t jumping in to help. Seven years ago, as a direct response to the recession and a desire to serve our neighbors MSC launched the Harvest Compassion Center. MSC aimed to create a one-stop shopping center where everyone was welcome, where clients heard yes more than no, and where dignity, compassion and the love of the Lord was displayed. Today, there are three Harvest Compassion Centers in Arizona. Over 100,000 individuals have been served with free groceries, clothing, hygiene, school, Christmas and household items, as well as Bibles and prayer. The small outreach that began by preserving a legacy of one 23-year-old has grown to an army of volunteers, community partners and friends who have decided to be all in and say yes! Yes, to feeding the hungry, yes to loving the poor, and yes to accepting strangers just the way they are. Our prayer is that MSC will continue to be blessed by the outpouring of support from others as an even greater impact is made.

From all of us at MSC, we are extremely thankful for the 14-years of ongoing support from friends, family, and communities across the nation. Faithful supporters from day one to new friends who just came on board, we are grateful for you and your decision to say, YES!