2020 Ministry Accomplishments

Bereavement Ministry

  • Ministered to 57 families in 2020 which, Due to Covid-19 restrictions only included 1 Home Going Services that was held at Emmanuel North, and 1 that we supported in Denver, Colorado.
  • Updated our documented procedures, processes and guidelines.
    • Send sympathy cards, Resolutions and flowers all on behalf of EMBC to the bereaved families and provide an EMBC Condolences Bag.
    • Read the resolution at local services if the Ad ministry is not available.
    • Supported Pastor during any Emmanuel bereavement, including Denver, Colorado service. Our goal is to ensure that the actual logistics and service are completely “turn-key” for Pastor.   To that end, we coordinate logistics and service flow for all services held at Emmanuel.
    • Partnered with the Sheepfold Ministry to coordinate food deliveries to bereaved families… AND, if the service is held at Emmanuel, we supply a family evening meal and breakfast foods to the bereaved family the day before the service.

Visited and pray with and for the bereaved family; including virtually.

  • Serves as liaison between EMBC, the family and the funeral directors for the entire planning and implementation of funeral services.
  • Assumed responsibility for sending out E-blasts regarding bereavement related information to the EMBC Mail Chimp distribution.
  • Directed individuals to our Grief Counselors, if requested or deemed required
  • Supported the Emmanuel mission of both Spiritual Development and Community Involvement by:
    • Partnered with the Visitation Ministry. We visit individuals in need of prayer and support during their times of transition & bereavement.
    • Presented the People-Get-Ready Seminar in August. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, further seminars are pending.
    • Planned to present the acclaimed film, “The Voices of Grief”.

By going through our Bereavement files, our procedure would be to invite everyone who suffered a loss in the past year to join us; and provide refreshments for the viewing.  However, due to Covid-19 restrictions this facilitation, and the resulting Q&A following the viewing have been postponed until further notice.

Boy Scout

  • Cyrus Pelt achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in August–fourth Scout from BSA troop 118 to achieve the rank of Eagle.

Children’s Church Ministry (South Campus)

  • Utilized Calvary Curriculum and focused on biblical principles and building community.
    • Focus on Biblical Literacy
    • Stewardship
    • Gifts of Love
  • Annual Attendance classes totals – 288 students’ ages 3-12 years. Averages 24 students each month.
  • Conducted two service projects:
    • Blessing Bags – project providing food and hygiene products for less fortunate. Youth and teachers prayed over bags.  Produced 100 bags and were disseminated by the outreach team.
    • Back to School Backpacks and Supply Drive – South campus provided backpacks with school supplies from each district and provided complete bags for youth in the community. (21 full back packs)
  • Just Fun
    • End of Year Teen Fellowship: Purpose: Youth will have an opportunity to have fun, food and fellowship to celebrate the end of school. Open to (13-18 years) North & South Campus. Served as an outreach project 20 in attendance.
    • Harvest Fest – was celebrated by creating crafts, trunk or treating, photo booth and games for the youth in October. Outreach Event- 85 participants
    • Christmas Craft Party – 15 in attendance

Christian Education

  • A multi-week event was pre-scheduled for a June start time to provide the South Campus membership with focused interactive teaching on Identity in Christ and Spiritual Gifting. (Deborah Tompkins Clayton and Pastor Calvin Johnson)
    • Postponed due to COVID-19 guidance.

Counseling Ministry

  • Provided counseling services (upon request) to individuals, couples and families.
  • Continued to use the Prepare-enrich program to provide pre-marital counseling services to couples within the church.

Deacons Ministry

  • Supported the South Campus with deacon coverage
  • Supported Campus snow removal as needed
  • Provides access to Campus and lock down

Décor Ministry

  • Added seasonal planting to the exterior of the North Campus.
  • Moved out on the Sanctuary painting.
  • Set-up for the Sheepfold functions.
  • Decorated the North Campus’s buildings to include the Pastor’s Office.

E-911 Ministry

  • Treated a total of 33 patients at the North Campus. One person was treated at the South Campus.
  • Successfully recruited three new members for E-911 at the North Campus.
  • Our very own E-911 Ministry successfully trained 32 members CPR.
  • Provided First-Aid care and educational knowledge at our annual church picnic.

Fine Arts Ministry

  • Presented the monthly Black History Presentation for both service.
  • Presented Saints in White Robes with their palms from the Book of Revelation.
  • Decorated the tables for the Church Family Day.
  • Presented the “The Ten Commandments” presentation for both services.
  • Presented a Courtroom scene for the Men Symposium.
  • Presented the presentation “The Christmas Party”.

Future Youth

  • Sent Christmas cards to all the EMBC youth.

Girl Scouts Ministry

  • Welcomed three (3) new members.
  • One (1) girl promoted to Cadette level.
  • Four (4) girls promoted to the highest level Ambassador.
  • Donated to Colorado Honors.

 Greeters and New Disciples Ministry

  • North Campus Greeters and New Disciples Ministry
  • 11 new members completed all New Members Orientation Classes and received their certificates.
  • Assisted all new members (21) by providing them with a Welcome Package, and provided them information about Emmanuel, New Orientation Disciples
  • Classes, making welcoming telephone calls, and emails to all new members who joined Emmanuel.  18 new members joined in January 2020, 1 in November 2020 and 2 joined in December. 5 Youth and 16 Adults.
  • Coordinated schedule for baptism candidates (10) and assisted with getting this process done. 7 youth and 3 Adults
  • Set-up Meet and Greet Social with Pastor Thompson and First Lady Bernice for all new members in the multi-purpose room, about (45) new members were in attendances during January 2020.
  • Did a Check In on a biweekly and monthly with the members of the Greeters and
    New Disciples Ministry per email.
  • South Campus Greeters and New Disciples Ministry
  • 10 new members (2) baptisms
  • Three (2) new members completed the New Members Orientation Classes.

Helping Hands Ministry

  • Prepared and distributed over 3000 meals to our homeless community.
  • Provided meals to Salvation Army Shelter and Springs Rescue Mission.
  • Distributed blankets, and other warm items (hats, gloves, sweatshirts) to homeless community.
  • Provided personal hygiene items (soap, toothpaste/brushes, deodorant) and socks and shoes.

HIV/AIDS Ministry

  • Ministered to an individual who was newly diagnosed
  • Spoke about HIV/AIDS as a presenter at the African American Youth Leadership Conference
  • Speaker for World AIDS Day (Dec 1St) for the Delta Sigma Theta Compton (CA) Alumnae Chapter (through Zoom)

Laymen’s Ministry

  • Eight (8) Brothers attended the Western States Annual Men’s Retreat.
  • Hosted their First Annual Educational Symposium Titled: School-To-Prison Pipeline.

 Liturgical Dance Ministry

  • One (1) new adult member, one (1) new teen member, and one (1) new youth member joined the ministry.
  • Supported 5 Church/Community functions.

 Married Ministry

  • Completed six chapters of Gary Smalley’s book on “Keys to Loving Relationships.”
  • Scheduled an outing to Glen Erie.
  • Conducted a picture in the park.

 Media Ministry

  • Creation of DVD and CDs of services with customized graphics.
  • Established streaming to EMBC YouTube and Facebook accounts that mirrors current Live Streaming, deactivated Periscope streaming.
  • Provided sound/video coverage and recording support to all EMBC Covid-19 restricted worship services for the North Campus, to include the following
    • 2020 Annual Church Summit
    • Wednesday Night E North Campus Bible Studies
    • EMBC Church/13th Pastoral Anniversaries
    • Provide CD/DVD for each service for senior members unable to access streaming services.

E. Ford Scholarship Ministry

  • Awarded 3 $3900 M.E. Ford Scholarships
  • Awarded 1 $1000 Lacey B. Ivory Scholarship
  • Awarded 4 $1000 M. E. Ford Undergraduate Stipends
  • Awarded 2 $1000 M. E. Ford Graduate Stipend
  • Contributed $900 to P.A.L.S. Ministry
  • Donated $1000 to African American Youth Leadership Conference
  • Hosted 2 Junior & Senior M. E. Ford Socials (second one via e-mail due to coronavirus)
  • No Freshmen & Sophomore Social (due to coronavirus)

PALS Ministry

  • The P.A.L.S. Ministry is still active even in a time of a world pandemic. We are glad to share that we are still in touch with Emmanuel’s college students.
  • There were 5 students that received packages in Spring 2020
  • There were 6 students that received packages in Fall 2020
    • The students have been asked to send a note of thanks to the church displaying both receipt and gratitude for the gift.

Parking Ministry

  • Ensured worshippers enter and exit the parking lot safely.
  • Greeted worshippers with a warm smile and a welcoming sprit as they enter the parking lot.
  • Maintained control and safety of designated parking areas.
  • Selected as one of four ministries for stewardship month.
  • Added two (2) new ministry members.

 Pastor’s Partners Ministry

  • Ensured that the Pastors’ robes were cleaned.
  • Accompanied Pastor on various engagements in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas.
  • Ensured the attire for baptism was available and in place prior to baptisms.
  • Provided weekly breakfast meals for Pastor and the 1st Assistant to the Pastor.
  • Provided breakfast meals for visiting guest.
  • Provided pulpit libations and ensured their proper placement during worship services.
  • Provided breakfast for the parking ministry once a month.

 Prison Ministry

  • Partnered with Greek-letter fraternities/sororities to support the Angel Tree Project.
  • Sponsored 150 children for the Angel Tree Project for a total purchase of 300 gifts.
  • Sponsored a World Vision child and her family.
  • Added one (1) new member to the Ministry.
  • One (1) member received their eight (8) hours Basic Volunteer Training and six (6) received their 4 hours Updated Volunteer Training.
  • Conducted the Tuesday’s night Bible Study at the Cheyenne Mountain Re-Entry Center.
  • Willie Davis did four (4) Pastoral visits to the Criminal Justice Center.

 Sheepfold Ministry

  • Conducted quarterly fellowships with members providing food and drinks.
  • Provided ministry and meals to bereaved tribe members.
  • Visited sick and shut-in during hospital stay.
  • Sent birthday cards, anniversary cards, and get well cards to members.
  • Member’s birthdays during the quarter were celebrated at quarterly fellowships with a cake and refreshments.
  • Kept members informed and aware of activities at Emmanuel
  • Forwarded the E-blast announcements to the group.
  • Reached out to members who have missed more than one Sunday service.
  • Performed random acts of kindness for group members.

Social Media and Announcements Ministry

  • Updated documentation of ministry processes and procedures.
  • Partnered for the success of supporting Emmanuel through multiple shifts in leadership.
  • Implemented new programs and systems to help improve delivery of viewing services
  • Identified ways to utilize existing technology in support of our mission to share the Emmanuel experience beyond Emmanuel while seeking ways to engage different demographics by sharing insight to Emmanuel through social media platforms (i.e. Emmanuel’s website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).
  • Continued developing ways to make Flock note more communicable for ministry leaders and members.
  • Created sign up Sunday on Flock note for members to register online in order to attend Sunday services during pandemic.
  • Implemented Recap Friday to recap the previous Sunday sermon.
  • Assisted Director of Music with preparing to create E- Radio station.

 Sunday School Ministry

  • Every Sunday since March we have held the Adult Sunday School Class via telecom.  Each Sunday we have 10 to 22 members attending. The meeting is open to anyone who wishes to attend.
  • The Sunday School Ministry Members continues to meet as a team via telecom

 SWAT Ministry

  • Continued in prayer on Sunday morning and Wednesday evenings without interruption throughout the year using the Pastor’s Prayer Line. We came back to the church building briefly when Pastor Thompson resumed on-site Bible Study. Due to concerns over the well-being of our team members during the highest risk period, I decided to continue our twice-weekly prayer solely on the prayer line again until further notice.
  • Quarterly Seasons of Pray and Fasting (SOPF) coordinated by Carmen Ross continued as directed by Pastor Thompson. There were held on-site and conducted in alignment with the CDC/State COVID-19 guidelines.
  • Planned for the final 2020 SOPF which is scheduled to align with the Annual Watch Night Service is again, coordinated by Carmen Ross under the leadership of Pastor Thompson in accordance with pertinent pandemic requirements. The details of these events are pending continued discussions for direction.
  • SWAT has been honored to gather for prayer on a variety of occasions during the year in support of Pastor Thompson, the family, and concerns of EMBC.

Women Ministry

  • Provided the Woman-to-Woman Bible Study throughout the year by converting our study to Zoom. In doing so, we were able to reach a broader range of women to include re-connecting with several former Emmanuel members who have moved out of the state and their family members

 Young Adults

  • Restarted the young adult’s ministry.
    • Twenty (20) show interest in the ministry and attend an event.
  • Conducted four (4) group gatherings.

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