A message from John Laker:
Some bad news. Bob and Sharon Gage were in a tragic accident near Chattanooga as they were coming home from Georgia. A semi hit them head on. Bob was killed. Sharon is in critical condition with a head injury and numerous broken bones including both arms and legs. This happened Sunday afternoon, December 11, 2016.
Bob was the Program Director for Beacon back in the late 90’s.
Our thoughts and prayers for Sharon Gage and the entire Gage family.
It is with great sadness that we report Ruth Mader, one of our most long-standing volunteers, passed away after an extended illness. We extend our love, thoughts and prayers to her family in this time of grief. Ruth will be sorely missed.
What Is Beacon Ministry?
Like is a lighthouse in the midst of dangerous waters, Beacon Ministry is the churches of the community coming together to provide a beacon to those who find themselves in those waters. Communities with treacherous coastlines would come together to support the building, upkeep, and services of the community lighthouse. They did this because they wanted to provide a guide for getting back safely on solid ground. In the same way, Beacon Ministry provides a beacon of hope and guidance within our community for those who have hit rough waters in their life. The light that any one congregation could provide is limited, but when we come together, the beacon shines brighter and reaches farther into the darkness.
Beacon Ministry is churches, businesses, and volunteers joining together to help “Break the Chains of Poverty”. Through our partnerships we provide life coaching, mentoring, and financial assistance, connections with helping resources, a hot meal and spiritual support group for the homeless, and furniture for those who need it but cannot afford to buy it.
*Unconditional acceptance of all persons
*All individuals have the capacity to change and grow
*Respect for all religious traditions
*Honor and Foster volunteer action
To transform lives and communities in response to Jesus’ call to serve “those among us who have the least”
*To connect people in need to services and resources
*To help people break the chains of poverty
*To lead people to communities of faith
*To partner with churches and others in addressing the deeper issues that contribute to poverty and hopelessness