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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Discover Christian Church to Hold its 10th Annual Cruisin’ for a Cause Car and Truck Show Sept. 22nd to Benefit Columbus Relief

“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward them for what they have done.”
                                                                                                                                    Proverbs 19:17

Every year, Discover Christian Church seeks to live out its mission to, “LOVE GOD, LOVE PEOPLE and IMPACT THE WORLD through relational community,” through its annual Cruisin’ for a Cause Car and Truck Show.

Cruisin’ for a Cause began in 2010 as Hot Rod’s for Haiti in order to raise money for the hurricane ravaged nation. Every September, the Dublin, Ohio church chooses a different charity near and dear to their hearts in which to donate the proceeds. This year is no different.

Proceeds of this year’s outreach will go to a special ministry in Columbus known as Columbus Relief. Columbus Relief serves the needs of the local and regional homeless population. Most people would be shocked to learn that the average household is just a few paychecks away from being homeless. 

There are often many factors which can lead to someone becoming homeless. It can be from a lack of affordable housing, low income, job loss, the death of a spouse, mental/physical illness or drug addiction. A lot of times people are afraid to ask for help because they might be ashamed of their situations.

This is where Columbus Relief comes in.

Through their Mobile Relief Bus, they love people where they are unconditionally and meet not just their physical needs, but their spiritual needs as well. Human beings are made up of a body, soul and spirit and it is often this spiritual aspect that is neglected.

Columbus Relief seeks to, “draw people toward Christ as the ultimate provider of their needs and guide them in transforming their lives as well as the people around them.”

They have a five-fold Vision Statement:

  • Mobilize- To travel into areas of poverty and homelessness to serve individuals and families.
  • Inspire- To provide for the immediate needs and offer inspiration through relationship.
  • Guidance- To collaborate with community relationships that help lead to a self-sustaining life by offering spiritual, life skill, employment skill and peer mentoring support services.
  • Heart- To put God's love into action through healthy living, supportive relationships, and accountability.
  • Transform- To transform people's lives and renew their quality of life.

Columbus Relief's Mobile Relief Bus in action. Photo courtesy of @ColumbusRelief

Every Saturday, volunteers bring food, blessing (hygiene) kits, and other important items to those in need. They take the time to establish relationships and build trust with people. It is incredible what can be accomplished if you listen to people, treat them with dignity, and invest in their lives through acts of love and service.  

Both Discover Christian Church and Columbus Relief share this same love for others and vision for their community.

On September 22nd, you will have a chance to support that vision.

Cruisin’ for a Cause will consist of a car and truck show with folks from all across Ohio bringing their vehicles in order to be judged.

Entrants for the contest will pay a $10 entry fee and will park in the church parking lot. Admittance for regular attendees is free and parking is across the street in the Meijer parking lot. The event will take place from 1pm to 6pm and registration will be from 1pm to 3pm. The show starts at 3pm and will culminate in the trophy presentation at 5:30 pm with hand crafted trophies provided by Ark Hot Rods.

In addition to the car and truck show, there will be many other family friendly activities. There will be vendors from all across Ohio, a silent auction for sports lovers, a craft show, door prizes and plenty of food, music and fun.

If you are unable to attend the event, there a couple of ways you can help. They are still accepting items for the silent auction. In previous years, there was a signed Eddie George and Orlando Pace jersey and a wide assortment of items from various Ohio professional sports teams.

If you would like to donate an item please include the item value and it can be mailed or dropped off at the church office to Kristin Carpenter. If you would like to make a donation, checks can be made out to Discover Christian Church with Columbus Relief in the memo.

Discover Christian Church
2900 Martin Road
Dublin, Ohio 43017

Another way you can help, whether you are a participant or a spectator, is to consider donating something from the following needs list. These are some of the most needed items for Columbus Relief's outreach at this time and there will be a collection bin at the event:

Food sanitizer wipes
Clorox wipes
Travel size hygiene
Travel size deodorant
Hand warmers
Toilet paper
White tube socks 

Lastly, the Mobile Relief Bus will be on site as well. It will be a great opportunity to meet the folks from Columbus Relief and to learn all about their wonderful outreach to the community.

Together we can help make a difference in the lives of those in need in our city. For when we give to them, we are giving to the Lord, and that is a reward in and of itself.  

Nicholas Jackson

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Nick is a 1997 graduate of Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio where he received his B.S in Biological Sciences. He went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy at Andrews University in Dayton, Ohio and then his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Chatham University in Pittsburgh. He has been published in the Newark Advocate, The Granville Sentinel, and the St. Louis Metro Voice; and professionally in the Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy. Nick has also been a guest host on 88.9 WLRY and 880AM WRFD

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Tips for Successful Tailgating

Football season is FINALLY here! That means hours in front of the television rooting on your team, visits to the stadium, watch parties, tailgating & FOOD!!! 

Hi everyone! I'm Chef Ashley Elliott. I'm a devout sports fanatic & lover of food. I often get asked how someone like myself who was Texas born & raised ends up in Central Ohio. My father is a native of Ohio and an OSU alum, and we spent many summers as well as holidays here. After high school, I attended culinary school in New York, and fate opened a door for the start of my journey as a chef in Columbus, Ohio.

In the coming weeks, I'll be sharing recipes, tips and time saving hacks that I've learned along the way to make football season that much more enjoyable.

With tailgating season upon us, it's time to fire up the grill and feed a crowd at the parking lot.

I often get asked what important tips I can give to ensure a successful tailgating get together. I swear by these quick Golden Rules.

1. Make sure you have your site picked out!!!

2. Make a checklist of essentials you'll need, from the forks, napkins, knives, tables, tents, chairs, grilling utensils, zip lock bags, and paper towels etc. WRITE IT DOWN.

3. Plan a menu & prep as much as you can at home. Marinate meat, cut up vegetables for dipping, make your dips & sauces, form out burger patties, and soak your wooden skewers.

4. Finger Foods & Snack Food Rule: Always have PLENTY & a variety of food & drinks out for people to choose from.

5. Work with a grill that you are comfortable with, but make sure it's a fast set-up with easy cleanup. Don't forget your fuel, and always have extra on hand.

6. Bring plenty of coolers to keep the cold foods cold, and the hot foods hot! Food temperature is so important! The best tip anyone ever gave me to keep hot foods hot is to wrap bricks in heavy-duty tin foil and place on the grill, or in a 350° oven for about 30-45 min. Line the bottom of the cooler with brown paper bags, then USING OVEN MITTS, place the bricks so they are lining the bottom.

7. ALWAYS bring a thermometer to monitor your food. This is very helpful to prevent lifting the lid when doing slower cooked meats such as ribs and pork shoulder.

8. Enjoy your guests & keep them full! 

Everyone will have their own unique style in tailgating. The more you do it, the more adventurous you can be with your menu. 

Brutus Tailgating. Photo Courtesy of Paige Vaughn King

I am so excited about upcoming projects I have in the works! Unfortunately, I won't be able to be there at the Shoe this weekend to join in on all the tailgating fun. Whether you make it to the stadium, or if you're just at home please share your tailgating, food & game photos & tag me on twitter @TheScoop27

Have a great weekend everyone & Go Bucks!

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