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NYC Mission Trip Medical Release Form

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I'm going to e-mail everyone today a copy of the medical release form. Please get this back to me as soon as possible- I have to have this before the trip. You can mail it, e-mail it, fax it, however you want!!! Also, don't forget, the balance of the trip $$ is due NEXT Friday, June 19th!

NYC To Bring List

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To Bring List: Please keep checking back- I will probably be updating this as the trip gets closer!

1.       Pillow (needed for Thursday night sleeping in dorm)

2.       Sleeping bag (you can leave sleeping bag and/or pillow at AU while we are on the trip). You can bring pillow on the bus!

3.       PLEASE PACK A SEPARATE BAG WITH EVERYTHING YOU WILL NEED FOR THURSDAY NIGHT AND THE RIDE ON FRIDAY. Luggage will be packed and locked on the bus on Thursday night so that we can eat and run Friday. You will not be able to access your suitcase Thursday night once it is locked up.

4.       Bible/journal/pen

5.       Snacks for trip to NY, during trip, and trip home. We will be making bathroom stops and one quick meal break on the way up. We will be making bag lunches for trip up on Friday. On trip back, be prepared to pay for your meals. Please bring plenty of snacks for the trip up, snacks if you want them in your hotel, and for the trip home. Breakfast will be provided Friday morning and there will be breakfast at the hotel each morning.

6.       Work clothes- clothes you aren’t afraid to get dirty in, long pants, CLOSED TOE SHOES (tennis shoes). May be doing some painting too, so bring something you don’t mind messing up.

7.       Please keep an emergency $20 on you at all times. If you were to get separated from your group, you would have taxi money to get back to the hotel. You will be given the phone numbers of Greg Allgood and Lynn Guthrie to contact at any time.

8.       Spending money- you will be eating breakfast at the hotel each morning but will be responsible for your own lunch and supper each day. Also, if you want souvenirs, or would like to see a Broadway show, etc., you will need to bring money for that.

9.       Jeans will be fine for church on Sunday. Please bring comfortable shoes as you will be doing a lot of walking.


NYC Mission Projects

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New York City Update

Perhaps you are wondering about some of the specific mission projects that we will be involved in during City Uprising.  Here are some specifics from the folks at The Gallery Church.

First, here is a little piece of information that Aaron Coe (pastor of The Gallery Church) shared with the team leaders yesterday during our conference call.  I had always heard that there are approximately 191 different people groups in New York City, but according to Aaron, there are over 500 different people groups. This drives home the concept of New York being the crossroads of the world.  This is amazing!

Now, let me share some specific mission information regarding our trip. We are going to work alongside students and adults from all over the country. There are approximately 300 participants in City Uprising. Our service projects are divided into three specific ministry categories;

·         Community Projects - This will involve light construction (painting, cleaning, moving furniture, some hammering and such). We will be working with two public high schools (PS 9 and Rushton High school in Manhattan) and Health People (an organization that ministers to orphans  of AIDS )in the Bronx.

·         Hosting for HIV Testing – It is estimated that over 50 thousand people in New York are HIV positive and aren’t even aware. Last year,  through our partnering agencies, we saw 881 people tested. Our main task will involve passing out invite cards and welcoming folks as they arrive.

·         Renegade Arts Initiative – The Gallery Church is renting new space at 27th & Broadway called Salt Arts Space. We will be assisting them as they launch this unique ministry in the City. The church is located in the heart of the arts district and this new space will provide multiple opportunities to reach the community.

These are the three main areas of ministry that we are working with in New York. In order   to stay up to date on all of the arrangements from City Uprising,  a new Twitter account is being developed. We will have more details coming in the days ahead.