Friday, January 30, 2009

Great Outreach Idea

A friend from Huntley, IL, northwest suburb did a great outreach event which shows the church is trying to meet the needs of the people in relevant and real ways, read below what they did and what happened. All it takes is a little creativity and a little risk.

This is what BRUCE WROTE:

The last two Thursday nights, we've hosted a speaker who teaches people how to use coupons effectively to save a lot of money. Part of our journey into relevancy. Both nights, we've had over 250 people attend. Parking overflowed into the streets. Last night, a resident on the street called the police to report some illegal parking (which we're going to fix pronto).

The presenter -- Jill Cataldo -- put this on her website last night. I thought it was pretty cool:

Super-2 busted for disturbing the peace!

Super-Couponing 2: Saving on Everything came to Huntley in a BIG way tonight... I don't have a final count on attendees, but it was over 250. And, in a Super-Couponing first, the neighbors called the police on us. Due to the large numbers of people parked in the street, some of the class attendees found themselves with a very unwelcome "bonus" after class... a parking ticket. However, there is a bright side. The Faith Community Church, which graciously allowed us to hold the class in their beautiful facility, has also incredibly generously offered to reimburse attendees for the value of their parking tickets that were obtained while attending tonight's class. A big thank-you to Pastor Bruce at the church for allowing us to hold the class, and for his offer to "make things right" for those who received tickets as well.

(I am just incredulous that we had so many people at a coupon class that neighbors called the police at all. Instead of complaining, they should have just come over, squeezed in, and checked out what we were doing! :)

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