Tuesday, April 15, 2014

RHINO BlogHello from RHINO & New Orleans!!

We've had a beautiful and busy Lent!  Thank you to all of the hard work done by our groups from Tupelo, MS; Atlanta, GA; Tallahassee, FL; Milwaukee, WI; Seattle, WA; and Indianapolis, IN!  It has been such a joy serving alongside all of you fantastic volunteers.  One can hardly believe that Easter is this coming Sunday.  For those of you who have diligently and persistently worked through your Lenten sacrifices - don't give up! That chocolate bunny is right around the corner ;) 

Moving forward this spring we will be welcoming an international group from Canada, old friends from Michigan, and new friends from The University of Central Florida!  We also look forward to hosting RHINO veteran volunteers Susquehanna University for two weeks in May - all so exciting!

This summer's plans for Camp RHINO are fastly coming together and it promises to be another stellar year.  We do have three spots for groups still - the week of June 16th and the weeks of July 14th and 21st!  If you are interested in what will be a week of fun in the sun serving Christ in the Cresent City then give us a call and we'll get your journey started!  Feel free to check out www.camprhino.org as well with any questions you may have.

As you make your preparations to receive God's greatest gift this Easter Sunday, remember that part of that gift is hope.  Each of you have brought such hope to our city and communities during your time spent working with RHINO, you are truly doing God's work here in New Orleans.  Have a blessed Holy Week!

Keep on Rebuilding Hope y'all, 

ecp

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

RHINO Blog What a ride! Another RHINO Mardi Gras under our belt.  We enjoyed so very much the wonderful groups who visited us during Carnival season: Cornell University; Lake Edge United Church of Christ from Madison, WI; First Presbyterian Church of Raleigh, NC; Laurel Presbyterian Church of Laurel, MD; Presbyterian Church of Danville, KY; St. James Episcopal Church of Richmond, VA; First Presbyterian Church of Stamford, CT; First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota, FL; and our dear friends from Chicago, IL (pictured here)!  Each and every one of you made this magical season here in New Orleans even more special with your love, dedication, and hard work gifted to the people of New Orleans.  We thank you whole heartedly for all of the wonderful ways in which you gave and helped us rebuild hope during this special time for our city (and hope you had as much fun as we did)!

As we are entering the season of Lent, I know that God will continue to guide us together in our journey to do His work in New Orleans.  Let us take this time to make a proactive change in both ourselves and those we serve as we rebuild hope.  There are so many ways to get involved around town - why not take the next 40 days and challenge yourself to take an hour or two a week to devote to those in need?  Below are some links to our partner organizations here in New Orleans - but if you're a RHINO from out of town, try reaching out to your local Habitat branch or food bank!

Second Harvest Food Bank

Magnolia Community Services

Parkway Partners

Keep on rebuilding hope y'all!  
Love,
ecp

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Email Change and Intro!

Hello again!  Two blog updates in one day - aren't y'all lucky RHINOs!

Starting today, "rhino@scapc.org" is where to go with all of your RHINO-related questions and comments - I promise to get to them ASAP!  Also, per some of y'all's requests, I thought I'd include a few sentences about who I am so you have a feel for who will be leading your beloved organization.  So here goes:

A native New Orleanian, I have weathered several hurricanes and truly understand and appreciate the hope all of you bring to our magical city through your service.  I graduated in December 2013 with my Masters in Social Work from Tulane University, where I also attended as an undergraduate student (with a brief foray to University of Richmond during Hurricane Katrina).  I am a member of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church (SCAPC) and was blessed enough to direct a Christmas Camp for the church which served over 30 children in the Pension Town/Pigeon Town/ West Carrollton this past holiday season.  Seeing God's love alive and well in that community filled me with joy and excitement that I am carrying into this new adventure with all of you!  When I'm not here in the office or on-site with y'all - you can find me playing fetch on the levee with my pitbull, Praline (see her below) or trying out new places to eat around town!
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Greetings from RHINO and your new Program Director (me, Emma Cate)!

I wanted to introduce myself and to tell you that I am so excited to take over this wonderful ministry program from my fantastic predecessors.  I am looking very forward to getting to know each and every one of you and continuing the legacy you have left and continue to leave in this magical city through your work with RHINO.  I know that many of you have been working with Mary Molly in this interim period, and she will be on hand for the rest of this week to help us through this transition!

Starting today, this email will be where to go with all of your RHINO-related questions and comments, and Avery’s (our previous director) email will be discontinued.  I do ask that you bear with me over the next couple of weeks as I get a hold of all the inner workings here at RHINO – there are a lot of details involved to make your trips unforgettable!  I can’t wait to meet y’all and look forward to hosting all of you down here as you do such important work.

Last week we had two huge groups in from Susquehanna University and the United Presbyterian Church in Laramie, Wyoming.  I had a blast getting to know y'all and serving with you, and hope for more opportunities to do so in the future!

Cheers to a joyous 2014 doing God’s work and Rebuilding Hope In New Orleans! 
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dear RHINOs

We recently had a group of 6 church members travel to Moore OK for a Rebuilding Hope Mission Trip to help recovery efforts from May tornados in the area. SCAPC members were in Moore Dec. 4th-8th and were working with an organization called ServeMoore. Serve Moore is a collaborative effort of multiple churches and organizations working together to serve the people of Moore, Oklahoma.
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We want to say a special thank you to Kathy Randall, Richard Seelman, Greg Beuerman, Lisa Eldredge, Aimée! Bell, and Leon Hinson who traveled to Moore, OK to spread God's word and teaching by going out into the communities and making a difference. 

Mary Molly

Pictures from Rebuilding Hope Mission trip 2013 in Moore, OK