HOSTED BY: 3E MCKINNEY, First Baptist McKinney and Christ Fellowship Church LOCATION: OLD SETTLER’S RECREATION CENTER/PAVILION

It has been a 3E tradition to have an annual event as a way of mobilizing our churches and congregations to show acts of kindness and love to those in need. This year we want to be intentional about building long-term relationships with those who are not thriving and begin a process of listening and partnership. It is this relational approach whereby a community defines their own agenda and realizes their own skills and talents to bring transformational change. 3E will leverage our resources to help move those initiatives forward. This kind of community engagement is sometimes referred to as Asset Based Community Development, which emphasizes the old adage of teaching one to fish so one can always eat, but it also leverages ways to remove barriers to the pond where one can actually have access to the fish. This year’s event will look similar to past year’s in some ways: Providing care kits to seniors in nursing homes and stuffing backpack kits for the homeless, appreciation care kits to first responders, health and wellness services, community resource booths, outdoor fun and family activities and lunch for the whole family, we will also include substantive conversations on racial reconciliation with a panel discussion and provide resources on immigration services and an opportunity to sign up for further discussions on issues of concern.

We want to say a special thank you to Christ Fellowship and First Baptist McKinney and all of our covenant partner congregations: Milestone Church, Covenant Church, Rhea Mills Baptist Church and Crosspoint Church who helped bring this special event to our community. Without the servant leadership of our covenant partners to work together in unity for our community, 3E McKinney could not exist.

3E is a faith-based community development organization created by Collin county churches to address issues concerning those living on the margins with holistic strategies that lead to sustainability and transformational living.

For more information about the event and how to get involved, please contact Alanda Maliskas, event coordinator at Impact@CFHome.org.