January is here, and the time has arrived at last for the kickoff of viaCOTHA, the new Evangelism ministry here at the Church of the Holy Apostles. The name viaCOTHA has several roots: "Via" in Latin means "The Way" and, for me, the way is the Lord. It is also translated as "by way of". The third meaning I constructed is “Volunteers In Action”. When you put them together you have viaCOTHA: Volunteers in Action by way of the Christ-loving family of COTHA.
The Mission of viaCOTHA is to walk the walk and follow His way by volunteering in Katy and throughout the Greater Houston area, all in His great name. To start, we will offer one project a month. Initial ideas for our inaugural events include Special Olympics, Adopt-a-Beach, bingo and ice cream socials at local retirement facilities and reading at local elementary schools with students who need a little extra one-on-one help. Whether it’s contributing to a national postcard writing campaign for the troops serving abroad or participating in a local walk to support Relay for Life, we will serve the community viaCOTHA.
Being a part of the ministry is easy. Just visit COTHA.org to find a volunteer event that speaks to your heart and sign up. Then invite friends, neighbors and family to follow the path viaCOTHA as well. What a wonderful way for visitors to experience the heart and soul of COTHA than to minister to the community with us side by side! Whether you want to participate in one event every year, or you aim to try them all, you are welcome. Together, we can grow this ministry into something very special, and I am extremely excited to take that first step! Join me?
Mark Tucker – firstname.lastname@example.org