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Make a Pledge through Birdies for Charity, and You Can Win, Too

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The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic is coming up soon. While we’ve been telling you about your chance to make a bigger impact through your pledge, you can also win a prize through Birdies for Charity!

Whether you make a pledge through Birdies for Charity or not, you can enter the Guess the Birdies contest (you do have to complete the form, though). If you correctly guess the number of birdies made this year, you could win a two night hotel stay, dinner for two at the Scarlet Grille, and a round of miniature golf for two at Lava Links, all compliments of the Scarlet Pearl Resort.

You must make your entry to the Guess the Birdies contest by midnight on March 30, 2017.

Birdies for Charity is a great opportunity to make a gift to Back Bay Mission, a chance to have that gift make a bigger impact, and a chance to win a two night stay with the Scarlet Pearl Resort. Make your pledge today!

Scheduled Downtime

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The Back Bay Mission website will be unavailable on Monday, March 13th, while we perform some routine maintenance. We plan for the maintenance to begin between 9 and 9:30am on Monday. We do not know how long the website will be down, but hope that it will be up again quickly.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Church Relations Associate Christopher Marlin-Warfield Consecrated as Diakonal Minister

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Our congratulations to Church Relations Associate Christopher Marlin-Warfield, who was consecrated as a diakonal minister last weekend! Diakonal ministry is a special designation granted by the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Services Ministries (CHHSM) and characterized by a call and commitment to servant leadership.

CHHSM’s diakonal ministers carry on a legacy found in the United Church of Christ’s – and its predecessor denominations’ – commitment to care for the poor, sick, and disabled. Diakonal ministers have served in hospitals, orphanages, homes for the aging, and other ministries of the United Church of Christ for generations.

CHHSM requires a yearlong preparatory program for diakonal ministers: the Nollau Institute. Led by a core team of four faculty members, the Nollau Institute draws upon the best in adult education and leadership training to invite participants into certain practices and disciplines in the context of a community of leaders who encourage and hold each participant accountable. The Institute is named after Louis Edward Nollau, a 19th century missionary, preacher and founder of several St. Louis-area CHHSM ministries. The Institute emphasizes the kind of integrated leadership that its namesake modeled: professional excellence rooted in faith-based purpose.

Congratulations, Chris!

Have You Made Your Birdies for Charity Pledge?

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Birdies for Charity is a great way to strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It’s also a great way to increase the impact of your gift!

When you make a pledge through the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Birdies for Charity website, you increase the Mission’s chances of receiving Birdies for Charity Bonus Bucks! The charity with the most money collected through Birdies for Charity on May 5, 2017, will see up to an additional $7,500! The charity with the second most, $5,000. The charity with the third most, $2,500.

Your gift to Back Bay Mission always makes a difference in the lives of the people on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Your gift through Birdies for Charity can make an even bigger difference!

Make your pledge today.

Applications for the Shari Prestemon Social Justice Internship Are Due Tomorrow!

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Are you a young adult between the ages of 19 and 35? Are you passionate about social justice? Would you like to spend ten weeks this summer living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and working closely with staff at Back Bay Mission?

The Shari Prestemon Social Justice Internship is an amazing opportunity for you! During this ten week internship, you’ll work closely with Mission staff, and learn about social service and justice work on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. You can learn more, and download the application, here.

But there’s no time to waste. Applications are due tomorrow!

It’s Time for Birdies for Charity!

By | Giving Opportunities

Are you thinking about giving to Back Bay Mission and wanting to make your gift have more impact? Birdies for Charity is a great opportunity for you!

From now until midnight on May 5, 2017, you can make a pledge or gift through the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

Pledges must be at least $0.03 per birdie. Your gift will be equal to your per-birdie pledge times the number of birdies made during the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. The Classic is expecting between 700 and 800 birdies to be made this year. In 2016, there were 678 birdies made. If you had pledged $0.03 per birdie in 2016, your gift would have been $20.34.

Gifts must be at least $10 and can be made directly on the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Birdies for Charity website.

Now, here’s the part where your impact can be greater. It we’re among the three top charities – based on the amount of money we’ve collected – as of midnight on May 5, 2017, Birdies for Charity will match your gift! The first place charity is matched 100% up to $7,500. The second place charity is matched 100% up to $5,000. The third place charity is matched 100% up to $2,500. Any gift will make a tremendous difference in the life of someone on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Any match will make an even bigger difference!

Strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives… make your pledge or gift today!

Applications for the 2017 Shari Prestemon Social Justice Internship Are Due March 1

By | Internships, Volunteering

The deadline for applications for the 2017 Shari Prestemon Social Justice Internship is approaching!

The Shari Prestemon Social Justice Internship provides young adults between the ages of 19 and 35 with a unique opportunity to participate in a 10-week summer program tailored to their interests. Drawing on the Mission’s long experience in community engagement and advocacy for justice, the internship will nurture participants’ passion for social justice and develop their appreciation for the church’s role in seeking social justice.

Applications must be submitted by March 1. Notifications will be made by March 31.

The internship will run from June 5 until August 11.

You can read more about the internship, and download the application, here.

Apply for the 2017 Shari Prestemon Social Justice Internship

By | Internships, Volunteering

Back Bay Mission is now accepting applications for the 2017 Shari Prestemon Social Justice Internship!

The Shari Prestemon Social Justice Internship provides young adults between the ages of 19 and 35 with a unique opportunity to participate in a 10-week summer program tailored to their interests. Drawing on the Mission’s long experience in community engagement and advocacy for justice, the internship will nurture participants’ passion for social justice and develop their appreciation for the church’s role in seeking social justice.

Applications must be submitted by March 1. Notifications will be made by March 31.

The internship will run from June 5 until August 11.

You can read more about the internship, and download the application, here.

The 2018 Mission Trip Calendar is Open!

By | Mission Trips, Volunteering

Our 2018 mission trip calendar opened at midnight central time on January 1, 2017! You can see the calendar here. We do our best to keep the online calendar up to date, but things change quickly at the beginning of the year.

. We only accept reservations through email (we use the timestamp to reserve weeks on a first come, first serve basis).

Remember that there are changes to our mission trip program that take effect for groups coming in 2018. You can read about those changes here. You can see a FAQ about those changes here. You can learn more about mission trips here.

The 2018 Mission Trip Calendar Opens Tonight!

By | Mission Trips, Volunteering

Our 2018 mission trip calendar opens – and we’ll begin taking reservations – at midnight central time tonight!

To reserve a week for your group, We accept reservations only through email (we use the time stamp to make reservations on a first come, first serve basis).

Remember that some changes to our mission trip program take effect in 2018. You can read about those changes here. You can also see a FAQ about the changes on our website. You can learn more about mission trips at Back Bay Mission here.

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