Every 1 Reads Training hosted at Sojourn East

UncategorizedJared KennedyComment

Brothers and sisters, because of God’s grace we have been changed by the life-giving Word. As stewards of the words of life, we have an incredible opportunity love and serve our neighbors by participating in the “Every 1 Reads” program in the Jefferson County School system.  As the program website indicates: “Every 1 Reads is a bold community-wide effort to have every child in Jefferson County Public Schools reading at or above grade level.”  As we at Sojourn seek to bring gospel-centered renewal to our community and its citizens, we prayerfully hope that Sojourn will be a part of this “bold community-wide effort” to battle illiteracy and help children and young people learn to read by demonstrating our love for our neighbors through this service. If you are interested in participating, Every 1 Reads will provide a training session for anyone interested in serving in this program (the course is required for all volunteers). The training will last about an hour and a half and will begin immediately following our East campus worship service on Sunday, May 23, 2010.

Every 1 Reads volunteers will spend 30 minutes a week with a child or young person in a Jefferson County school (you can choose the school and your availability) to help them learn or improve their reading skills. You can also mentor more than one child if you would like.

If you are interested in participating, you can RSVP  on the City, or if you have questions or would like any additional information please contact Eric Spann at  You can also check out the Every 1 Reads website:

The Children of Poverty

UncategorizedJared KennedyComment

In the United States, distinguished by its extraordinary wealth, there are six million poor individuals known to few others but their own families.  They cannot vote.  They cannot work.  Most do not even go to school. They are America's youngest poor--children under six (Statistic from Tim Keller, Ministries of Mercy, 6). In the Louisville Metro area, almost 43% of households with children under the age of 5 without a dad at home fell below the poverty line in 2007 (U. S. Census Bureau, 2005-2007 American Community Survey).

In 2007, 23% of all homeless people were members of families with children (National Coalition for the Homeless Fact Sheet #12, June 2008).

Estimates of the number of homeless children range from 800,00 to 1.2 million, and in 1995, 4.2% of children under the age of one year were homeless (Urban Institute, 2000; Culhande & Metraux, 1999).

At least half of homeless children are under the age of 5 (National Center on Family Homelessness, 1999).

Homeless families are most commonly headed by single mothers in their late 20s with approximately two children (Rog & Buckner, 2007).

How will the church step in with Word and deed?