HOPE - A faith-based employment ministry of St. Peter’s Church
January 2010 NEWSLETTER
WHAT IS H.O.P.E.?
HOPE is a ministry at St. Peter’s Catholic Church designed by parishioners to assist the unemployed of the parish. We are faith-based in that we believe an effective job search begins with God and continues with Him. Our approach contains three prongs: 1.) information in our monthly newsletter, 2.) one-on-one consultation with job seekers, and 3.) workshops on job hunting skills.
Job Hunting Skills Level One - Goal Setting Tips
An effective job search begins with goal setting. Without it, you will go around in circles and become more frustrated with your job search. At a employment support group meeting in the Upstate one participant revealed that he spent 17 hours a day at his computer looking for jobs. He admitted that he applied for jobs for which he was not in the least qualified, and when he was turned down, became even more depressed, which impacted on his family. To begin your job search take the time to ask yourself the following questions and write the answers down.
1. What times can you recall that you were so absorbed in what you were doing that you hardly noticed the time?
2. Were there ever times in which you were enjoying your work so much that you could not believe you were being paid to do it?
3. Were there ever any times when you thought there was something you could not do, but you did it anyway?
Now, ask yourself if there are any patterns or trends in the answers. This exercise can help you decide what it is you like to do and help you better define your job search.. If you would like more assistance with goal setting, please contact Beth Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scripture Lesson for January
Read John 2: 1-11 – The Miracle at Cana and then ask yourself the following discussion questions.
1. This passage does not say that the bride and groom knew they had run out of wine and it appears that even the steward, who was supposed to be in charge, was not aware the supply had run out. But Mary knew and she told Jesus. Have you ever considered that there may have been times in your life when you did not know you needed something, but God knew and supplied it? When were those times and what was going on in your life?
2. Jesus cared enough about the newly married couple to provide them with wine and excellent wine at that! Are there any items or events in your life going on right now that you think are too trivial for Jesus? Do you think Jesus would see it that way? How do you think Jesus would see it?
3. Consider also what Jesus told the servers. All he said was to fill the jars with water. This probably made no sense to the servers. No smoke, no flashes of lightening, no drum roll, just fill the jars with water. Yet they still did what Jesus said and look at the result. Are you experiencing a time in which God seems to make no sense at all? Have you asked Jesus what to do? Are you prepared to do it, even if it makes no sense?
We Are Here To Help
If you would like to set up a one-on-one session to go over your resume or to get additional help with your job search, please contact Beth Wright at email@example.com or Gary Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers are standing by!
You Can Help Us!
If you have some time on your hands and would like to help in restoring our cemeteries, please contact Deacon Ron Anderson at 779-0036. There are always plenty of maintenance projects to do and your donation of your time is a big help to our budget at St. Peter’s.