Saturday, June 27, 2015

A Big Day Coming for Common Heart

We have 3 big events happening on Saturday July 4.

Common Heart Firecracker Run - This is our 3rd year holding a series of races in the quaint village of Lake Park.  With volunteers arriving at 6 am, we begin the day in preparation for the 4 races featured as part of this event.  Runners in the 10k will begin their trek at 7:30 am.  8:30 am the 5k run/walk begins. The 1k and Kid's Firecracker Dash follows at 9:15 am and 9;30 am.  We have medals and awards for overall winners in each race and age group winners in the 10k & 5k. This race is one of our three main fundraising events each year.  Our goal is to raise $10,000.  This represents a weeks worth of groceries for 400 families.
Three ways you can be a part.

  • Register to run/walk
  • Register to volunteer
  • Register as a HotShot and fund-raise as a part of this event.

Find out more at

Indian Trail Fourth of July Parade - This year will be the first year that we will be participating in the parade.  This will give us a chance to get the new truck out for the community to see.  Thanks to the Grace and Hope Foundation and so many friends and donors, we were able to purchase a new (to us) box truck.  We will decorate it and add it to the parade.  If you want to help decorate it or ride with it contact 

Common Heart Anniversary - July 6th is the 9th anniversary of Common Heart.  In 2006 four friends began the journey that has become Common Heart, Common Cupboard and Common Things Thrift Store. So many more friends have joined this movement demonstrating God's love in our community over the past 9 years.  In celebration, Common Things Thrift Store will be holding an Anniversary Sale beginning July 4.  Details to follow ... but lets just say there will be some really hot deals!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Join us July 18 to find out how 'Class Matters'

How does poverty shape decision-making? What can you do to help?

We're so excited to partner with Dr. Paul Hanneman, recently retired program director of Charlotte's Urban Ministry Center and certified Bridges Out Of Poverty trainer, to talk with us about local poverty and give us the tools we need to serve during a workshop Saturday, July 18.

The workshop, dubbed “Class Matters” will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, at the corner of Indian Trail Road and Navajo Trail. Tuition is a suggested donation of $20, which includes lunch. 

This is the second in a series of planned workshops and classes as part of our new Serving U, a university of kindness, program to help you serve our neighbors in need.

The workshop is an introduction to the full Bridges Out of Poverty national training program and will offer deep insight into the world of people living in poverty. Through the interactive workshop, we'll discuss how the survival-based orientation of those living in poverty impacts learning, work, and decision-making and how it differs from those in the middle class.
We'll also learn the hidden rules of economic class and discover how we can help people in poverty move toward economic stability.

Hanneman, an ordained minister with the American Baptist Churches USA, has a doctorate in spiritual direction and served four urban congregations during 25 years of pastoral ministry before joining the Urban Ministry Center's staff in 2000. He retired from the Center in April.Over the last 10 years, he has introduced more than 17,000 people from churches, social service organizations, government agencies and educational institutions to Bridges Out of Poverty. He has also developed educational materials on homelessness and the work to end chronic homelessness in Charlotte.

Advanced registration is required.
For more information or to register, visit this link to register.