This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week. Wow, what a tough couple of years it has been for our teachers, school administrators, and staff. I can’t express how grateful I am for all who serve our kids in education. Thank you for loving your students and families in some of the most difficult circumstances. You are making a difference! THANK YOU!

Our outreach team set a goal to reach as many schools as possible and let the staff know how much we appreciate them. On our website, we offered $200 of seed money to be used to bless a school. I’m blown away at the care, sacrifice, generosity, and service of our church. You fulfilled our mission and vision. Our mission and vision are connected directly to this project. 

Mission: Loving people to Jesus, launching passionate people to make a difference.

Vision: Our vision is to be a catalytic force to bring God’s influence to Southern Arizona and strategic places in the world.

Pantano, you stepped up big time and responded to the We Love Our Schools project. You personally got involved and fulfilled our mission as we launched you to love people. Look what you provided!

You lived out our vision. Pantano is a catalyst. We don’t just do our mission. We model, invite and encourage other churches to do the same. We helped start Serve Our City, and now dozens of other churches have joined us. When we started We Love Our Schools, we hoped other churches would join in. They did. So let’s celebrate…

  • 215 total schools were listed across 8 districts on our sign up portal
  • 157 schools will be blessed
  • 129 are public schools, 28 are charter/private
  • 107 different people/groups signed up
  • 15 people/groups signed up for 2 or more schools
  • 5 churches partnered with Pantano for this project: Casas Church, Valley Christian Church, Horizon Church, Emmanuel Baptist, and Abiding Savior Lutheran

Finally, what’s not shown are all the ways our people gave extra funds to buy more food, gifts, or gift cards beyond what the $200 seed money could provide. Way to go, Pantano! I’m so proud of you! You took the challenge found in Galatians 6:9. And by taking the challenge, we’ll see the promise… Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Glen Elliott

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Our Mission – Launching

Our mission is “Loving people to Jesus, launching passionate people to make a difference.” There are two phrases within that mission, and both are connected. In all we do, we want to love people to Jesus. One of the ways we love people to Jesus is to launch people in our church to engage and serve others. We have two new options to launch you to make a difference. One is far, and one is close.

Have You Ever Wanted to Go to Africa?

We want to launch you to serve in Ghana! We’ve got a short-term mission trip coming up that will take you to some amazing people and work that our church mission partner, Heartbeat for Africa, is hosting. Here are the details…

When: July 30th – Aug 13th
Activities: Working with Youth in an Orphanage, Conducting Development Training
Overview: Heartbeat for Africa (HBA), a Tucson non-profit, in connection with local churches, is leading a 10-12 person team for two weeks to Ghana to work with partner organizations (City of Refuge Ministries and African Internship Center). Experienced HBA team leaders will conduct all team training.
To Learn More: Attend an informational meeting at Pantano Christian Church on Sunday, 10 April @ 10:15 AM or 12:15 PM in the church office Conference Room
Questions: Contact Jeff Wesley at jwesley737@gmail.com or C: 520-370-5232


We Love Our Schools

National teacher appreciation week is the first week of May. We want to launch you to help us Love Our Schools and bless teachers and school support staff. With your help, our goal is to bless the entire staff at as many schools in the Tucson area as possible! We invite you to use the $200 seed money we will provide to bless the staff at your selected K-12 schools. Additionally, we encourage you to invite another family, small group, friends, and/or a surrounding business to join you to make an even bigger blessing – both to you, them, and the school!.

Sign up today! We have schools from all across the Tucson area to adopt. WE LOVE OUR SCHOOLS Signup

Glen Elliott

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