OT Events

Benefit Dinner

Operation Transformation is holding their annual Operation Transformation Benefit Dinner, co-sponsored by WGRT, Pollock-Randall Funeral Home, Dr. Brian & Sandra Pradko and Westminster Church, on Thursday, October 7th.  The public is cordially invited to the event. It will be held at Alexander’s, 1200 Gratiot Blvd. in Marysville.  Doors open at 5:30 and the program begins at 6:00pm. The evening will include a delicious dinner buffet, a presentation highlighting Operation Transformation’s accomplishments over the last year in their main areas of involvement, silent auction, and testimonials on how OT has impacted the community in various areas.  The evening will conclude by 8:00 p.m. 

 

Operation Transformation is a local faith-based non-profit organization whose vision is to see “Churches Cooperating for a Changed Community”.  Since January of 2002, Operation Transformation has sought to strengthen churches and better the community through forging relationships and building bridges to show cooperation between church and state.

 

Tickets are complimentary, but reservations are required.  Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, as a full house is expected.  Sponsorship opportunities are also still available.  To pick up tickets or for more information, call 810-966-8660 or e-mail rhernandez@optrans.org.  

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Operation Transformation 2020 Projects

 

  • Sponsored and planned a Martin Luther King Community Service with Anthony Jones as the guest speaker at Port Huron Performing Arts Center. 33 pastors and community leaders, plus 150 people attended.

  • Sponsored a Pastor’s Breakfast at Lake Huron Medical Center for 40. Anthony Jones shared about Cultural Competency training with the pastors and community leaders present.

  • Continued to oversee the Spiritual Life program at the Intervention Center.  Ten churches do Sunday Services.  Small groups are meeting weekly in each pod.  Volunteer ministry was suspended in March due to covid-19.  Still, 2,450 inmates and 417 officers were ministered to, 230 Bibles were distributed and 330 inmates received Christmas gifts.

  • Offered the Mentoring Program to inmates getting out of the St. Clair County Intervention Center (targeting those with substance abuse issues) and those in the recovery community.  Trained mentors and matched them with mentees.  Saw a number of successful relationships that lasted months.

  • Provide support for a Bible study at the Huron House transition home.

  • Compass Christian Business Alliance had monthly lunch meetings at The Vintage Tavern, with average attendance of 35.  COMPASS continued in Macomb County and West Wayne.  Zoom meetings continued during the shutdown.

  • Did a weekly “Faith Matters” internet show on GBS for their “Healthy Living” segment for 6 months.

  • Recorded a weekly radio spot called “Faith Matters” on WGRT each Monday at 8:00 a.m.

  • Continue to oversee and verify updated legal information for 8 organizations Certified by OT.

  • Planned a drive-in prayer service the May 7th on the National Day of Prayer. About 250 came in their cars!

  • After much deliberation and pre-planning, “Family Night” activities had to be cancelled due to covid-19.

  • Sponsored strategy/information meetings twice a year for groups doing food pantries and outreach events.

  • Distributed information from the faith community by e-mail weekly to 2,200+, and put posts on Facebook.

  • Continued collecting cell phones to buy prepaid phone cards for military personnel.  Over 900 donated!

  • Facilitated the BWAC “Good Friday” Community Service at Colonial Woods, as 5,000+ people watched online through Facebook.  This service included a worship team, special music and 3 pastors sharing.

  • Sent encouraging emails to wives of ministers (The First Ladies).  Lunch meetings had to be cancelled.

  • Did administration for Blue Water Area Churches. Pastors continually met weekly for 7:30 am prayer (Zoom and in person).   Monthly Zoom meetings took the place of in-person events.  Continued to send out specialized information e-mails to 175 pastors in the Blue Water Area.

  • Developed a Prayer Wall on the OT website for people to submit prayer requests, and partners to pray.

  • Maintained and updated a database of churches & pastors in the Blue Water Area.

  • Provide invocation and/or benediction prayers for numerous events in the Blue Water Area.

  • Provided pulpit supply to churches.  Visited area churches on a regular basis. Gave counsel when asked.

  • Participated with and provided administrative support to the Eastern Michigan Christian Foundation.

  • Sponsored a Christmas Service and gave 2 cards to 330 inmates at the St. Clair County Intervention Center (1 for them; 1 to mail). Collected 122 books for children which were distributed by the Salvation Army.

  • Welcomed new pastors to the Blue Water Area with a call, letter/information and a meal.

  • Acknowledged several pastors with a Certificate of Appreciation as they left or retired (during a service).

  • Worked with and gave information to the Youth Collaboration Network.

  • Gave support to fight opioid addiction, working with the BW Recovery Outreach Center and their efforts.

  • Started an online “Encouraging Word” devotional on Mondays and Prayer Time on Thursdays (Facebook).

  • OT Staff provided a faith perspective to 17 boards and committees in the Blue Water Area.

  • Hosted a “Spring Ahead” Open House and day of giving, raising over $25,000.

  • Participated with the “March for Unity” to demonstrate cultural competency and racial reconciliation.

  • Hosted several Zoom meetings for pastors about how to do enhanced ministry during covid-19.

  • Worked with Habitat for Humanity’s “Rock the Block” to renovate the Lincoln Park neighborhoods.

  • Wrote several articles for the Times Herald newspaper on spiritual topics.

  • Hosted our Annual Fundraising Event (virtually) in October with a Silent Auction, raising over $82,000.

  • Hosted a “Food Outreach” page on the OT website, with dates of Mobile Food giveaways and food sources.

  • Blessed the Port Huron Police and Sheriff’s Officers with an encouraging poster and tubs of candy.

  • Initiated efforts on a new major project for Foster Care Parent Recruitment.

  • Asked to provide Chaplains at Lake Huron Medical Center (on hold due to covid-19)

  • Asked by Port Huron Schools to get churches to provide internet access and space to do homework.

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