This message includes details of updated Point Man Mission Statement, Org Chart, Structure for Point Man and Home Front Groups, and more!
February 1st Meeting Notes:
We had a great turnout for our February 1st Point Man Meeting. We had 25 members attend in person and another 25 members attend through our online Zoom connection. We will continue to meet in person whenever possible and we will be online with a Zoom meeting app while COVID-19 is still an issue.
The speaker for our February 1st meeting was Jeff Struecker. His combat experience includes participation in the invasion of Panama, Operation Desert Storm, Black Hawk Down in Somalia, and more than a dozen combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Jeff shared his experience with a combined forces rescue and recovery effort. He tied this massive effort to save a single soldier to the unimaginable value God places on each individual. It was an outstanding and inspirational presentation. (Stay tuned. Our Chaplain, Paster Danny Barr, is working on another Jeff Struecker presentation).
February 11th Board Notes:
Your Point Man board has kept busy. It’s continuing to work active projects with SWIRCA and the Gresham House. Planning is ongoing for a potential Rodeo fundraising event as well as a Medal of Honor recipient event.
The board meeting followed a new agenda format that was keyed to Direct Support, Community Partnerships, and Fund Raising strategy updates. The board reviewed and approved proposals to refine its Mission statement and organizational structure. These changes are intended to draw our focus and efforts towards these strategies. In addition, the board has approved a new structure for Point Man and Home Front Groups that is intended to provide a purposely planned path to leadership and discipleship within our organization. The board approved these three documents:
1. The Mission Statement
WHO WE ARE:
Point Man of Newburgh is a local nonprofit 501(c)(3), faith-based organization. We are affiliated with Point Man International Ministries. Point Man is comprised of local Veterans, their family members, and those passionate about our mission and vision.
To provide safe refuge for tri-state area Veterans and their family members where they can give and receive support in the form of comradery, mentoring, spiritual healing, and financial assistance.
That our Veterans and their family members make the transition to civilian life without judgement, regardless of age, gender, race, or life circumstances and they find faith through servant leadership and service to others.
Point Man of Newburgh is led by servant leaders who focus on three primary strategies:
Providing Direct Support to Veterans and their families.
Seeking Community Partners to share and optimize our efforts.
Fund Raising to support Direct Support initiatives.
2. The Organization Chart:
3. The New Structure for Point Man and Home Front Groups
(Structure for Zoom and In-person meetings)
Group 1 Introduction to Point Man/Home Front (Mike Burkdoll)
New attendees will be given an orientation and brief history of our ministry. After knowledge of the
individual is gained, they will be asked to attend the next group.
Group 2 Leadership Development (Danny Barr)
This group will help assess the strengths and interests of the individual and help plug them into a
particular area or project where they will be most comfortable.
Group 3 Reaction Force Alpha (Marke Parsons)
They will support and address the needs of each other and act as an organized team to support events
and functions. Marke will have a prepared lesson but as in the past, be willing to go off topic to tailor
each meeting to the needs of these men and women. Veterans who struggle with their faith can find a
home in this group which will instill a sense of camaraderie and at the same time provide a bridge to a relationship with Christ.
Group 4 Home Front (Donna Burkdoll and Sara Hebner)
Home Front is designed to support the spouses and families of Veterans. In addition, these women are a reliable source of leadership in projects and events to promote our Ministry.
Group 5 Women Veterans (Barb Kortz)
This group is designed for additional support and resources for our local female Veteran community.
Barb is a recognized capable and experienced leader in the community.
Group 6 Small Group Support Teams (Dan Oates, Steve Green, Tom Hendricks)
This group can be one or more small bible study classes led by the listed individuals or other leaders to
be determined. These groups are designed to engage and provide consistent contact with attendees
who are sure in their faith and have a desire to participate in regular faith building.
Plans for our March 1st meeting include a Mission BBQ Feeding. We plan to start serving at 17:45. The meeting will at 18:30 sharp. This will be an in-person meeting at the Epworth United Methodist Church with Zoom meeting access. (Watch for a short meeting invitation email with the Zoom meeting link and agenda information). The Home Front Ladies as well as Barb Kortz President of Tristate Lady Veterans and her members invited to the meal and meeting.
Masks and social distancing will be required. Sanctuary seating is at every-other row and at the hymnals placed in the pews at 6-foot intervals. Newcomers are encouraged to attend. Please contact Marke Parsons if you plan to attend so he may manage the number of meals.
The Honor Flights are still on. Eligible veterans should Google Evansville Honor Flight and follow the prompts for more information and to fill out an application for the Honor Flight to Washington DC.
Our meetings’ schedule includes the members meetings on the 1st Monday of each month, a Point Man Breakfast held on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the American Legion in Newburgh at 0800 sharp, and a PM Board meeting 3rd Thursday of the month.
We are discussing openings at the Veterans Kids Camp and family camp from the 4th thru 9th of July 2021. Please let us know if there is any interest for 2021.
March 1st Meeting Info:
Plans for our March 1st meeting include a Mission BBQ Feeding. We plan to start serving at 17:45.The formal in-person meeting will begin at 1830 hrs and end at 1930 hrs at the Epworth United Methodist Church located at the corner of Epworth Road and Lincoln Avenue. (4455 Epworth Rd, Newburgh, IN).
If you feel unsafe or are uncomfortable with our safety policy, we understand. You are welcome to join us on-line.
The online meeting will be opened at 1800 hrs. This will allow new Zoom app users a little extra time to work through questions and for members to chat with each other. Participants’ microphones will be placed on mute when the meeting begins at 1830. They will be unmuted to ask questions or to respond to questions. (Please just wave your hand to be recognized and unmuted). Please click on this link to join the Zoom online conference:
First time Zoom users will see a prompt asking them to download Zoom app files. Please do this. The files are small, safe, and will download quickly.
If you have any concerns about connecting on Zoom, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or reply to this message and include "Zoom help" in the e-mail subject.
If you know an interested veteran, who is not on our distribution, you may forward this e-mail to them.
Please join us.