Upper Room Daily Reflections

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Furniture Bank has been busy since the beginning of 2017! We have been blessed with donations of furniture, furnishings and finances to help us continually meet the needs of our clients. Our wait list is constant and the applications for assistance arrive daily. We are averaging 20 requests a week for assistance.

While we receive a wide variety of requests from people in all types of situations and challenges, our average client is a single mother with 3 children usually all under the age of 10. We are also helping veterans, elderly, and people overcoming physical and mental challenges to regain independence, employment, and their own places to live. Working in partnership with the various helping agencies and social service organizations in our greater Phoenix area is allowing us to give those working to achieve self-sustainability a hand up as they move back into jobs and affordable and safe housing.

Please read about the following situations where Furniture Bank was able to assist families and individuals with a hand UP as they worked their way out of homelessness and helplessness. To protect their privacy, the names are changed but the situations are real.

Emma is a hardworking mom with 3 active children, all in grade school. She was a victim of domestic violence and was able to get help to break the cycle of abuse and gain her independence. Our partner agency contacted us to assist Emma. She had gained a great job and a home to rent that was in a safe neighborhood for her and her children. Furniture Bank was able to provide living room, dining room, and bedroom furniture. Along with the furniture, we had furnishings, kitchen supplies and even a student desk for her child in middle school to use.

Curtis is a 54 year old single male who received a special surgery to restore his eyesight. His agency contacted us to assist Curtis in a special way. Not only was Curtis needing help to furnish his new apartment for himself but also he was gaining guardianship of his special needs nephew who was coming to live with him. He wanted to support his nephew and get him out of the group home he was living in. We were honored to be able to help with furniture and furnishings and humbled to see Curtis not only achieving independence for himself but also wanting to care for his nephew.

It’s stories like this that inspire us to keep on trying to grow and help more folks with a hand up as they achieve their independence. We are blessed to be able to do this, but your support, donations, kindness, and prayers make it possible.

Furniture Bank would like to thank our hardworking volunteer Jim Lane for his never ending willingness to assist with needed local donation pick-ups. Jim, like the rest of us, works a full time job, is active with his own family, and yet still finds the time to help us help others! Thank you Jim!

Please help us welcome Ron Thompkins of Keller Williams Realty has joined our volunteer force to help find local donations for furniture, furnishings, and funds. I warned Ron when he inquired about helping that the pay is nonexistent but the benefits are eternal!

Did you know that THERE IS STILL TIME to get your 2016 AZ Tax Credit! YES for 2016! Come on now….MAKE A DIFFERENCE! $400 provides furniture to make a house into a home for our clients and families escaping homelessness and hopelessness. Furniture Bank is a 501c3 public charity and every penny donated goes toward helping our families, veterans, and individuals in need. We are in the hand-UP business and not the HANDOUT GAME! You can donate any amount for a tax deduction and tax receipt, BUT…. a gift of either $400 as an individual or $800 as a couple to Furniture Bank, Inc. a 501c3 public charity, can also reduce your tax bill to the State of Arizona by that amount dollar for dollar! Visit our website www.FurnitureBank.us and click on the PayPal button for a secure transaction and tax receipt that will follow within 48 hours. Any amount is welcome and all will receive a tax receipt. Please help us help others! We are in the hand-UP business and not the HANDOUT GAME! Please help us help others! http://www.furniturebank.us/arizona-tax-credit.html

Let the blessings roll!

Friday, March 17, 2017


We had a great meeting last night sharing how our natural PERSONAL tendencies to be RELATIONAL lead to SPIRITUAL connections with folks in our everyday lives creating EXCEPTIONAL interactions with the folks we see every day. These 4 values of Personal, Spiritual, Relational, and Exceptional is what advocate is about! A new church that we carry with us in our daily lives! Check it out! www.FaithThroughWorksFellowship.org

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Daily devotions with the Big Book and Bible combined!

Daily devotions with the Big Book and Bible combined! The paperback and Kindle versions​ of my first book is now available!! Every penny goes to support Faith Through Works Fellowship ministries including our beloved Furniture Bank! ​Please order yours today and help us help others!


Thursday, March 2, 2017

It’s here! Faith Through Works Fellowship first daily devotional combining the Big Book and Bible passages as they apply to our daily lives. Amazon Kindle edition is available here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XCBRHSJ at $4.99 EVERY PENNY goes to our nonprofit 501c3 Furniture Bank! Please help us help other and grab a copy today! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XCBRHSJ

Saturday, February 11, 2017

It's been a long, long time since we have had this much fun. Coming soon to your city: whether it's a church plant, a new way to develop leaders, or how you transform your business into ministry - it's a lifestyle, a conspiracy and a revolution. I will keep you posted: live and lead by the Spirit! We spend a lot of our time doing good things for others but are not focused on the real personal ministry that it truly is. We become focused on the task or outcome and lose sight of the soul the Lord has put in front of us to help. Advocate is church through our own personal ministry! More info coming soon!!! Got Questions? email me! PastorMarksMail@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Furniture Bank is a 501c3 public charity and every penny donated goes toward helping our families, veterans, and individuals in need. We are in the hand-UP business and not the HANDOUT GAME! The AZ Charitable Tax Credit has doubled this year to $400 (filing single) and $800 (filing jointly). It is a dollar-for-dollar tax credit to your state tax burden, much better than a deduction. Please help us help others! www.FurnitureBank.us

Sunday, November 13, 2016

As the holidays approach I wanted to share with you what Faith Through Works Fellowship is doing to help those not as blessed as we are right now in our community.

We are looking for help to fund the Thanksgiving dinner we are providing for 30 at Autumn House, the local domestic violence shelter we support. We have a team of volunteers who are taking time from their families on Thanksgiving Day to go serve and fellowship, but like most of us they are funding their own family meals as well!

We are just looking to provide a meal for the clients and their children. Also if anyone is willing to cook a Turkey that we can bring along that will be great.

We will be doing our annual underwear and socks drive for our homeless friends at the CASS shelter. Your donations are welcome and needed!

We still have some opening to ring the bell for Salvation Army in front of Fry's Grocery on 40th and Chandler Blvd in Ahwatukee on Saturday December 17

As always we are partnering with Furniture Bank and you can make your tax deductible financial donations at the website www.FurnitureBank.us

Please let me know if you have questions or are looking to help in any way!

God bless you and as always....
Let the blessings roll

Pastor Mark