In addition to hosting events at the church open to those around us, we also strive to meet the needs within our community as well as worldwide. Many of these needs are met through the donation of items or money and then shared with a specific organization. Other times, church members and goers have gone out to an organization or person in need and served them directly.
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” – 1 Peter 4:10
One of the local groups we support through both monetary donations and hands-on service is Cornerstone Women’s Resource Center. They are known for collecting donations in specially marked baby bottles. Our youth have gone to the center and helped to prepare the empty bottles for distribution. (Visit Cornerstone Women’s Resource Center for more details about this ministry.)
Homelessness affects those “just around the corner” as well as in cities all around us and beyond. We work with the M25 Initiative during Code Blue season. We team up with other area churches to provide a warm place to sleep as well as providing dinner on nights when it is dangerously cold. We are also excited to financially support Family Promise. They work with area churches to supply homeless families with a temporary place to stay in order to keep the family together instead of separating them like often happens at shelters. We also work with other area churches to provide meals and support staff to run this program. (Visit Family Promise for details.)
For the last several years, we have had fun stuffing shoe boxes and similar sized lidded containers with goodies, trinkets, toys, treats, and various other items for kids around the world. Operation Christmas Child asks for donations to be specifically for a boy or a girl within one of three different age categories. It is neat to take a peak inside a filled box and see the fun waiting to be opened! (Visit Operation Christmas Child for more information.)