Supported Missions

Here are a list of Mission Programs we currently support:

NAME

DESCRIPTION

*GENERAL ASSEMBLY

·         The General Assembly consists of commissioners elected by presbyteries.

·         It reviews the work of synods, resolves controversies in the church, is responsible for matters of common concern for the whole church, and serves as a symbol of unity for the church.

·         The General Assembly has several specific responsibilities outlined in Chapter 3 of the Book of Order:

o    The assembly seeks to protect our church from errors in faith and practice;

o    Is responsible for assuring that the expression of our theology remains true to the biblical standards in our historic confessions;

o    Presents a witness for truth and justice in our community and in the world community.

o    Sets priorities for the church and establishes relationships with other churches or ecumenical bodies.

*THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION

·         Seminaries are not in the budgets of the General Assembly.

·         As a church in the Presbytery of Mackinaw, we help support seminaries through this fund, along with other churches in our presbytery.

*MISSIONARY SUPPORT

 We support several missionaries around the world.  Due to privacy and safety issues, we can not publish these programs.  Please conact the church for more info.

*SYNOD OF THE COVENANT

Contact:

Synod of the Covenant

www.synodofthecovenant.org

·         The Synod of the Covenant is a regional body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), made up of over 175,000 people in nearly 800 congregations, organized into 11 presbyteries.

·         Congregations budget a portion of their funds for basic mission support and send the money to their presbytery. Presbyteries send a portion of the funds they receive to the Synod of the Covenant and also to the PC(USA) General Assembly.

·         A means for all congregations to share in the costs of coordinating and evaluating mission and performing the ecclesiastical, legislative and judicial functions that the Synod of the Covenant is charged with by the Presbyterian Constitution.

·         Carries out its mission in the areas of:

o    church development and transformation

o    multicultural, racial ethnic and justice ministries

o    ministries in higher education

o    grants and scholarships

o    leadership training and hands-on ministries

·          Dollars received from per capita giving enable mission work by providing for physical plant and salaries, administrative expenses and the cost of doing the ecclesiastical and judicial work of the synod.

*PRESBYTIAN WOMEN OF MACKINAW

·         Supports the mission of the church worldwide, work for justice and peace and build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (USA) and witnesses to the promise of God’s Kingdom.

*PRESBYTERY POINT

·         Presbytery Point is our Presbytery’s camp and conference center located in Michigamme near Marquette.

·         Provides summer week long camping opportunities for children, teens, adults and families and is available for conferences year-round, weddings, family gatherings, etc.

·         “PP exists to serve God by both guiding persons to and nurturing them in a relationship with Jesus Christ, that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, they may come to a true knowledge of God, a living an dynamic faith, and a life of discipleship under the Lordship of Jesus Christ marked by obedience to God, fellowship in the church and service in the world.” (from their mission statement.)

 

LOCAL MISSIONS

NAME

DESCRIPTION

*AGAPE FINANCIAL

 

 

·         Agape Financial, a faith-based organization, was established in 2009 to help individuals and families find their way out of poverty by:

o    Financial mentoring

o    Advocacy with creditors

o    Interest-free micro loans

*DOULA PROGRAM

Contact: 

Women’s Resource Ctr.

720 Elmwood, Ste. 2

TC 49684

231-941-1210

·         Assists young women who are teen parents, especially if victims of abuse or involved in abusive relationships.

·         Matches expectant mothers with an older woman who mentors & assists them with labor, delivery, post delivery care, and helping them re-adjust to normal life.

·         The Doula Teen Parent Program, Nicole Ball, Coord.:

o    Promotes support to young parents and their children.

o    Offers a variety of services.

o    Program is located at Traverse City High School, through a partnership with TCAPS.

*ECUMENICAL YOUTH, Teen Community Bible Study

Contact:  Sally Miller

1299 Lindale Dr.

TC 49686

 

·         Is part of a national ecumenical organization which provides training for leaders and study materials for each of the books of the Bible selected for a program year.

·         The study is for High school students interested in the Bible, but, not in competition for church youth groups.

·         Includes Bible study, food, music, and social time.

·         Bible study takes place at Faith Reformed Church, Ministry Center, 1139 E. Front St., TC

·         About 60 students currently attend.

*FAMILY PARTNERSHIP

Contact: Roberta LaMont,

               Exec. Dir.

1144 Boon St., Ste. 1

TC 49686

231-421-8411

·         Founded in 2005 as an outreach program by our church’s Mission Committee.

·         A faith-based mentoring program for low-resource families who are interested in transitioning out of poverty.

·         They help families gain the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, & other resources.

*FOOD RESCUE

Contact:

2279 South Airport Road West

TC 49684

231-995-7723

foodrescuenw.org

·         A program of Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan, Inc.

·         Its mission is the collection and distribution of soon-to-expire fresh foods & beverages to food pantries & shelters in the area.

·         Over 18,000 lbs. of food is rescued each week that would otherwise be thrown away.

*FREEDOM BUILDERS

Contact: Skip Brown

880 Munson Ave., Ste. E

TC 49686

231-941-4171

·         Freedom Builders exists to connect the family of God with the disadvantaged through volunteer opportunities serving housing assistance projects.

·         Assesses needs, evaluating the resources available, and then connecting the local church with opportunities to meet those needs.

·         Housing is their vehicle, not their purpose. They minister to the person, not the house.

*GOODWILL INN

Contact: Elizabeth Post, Dir

2943 Keystone Rd.

TC 49686

231-922-4890

·         Owned & operated by Good Will Homeless Services of Northern Michigan, Inc.

·         Provide emergency & transitional housing, food, & essentials to men, women, and families experiencing homelessness in Northern Michigan.

*HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

1129 Woodmere Ave, Ste F

TC 49684

231-941-4663

·         A non-profit, ecumenical Christian ministry seeking to help eliminate poverty housing and homelessness.

·         Makes low-cost home ownership available to families who cannot qualify for conventional loans.

*JUBILEE HOUSE

325 Washington St.

TC 49684

231-947-3305

·         Is an outreach mission of Grace Episcopal Church, providing daily living needs, support, and ministry that promotes dignity and respect.

·         To anyone who expresses a need, services include:

o    Laundry

o    Showers

o    Computer use

o    Personal storage bins

o    Extreme weather emergency location

*LOVE FOR CHILDREN

701 Westminster

TC 49686

231-938-1968

·         A mission of our church.

·         To assist low-income families with young children.

·         Cooperates with other agencies that serve this demographic.

·         Ongoing projects:

o    Grand Traverse Baby Pantry

o    Grand Traverse Laundry Project

o    Christmas Spirit

*LOVE INC

P O Box 5114

TC 49686

231-941-5683

 

·         An ecumenical cooperative effort to make a difference for individuals, families and children living in poverty.

·         Our church supports the local affiliate of a national group. Love INC enables local churches to share Christ’s love by providing the necessary link between church volunteers and those in the community through networking and filling needs for food, utilities, rent, medicines, transportation, etc.

·         A thorough intake form is utilized to make certain that the root causes of each situation are addressed. Careful records assure that services are not duplicated.

*MISSION BUILDING PROJECTS

 

·         Our church’s mission, showing the love of God in practical ways by providing vital housing repairs, adequate housing, and disabilities assistance to the disadvantaged throughout the counties of Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau.  Also by:

o    Participating with other churches in the area with repair projects of those in need.

o    Assisting with Freedom Builders, a local organization that helps with repairs for those in need.

o    Joining with the “Toolies”, a local ecumenical group just starting up, looking to assist those in need with home repairs, etc.

*MISSION COMMITTEE DISCRETIONARY/

EMERGING MISSIONS

·         This budgeted account is for unplanned expenses that can occur, used upon the decision of the mission committee.  These funds are also available to help new missions to happen, again, upon the decision of the committee..

*Mission Trips

·         We budget each year to help cover expenses for our volunteers who participate in our church’s decided upon mission trips.

*PINE REST CHRISTIAN COUNSELING

1050 Silver Dr.

TC 49684

231-947-2255

www.pinerest.org

·         Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services is called to express the healing ministry of Jesus Christ by providing behavioral health services with professional excellence, Christian integrity and compassion.

·         Pine Rest Christian Counseling counsels about 125-130 people a week.

·         Several area churches help in providing funds for the program. Other funds come from insurance reimbursements, client pay, and donations.

·         40% of their clients are children, many of whom are severely emotionally disturbed. Many clients need financial assistance on a sliding fee schedule.

·         Services include family related concerns, depression, additions/substance abuse, dept. of corrections group therapy, pre-marital and marital counseling, treatment for anxiety, psychiatric and psychological evaluations, and “Wrap Around” program. We also have specialized programs with churches (CAP) and employers (EAP) for providing services.

·          Prayer is a cornerstone with their office staff who pray together weekly for one another and their clients, and with clients during sessions.

*SAFE HARBOR SHELTER

3753 South Airport Rd. W.

TC 49684

ryanh@goodwillnmi.org

·         Safe Harbor homeless shelter, housed in rotating local churches from late fall to the spring, is an ecumenical effort among over 2 dozen area congregations, providing a place to sleep, a hot evening meal and breakfast.

·         Upwards of 50 homeless guests have been served each day.

·         Our church usually hosts the program during the 2 weeks during the Christmas & New Year’s holidays.

*SALVATION ARMY

P O Box 5228

TC 49696-5228

946-4644

·         Salvation Army helps those in need with hard to solve problems that others cannot be solved – often as the agency of last resort.

·         This includes, noon meals on M, W, F at their location, a food pantry, financial assistance with rent, utilities, medications, funeral expenses, bus tickets, other transportation, thrift store vouchers, substance abuse assessment and referral to SA’s GR treatment center.

·         They are also involved with national disaster relief.

*WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER

720 S. Elmwood Ave., Ste. 2

TC 49684

231-941-1210

·         Women's Resource Center serves well over 1700 individuals and families each year. 

·         Adults and children participate in the WRC’s emergency and transitional housing programs, receiving over 21,000 nights of service.

·         Helen’s House, the emergency shelter, provides immediate safety and meets short-term need while transitional housing is longer term, providing a bridge to permanent housing and self sufficiency.

·         They provide non-residential services, including one-on-one and group support, information and referral, and advocacy services.

·         They provide programs for offenders, which are designed to encourage the use of non-violent behaviors in relationships

·         The WRC program assists abused persons and persons suffering from domestic and sexual violence issues through shelter, assistance, education, counseling and prevention.

 

GLOBAL MISSIONS

NAME

DESCRIPTION

*NEW LIFE NICARAGUA NUTRITION CENTER

 

·         Support for an orphanage and medical clinic in Managua, Nicaragua.

·         Jeff Link has been called to serve in the “New Life Nicaragua Center of Nutrition” which provides a safe home, medical care, food, love and affection to orphans.

·         Four individuals including Jeff have purchased 4 acres of land in order to build a new site allowing expansion of these services.

·         A board has been assembled to oversee the ministry. 

·         Through this mission is the opportunity for our congregation to help in the development and building process of a health center and orphanage in Managua, Nicaragua.

 

OTHER MISSIONS

NAME

DESCRIPTION

**CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING

·         This offering each year goes to the Pastors’ Retirement fund.

**CROP WALK

·         CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local volunteers to raise funds to end hunger.

·         Held each year on the 2nd Sunday in October.

**FOOD COALITION/

HUNGER FUND

Contact: Val Stone

vstone@nmcaa.net

·         Throughout the year, we take offerings to help feed those less fortunate in our community.  These offerings are:

o    Take Out Sunday (food pantry item collection)

o    Noisy Offering Sundays

o    Loose Change Sundays

**MISSION COFFEE FUND

·         We purchase Free Trade Coffee, packaged with our own church’s label and resale it on a regular basis to our congregation.

·         The proceeds are used for mission purposes, upon the decision of the Mission Committee.

**ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING

·         From the beginning, One Great Hour of Sharing has been an ecumenical effort with different denominations allocating its gifts differently.  All use their funds for ministries of disaster relief, refugee assistance and development aid. Today, projects supported by One Great Hour of Sharing are under way in more than 100 countries, including the United States and Canada.

**SPECIAL MISSIONS FUND

·         As additional needs are brought to the Mission Committee’s attention, these funds allow this board to assist in requests such as:

o    Misc. assistance requests outside our budgeted areas

o    Scholarships for small (less than 200 members) Presbyterian church pastors in our five state region to attend a conference for renewal and encouragement

o    Support for those in our church embarking on missionary calls

o    Presbytery Point special projects

 

MISSION NETWORK PROGRAM

(We encourage your participation!)

NAME

DESCRIPTION

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

 

·         Annual project of Love for Children.

·         Provides our congregation with the opportunity to brighten the Christmas season by providing extra gifts and support to at-risk families.

·         The families are screened and referred by the Health Dept., Head Start, and Family Partnership.

·         Families are matched with appropriate church members.  Gifts, a food basket, and on occasions, other donations are provided.  The cost for participation is approx. $50-60.  Sign-ups begin in October.  The deadline is the first part of November.

CLARA’S CUPBOARD

520 West Front St. Ste B

TC 49684

231-922-4688

·         This mission is sponsored by the Grand Traverse Commission on Aging (which provides services that help senior citizens remain at home) and supported by our congregation.  There is a donation cupboard in the Narthex. 

·         Clara’s Cupboard provides personal items to low-income seniors that are donated by our congregation as well as others.

 

COMMUNITY MEALS

Contact:  Dan Schafer

·         An ecumenical mission involving about 6 churches providing meals for those in need.

·         It is comprised of 2 different outreach activities:

o    Weekly meals (Monday-Sunday) served at Trinity Lutheran Church – our congregation works the first Sunday of the month.

o    Holiday meals at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas with both sit down and home deliveries.

DIXIELAND DEVOTIONS

Contact:

   Worship Committees

·         A devotional worship service with a Dixieland flair, is a gift to the community from our church, sponsored by the Worship Committee, with help from the Evangelism Committee.

·         A free-will offering is taken with 100% of the proceeds divided equally between 4 local charities, chosen each year by our church’s Mission Committee.

FELLOWSHIP QUILTERS

·         This is a group that meets at our church on a regular basis.

·         They often have mission-type projects.

FRIEND-TO-FRIEND

Contact:  Deacons

·         Administered by our church’s Deacon board.

·         Volunteers of our church make visits to Shut-ins who are not able to attend worship or be involved in other church events.

HEIFER PROJECT

Contact: Jan Coley

231-276-7150

·         Their mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth.

·         Composed of people of faith, working to achieve the above by giving people a hand up rather than a hand out.

·         Our church becomes involved immediately after Thanksgiving until Christmas.

HOSPITAL VISITATION

Contact:  Deacons

·         Administered by our church’s Deacon board.

·         Volunteers from our church help out the pastors by making visits to those in the local hospital.

HYMN SING AT HAWTHORNE COTTAGE

Contact:  Deacons

·         Administered by our church’s Deacon board.

·         Volunteers from our church gather once a month at the Pavilions to sing hymns with the residents.

MUNSON MANOR MEALS

Contact: Henry Wise

·         Once a month, through volunteers from our congregation, our church is responsible for providing and serving a meal to the people temporarily residing at Munson Manor, while a loved one is at Munson Medical Center.

NORTHERN MICHIGAN BLOOD DRIVES

Contact:  Gail Schneider

231-929-9245

·         Holds 6-7 blood drives per year at our church

·         Volunteers of our church operate the canteen and provide cookies.

SECRET SAINTS

Contact: Young Adult Committee

·         Each year, the congregation is invited to sign up and be matched with a young adult who has graduated from High School and is now going to college or has ventured out into the working world.

·         Secret Saints are asked to keep in contact with their matched young adult at least once a month throughout the year.  Suggestions on how to do this are provided and at the end of the year, the Secret Saints are revealed.

·         This is a great program that shows the love of our church family to the young people of our church after they have moved on from High School.

SHAWL MINISTRY

Contact:  Deacons

·         Administered by our church’s Deacon board.

·         Volunteers knit special shawls filled with love and all kinds of colors.

·         The shawls are then Blessed and given as needed to persons, who are ill or hurting in some way, in an offering of love through Jesus Christ.

STEPHEN MINISTRY

Contact:  Deacons

·         Administered by our church’s Deacon board.

·         Stephen Ministers provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support to people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, job loss, loneliness, disability, relocation, and other life difficulties.

·         With Stephen Ministry—

o    Pastors don't carry the burden of being the congregation's sole caregivers. They have a team of gifted, trained, committed lay caregivers ready to minister to hurting people inside and outside the congregation.

o    Laypeople have a chance to use and strengthen their leadership and caregiving gifts in meaningful ministry–serving others while experiencing tremendous spiritual growth.

o    People who are hurting no longer suffer alone. A caring Christian friend comes alongside them to provide emotional and spiritual care for as long as the need persists.

SUPPORT OUR SOLDIERS

·         From time to time, when the need arises, we, as a congregation, come together in a group effort to send specific items to persons in the military stationed overseas.

TC PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN MINISTRIES

Contact: Presbyterian Women

·         We support the TC Presbyterian Women in many ways all through the year. The Thank Offering, the Christmas hat and mitten tree, and the Christmas Cookie Sale, to name a few.

TLC MINISTRY

Contact:  Deacons

·         Administered by our church’s Deacon board.

·         Volunteers of the church provide food and other kinds of help to those in our congregation at times of need.

TRANSPORTATION MINISTRY

Contact:  Deacons

·         Administered by our church’s Deacon board.

·         This ministry supplies transportation to those who may need a ride to a doctor’s appointment, to the store for food, or to the church for worship or other events.

YOUTH MISSION SUPPORT

Contact:  Youth Committee

·         The Mission Committee is working towards helping the youth of our church grow in their mission involvement.

·         The youth have many ongoing mission projects each year and they work hard at the fund raising efforts for those projects.

·         The youth also make plans for scheduled mission trips that may be local, within the U.S., or even out of the country.