The Mission Committee serves as the coordination body for the mission work we do as a church locally, nationally and globally. We conduct our work by administering the monies the Church as designated for Mission, identifying and engaging the congregation in opportunities to serve in God’s work and by communicating the good work we as a Church have done.
Meets currently on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm. No meetings in July or December.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA)
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:
- The assembly seeks to protect our church from errors in faith and practice;
- Is responsible for assuring that the expression of our theology remains true to the biblical standards in our historic confessions;
- Presents a witness for truth and justice in our community and in the world community.
- Sets priorities for the church and establishes relationships with other churches or ecumenical bodies.
UPCOMING GENERAL ASSEMBLIES
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.
For more information: http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/seminaries/funds/
SYNOD OF THE COVENANT (PCUSA)
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.
The Synod carries out its mission in the areas of:
- church development and transformation
- multicultural, racial ethnic and justice ministries
- ministries in higher education
- grants and scholarships
- 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.
For more information: www.synodofthecovenant.org
Agape Financial was established in 2009 to help individuals and families find their way out of poverty. This faith-based organization matches clients with caring, volunteer mentors who help them learn financial management skills. At Agape, we understand that charity helps people survive, but it doesn’t help them acquire the skills that enable them to escape from poverty. That path out of poverty is a long and difficult one, especially for those who have lived in its grip for an extended period of time. Few individuals manage to complete the journey without guidance from mentors. The organization works to provide low-income people with tools to help themselves climb out of poverty, coupled with resources such as microloans to help them with short-term financial needs.
For more information: http://www.agapefinancialmi.org/
Food Rescue of Northwest Michigan is the area’s mobile food rescue organization. With our own refrigerated trucks along with our trained and dedicated drivers and volunteers to coordinate the effort, we make scheduled pick-ups and deliveries from food donor to recipient locations throughout the Five County area. Chances are you’ve seen us on the road! We urge you to get involved in the fight against hunger and waste. Start now by getting informed, giving food, or giving funds to help us keep up with our mission of feeding Northwest Michigan. The mission of Food Rescue of Northwest Michigan is the collection and distribution of soon-to-expire fresh foods and beverages from available sources (e.g., grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, bakeries, etc.) to people in need through the area’s food pantries, shelters and community meals programs. Based on recent U.S. Census data, there are currently 17,680 people living in poverty in northwest Lower Michigan. Most of these people are threatened by food insecurity; and the need is unfortunately increasing daily. In fact, our food pantries, shelters and community meals programs of the Northwest Food Coalition member agencies serve over 22,000 meals each month! To address the increasing need in our region, we have created a program that combines the efforts of Food Rescue to support the food pantries, shelters and community meals programs on our Five County area. Through this program, we assure that everyone in need has access to the nutritious fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products they require to maintain a healthy diet. Simply put, everyone in our service area should have the opportunity to eat well-balanced, healthy meals regardless of their circumstances.
Food Rescue is a program of Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan, Inc.
See more at: http://foodrescuenw.org/about/#sthash.RpM4Kj5k.dpuf
For more information: http://foodrescuenw.org/
The mission of Freedom Builders is to reach out to those in need JOINTLY with the Family of God and share the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Freedom Builders strives to work with all Christian churches in the northern Michigan region to demonstrate the love of Christ to the least of these. Our typical clients are one very small step away from being homeless or in some situations are currently displaced from their home because the housing conditions have become so deplorable that it is unsafe to live there any longer. In the 10 years the organization has served the Grand Traverse Region we have completed projects ranging from pouring a foundation to replacing a roof, and everything in between. In the first years of our existence we accomplished 40-50 projects per year, but in the last several years that number has grown to over 150 projects a year. Each year a few of our projects would qualify as complete home makeovers, where the home is really uninhabitable and we bring the people and the resource together to accomplish a major renovation, and not just a few repairs.
For more information: http://www.fbmissions.org/
When every door seems closed…OURS IS OPEN
The Goodwill Inn located in Traverse City, MI., is the largest homeless shelter in Northern Michigan. The Inn provides the first line of defense for people who have lost their homes and are trying to build stable, productive lives. In operation since 1979, the Goodwill Inn welcomes anyone experiencing homelessness. The shelter is an 80+ bed facility that provides emergency and transitional shelter for men, women and families. Pete’s Place youth wing serves youth 14 – 17 years of age.
They go to school with our children
They work at local businesses
They are mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters and brothers
For more information: http://www.goodwillnmi.org/homeless-housing/goodwill-inn-homeless-shelter/
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
About Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region
Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region was founded in 1986 as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. For 28 years, Habitat for Humanity, Grand Traverse Region has helped to improve the lives of over 100 families and brought hope for a brighter future. We serve Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Kalkaska Counties. Our story is one that isn’t easy to share through words, it is one you must experience first hand. There are many emotions that go along with Habitat for Humanity from the tears we shed as we hear our partner family stories to the friendships formed.
Seeking to put God’s Love in action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build sustainable homes, communities, and hope.
To work in partnership with God and with people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities with God’s people in need by building and renovating houses so that there are decent houses in decent communities in which people can live and grown into all that God intended.The purposes of Habitat for Humanity is to sponsor specific projects in habitat development world wide by constructing modest housing, and to associate with other organizations with purposes consistent with those of Habitat:
- By working in cooperation with God’s people in need to create a better habitat in which to live and work
- By working in cooperation with other agencies and groups which have a kindred purpose
- By enabling and expanding the number of people from all walks of life to participate in this ministry
For more information: http://www.habitatgtr.org/
Who We Are: Jubilee House, a part of Grace Church’s Jubilee Ministries, is an outreach ministry providing daily living needs, support, and ministry that promotes dignity and respect for all we welcome through our door.
Mission: The mission of Jubilee Ministry is to make a direct and dynamic link between our theology and our ethics. As Christians we do this by calling the church to live out its prophesy of empowering local people to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with their God.” (Micah 6:8) We respond to the Gospel’s call to “feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, care for the sick, and visit the imprisoned.” (Matthew 25:35)
Services: The following services are available to anyone in the community who expresses a need.
• Mail System: Patrons are allowed to receive mail through Jubilee House. Mail can be picked up anytime Jubilee House is open.
• Laundry: One load of laundry may be washed and dried per day. Detergent is provided.
• Showers: Personal toilet kits are available for anyone desiring a hot shower.
• Computer Use: Computers with Internet access are available to patrons on site.
• Personal Storage Bins: Bins are available for those who are homeless and need a place to store their personal items in a secure location.
• Extreme Weather Emergency Location: During the harshest part of winter, Jubilee House may extend hours to provide a warm place for people to stay out of the elements.
For more information: http://www.gracetraversecity.org/serve/service-groups/jubilee-house/
JUSTICE FOR OUR NEIGHBORS
As part of 43 clinic network, JFON-West Michigan began in 2004 with a site hosted at Grand Rapids First United Methodist Church. In 2005, we opened a second sited hosted by First United Methodist Church of Holland.
JFON was created as a response to the increasingly complex immigration regulations stemming from the Immigration Reform and Immigration Act of 1996. September 11th and the Patriot Act has exacerbated the situation, causing backlogs on new and existing applications and an increase in deportation orders.
How JFON Operates: JFON Feature Video
JFON promotes Volunteerism by using volunteers to perform new client intakes and provide hospitality at monthly clinics held at each site;totaling over 1,400 hours annually; Program budget includes over 50% of its income from in-kind services; 100% of operating funds are collected and spent locally;
Who JFON Serves: More than 1,800 clients from over 60 nations in 10 years of service; JFON serves clients through general intake and with 1x service/form preparation:
For more information: http://jfonwestmichigan.org/
LOVE THY NEIGHBOR
An ecumenical cooperative effort to make a difference for individuals, families and children living in poverty. 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 hygiene pantries, transportation ministry, Christmas Adopt-A-Family program, medical equipment loan closet, household appliance ministry, crib ministry, etc.
For more information: http://www.lovethyneighborGT.org/
For more information: http://peaceranchtc.com/
PINE REST CHRISTIAN COUNSELING
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.
For more information: http://www.pinerest.org/home
SAFE HARBOR SHELTER
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 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
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.
Tracey Tooley, missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators, is the daughter of members of our Congregation, Dick & Irma Tooley.
She serves the youth in America in informational gatherings and camps who are considering careers with Wycliffe to continue providing New Testament written translations to the more than 3,000 languages yet to go worldwide.
Agape Community Transformation (ACT) is an ecumenical organization of Christians in Muko Sub County, Uganda and the USA witnessing to the good news of the Gospel by seeking to affect the spiritual, physical, economic and societal conditions in our communities. We are a partnership with multiple backgrounds and experiences. ACT exemplifies how Christians in ecumenical fellowship together can grow spiritually and work within God’s plan to restore the Kingdom of God as Christ intended. ACT Uganda are partners in witnessing to the good news of the Gospel by seeking to enhance the spiritual, physical, economic and societal conditions in Uganda, as well as increase faith-in-action in our communities.
ACT currently has five main programs:
In addition, we have several projects going at all times. Ikamiro Health Clinic – Contributions to ACT provided funding for a new medical clinic that included solar roof panels and a solar-powered, vaccine refrigerator and running water. In order to upgrade the level of the health clinic, we built a placenta pit. Pillowcase Dress Project – Over 1,000 dresses for the girls in the village have been designed and sewn by women in Michigan. These dresses are made from pillowcases. For the most part, females in Uganda wear skirts or dresses, not pants. The girls are delighted to receive these lovingly made gifts. Peace Pole – One of the Peace Fellowship groups in Michigan donated a peace pole to plant in the village. It proudly stands in front of the ACT Empowerment Center. When the staff began planting it, a village woman insisted on digging the hole for it by herself. Ecumenical Worship – In the U.S. and Uganda, we are excited about the fact that we come together with different faith backgrounds to do God’s work and worship together. We feel this is a critical part of our mission and vision – to restore God’s kingdom as God intended. ACT Empowerment Center – In 2011, ACT purchased the current office building and land. Since then, we have completed extensive renovations including building a training space for the handcraft program (MEP) and solar power. Book of Hope Distribution – With the generous donation of hundreds of books from Book of Hope (www.onehope.net), we have distributed the word of God in the form of a story book about the New Testament to many children in Muko Sub County.
For more information: http://www.actuganda.org/
P.O. Box 2565
Midland, MI 48641
FOOD COALITION/HUNGER FUND
Throughout the year, we take offerings to help feed those less fortunate in our community.These offerings are: Take Out Sunday (food pantry item collection), Noisy Offering Sundays, Loose Change Sundays
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:
Misc. assistance requests outside our budgeted areas
Scholarships for small (less than 200 members) Presbyterian church pastors in our five state region to attend a conference for renewal and encouragement
Support for those in our church embarking on missionary calls
OTHER MISSIONS (Outside of the Mission Committee)
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. Clara’s Cupboard provides personal items to low-income seniors that are donated by our congregation as well as others.
An ecumenical mission involving about 6 churches providing meals for those in need. It is comprised of 2 different outreach activities:
- Weekly meals (Monday-Sunday) served at Trinity Lutheran Church – our congregation works the first Sunday of the month.
- Holiday meals at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas with both sit down and home deliveries.
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.
Contact: Worship & Evangelism Committees
This is a group that meets at our church on a regular basis. They often have mission-type projects.
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.
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.
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
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
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
For more information: http://www.miblood.org/
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.
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
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.
Contact: Presbyterian Women
Volunteers of the church provide food and other kinds of help to those in our congregation at times of need.
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
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.