At Faith Community we challenge you to love one, touch one, and change one life at a time through Christ. One way lives can be changed is through serving others to show God’s love, mercy and grace. But often we discover that by serving others, our own lives are changed! Where is God calling you to serve?
Each of us was made with unique gifts, talents, abilities and interests. When we use these in service, our passion for others ignites and our life’s purpose becomes clearer. If you are new to serving low-income families, we offer poverty simulation training to sensitize and prepare you for this type of work.
Please take your time to read through these different ways to serve, and feel free to call or email us for further information.
Key for Serving Opportunities
Use the key provided to determine if the outreach or mission event is appropriate for an individual, family or small group.
A – Adult F – Family T – Teen SG – Small Group
Family Promise of Butler County (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network) A•F•T•SG
Faith opens our doors to provide temporary housing for families who are going through transitional homelessness. Family Promise of Butler County allows families to stay together during this difficult time. While with us, we provide rooms for our guests, meals, and interaction from our congregational hosts who demonstrate God’s love and hope.
Ways to Serve: Cook and serve the meal for about 20 people, spend the evening with the families playing games with the children, or spend the night at the church getting the families up and out in the morning. If you are interested in serving, please contact Tara at firstname.lastname@example.org
Next Family Promise week at Faith Community: July 23 – 30.
Stepping Forward A•F•T•SG
Stepping Forward is a ministry of Faith Community which is designed to equip low income individuals and families with skills, tools, and relational support in order for them to achieve a higher level of self sufficiency. Every Tuesday night Stepping Forward offers a free community dinner, life skill classes for adults, a computer lab, assessment and referral to needed services, and children’s programming for 0-18 year olds including homework help.
There are many ways to get involved in supporting this ministry and building relationships to provide support and share God’s love with our guests.
We would love to have you serve at Stepping Forward!
Please fill out the form below if you are interested in serving:
Interested in attending Stepping Forward as a guest?
Click here for more information including a list of upcoming life skills classes.
Faith Food Pantry A•F
As a choice food pantry, families can make individual shopping choices in each of the nutritional food categories at our Faith Food Pantry. Families can visit our Pantry once per month. Open three times a week, we are currently serving over 800 people each month. Serving in the Food Pantry requires training and advanced scheduling.
“Stamp Out Hunger” – The annual “Stamp Out Hunger” letter carrier food drive will be on Saturday, May 13. We will need servant volunteers to help process the donations (see below). If you are able to volunteer on either (or both) days, please contact Tara Yunker at email@example.com. For more information click here.
- Saturday, May 13 from 1-5 pm — Pick up and deliver food from the Post Office to Faith Community
- Monday, May 15 from 9:30 am – 1 pm — Check expiration dates, sort, weigh and stock food donations
Restocking the Pantry A•F•T•SG
Every week on select days the pantry is restocked. Servant volunteers check expiration dates and place food on the appropriate shelves. Every 2nd Thursday of each month, volunteers unload and stock food delivered from Shared Harvest.
Clothing Closet A•F•T
Faith offers free gently worn clothing for infants, children and adults. Our Clothing Closet is open during Food Pantry hours on Tuesday afternoon and Saturday morning. Ways to Serve: Donate gently worn clothing, sort clothing, help pantry families find and select clothing when open on Tuesdays from 1-2:30 pm and Saturdays 10-11:30 am.
Knitters and Quilters A•T
Our Knitting and Quilting groups meet weekly to make special hand-made items to be given to area families in need.
Holiday Meals A•F•T•SG
Faith serves holiday meals to our Food Pantry and Stepping Forward Families for Thanksgiving and a Christmas Breakfast. 2017 dates TBD
Ways to Serve: Cook food, serve meal, clean up
Holiday Gifts A•F•T
Christmas gift tags will be available for the congregation to purchase gifts for children in need. Tags will be available on the tree in November.
Food Basket Assembly F
Families with children will assemble Christmas Food Baskets on the Friday evening prior to the Christmas Celebration. These will be given to our Food Pantry Families during the Christmas Celebration on Saturday.
Christmas Celebration A•F•T•SG
We will invite our Food Pantry families to enjoy a hot breakfast, crafts for the kids, photos with Santa, an opportunity to shop at our new “Faith Community Christmas Shop,” and food basket pickup. The “Faith Community Christmas Shop” allows families the opportunity to choose and purchase gifts for their children at greatly reduced prices. Cost will be $5 – $10 per family, depending on the number of gifts purchased, and families must register by the end of October in the Food Pantry in order to participate. 2017 date- December 16.
Ways to Serve: Help with the Christmas Shop, serve breakfast, help kids with crafts, take photos, and distribute food baskets
Back to School Supplies A•F•T•SG
In August, to help with the expense of school supplies, we collect backpacks with needed supplies and partner with Reach Out Lakota. Serve opportunities will be advertised several weeks before each event.