Faith Church seeks as part of its mission to help support those in need with our Monthly Mission gifts to organizations and missional services who have track records of providing quality services to address the missional needs of those among us in the broader church and world community. Mission Offerings are given as free-will offerings during church services and we have also supported "Special Missions" with funds raised through fund-raising events to raise and collect donations for special needs.
In addition, some church members and their families actively support selected missions of those organizations listed below with "hands on" donations of time, talents and other supports throughout the year.
In 2017 and 2016 a member organized participation and giving to the "Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Walk" supporting the work of the Illinois Chapter of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In 2016, church members also participated in the "Hunger Walk" supporting the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Those interested in participating or contributing in these or others listed can use the Mission Contact Form below.
The yearly calendar for our monthly missions is developed each year by our Social Concerns Team, and then endorsed by the Church Board and Congregation at our Annual Congregational meetings. Any member of the church can suggest an organization to be added as a monthly mission recipient, or they can identify a need in the community that is under-served and the team will search out possible resources and suggest a plan to address the need.
Fathers' Day Weekend during the Portage Park Neighborhood-wide Garage Sale our men and other members have in past years sold hot dogs, soda, and chips. The proceeds were donated to the Irving Park Community Food Pantry. In addition, surplus food items were donated to the Praying Pelicans who were staying in our church in the weeks following the event.
Faith Church's 'Hands-on' Missions
In support of our commitment to 'Transforming communities through active compassion, mercy and justice ministries' our church:
Faith Church has collected school supplies to benefit the families and children served by the Irving Park Community Food Pantry. In addition, we have also collected winter coats and seasonal accessories and apparel in August and September for the Pantry's Fall distribution.
Praying Pelican Missions has sent various faith groups to Chicago that stayed at Faith Church as their base for a week. The first group in 2016 was from the Albert Lea Methodist Community in Minnesota. The mission team of each group has stayed at our church while they were here in Chicago provided mission services to Faith Church’s community and in the greater Chicago area.
On April 20 and July 20, 2016, Faith United Church of Christ, hosted free discussions for the community on public and personal health sponsored by Mt. Sinai Healthcare System's department of Family Medicine. Physicians were there to conduct an open discussions on how we can be healthy people - physically, inter-relationaly, and spiritually.
Some members participated in Chicago's "Hunger Walk" supporting the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Other members walked in and supported Chicago's "Out of the Darkness" walk in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
In October 2015 we began assembling and collecting shoebox gifts for youth around the world as our active compassion, mercy and justice ministry service. We participated again in 2016, and in 2017. Our "shoeboxes" were delivered to our church's "Operation Christmas Child" collection center each November. They were soon on their way to children for Christmas! Thanks to all who filled and packed the boxes and to a generous donor whose monetary gift was passed along. We received word that at least some shoeboxes in 2017 went to children in Rwanda.
Missions We Will Be Supporting Monthly in 2019
January and February (plus December 2018 - Irving Park Community Food Pantry
The Pantry is dedicated to feeding people in our community who are in need and providing education on hunger-related issues. Their goal is to provide caring, consistent service through an equitable distribution of Pantry resources to all clients. Their Mission and motto is: "Together, we are doing important work. Together, we are neighbors helping neighbors."
March and April - Support of Our Missionaries in Ecuador
Our Missionaries through the Evangelical Covenant Church are Chris and Jenny Hoskins. Chris and Jenny are providing missionary service through Covenant World Mission. They are serving in Ecuador in leadership development and ministries of Christian formation and discipleship.
May and June - UCC Disaster Ministries
Due to the severity of damage done to various parts the U.S. from hurricanes and severe tornadoes and wildfires we have decided to send our March and April Missions in support of denominational ministry efforts for the people impacted by the severe weather and climate change related disasters. Our Mission gifts will be sent to the Disaster Relief efforts of the United Church of Christ which have teams active in these ly hard-hit areas. Each year in the United States hundreds of natural disasters occur. Some natural disasters are large enough to make the news, but often dozens of smaller natural disasters escape media attention. The Emergency USA Fund allows UCC Disaster Ministries to respond to both large and small natural and human-caused disasters in all U.S. states and territories.
July - Hands to Help
Their mission is to assist neighbors on the northwest side of Chicago who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness to obtain and maintain housing. Hands to Help Ministries Guiding Principles include addressing the issue of homelessness head-on in our community through support, resources, and relationship building instead of ignoring or pushing the issue to other neighborhoods.
A special and unforgettable one-week camp experience for children and teenagers who have experienced injuries from burns. Through the generosity of donors, supporters, and volunteers, the IFSA offers this camping opportunity at no-cost to campers; including lodging, meals, activities, and transportation to and from camp (YMCA Camp Duncan - Ingleside, IL). Camp provides the setting for child burn survivors to share their common experiences while being able to play and not feel self-conscious about their scars.
BY FAITH CHURCH IN PAST YEARS
2018 supported missions
2017 supported missions
2016 SUPPORTED MISSIONS
2015 SUPPORTED MISSIONS
2014 SUPPORTED MISSIONS
2013 SUPPORTED Missions
MISSION SUPPORT REQUEST FORM
If you know of a FAITH-BASED Missional Non-Profit organization meeting a need in the community that could be responded to by Faith Church financially, please make a request in the box below. All suggestions will be considered by the Leadership Team and their recommendations will be presented to the Congregation for final approval.