MISSIONS

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 sold hot dogs, soda, and chips. In past years  past years, 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 sent a group to Chicago that stayed at Faith Church as their base for a week beginning June 17, 2017.  That group was from the Albert Lea Methodist Community in Minnesota.  The journal of their week here in Chicago is available online.  Faith Church hosted its first team from Praying Pelican Missions.  From 6/18 through 6/24/16, the mission team stayed at our church while they were here in Chicago providing mission services to Faith Church and in the greater Chicago community. 
  • 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, interrelationaly, 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.

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MISSIONS WE ARE SUPPORTING

EACH MONTH IN 2018

January (and December 2018) - Hurricane Maria Relief for Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

Due to the severity of damage done to the islands of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from hurricane Maria we have decided to send our December 2017 and January 2018 Missions in support of denominational ministry efforts to the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Our Mission gifts for December 2017 and January 2018 will be sent to the Disaster Relief efforts of the United Church of Christ which has teams active in these two hard-hit areas.

February, March - 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.

April, May - 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."

June - Pastor's Emergency Fund

Pastor's Emergency Fund is available to support the needs of our members and neighbors with groceries, help with rent, doctor bills, medications, etc., when they arise and are made known to the Pastor and Church Leadership.

July - Camp I Am Me (Illinois Fire Alliance camp for kids)

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.

August - Salute

SALUTE works individually with each military veteran applicant to assess their current situation and determine how we might offer assistance.  The most common requests are for help with housing, car, grocery and utility bills.  However, sometimes the financial assistance is more specialized, e.g.  an adaptive bike so the veteran can rehabilitate or compete, textbooks or tuition assistance to continue their education, or a laptop to facilitate a job search.  SALUTE works one on one with every veteran applicant to meet their specific needs, tailoring our response so it will have the greatest impact on their lives.

September - 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.

October-  Youth Collision

The North Side Youth Collision is a program of the Central Conference of  the Evangelical Covenant Church. The North Side Youth Collision is a collaboration of smaller church youth groups on the north side of Chicago experiencing Jesus Christ through worship, fellowship, and service with one another.  They seek to supplement North Side Churches by joining together youth groups for BIG monthly events and SMALL weekly discipleship groups.  The BIG monthly events seeks to create a space of fun and meaningful fellowship that brings together youth of various contexts throughout the north side of Chicago.

November - Pastor's Emergency Fund

Pastor's Emergency Fund is available to support the needs of our members and neighbors with groceries, help with rent, doctor bills, medications, etc., when they arise and are made known to the Pastor and Church Leadership.

December -  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."

 

MISSIONS SUPPORTED

BY FAITH CHURCH IN PAST YEARS

2017 supported missions

2017 Mission Support Report

2016 SUPPORTED MISSIONS

2016 Mission Support Report

2015 SUPPORTED MISSIONS

2015 Mission Support Report

2014 SUPPORTED MISSIONS 

2014 Missions Giving Report

MISSION CONTACT/REQUEST FORM

If you know of a mission need in the community that could be responded to by church members with hands-on involvement (non-financial), please make a request in the box below. If church members are unable to address that need we will make every effort to provide you with an alternative resource.

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