Outreach

As Christians, we’re called to reach outside the bounds of our congregation to those in need, both in the local community and beyond. In addition to vital social ministry work, some in our congregation are active in more evangelistic pursuits. Some members visit their neighbors in the community with the Good Word of Christ. Some provide printed materials to those in need,and some take part in our Visitation Ministry, bringing Christ’s healing love to people who are grieving, depressed or experiencing other stresses in their lives.

In His Great Commission, Jesus sent His followers out into the world to “make disciples of all nations.” Living that commandment is what outreach work at Messiah is all about.

 

Upcoming Events
     
2nd Sunday   Noisy Change Offering will be collected on the 2nd Sunday of each month.
     
Oct 19   Churches United Serving Date--Volunteers Needed
     
Nov 16   Churches United Serving Date--Volunteers Needed
     
Dec 21   Churches United Serving Date--Volunteers Needed
Tool collection   We are always collecting common house‐hold tools to enable new immigrants with LSS to fix and maintain their homes. A 5‐gallon bucket to collect donations is located in the north entrance.
FM Emergency Pantry   All year long we collect non‐perishable/ dry/canned food goods along with 12‐ count clean, empty egg cartons, and clean plastic grocery bags. A trunk to collect donations is located in the north entrance of the church
YWCA Shelter   We collect items for the women and children’s emergency shelter: toiletries,
food items, new clothing items (socks, underwear, winter gear(seasonally),
feminine hygiene products, diapers etc. Donations may be left in the wicker
basket in the north entrance.
Project Hope   Our Wednesday afternoon Women’s Bible study collects toiletry products (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.) and distributes them to a variety of local charities in need of these items. A basket to collect donations is located just outside of the Sanctuary.
Thanksgiving Offering  

Every November we work to raise awareness of and combat against hunger. This is a two-fold effort. Your donations of  both of non-perishable/ canned/ dry food goods for the FM Emergency Food Pantry  as well as financial offerings for ELCA World Hunger are brought forward
and blessed at our Thanksgiving Eve Worship. If you cannot attend Worship on Wednesday, November 27th- we ask that you bring your items or offering prior to that date. Following their blessing, these donations are distributed to the designated organizations.

Christmas Outreach  

First Link’s Giving Tree of Hope. We will receive a list of community individuals in need of gifts this Christmas. Details, such as sizes, preferences, etc. will be included when you pick up the information. Be watching your Sunday bulletin for dates of  when sponsorships
are available to pick up and when they are due back to make sure each person receives a gift at Christmas.  Messiah alternates our focus each year between Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes and the Giving Tree of Hope. We do this believing we can impact needs in both our local neighborhood as well as the global community. 

     

 

Ongoing Projects
Sign up to Work by serving the evening meals at Churches United for the Homeless on the third Saturday of each month. This activity is terrific for singles, families, groups of friends, etc. If you would like to help, please contact the church office, 237-6770. An annual event to raise funds for local and global agencies that feed those in needs.
 

In the Community: Individuals and groups at Messiah are active in many worthwhile causes, including:
Serving meals at Churches United for the Homeless
Helping the F-M Emergency Food Pantry
Sending birthday cards to the 60+ age group of the congregation
March- We participate in the March MN FoodShare Project collecting donations of money & food items to replenish food shelves in MN and bordering cities.
Christmas Outreach Projects include participation in the Holiday Clearing Bureau's Giving Tree and the Christmas Shoe Box Project on alternating years.
Messiah Quilters meet weekly on Wednesdays from 8:30 am- 12:00 pm and can use as many volunteers as are interested- no experience necessary. Quilts are created to give to mission projects, area ministries, and individuals in need.