Serving The Community We Live In
Community Church is passionate about this community! Our goal is not to be a great church in the community, but a great church for the community. We partner with multiple organizations, agencies, and other churches to serve those in need around us, just as Christ did!
Community Days is a wonderful opportunity to serve others with your unique gifts. A Saturday morning Community Days is scheduled in both the fall and spring. These special event days are held in conjunction with the Community Compassion Network (CCN) Mobile Food Pantries at Mt Pleasant Community Church. Each year Community Days may have a different focus and flavor. At times there are teams that go into the community to winterize homes, rake leaves or teach garden planting. Other times the focus is on the guests attending the food pantry and how they can connect with local resources. If you would like more information or would like to volunteer at Community Days, click here.
Kids Hope – As part of our outreach to the community, Community Church has partnered with a ministry called Kids Hope USA. This is a national organization that is now 20 years old, active in 39 states and was created to help support children in the public schools. Community church has partnered with Pullen and Mary McGuire Elementary Schools to help make a difference in the life of a child. Following interview and training, mentors are partnered with one child and have a regular scheduled meeting time for one hour each week during the school day. Mentors work on academic tasks as well as relationship building and having fun together. Each partnership is backed by a prayer partner who regularly prays for the mentor and mentee. As an added bonus to the ministry we have 5 parties that are scheduled in the evenings that bring mentors and mentees together for fun outside of the school day. If you would like more information about Kids Hope or would like to sign up to be a mentor, prayer partner, or part of the planning team please click here. For more information check our blog kidshope.mpccfamily.org.
Community Compassion Network (CCN) was birthed as a ministry of Community Church in 2005 after a staff member observed a mom and her children dumpster diving for food, right here in the Mt Pleasant area. Nine years and many changes later, CCN still strives to fulfill their mission of Feeding Our Neighbors, Sharing Christ’s Love.
CCN coordinates two monthly Mobile Food Pantries, usually on the second and fourth Saturdays. It requires about 100 volunteers to pull off this “organized chaos” to distribute supplemental food to about 275 families. The pantries are held at various partner churches and business locations. Information about upcoming Mobile Pantries can be found on the CCN website, ccnfeeds.org.
Along with the help of many volunteers, CCN also packs and distributes 700 bags, twice monthly, to elementary schools for children involved with Nutrition Club. The bags contain simple, often single serve packages and snacks that are easily prepared by the young children for their meals over the weekend.
CCN has recently accepted responsibility to provide the administrative and volunteer duties for the William Ellis Brockman Infant Pantry. This initiative will provide baby formula, baby food and diapers for babies under two years of age. The CCN Board members believe this is a natural expansion to fulfill our mission of Feeding Our Neighbors, Sharing Christ’s Love.
If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities at CCN, please visit our website ccnfeeds.org.
Isabella County Restoration House (ICRH)-Rotating Homeless Shelter operates a rotating shelter in partnership with local churches, businesses, agencies, and student groups. The organization’s long-term vision involves the development of a more comprehensive, cost-effective, and sustainable social services “Transformer” to move guests from homeless and invisible to independent and contributing community members. Their mission is ” to provide immediate, temporary housing to homeless individuals of all social and cultural identities in Isabella County and; To advocate for access to services needed by patrons to address their individual needs.”
If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities at ICRH, please visit our website at http://icrhouse.org/
In addition to our own initiatives for community outreach, Community Church has formed partnerships and provides support with organizations and ministries in Central Michigan. We encourage you to explore and support these local ministries as well.
Whatever your passion and gifting, Community Church will find a way to plug you into the right service opportunity to connect you not only with others in the church, but to this community.