As a congregation we believe in the biblical teaching of tithing and have made a committment to tithe 10% of our offerings and gifts. In addition to our Feeding With Hope program and supporting several local charaties, we also give regularly to the following:
Feeding With Hope - Monday Evenings - 5:30 - 6:30
Feeding With Hope is a continuation of our efforts to assist the less fortunate. The need of these individuals can be that of food, spiritual counseling, or even just a friendly face to talk to.
NACCC - Philippines/Caring Community
The National Association of Congregational Churches and its relief organization, The Caring Community, have effectively partnered to plant and nurture Congregational Christian Churches in the Philippines. Mission founders, Rev. Ernanie and Awit Castillo brought the Congregational Way to the Philippines. Presently, their son, Symphony John, serves as Executive Director of the NACC. This organization has planted over 30 churches with a goal of planting three new churches a year. These congregations are closely associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship in accordance with the biblical teachings. Acting as an inspirational and advisory body, NACC bridges unity and networking in its outreach to poor communities. Part-time pastors must work full-time at a secular job and carry on a part-time ministry to their congregations on weekends. Many of them cease to exist for lack of ministerial support. The NACC strives to provide support to churches and pastors to keep the churches alive, reaching out to their communities in growth-efficient ways.
NACC is on the frontline of ministry relief, livelihood assistance, and a childhood sponsorship program through Caring Community. $245 annually provides for education and the basic needs for one child (we currently sponsor four children). The program aims to help families in areas being reached by its church-planting ministry. In addition, the Caring Community supports pre-schools and kindergartens. The mission’s goals are four-fold: (1) to support local pastors in their ministry to NACC churches; (2) to share the love and compassion of Christ through spiritual nurture and material assistance; (3) to plant Congregational Churches in the surrounding villages and suburbs; and, (4) to help educate children and train them for future leadership in NACC churches.
Love Worth Sharing International - Haiti
Love Worth Sharing is committed to serving God and meeting the needs of the poorest of the poor in Haiti. By meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the children, LWSI brings the hope of a brighter future to this impoverished nation. Rev. Jim Owens and his wife, Cindy, work in Port-au-Prince and a village 70 miles south of the capital, Fond des Blanc. Their goal is to minister to the body, mind and soul, by providing materials and financial support for schools; by supporting a daily feeding program for children; and by providing resources and training for local church pastors.
Bread of Life Mission - Plant City, FL
In August 1993, Pastor Julio Santana and his wife, Elba, set out with a dream to make a difference. They were called to share the tangible love of God to an underserved community (mostly of the migrant farm worker community) in Plant City and the adjacent areas. The mission was clear: To serve those who are less fortunate, low income families, and families in transition by living out the Gospel. Bread of Life started in a small strip-mall store front. In 1999, they found a funeral home for sale. It was perfect. God, and many donors helped raise the needed funds to purchase the building. Julio would often say, “What once was a place of sorrow, became a place of hope”. After 16 years in the same location, Bread of Life Mission has now sold the building, to a growing Hispanic church. Rev. Julio Santana says, “The best part of all of this is that the work of the Bread of Life Mission is not over yet. We are not closed. We have not retired. The mission continues. We invite you to continue partnering with us, as we continue this work. It is only with your support that we can continue serving this community for another 23 years.”
The main goal continues to be to help people become educated, productive citizens of the community. The Sanatna's believe that education holds the key to a better future. To accomplish this goal, they have created programs, with a strong emphasis on the education of children. Through all of their programs they offer these families an avenue to become independent from the social services programs, and the ultimate freedom knowing Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.