Opportunities to Serve this Advent Season
Advent is a time in the church that prepares us for Christ’s birth. Let’s share the love of Jesus into the community this holiday season by sharing our gifts & treasure!
Operation Christmas Child
“Operation Christmas Child” is part of Samaritan’s Purse (you may know the name because of the “shoebox” ministry they organize, and Faith Covenant has been part of for many years). They are a nondenominational evangelical Christian humanitarian organization that works worldwide to assist people in providing spiritual and physical aid to victims of war, poverty, natural disaster, and disease. Their mission is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Covenant World Relief: The Can for Change
“Covenant World Relief is the humanitarian aid ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church. We participate in God’s transforming mission in the world through disaster relief and community development among the most vulnerable. We work with Covenanters and other partners around the world to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable who suffer from extreme poverty, hunger, disease, and injustice. Our mission is to love, serve, and work together with the poor, the powerless, and the marginalized.
City Covenant Church – Foot Basket Distribution
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm; Rain, snow or sunshine! Dress accordingly, as this is an outside activity.
Location: City Covenant Church, 13624 Stout, Detroit
Located in Brightmoor neighborhood of Detroit (13624 Stout, Detroit, 48223), God is working in many ways to make a difference in this community. Our brothers and sisters at City Covenant are feeding the community every day, but Thanksgiving Baskets are a way that they reach even more families in need of food.
City Covenant partners with Forgotten Harvest throughout the year, but has a HUGE delivery the Saturday before Thanksgiving. When the truck arrives, it needs to be unloaded and the food items ‘staged’. Then we pack up food baskets assembly line style. Families drive up for pick up, which gives us a chance to meet the more than 300 families we are serving.
Families with elementary and older kids have helped with this outreach, as have many adults in recent years. Parking is somewhat limited, so it’s good to carpool. The City staff will direct you to park, but enter on Fielding Street if Stout is blocked off.
Contact Lynne Wasiak for more information
North American Japanese Outreach
Through our NAJO contacts among the Japanese in our area, invite some into your home during the holiday season – November 24 through December 25 – for either dessert or dinner on a mutually agreed upon day or evening.
- Each household represented will be encouraged to ‘team up’ with another couple, single or family from Faith to share in hosting our Japanese friends. As such, some can focus a bit more on the logistics of hosting, while others can engage in more extended conversation withour Japanese friends.
- Masako Miyamoto will match FCC host homes with Japanese friends based on preferred dates, number of guests and availability. Being in actual American homes—especially in the Holiday/Christmas season—tends to be among the greatest highlights foreign students or workers have during their stay in the USA! And what better way to extend the Love of Christ in this season!
- Hosting not necessarily your thing? NAJO is a “faith mission” and funding has diminished in the last year. Please consider a special Christmas / Year-End gift to NAJO! Checks to “Faith Covenant Church”/ memo line, “NAJO” or give on-line at www.4fcc.org/giving.
Contact Masako Myamoto for more information
Life Challenge Thanksgiving Breakfast
Help Prepare Food
Date: Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Location: Faith Covenant Church
Serve Thanksgiving Breakfast
Date: Thursday, November 28, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 10:00am
Location: Life Challenge, 17667 Pierson Street, Detroit
Meet at Faith Covenant Church at 6:15am on Thanksgiving Day to carpool or meet at Life Challenge (17667 Pierson Street, Detroit) at 7:00am.
Contact Alesha Erving for more information
Kingdom Kookie Elves
Kingdom Elves of all ages will bake, package and deliver cookies to congregation members, neighbors and community servants. Kingdom Kookie Elves are “cousins” of the famous Keebler Elves. Keebler says the elves have one oven with supernatural power that does all the work for them. They are on a mission to spread Good News during this Christmas season through the gift of cookies! While Keebler elves may use secret ingredients in their cookies, Kingdom Elves share the most important ingredient of all—Jesus!
Sign up for one or the other or BOTH!! Among other of our music / vocalists that will be involved in leadership are: Hank Burgess, Cat Davis, Sue Fitzsimonds, Mark Roberts and Ron Vanderbeek!
Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019
Light lunch provided at church following second service; 12:30pm departure in groups from church for caroling; done between 2pm and 2:30pm
Date: Monday, December 16, 2019
Meet at church; back to church between 8pm and 8:30pm
Contact Missy Schoch for more information
Angel Tree, a program of Prison Fellowship, reaches out to the children of prisoners and their families with the love of Christ. This heart-warming program gives you an opportunity to share God’s love with the prisoner and their child by providing a gift in the name of the absent parent.