Serve Our Community
The Community Ministry committee spearheads the church’s involvement in several interfaith service agencies, including the Salvation Army, Samaritan Center, and Common Ground Benevolence Office. Food collection-the parish collects non-perishable food items throughout the year. Food is given on alternating months to Salvation Army and the Samaritan Center for distribution to the needy.
Salvation Army- Grace Church has diligently worked to establish an ongoing relationship with work of the Salvation Army. Parishioners serve in the following projects:
Samaritan Center- Grace Church parishioners volunteer to organize and distribute food or perform clerical duties at Samaritan Center. In addition, the parish creates elaborate baskets for the Center’s annual dinner and auction. Money raised supports the work of the Samaritan Center.
Common Ground Benevolence Office-Common Ground is a partnership between First United Methodist Church and six other churches, including Grace Church. The organization provides financial assistance through a small benevolence ministry, houses a Fair Trade Market, maintains a community garden, and provides educational an outreach services to the neighborhood. Grace Church’s involvement includes the following;
Food 4 Kids-for one week each summer, Grace parishioners prepare lunches to be given to school age children who would otherwise be food deficient.
Scouts BSA Troop 10 and Venture Crew 10 - Grace Church has a lengthy history of supporting a scout troop for 5th through 12th grade boys and a venture crew for 8th grade through college young men and women. Troop 10 meets at Grace Church in the parish hall on Monday nights, Crew 10 meets once a month on a Sunday evening. Grace Church is working to charter a Scouts BSA troop for 5th through 12th grade girls.
This year Grace Church has financially supported the following organizations that strive to serve the less fortunate of the world: