Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.1 Peter 4:10-11These are the current mission projects of Chelsea First United Methodist Church.
FAITH IN ACTION - http://www.faithinaction1.org
This congregation supports Faith in Action throughout the year with food collections, clothing donations, sponsorship of students' school start-up needs (backpack program) and funds to support rent and utility assistance.
PAPER PRODUCT DISTRIBUTION
Staffed by volunteers, our congregation distributes paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, feminine hygiene products, dish soap and laundry detergent from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on second Saturdays of the month during the Free Community Breakfasts. The distribution is held in the 2nd Floor Lobby. (Follow the yellow signs.) These products are purchased with general mission funds or have been donated.
UNITED METHODIST RETIREMENT CENTER FOUNDATION - http://umrc.com/umrc-foundation
The Foundation was created in 1998 to help United Methodist Retirement Communities keep its promise to its residents – that they will always have a home, even if they run out of resources.
Today the Foundation helps residents stay in their home, whether that home is at one of Chelsea Retirement Community's apartment homes, or Towsley Village. This is accomplished through the generosity of so many – family members and friends of current or former residents, members of the communities where UMRC has its facilities, and United Methodist churches and women's groups.
CASS COMMUNITY SOCIAL SERVICES - http://casscommunity.org/
We support Cass Community because they are uncommonly successful at Fighting Poverty and Creating Opportunity in Detroit. We support Cass with volunteer mission trips, donations and with hands on help in any way we can.
Here are some small ways you can help and support Cass Social Services:
Mud Mats - Cass Community Social Services collects illegally dumped tires from vacant lots in Detroit and recycles them into
indestructible mud mats. To date, Cass has picked up over 30,000 tires from the streets of Detroit. Twelve formerly homeless men
are employed in this program. Large - $45.00 Medium - $35.00 Small - $25.00
Coasters - $25 per set - There is a wall in Detroit near 8 mile and Wyoming – 6 feet tall, a foot wide, and half a mile long –erected
after WWI. Some people call it the Wailing Wall; others, a mini Berlin Wall.The reality is that the wall was constructed to keep
Black people on one side and White folks on the other. A developer in 1940 built the wall in order to secure a federally backed
loan. At that time, the Federal Housing Administration’s policies prohibited loans to integrated neighborhoods. Over time the wall
has been covered with graffiti. Not only does the production of our coasters provide jobs at Cass Community Social Services, but it
has also begins a discussion about race in Detroit. Our Cass Green Industries’ coasters feature a sample of the graffiti painted on
this wall. The product is made from recycled glass and repurposed wood. For more on the story behind our coasters,
read this article by the U.K. Daily Mail. Coasters may be purchased visiting our or by calling 313-833-2277.
JACKSON INTERFAITH SHELTER
Volunteers cook meals and deliver them to the kitchen at Jackson Interfaith Shelter, where they serve and clean up afterwards. JIS provides meals for its residents, men, women and children, plus lunch and dinner for those living on the street. JIS residents help with the operation of the shelter and are extremely helpful and welcoming of volunteers.
JUSTICE FOR OUR NEIGHBORS (JFON) - JFONMI.org
A faith-driven ministry, is sponsored by the United Methodist Community on Relief (UMCOR) with 24 clinic sites operating nationwide. In Michigan, there are offices in Beverly Hills, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Traverse City with free, high-quality immigration legal services provided by appointment. JFON also assists with the legal aspects of family re-unification, and other services like help with citizenship, green card adjustment, detainee visitation, detainee visitation, and family preparedness. All of these services rely heavily on our full-time attorney, as well as a cadre of committed volunteers and monetary donations. Volunteers who can lend a helping hand by speaking another language are especially valuable, and are most welcome
Welcoming immigrants into our churches and communities, and helping the people who seek the American dream, is carrying out the Christian command to love our neighbors.