Make an Impact
Messiah Church is a church of compassion and community outreach. Members and friends of Messiah devote their time and talents to support local, national and global missions. From serving at the local food shelf to traveling to developing countries we serve through mission, there is a place for you to get involved! Sign up for any of these service opportunities and community outreach programs at the Missions Table in our lobby. For more information, contact Linda Seaton at email@example.com.
Messiah Church is committed to supporting several organizations consistently and long-term. On the first of each month, we do a “Second Mile Offering” to support a specific organization. When you visit for the first time, you can elect to have Messiah make a donation to one of several organizations on your behalf.
Current Needs & Volunteer Opportunities
Spark Hope – Interfaith Outreach’s 2017 Sleep Out
The Sleep Out is our community’s warm-hearted cold weather tradition – it’s our way to address poverty and work toward our vision of a community where everyone thrives. You can show support for our neighbors by attending or participating in these 2017 Sleep Out events:
Community Sleep Out, Saturday, November 18, all night: Join hundreds of community members by pitching a tent as we ignite our collective power to support our struggling neighbors. Choose your location and download your Sleep Out toolkit at iocp.org/sleepout.
Bedless Night, December 1-10, at your location of choice: Stay inside while exploring some of the ways our neighbors experience homelessness. Crash on couches, carpets or in cars, and help raise support for families in need. Download your Bedless Night guide at iocp.org/bedlessnight.
For more information on all the Sleep Out events: visit iocp.org/sleepoutevents or to make a donation visit iocp.ejoinme.org/donate.
Holiday Food Donations Needed at Interfaith Outreach
You can help make the holidays a joyous time for area families by donating holiday food items. The Interfaith Outreach food shelf is collecting donations of canned green beans, sweet potatoes and cranberries, potatoes, gravy packets, baking mixes, and more (download the full list at iocp.org/foodshelf). Holiday dessert drop off is November 27-29 (if homemade, please securely package and label with quantity and type). Donations for Christmas are being accepted through Saturday, December 9. Drop off items Monday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm, at the food shelf located at 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth.
Shop for Critical Shelter Needs for Simpson Shelter
Current Needs Include: New winter hats and gloves, new winter thermals for men and women, gently used or new blankets, gently used bath towels, travel size shampoo and lotion, disposable shaving razors and shaving cream, new men’s boxers (all sizes), new women’s bras and underwear (all sizes) breakfast cereal, and coffee, tea and hot cocoa. Please drop off your donations at the Missions Table in the lobby.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing & Singing
Join Messiah as singing and bell ringing take place to benefit the Salvation Army at Cub Foods on Vicksburg Road in Plymouth, Saturday, December 2 from 11 am-1 pm. All ages welcome. Sign up at the Missions Table for a time slot that works for you, or contact Joy Ann Harmon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feed My Starving Children December Serving Opportunities
Two dates have been scheduled for Messiah members and friends to serve at Feed My Starving Children in December. Join us on Saturday, December 2 from 9-11 am and Saturday, December 16 from 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Sign up at the Missions Table in the lobby, or contact Melanie at JRASKA@msn.com.
Second Harvest Heartland December Serving Opportunities
Two dates have been scheduled for Messiah members and friends to serve at Second Harvest Heartland in December. Join us on Wednesday, December 13 from 1-3:30 pm and Saturday, December 16 from 9-11:30 am. Sign up at the Missions Table in the lobby, or contact Linda Seaton at email@example.com.
Bloom Early Learning & Child Care
Bloom is an accredited, award-winning, non-profit early learning center housed in Messiah Church. Because poverty early in life is a proven barrier to success later on, Bloom passionately strives to break the cycle at the start through nurturing care and exceptional early learning programs.
By providing scholarship assistance to half the children in our center, Bloom enables low-income single mothers and families to work or pursue education to improve their futures while giving their children the best possible start in their lives.
- Serving children 6 weeks through Pre-K
- Providing a nurturing, safe and intimate environment
- Using values-based programs and excellent curriculum with stellar outcomes
- Dedicating 50% of enrollment spots to children from families living under the poverty level in the Plymouth/Wayzata area
Our Shirley Robinson Scholarship Fund is a memorial to the wife of former Messiah Church pastor, Rollie Robinson, who originally challenged his congregation to help break the cycle of poverty through the provision of high quality, affordable early learning and child care. Gifts from individual donors, grants and fundraising events, as well as those from corporations, public organizations and faith communities, help Bloom assist children of low-income families. Contact Mary Olsen at (763) 449-0600 or visit www.bloomearlylearning.org
Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners
Messiah Church has been an important partner in Interfaith Outreach’s efforts on behalf of the community to serve at-risk families in Hamel, Long Lake, Medicine Lake, Minnetonka Beach, Orono, Plymouth and Wayzata. For opportunities to get involved, contact Linda Seaton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners (IOCP) was launched in 1979 by a small group of believers who envisioned a way for our community to respond to the unmet needs of struggling families and individuals in our midst, and to help them move toward self-sufficiency. From its modest beginnings in a church basement with no budget and a volunteer staff, Interfaith Outreach has grown to a sophisticated direct service provider and respected community catalyst. Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners: www.IOCP.org
Habitat for Humanity
A Christian non-profit organization, supported in the Twin Cities by Messiah UMC for more than 20 years. Habitat provides guidance, materials and volunteers to help owners restore their houses, protecting their investment in the home and restoring pride of ownership. Additionally, Messiah supports, “Brush with Kindness,” a ministry of Habitat to help 125 families each year to rehab their homes. Habitat is supported at Messiah through volunteer workdays periodically throughout the year.
For more information, please call the church office at (763) 473-6968. To learn more about Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, visit www.tchabitat.org
Simpson Housing Services
Messiah partners with Simpson Housing Services by providing many service opportunities including serving meals at the Emergency Shelter, working as an overnight volunteer at the Emergency Shelter and tutoring children. They are also in continuous need of donations such as socks, T-shirts, underwear, toothpaste, toothbrushes and deodorant.
For more information on Simpson housing services contact our office at (763) 473-6968, or visit www.simpsonhousing.org
The mission of Simpson Housing Services is to provide free shelter and affordable housing with support services to homeless men, women and children. They assist individuals and families in their effort to improve their life situations and advocate for their human and civil rights.
The Simpson Center for Servant Ministries (Simpson CSM)
Simpson CSM is a ministry that seeks to cultivate holistic vitality in the urban community by building relationships with neighbors and partnerships across urban/suburban/rural communities. Messiah Church partners with Simpson CSM by volunteering their time and talents through community meals, food pantry, clothing store donations and produce fairs.
The CSM carries out its work through Health and Wellness activities, service opportunities and through the Poverty and Justice Institute.For more information on Simpson CSM, call the church office at 763-473-6968 or visit www.simpsoncsm.org
Messiah Church is proud to be in partnership with Imara International and to support its Executive Director, and Messiah member, Carol Erickson, through its prayers, and donations of time, talent, gifts and service. To find out about the next mission trip opportunity, and ways you can help, contact the church office at (763) 473-6968 or visit www.imarainternational.org
Imara International is a U.S. based non-profit 501(c)(3) organization working in Kenya. Imara’s purpose is to provide an opportunity for teenage mothers to earn a high school degree and learn marketable skills to support themselves and their children. Imara fosters a safe, healthy environment where respect, faith, and teamwork are a central focus. Infants and children who are part of the Imara family are provided healthcare and early childhood education. Imara’s program is structured to teach life-sustaining skills that build strong families and communities while breaking the cycle of poverty. Imara International: www.imarainternational.org
Light of Hope
Light of Hope provides care, shelter and education to Kenyan girls in need. They develop leadership skills and help girls realize and reach their potential. For information about Light of Hope, visit www.LightOfHopeKenya.org or contact John Harmon, 612-298-2069 or at email@example.com
Feed My Starving Children
Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. Messiah Church partners with FMSC by providing financial resources and countless volunteer hours packaging healthy meal-packs. For more information, please visit www.FMSC.org
The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and we ship these meals to nearly 70 countries around the world.
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
UMCOR is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more. UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church through the General Board of Global Ministries.
Messiah Church supports UMCOR through various project (health kits, flood buckets) as needed by the organization. For more information on UMCOR, visit www.umcor.org