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 area in our lobby. For more information, contact Linda Seaton, Missions Committee Co-Chair.
Messiah Church is committed to supporting several organizations consistently and long-term. Each month, we do a “Second Mile Offering” to support a specific organization, and 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
Second Mile Offering & 2019 Christmas Offering
Our December Second Mile & 2019 Christmas Offering supports scholarships for Bloom Early Learning & Child Care and World Vision’s Clean Water Project.
Bloom is a non-profit early learning center located here at Messiah, with a special mission to make the highest quality childcare, programs and curriculum accessible to the entire community. The Christmas offering supports the Shirley Robinson Scholarship, which provides tuition assistance for children of low-income families, allowing parents to work while their children receive otherwise unaffordable quality care. For more information on Bloom, visit their website at www.bloomearlylearning.org.
World Vision is a worldwide Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. The Christmas offering supports their Clean Water Project, focused on providing clean water and sanitation to every man, woman, and child in every community they work in, including the most vulnerable populations in the hardest-to-reach places. Clean water means life. For more information on World Vision, visit their website at www.worldvision.org/our-work/clean-water.
Give throughout the month of December, online by selecting “Second Mile Offering,” in worship with cash or checks designated for Bloom or World Vision, or text the word “Funds” to (763) 333-2673 and follow the prompts. Undesignated gifts will be evenly distributed.
Give Back this Holiday Season
Financial donations are still needed to provide gift cards to support families who were not able be part of the “sponsor matched” portion of Interfaith Outreach‘s Holiday Gift Program. Can you help make the holidays a little brighter for our neighbors? Visit iocp.org/holidaygift to give today. You can also donate gift cards in $10 or $20 increments to Target, JCPenney & Holiday gas by Friday, December 13. Donations can be brought to Interfaith Outreach at 1605 County Road 101 N., Plymouth, Monday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm.
The Holiday Gift Program is 100% volunteer-led. Can you volunteer during gift collection and distribution in December? View shifts and sign up at iocp.org/holidaygift.
Donate Holiday Food to the Food Shelf
Help families celebrate the holidays by donating special food items to Interfaith Outreach’s food shelf. Food like a bag of potatoes, collard greens, a box of stuffing, or applesauce can make the holidays memorable for families in need. Click here to download the full list of most-needed holiday items. Donations can be brought to Interfaith Outreach at 1605 County Road 101 N., Plymouth, Monday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm. The deadline for donating food for Hanukkah meals is Saturday, December 14.
Ushering is a vital part of our hospitality and connection ministry at Messiah Church, especially during the Christmas season when we expect to welcome many guests. We invite you to check your calendar for the dates of the Christmas services (December 15, 22 and 24) and consider signing up to serve. Contact Kami Pohl at firstname.lastname@example.org or (763) 473-6968 ext. 114 with questions.
Shop with a Purpose
On Friday, December 20 do your last-minute shopping and errands, stop for a bite to eat and pamper yourself – all while helping struggling kids and families in our community! 37 generous local businesses will donate a portion of their proceeds on that day to the Interfaith Outreach 2019 Sleep Out. Click here to see the full list of participating local businesses and their deals.
Simpson Shelter is in Need
During these cold days ahead, the gift of warmth is most precious! Did you know that a box of hand/foot warmers is about $12? Join the Warmth Challenge! If each person gave 10 cents a day for the month of December, it would total $3. For every 4 people giving $3, we could purchase a box of hand/foot warmers for these cold days.
As always, personal care items, waterproof hats and gloves, long underwear, cuddle duds, and white athletic socks are also very welcome.
All items can be placed in the Simpson Shelter basket outside of Heritage Hall. You can also shop Simpson Shelter’s Amazon Wish List. Shop from home and items are sent directly to them. If you have any questions or would like to donate to the Warmth Challenge, please contact Lavinia. For more information on Simpson Housing Services visit www.simpsonhousing.org.
Interfaith Outreach Needs Volunteers
Are you seeking a fun and fulfilling way to give back in the community? Interfaith Outreach is looking for volunteers and they’d love your help! Interested? Click here to sign up for a “New Volunteer” meeting to learn more. Contact their Community Engagement team at email@example.com with any questions. Current needs include:
- Volunteer Donation Receiver for Resale Select store and food shelf
- Client Services Volunteer at their reception desk
- Childcare volunteer in their Children’s Play Area
Host Sunday Morning Coffee
Hosting Sunday morning coffee is a vital part of our hospitality and connection ministry at Messiah Church, creating a welcoming space for people to connect and linger with each other after worship over a cup of coffee, a treat and conversation. Would you check your calendar and consider signing up to serve as a Coffee Host for 8:45 am or 10:30 am service on one or more Sundays? Contact Kami Pohl at firstname.lastname@example.org or (763) 473-6968 ext. 114 with questions.
Plug In as an Adult Leader with Messiah Youth
We’re looking for awesome adults (ages 19-99) to serve with Messiah Youth Ministry. Being a leader in Messiah Youth Ministry looks like…lots of pizza, Oreos, getting to know awesome teenagers, celebrating when they pass their permit test, being excited when the braces come off their teeth, learning about Jesus together, serving the community, weird games, connections to Disney movies you’d never think to make, praying together for their friends who are struggling, introducing a new generation to the original Karate Kid, DIY Escape Rooms, charades, Starburst, helping choose shoes for Prom, cheering them on at choir concerts and band concerts and football games and plays, watching teenagers grow in their faith, growing in your faith, being part of something that’ll leave a lasting impact in the lives of everyone involved…Who wouldn’t want to be part of this?!
We really need help for Wednesday Night programming (6:30ish-8 pm), every week, or every-other week/twice a month.
Seeking Musicians for Journey Contemporary Worship
The Journey Contemporary Worship Team is looking for a piano, bass and guitar player for rehearsals and Sunday worship at 10:30 am. Whom do you know who would enjoy a fabulous opportunity for an outlet for their musical ability? No need to be a member of Messiah Church – we love all musicians who love to use their music to glorify God. Contact Joy Ann Harmon, Director of Worship, at email@example.com for more information. Click here to learn more about all Music at Messiah.
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.
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.
Interfaith Outreach 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. To learn more about Interfaith Outreach, visit 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.
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. To learn more about Imara International, visit www.imarainternational.org.
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 at (612) 298-2069 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. To learn more about Feed My Starving Children, 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.
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. To learn more about UMCOR, visit www.umcor.org.