Outreach at GPMC – A Hands-On Ministry
The Outreach Ministry at GPMC is open to all members and we encourage every member to find a way to participate. Our goal is to offer at least three ways to participate in a hands-on opportunity every month.
#1. Everyone Eats. Second Wednesdays every month. GPMC has partnered with four churches to serve a meal every Wednesday at the Spirit of Hope Church at 1519 MLK Blvd, in Detroit. Our volunteers plan one meal per month. Carpool from the church lobby at 10:30 am or meet us on site at 11:15 as we cook the meal, serve the meal and clean up the venue. Email Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to let her know you can help this month.
#2 Mercado Food Pantry. GPMC is serving the immigrant and needy community in Southwest Detroit by volunteering at the Mercado four times a year. Saturdays are planned in March, May, August and October. We shop with those who need some assistance at a wonderful grocery provided by Gleaners. We also help the market succeed by restocking and readying the store for weekday shoppers. Spanish or Arabic language skills are helpful but not required. Watch for dates on this website, in the bulletin, email and flyers.
#3 Habitat Grosse Pointe Partners. Habitat GPP is working closely with Habitat in Macomb and Oakland County to determine the best use of our funds and volunteers as some reorganizing is happening. Watch this space or contact Jim Hooper for more info.
#4 Something different every month. Sometimes more than one event. Sometimes we will call for a LOT of commitment, for example, going to Cuba for a week of mission. Sometimes we will call for a LOT of members to take on a small commitment, such packing food for Kids Coalition Against Hunger, or making one dinner, serving one shift, donating a hygiene kit or a coat, when we host the homeless during Shelter Week. For some events we’ll need your strength, as when we ask members pack food at Gleaners or Forgotten Harvest. For other events we’ll need your mind, for example, tutoring an adult or reading to a child. Sometimes we need talent, like a volunteer to sing or entertain during Shelter week or speak with passion on behalf of a partner organization. Sometimes we even want your “stuff” such as school supplies or tools for our mission trip or donations for flood relief. And, always, we need your prayers.
Why do we plan so many events? Because we want every member to know the joy of service to others.
Want to find out more? Upcoming events are noted on this website in the column to the right. Also: subscribe to the church email, check the monthly Carillon or the weekly bulletin, pick up an Outreach brochure, check the Outreach bulletin board. Or email Sue Acton to find something “just right” for you.
Outreach at GPMC – A Ministry of Sharing Gifts
The Outreach Ministry at GPMC has members who understand the importance of sharing our financial blessings with partners involved in mission. Session and Trustees vote a tithe of our annual budget, supplemented by bequests, hunger offerings, shared mission contributions, and special offerings. Want to be involved? Here are three ways.
A. Join the Outreach Council. The Outreach Council researches and directs funding to those we call partner organizations, many of which are noted on the Outreach Links page. Everyone on the council has a voice and vote in directing these funds. The Outreach Brochure lets you know the recipients of our largest donations. If you want to be involved or you want the full list of our YTD gifts, email Sue Acton.
B. Hunger Offerings: Vote with your checkbook. The Outreach Council selects twelve local organizations every year as Hunger Offering recipients, but you decide how much each one will receive. How? Every dollar you contribute during the month goes directly to that highlighted partner. Bonus: the Outreach Council will match that donation, up to $2,000 per month.
C. Direct your support. The most important way you contribute financially is through your church pledge and annual giving. But if, AFTER you have made that commitment, you believe our church Outreach should have even more support, please give generously: through a gift to “Shared Mission,” or to our annual “Easter Offering,” or donate funds and goods such as hygiene kits, food for Shelter Week, supplies for those going to Cuba, whenever the opportunity arises.
“If you want your money to be thoughtfully and prayerfully directed, give it to the church”