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Local mission outreach is how we help our friends and neighbors and impact our community for Christ. Whether it's donating a blanket or a can of food, or visiting with local nursing home residents, we strive to be a positive influence right here at home.
Akron Food Pantry, Barberton Food Pantry and Haven of Rest Ministries — Local missions we support who assis those who are in need of help.
American Red Cross Blood Drive — We host regularly scheduled blood drives to provide an ongoing supply of much needed blood products to help sick and injured patients in our many local hospitals. Last year the Red Cross collected 230 pints of blood at our site.
Briarwood Nursing Home — Our Pastor for Care, Wally Kukuk leads worship every Sunday afternoon for residents and staff. Our volunteers also visit with residents.
Faithful Servants Care Center — Located in Tallmadge, it provides urgent care services with a Christ-like compassion for those without insurance and the ecomomic means to acccess traditional health care, and to assist in identifying continuity of care.
Great Commission Ministries — We are developing joint ministry options with Matt McClure, campus outreach coordinator at Kent State University. This nondenominational ministry mobilizes and resources church-based ministries on campus.
Habitat for Humanity — We participate in Habitat home construction projects in Summit County.
Kilts for Missions — We coordinate a blanket drive in conjunction with the Scottish Heritage Association of Northeast Ohio during their annual Kirkin' of the Tartan service. Blankets benefit The GriefCare Place (below). The Kirkin' service was held at our church in 2005 and 2008.
The GriefCare Place — This local center provides support to adults, teens and children in need of healing after the death of a loved one. Our church members assist with financial support and donations of cookies and comfort blankets.
Formerly Project ABLE, Project LEARN (ESOL) helps people learn English as a second language. We host classes at the church, and our volunteeers serve as conversation partners for the students.
Our Deacons hold a food drive every 4th Sunday of the month. We collect nonperishable good, cleaning supplies and paper products for distribution to needy families in our community.
Our next work date is Saturday, July 20.
Our annual blanket drive for the Kirkin’ of the Tartan takes place each November. We collect small, new fleece throws to be donated to The GriefCare Place in Stow. Each blanket includes a handwritten note of sympathy and comfort in Christ.