2016 Day to Serve

day to serve

Saturday, March 19 | Tuesday, March 22

Join us as we seek to show and tell the love of Christ to our community!

The Vision

D2S is an opportunity for us to put “legs” on our desire to be missional. It’s a symbolic milestone in our year to be about “Up-In-Out” together to glorify God, serve alongside one another, and bless our city. It’s a way to collectively give expression to our missional calling together as an entire church body… a way to demonstrate that we are, and desire to be, the Body of Christ, his hands and feet in our city. Together. Not just individual lights that reflect his light, but a city on a hill. For some of us, it is one more expression of many of that commitment in our lives. For others, it may be an easy way to dip your feet into the pool of God’s mission. For all of us, we hope it is a day to see God show up in us and through us for his glory, for our joy, and for the good of others.

How It Works

  1. Browse through the service opportunities.
  2. Pray for God’s leading and coordinate with family &/or friends.
  3. Register for a specific opportunity by turning in the back page or completing the online form
  4. Your team leader will follow up with you with more specific details about your project in the days leading up to your service time.

The Opportunities

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries | Providing Hope to the Hopeless, Abused, and Disadvantaged of our Community

WHAT: Prepare and serve lunch for approximately 50-60 people at the Christian Guidance Center of DRMM, a detox and treatment facility for men. Faith Team provides meal. Activities include: menu planning, meal preparation before arrival, meal set-up, service, and clean-up.
WHO: A team of 10-12 adults (at least 18 years old)
LEADER: Faye Martin (fayemart@gmail.com, 248-252-6573)
WHERE: 19211 Anglin Street, Detroit, MI
WHEN: Sat, Mar 19; leave Faith Church at 10:15 AM; return at 1:30 PM

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Founded in 1909, The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries has embarked upon its 106th year of continued service providing food, shelter, and services to intervene where homelessness and substance addiction occur. DRMM is a faith-based, non-profit organization and has devoted a wealth of resources to meet the basic needs of humanity while motivating individuals to rebuild their lives, one life at a time. The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries is one of the largest providers in the fight against homelessness and substance abuse in the country.

DRMM fulfills its mission statement: 1) by providing hope to the hopeless, disadvantaged, and homeless men, women, and children of our community, 2) by ministering to the total person—body, soul and spirit—with services and programs designed to address spiritual, physical, emotional, and social needs, 3) by guiding those seeking assistance with the hope that they become faithful Christians discipled into a local church, rehabilitated and employed, and living productive, restored lives.
For more information, visit www.drmm.org.

Easter Evidence Hunt

WHAT: A fun-filled Easter egg hunt with lunch, prizes, and story-telling that teaches the gospel through the Easter story
WHO: The children of Faith and their invited friends and family
LEADER: James Mangiapane (jamesmangiapane@hotmail.com, 586-850-3720)
WHERE: Faith Church, 160 W Hamlin Road, Rochester Hills
WHEN: Sat, Mar 19, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

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An annual favorite led by Lana and James Mangiapane, the Easter Evidence Hunt is a fun way for children to hear the Easter story in a fresh way and (re-)discover the grace of God as they investigate the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is a great opportunity to build a bridge for the gospel with your kids’ unchurched friends and their parents!

The program includes lunch, the hunt to gather evidence on clue sheets, the telling of the Easter story through the examination of the evidence gathered, and awards and prizes.

If you’re looking for a Day 2 Serve project that includes your younger children and allows your kids to be part of ministering to our community by inviting their friends and their families to hear the gospel in a fun and creative way, this could be the D2S project for you!

Gleaners Community Food Bank | Nourishing Hope—Sustaining Hope—Advancing Hope

WHAT: Help get food to the hungry by assisting in the warehouse: sorting/packaging, folding plastic food drive bags, picking partner orders, etc.
WHO: A team of up to 25 (must be 10 years old & with parent)
LEADER: Bill Gonterman (william.j.gonterman@us.pwc.com, 586-850-8260)
WHERE: 2131 Beaufait St, Detroit, MI
WHEN: Sat, Mar 19; leave Faith Church at 8 AM; return at 12:30 PM

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Gleaners Community Food Bank fights hunger in southeastern Michigan. In collaboration with member agencies and program partners, Gleaners provides millions of pounds of donated and purchased high quality and nutritional food to people in need.

Gleaners is a vital link between available food and those who need it most. Local and national producers have surplus food that may otherwise go to waste for lack of a way to safely and efficiently bring it to market. Human service agencies face tight budgets and increasing demand for services. Their expertise and facilities bring these valuable resources together to help ease the problem of hunger.

For nearly 40 years, Gleaners Community Food Bank has been “feeding hungry people and nourishing our communities.” Last year, Gleaners distributed 34.5 million pounds of emergency food to more than 535 partner soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties.
For more information, visit www.gcfb.org.

REGISTRATION FULL – HAVEN | Live Without Fear

WHAT: “Family Fun Night” for families living at the residential emergency shelter. Activities include: cookie decorating, games, crafts (for kids and moms), and songs. Faith team provides cookies, decorating supplies, and financial donations for crafts.
WHO: A team of 5-10 adults (male or female; at least 18 years)
LEADER: Margaret Dolan (dolan.margaret100@gmail.com, 248-770-0524)
WHERE: Pontiac, MI
WHEN: Tues, Mar 22; leave Faith at 5:30 PM; return at 8:30 PM

HAVEN is a nationally recognized nonprofit leader that has provided assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault for nearly 40 years. They have helped individuals and families escape abuse and create safer lives with programs that support violence-free homes and communities.

As Oakland County’s only comprehensive program, HAVEN provides shelter, counseling, support groups, court advocacy and educational programming to nearly 20,000 people each year. They also offer the services of an assault response team, and staff the PPO office for Oakland County Circuit Court.

Haven promotes a world of safe, equal, and accountable communities where sexual assault and domestic violence do not exist.
For more information, visit www.haven-oakland.org.

REGISTRATION FULL – Lighthouse of Oakland County | A Beacon of Hope, Moving families from crisis to self-sufficiency one day, one program, one person, one family at a time

WHAT: Winter yard and property clean up at a PATH house.
WHO: A team of 5-10 (must be at 10 years old & with parent)
LEADER: Steve & Connie Whitaker (cjwhit1957@gmail.com, 765-748-2933 or 248-690-7150)
WHERE: 130 Center Street, Pontiac, MI
WHEN: Sat, Mar 19; meet at location & work from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Lighthouse has a 43-year history of providing a range of services to families in crisis. It is the single largest nonprofit provider of emergency food and housing to low-income families in Oakland County. Lighthouse is a leader in its ability to offer programs that motivate, promote self-sufficiency, and develop financial independence, offering long-term results to their clients. Their vision is to solve the problem of chronic poverty by providing clients with the resources, relationships, and skills they need to be independent—enriching their lives and the community as a whole.

One of the many programs The Lighthouse provides is PATH, a transitional supportive housing program designed to help homeless women and children gain the skills and confidence needed to live safely and independently. Participants may live at a PATH home for up to two years while they complete their education, find employment, or enroll in a job training program. Supportive services include a Montessori pre-school and kindergarten, an infant/ toddler center, individual and group counseling, medical care, workforce development, and life skills classes.
For more information, visit www.lighthouseoakland.org.

REGISTRATION FULL – Rochester Area Neighborhood House | Neighbors Helping Neighbors

WHAT: Sort and stock nonperishable food and grocery items from recent local food drives
WHO: A team of 15 (must be at 10 years old & with parent)
LEADER: Nanette Schmink (mschmink@gmail.com, 248-840-4767)
WHERE: First Congregational Church, 1315 Pine Street, Rochester
WHEN: Sat, Mar 19; team meets and works at location from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Rochester Area Neighborhood House Inc., is a nonprofit human service organization founded by communities of faith in 1968 with the mission of assisting neighbors during times of hardship. RANH partners with the community and other social service providers to help those neighbors toward self-sufficiency. Sudden job loss, divorce, the death of a spouse, and other extenuating life circumstances can change everything for anyone. Neighborhood House recognizes the basic needs of residents in crisis and responds with emotional and financial assistance. Neighborhood House believes people helping people is the model of a strong community.

Among its services, RANH operates a food pantry which provides emergency food for individuals and families who are struggling to feed themselves and their children. The food pantry is dependent on community donations to support its operations. Food assistance is available once a month up to six times a year per family. Food orders are customized to meet specific dietary health needs, and enough food is supplied to last 10 to 14 days.
For more information, visit www.ranh.org.

Reaching Out Ministries | serving the immigrant community of Hamtramck and Warren through friendship and conversational English.

WHAT: Visiting Bangladeshi families with Shakil or Angela to learn about their culture, help them practice conversational English, and build bridges for the gospel
WHO: Two teams of up to 4 adults each (youth and older kids welcome with their parents if they can visit for 2 hours)
LEADER: Steve Sage (steve@faith-epc.org, 720-335-0318)
WHERE: Meet at 13051 Conant St, Hamtramck MI and travel to families
WHEN: Sat, Mar 19; leave Faith Church at 8:30 AM; return at 3:30 PM

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Shakil & Angela are Bangladeshi immigrants and members of Faith Church. They live in Hamtramck and are reaching out to Bangladeshi and Yemeni immigrants through friendship, service, and teaching English. Recently, a team of Faith Church members has begun assisting them every Saturday by teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to some of their friends.

Shakil & Angela will each take a group of up to 4 people with them to visit in Bangladeshi homes. All are friends of theirs and participants in the ESL classes, and they are eager to have us visit. The purpose is to help each culture better understand each other, build bridges of friendship and understanding, and give them an opportunity to practice their English. In some cases, our team may be asked to pray for the family. Each group will visit two homes: approximately 9-11:00 for the first visit, then debrief with them at a local Bangladeshi restaurant, followed by a second visit from 1-3 PM.

General Overview of D2S

Sunday Worship, March 13…………….Commissioning of all D2S Teams
Saturday, March 19………………………..Service Projects at Various Times
Saturday, March 19, 5:30-7:30……….Potluck, Debrief
Tuesday, March 22, 5:30-8:30………..Service Project at HAVEN

Saturday Evening Potluck & Debrief

We encourage everyone who is able to meet back at the church on Saturday the 19th at 5:30 for a potluck dinner. Bring something to share—it will be a true pot-”luck,” as we will not coordinate the dinner. Bring an entre, side, dessert, or whatever you can. The church will provide cups, plates, napkins & utensils.

After dinner, there will be a time to share your experience. Consider things like:

  • Where did you see God work to bless people?
  • What did you learn about yourself through this experience?
  • What was the most enjoyable aspect of your day?
  • Do you sense God saying something to you through this experience? If so, what? What will you do about it?

Questions about D2S? Contact Faye Martin (fayemart@gmail.com, 248-252-6573)

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