Country Club Christian Church works in partnership with individuals, agencies and communities both here at home and across the world, offering financial assistance, a helping hand, or simply a loving and supporting presence. Our outreach program provides financial support to nonprofit organizations which care for humanity through services or programs. We maintain partnerships with individuals and organizations across the country and the world, and send mission teams of volunteers into communities in need of assistance. Locally, we support a diverse group of worthy organizations through volunteers and financial support. Click the links to the left for more information about our outreach and mission programs.
2013 Easter Offering for Healing and Hope raises nearly $18,000
Thank you for your generous contributions to this year’s Easter Offering. As of Apr. 8, $17,963 has been collected and will go to Sheffield Place, a local agency that provides shelter and transitional counseling services to homeless women with children in the Kansas City area, and the Samaritan Care Centre in South Africa, which cares for those who are infected and affected with HIV/AIDS, and also is bridging cultural barriers between the colored, black and white communities. These two projects will each receive half of this year’s Easter Offering. Easter Offerings are still being received, so if you would still like to participate, please send your check, marked “Easter Offering” to the church office or drop it in the offering tray on Sunday.
Country Club Christian Church sends Outreach Dollars to Help with refugees from the Syrian Civil War
When the Outreach Council met to consider recipients for the Easter 2013 Offering, one of the projects considered was the Istanbul Interparish Migrant Program. This cooperative network of parishes and church groups, founded in 1991, provides guidance, food, medical aid and repatriation services to thousands of migrants and asylum seekers in Turkey. With the continuing civil war in Syria, the program is faced with ever increasing numbers of refugees and there are insufficient resources to help. Global Ministries supports the efforts of the Interparish Migrant program and the Outreach Council has voted to send $10,000 in Outreach funds to Global Ministries to help with this effort. Thank you for supporting our churches Outreach efforts. Without your generosity this gift wouldn’t be possible.
Your Outreach dollars and hands help provide needed help here in the Kansas City area and in places like Afghanistan, Mozambique, Nicaragua and the Congo. The Outreach Council and the Metro Mission Council are part of Country Club Christian Church’s outreach ministry. Both receive funds from Endowment and the church budget. This fiscal year the Outreach Council received $102,236 in undesignated funds and $88,861 in restricted or designated funds. Metro Mission received $15,897.
Metro Mission coordinates funding and volunteers for Cross-Lines Community Outreach, Micah Ministries,Collection Connection, Grace at Work, Hartman School, the Prison Book Ministry, the Tutoring Ministry and the Virginia Reed Food Drive. Metro Mission can be thought of as the hands-on part of our outreach beyond our own congregation. The work of Metro Mission would not be possible without dedicated and hard-working leaders and volunteers. Each of the ministries supported by Metro Mission was started by individuals wanting to make a difference and with a vision of how the church could help with that mission. Tom and Cindy Thornton are chairs of the Metro Mission Council and Rev. Carla Aday is the staff representative.
The Outreach Council receives and analyzes grant requests from local charitable organizations and our Global Ministries partners overseas. During the past year funding was provided for 16 local charitable agencies, five Global Ministries projects, and our sponsored missionaries, Reverends Dawn and Jon Barnes. In addition, $79,764 was provided to support our national denominational ministries. Members of the committee contact leaders of local organizations requesting grants and often visit the requesting organizations as well to get a sense of the work that the requesting agency is doing and to determine whether to recommend to the council that a grant be made. Not every request for funds is granted, and often those that are granted funds only receive partial grants. The committee works hard to see that your outreach dollars are used wisely and prudently. The Outreach Council also selects recipients for and promotes the Christmas and Easter offerings. Lance Jessee is Chair of the Outreach Council and Dr. Glen Miles is the staff representative.
If you would like to become involved in either of these outreach ministries, or to just learn more about them you are invited to attend their regular meetings. The Outreach Council meets on the first Tuesday of the month, and Metro Mission meets bimonthly on the third Wednesday of the month.