Serve Our Neighbors

Mercy Christmas Service Opportunities

CHRISTMAS COAT & GIFT BAG COLLECTION – CHARLOTTE RESCUE MISSION (SOUTH END)
Join us by bringing in winter coats, sweaters and warm clothing for the Charlotte Rescue Mission by dropping them in the South End lobby boxes ASAP. Also, we are helping fill gift bags for each resident (120) at their Annual Candlelight Service. Please shop using this link and help us purchase these boxers, watches and deodorant by December 11. Thank you! Contact Atlee Lenes with questions.

CONGREGATIONS FOR KIDS (SOUTH END)
Join us by supporting our foster care partner, Congregations for Kids, as we serve at their Merry Market on Dec 8th and 9th. Sign up here and bring joy to social workers as they shop for kids on their caseload. Separately, if you’d like to join their Socialight Program to provide encouragement and support to CFK’s child welfare social workers or if you’d like to serve as a mentor, please contact Jill Hudson.

YOUNGLIVES
YoungLives has created an Amazon Holiday Gift Registry (of $100 and $50 gift cards) for the young families they serve. Every gift card purchased will go directly to a Charlotte area teen mom or dad at their annual Christmas club on December 8th! Love these young families and help them get the things they need this holiday season. Click here for their Amazon Registry.
You can also volunteer to serve in childcare and help provide a safe environment at one of YoungLives’ monthly meetings. This is a great way to love the teen moms served by YoungLives as they gather together! Immediate need for a lot of childcare volunteers at 12/8 Christmas club, as this is YoungLives’ most attended meeting! Sign up to serve here.

CHRISTMAS COMMUNITY SHOPPE (OP)
Community Christmas Shoppe is an event that runs in the community on December 2nd & 3rd where pre-approved families can come shop for 90% discounted Christmas toys and meals. This year, there are 117 families and 275 kids coming – more than ever before. If you’d like to donate food, clothing, games, toys, etc. please contact Holliday Grow for more info! If you’d like to donate food for Christmas dinner, there will be grocery bags at the church that have shopping lists attached. You may take a bag and help buy groceries for families. This is a great way to serve our community during the holiday season.

PROJECT 658 (OP) 
Service Opportunities at Project 658. 658 is a Christ-centered, holistic ministry providing services for at-risk families in Charlotte, moving them toward sustainability with a key focus on the international and refugee communities.

Uniform Drive – Consider donating school uniforms for children in the Project 658 community. Items can be purchased online using this Amazon wish list or you can buy items on your own (new items only please). Items needed are:dark blue, black or khaki bottoms (pants, shorts, skirts, jumpers, or skorts). Collared shirts can be any shade of blue, white, gray or yellow (long or short sleeved). All kids sizes are needed. Items can be dropped off or mailed to Project 658, 3646 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205.
Walmart Gift Cards – 658 is always in need of Walmart gift cards to give to families in need. Increments of $20, $50 and $100 are best. Once purchased, they can be mailed or dropped off at Project 658, Attn: Sarah Freeman, 3646 Central Ave.,Charlotte, NC 28205.
Tutors for High School and College Students – 658 works with high school and CPCC students throughout the year to ensure they have the resources and support they need to succeed in school. The days and times for this opportunity are flexible. If interested, please email Matt Fisher to be matched with a student.

Focus, Philosophy & Goals

The focus of Hope’s Mercy Ministry is to bring glory to God by non-verbally proclaiming His heart by becoming a community of people characterized by selfless service and bold engagement. Jesus didn’t merely tell people the truth about God, He lived it out by serving them, and now He invites us to join Him by proclaiming Christ as our Lord and ourselves as servants for His sake (2 Corinthians 4:5). 

Just like the original disciples, we seek to eradicate poverty and injustice within Hope and alleviate poverty and injustice in our city (Acts 4:33-35) by dedicating 4.5% of all the money donated to Hope to go towards mercy needs both inside and outside of our church. This fund is administered by our Deacons, who actively pursue those within the congregation in need of assistance and identify ministries outside of our congregation for our people to partner with both as donors and volunteers. 

God’s heart is passionate about both mercy and justice for those oppressed by sin and its consequences. When rightly understood, the Gospel naturally produces a desire to show to others the same mercy and deliverance that we have received from God in Christ Jesus (Galatians 2:10). The great commandment calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus modeled being a neighbor for us by leaving heaven and entering our misery to rescue us. We are to non-verbally proclaim this in our city by meeting our neighbor’s needs in a self-sacrificial fashion.

Mercy Ministry Partners

Brookstone Schools

 

 

 

UrbanPromise

 

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