Social Ministry

Social Ministry is the arm of the church that reaches out to people in need, both locally and globally.  It provides for the care of others, strengthens and empowers individuals and their families to care for themselves, for one another, and for their communities, and serves as an advocate against social injustice.  The Social Ministry Committee at Messiah serves our local area in several ways—raising funds, sponsoring food drives, and providing workers for the Mercer County Food Pantry; holding an annual cheese sale to support several local charities, including the Mercer County Emergency Fund and the Mercer County Crisis Center; sponsoring a Veterans’ Day Breakfast for members of the congregation who have served our country; donating food and clothing to several families through the county-wide Christmas Clearinghouse; and hosting a Community Christmas Dinner.  Through the wider Church, Messiah participates in several ministries that touch people across our nation and the world—by raising awareness and funds for ELCA World Hunger, ELCA Disaster Response, and the Lutheran Malaria Initiative; by supporting Lutheran World Relief with donations of School and Personal Care Kits and making Equal Exchange products available to our church members and the community through the LWR Coffee Project; and by sponsoring Lutheran Social Services of Illinois’ Concerts of Caring Series. 

 

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