Regular Missions Support
We believe that serving, helping others, meeting physical needs and sharing our faith with those who donít know Christ are crucial aspects of our faith. Of course, every dollar we receive is used for ministry. But a significant percentage (over 18% of our 2013 budget) of our giving goes to missions causes beyond our church walls. We partner with a wide variety of missions locally, regionally, nationally and world-wide. What kinds of missions do we support? They include:
Four Christian colleges and seminaries (training the next generation of ministers, missionaries and church leaders)
Campus ministries at four North Carolina universities
Two Christian camps
Feeding and helping needy people in our own community
Ministries in Europe and Africa
Worldwide disaster relief
Care for the unborn and their families
Missionaries not only need our financial support; they also need our prayers. Please pray for our missionaries regularly.
Operation Christmas Child
The church has had a very exciting partnership with Operation Christmas Child (www.operationchristmaschild.org). Over the past thirteen years, our small church has been pleased to send 2403 shoebox gifts to needy children around the world.
Additionally, we have served for the past eight years as a Relay Center (a local collection point) for shoebox gifts. In that time, we have been so excited as many churches, organizations and individuals have come together to give 21,460 shoebox gifts from our local area. Way to go, Roanoke Valley!
We also send a group of volunteers to serve at the shoebox gift Processing Center in Charlotte each December.
For more information on how you can make a shoebox gift, volunteer at our Relay Center, or volunteer at the Processing Center in Charlotte, please contact the church. We will also make more information about this available each fall to our church and the community. Or, click on the OCC link above.
Inspired by a program in another church, we asked our attendees to increase their giving by just $1 per person each week. Acting in faith that everyone is doing this, we give a dollar amount based on our total worship attendance to a particular need each week. This is in addition to our churchís regular mission giving. Most of the Dollar Club funds have helped individuals facing medical bills or similar financial challenges; the rest has gone to worthwhile ministry projects and emergency situations, in our community and beyond.
More Ways to Give and Serve
In addition to all of the above areas, the church also makes special gifts to different ministries and individuals in need from time to time. We also serve to help different local ministries and individuals in need. Our youth participate in the 30 Hour Famine, a fundraising and hunger awareness project for World Vision. They also attend a service-oriented conference each summer. Stay tuned to our newsletter and bulletin for current opportunities.