Outreach Ministries of First Congregational Church
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On the third Saturday of each month, members and friends of the church serve up a good, home-cooked meal to whoever comes. This happens in our Fellowship Hall, just underneath the church sanctuary. There is no charge for the meal. Usually between 20 and 50 people come. Church members also volunteer at the Abundant Harvest Feeding Ministry (see below) once each month.
Congregational Essentials Pantry
This ministry provides non-food grocery assistance to families and individuals who need help -- including toilet paper, laundry soap, cleaning supplies, and other household helps. It's open only on the third Saturday of each month (corresponding with the third Saturday meals). Donations are always welcome!
Happy Life Children's Home of Nairobi, Kenya
Located near Nairobi, Kenya, Happy Life serves to provide a home for abandoned babies from the area. Abandonment has become a crisis in Kenya as a result of extreme poverty, AIDS and unemployment. The home was started in 2002 with the goal of finding permanent homes in Christian families for adoption.
The Salvation Army is a major Christian denomination that draws support from a wide array of churches and individuals. They provide a variety of social services to help people in need in the community, including food, disaster relief, and other emergency forms of assistance.
Emporia Rescue Mission
Started in 1998 ERM provides free housing for men, a community food kitchen, and a free clothing boutique. The mens' shelter has the capacity to house 18 men, has 3 programs available to assist with needs, and is located at 1119 Merchant Street. Abundant Harvest Food Kitchen, 1028 Whittier Street, provides free, hot meals for persons in the community Monday through Thursday at 5:30pm. It also provides free boutique clothing for men, women and children Monday through Friday, 9am-noon; and boxed food (when available) Monday through Friday, 9am-noon.
Emporia High School Spartan Stop
Emporia High School assists students living on their own without family support. The Spartan Stop, a private pantry that will provide food, personal hygiene products, some clothing and access to laundry facilities for students lacking those supports outside of school. The project extends services offered through the Student and Family Resources Office at Mary Herbert Education Center. It also supplements the Food for Students Program, which provide food for students on weekends and school breaks.
Heather Wagner, Student and Family Resource specialist for the district, works with EHS Principal Britton Hart to acquire the needed items and arrange for long-term financial support through grants and donations. Protocols are established to assure confidentiality for students who need assistance. Students are referred to the services by staff members and through the enrollment process. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Spartan Stop or making a donation can contact Wagner at 341-2392.
Lyon County Restricted Emergency Fund (LCREF) is a 501C(3) public charitable organization founded in 1988 (approximate date), for the purpose of providing emergency assistance to residents of Lyon County. This non-profit organization receives funding from United Way and public donation, designed to be a safety net for our community members, which help people with their basic needs when they are facing a crisis. LCREF is administered through the Salvation Army, and is supported by other local churches. Most of the funds are used to help keep families in their homes - covering costs like rent, utility bills, and related expenses.
Emporia Christian School
Emporia Christian School is a place where students receive a distinctively Christian education, focused upon strong academics. The ultimate goal is to graduate students who continue their education into high school, thinking Biblically, serving the Lord, and demonstrating Christian character and servant leadership through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Emporia Christian School exists for the purpose of educating children in spirit, mind, and body. The school’s primary goals are to develop academic excellence, moral integrity, and spiritual depth. Christian precepts and teachings are presented as an integral part of the curriculum.