Giving and Serving Opportunities
Featured Opportunity: → Croft Community (Elementary) School
There are always many needs in our local community. But the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will provide many new opportunities for our church, and each of us as individuals, to minister to others by serving and giving to others.
During this difficult season, there may be an increased need for benevolence within our church body and the wider community. Some needs will be immediate, others will be weeks and months down the road. Because we will not have unlimited funds, the deacons and elders will have to make sometimes difficult decisions about how, when, and where to help. Below is an explanation of our biblical priorities and opportunities to participate in meeting these needs.
The elders and deacons, as stewards of the gifts given by the church, will focus on three priorities (Galatians 6:10 – So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith):
- Our church community (church members and regular attenders)
- Our local community (those currently being served by church members, those in our immediate area, and existing outreach ministries and partners)
- Our city (new opportunities to serve the wider community to help meet needs precipitated by the pandemic)
Benevolence to and Serving our Church Community
1 Timothy 6:18 – They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share
Hebrews 13:16 – Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God
Benevolence for our Church Community:
Benevolence gifts are offerings given above and beyond regular giving (tithes) for the ongoing operations of the church. Offerings can be given to the church’s general fund or designated for benevolence purposes.
Benevolence funds are then typically used to help meet urgent essential needs, such as food, clothing, shelter, medical, and transportation.
You can give in the same way you have in the past (please remember to designate as benevolence):
Giving to and Serving our Local Community
These are the needs and opportunities in our neighborhoods and the local community that we are familiar with and support. You are encouraged to give to them directly or to volunteer to serve as the Lord leads.
Watch this video from Jeremy Oddy on how to love our neighbor:
Croft Community (Elementary) School (Gordon Howe) – Updated February 4, 2021
- CWCC is joining a partnership with other churches in our area (currently, Harvest Community Church and Crosspointe Alliance Church, but others may join in the future) in support of the Croft Community School. There are different ways to serve:
- First, you are invited to become a prayer partner. You can do this by signing up to “adopt” a grade-level team and staff members of Croft School. A sign-up button is provided below.
- After signing up, you will receive an email with information about your adopted teachers and a prayer guide you can print or save.
- You will also be added to a shared Google Doc where you can see who else is praying with you as we join together from multiple churches to pray for God to extend His Kingdom over Croft Community School and our region.
- Second, you can write encouragement cards to the staff at the school. A link to a document template with suggested wording and staff member names is provided below. (You can also access it via the Realm in the Charlotte Outreach group.)
- Third, the staff at Croft have identified a few small material needs that some of their students have that affect their ability to do school work from home. You can learn about these needs and make a simple online purchase through the Amazon button below. They will be delivered directly to the school.
Stoney Creek Elementary (Sandi Howe) – February 4. 2021
One of the most powerful gifts we can give the families in our community is our prayers. We are being invited to pray regularly for the teachers and students at Stoney Creek Elementary. If you would like to join this intentional focus of prayer you can find more information and sign up using the button below.
Hope Street Food Pantry (Gordon Howe) – Updated February 4, 2021
Hope Street Food Pantry (Hope Church) is now serving food to over 3,500 people a month right here in our own local community to help address the ongoing food crisis in our community.
- They need help to sort and pack food that they receive for distribution from Loaves and Fishes. This happens on Wednesday mornings, normally at 11:30, but please follow the link (Sign up 1 button below) for exact times as they sometimes vary slightly.
- They also need assistance in distributing the food on Thursday afternoons from 4 PM to 7 PM. (Sign-up 2 button below.)
- They are also in need of the following items: Baby Wipes, Toilet Paper, Size 4, 5, 6 diapers, Rice, Mac and Cheese, Ravioli, Peanut Butter, and Beans.
- Or, donate directly to Hope Street through their website (use the Read button below; the “Donate” button is on the top of the web page). Or a check can be made out to Hope Street Food Pantry and mailed to 4100 Johnston Oehler Road, Charlotte, NC 28269.
Safe Families (Gordon Howe) – February 4, 2021
- Donate grocery gift cards to parents in need. Use the “Gift Card” Button below.
- Donate to Safe Families to assist families with financial hardship and perhaps prevent a child from unnecessarily entering foster care. Use the Donate button below to give:
Congregations for Kids – CFK (Kimberly Jamison) – March 16, 2020
- This need is from the Charlotte Foster Care System (prayer requests and needs)
- For more information (on Crossway Connect):
Giving to and Serving our City
We also want to do what we can to help meet needs and take advantage of serving opportunities in our city.
Check out JJ’s video about evolving opportunities to serve in our city:
Watch Gordon Howe’s video on how we can care for our city:
Loaves and Fishes (Gordon Howe) – February 4, 2021
Got a car and two hours? Loaves and Fishes needs drivers to do “contactless” deliveries of groceries to needy families in our community on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10-12 AM. If you are interested, you can get more details and sign up using the button below. (Crossway is partnering with our friends at Stonebridge, Lake Forest, and possibly others to meet this critical need.)