inclusivity • spiritual growth • mission • generosity
Missions Outreach and Service Ministries are opportunities to bring the Good News of Christ and the ministries we support to the people of our community and to the world. There are also opportunities to serve the church and the community through hands-on and financial support. These ministries help make the needs of the poor, hungry, and disadvantaged real to us, and encourage us to action.
Missions Outreach & Service
Missions Collection Box
Our Missions Collection Box is located in the vestibule by the church's front doors. Every month we sponsor a different group in our area who is in need of specific items. Please see information below
for the current month's missions collections.
October Presents Two Opportunities to Bring Donations for the Missions Box
College Student Care Package
Orchard sends a care package right before the first exam week of the school year. The items should be individually wrapped. We will be sending about 24 boxes. Suggested items:
· Bags of chips
· Granola bars
· Pocket tissues
· Gum, candy (no melting chocolate please)
· Powdered drink packets (hot chocolate or Crystal Light)
· Instant oatmeal
· Individually wrapped cookies
· Pop Tarts
· Microwave popcorn
· Crackers with cheese
· Trail mix
· Lip balm
· Stress toys or small “smile items”
We are also collecting for the SOS program now sponsored by Lighthouse of Pontiac. This program helps homeless people train for, seek, and secure employment and housing to become self-sufficient. Until the pandemic is controlled, this program it is being run at a single location in Auburn Hills which limits the exposure of the residents to each other and to the volunteers, hopefully helping to contain any unnecessary exposure or transmission of COVID-19.
Items being sought are to be new and unopened, and can be regular or trial size.
· Shampoo and conditioner
· Soap and shower gel
· Disposable razors
· Toothpaste and tooth brushes
· Diapers (larger than 6 months), Pull-ups (toddler sizes), and diaper wipes
· Feminine products
· Disposable cleaning wipes
Lighthouse is always in need of volunteers. If your heart is moved to help, you can go directly to their site and sign up for an event or events. Volunteer Opportunities – Lighthouse (lighthousemi.org)
The Seeds Program
The Missions Committee is excited to announce a new ministry: The Seeds Program. This program makes seed funds available for congregation members to start new local mission projects that encourage vulnerable and marginalized persons and promote their well-being. We have been challenged to dream big, and this is one of the ways we do so. If you have a vision for a new local mission outreach, you can apply for seeds funding—grants of up to $500 are available. Please click here to learn more. You can download the application here.