This page features the ministries that are currently in need of volunteers and events that are happening now within our community.
Since March 2020, every Monday our congregation has been preparing sandwiches and distributing sack lunches, toiletries, clothing, and gift cards to our homeless and food insecure neighbors. Many of these guests reside in the DG parking garage. These meals were distributed from a card table outside our west entrance. Alex’s Mission, a grass-roots response comprised of local individuals, churches, and community organizations, was also providing meals twice a day every other day of the week. They were serving from the trunks of their cars.
With the advent of winter, we have combined our efforts in a true community response to serve those who are food insecure. We are now all serving from the former reading room at our newly acquired property at 1101 Curtiss. This new coalition has been named Community Kitchen.
Our church will serve sack lunches and soup every Monday between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the church at 4:45 to prepare. Signup Genius has been set up to allow for easy sign up if you want to serve. Go here if you would like to sign up. Other churches, individuals, and community organizations will serve the rest of the week.
If you can’t volunteer but would still like to support this mission, a monetary contribution can be made to the church with a notation that it is to be used for Community Kitchen. And we can always use donations of water and individually packages snacks. Gift cards in denominations up to $25 are also appreciated by the guests. Stores where they can get some basic necessities include Jewel, Walmart, Walgreens, Aldi, and fast food restaurants like McDonald's. Cards can be purchased through Manna. A big thank you to all the church members who have been involved in this ministry. A huge thank you goes out to Angelo’s Foods at Maple and Belmont for providing all the meat, cheese, and bread for the meals. We also want to thank Jam n’ Jelly Café at 7511 Lemont Road in Darien for providing the soup.
Signup Genius link to volunteer here.
The homeless and other people in our community who are not homeless but are experiencing food insecurity have been using this pantry in front of our church for the last nine months. With the advent of freezing temperatures, people are wondering what items will withstand a hard freeze. While this list is not exhaustive, here are some suggestions: peanut butter and jelly in plastic, boxed/bagged grains/beans (rice, couscous, red beans, white beans), pasta (dry pasta, bagged pasta, mac n’cheese), pasta sauce in plastic, hot and cold cereal, snack crackers, applesauce in plastic, dried fruits, and granola bars. No canned food or food in jars! Toiletries and paper products will also withstand freezing.