Central Church Supports Needs Locally
Baked goods, produce and flowers are attractive items on the Harvest Table at both worship services each Sunday through the summer months. An item may be selected from what is displayed and a donation given to support the mission projects of Central Church.
Central Emergency Fund
Our Emergency Fund is the largest item in the budget of the Mission Ministry Team. The church constantly receives phone calls requesting financial aide. Central provides breakfast twice a week, shower facilities and an address for mail - the only address some people have! Shaving cream, razors, deoderant, and other amenities are provided as well.
The Goodwill Inn provides emergency shelter and access to donated food to homeless men, women and families in Northern Michigan.
Goodwill Industries awarded to Central Outreach the “Unsung Hero Award”. Central Outreach also received a Congressional Acknowledgement for they work they have done.
House of Hope
House of Hope is a christian interdenominational boarding school with an emphasis on restoring teens and their families.
K.A.I.R. (Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources)
K.A.I.R. was started in the late 1980s by the pastor at the Kalkaska United Methodist Church. He realized that several churches in the area were supporting projects that served the same people in need.
Today K.A.I.R. is an "interfaith, community-based, volunteer program that provides assistance to the qualified elderly, frail, disabled, isolated and needy". It receives its financial support from participating churches and service organizations and through private donations. Major contributors are local United Methodist Churches.
Kids Hope USA
Central Church is now affiliated with KIDS HOPE USA, a national program that mentors at-risk children in local elementary schools. We as a congregation are rich in people who are looking for ways to offer their skills of hope and kindness and there is an increasing need for that service in our schools. We began this program with children at Willow Hill Elementary School in November, 2010. The opportunity is vast. The need is great. The idea is simple. One Child, One Hour, One Church, One School. You could be the one. To learn more visit Centrals Information at Willow Hill or go to the Kids Hope Web Site.
Love INC: Love “In the Name of Christ”
Love INC. was established in 1988 to share Christ's love by enabling Churches in the Traverse Bay area to use a referral networking approach with governmental and non-profit agencies to provide a quick response to people in need and help eliminate duplication of services. Central is a supporting church of Love INC and provides our members an opportunity to use their gifts and talents to make a difference locally. Find out more about Love, Inc.
Central United Methodist Church Emergency Fund: This fund is one avenue of our local Mission outreach. Central works with Love INC, several agencies and local churches to provide emergency, short and long term care. The Grand Traverse chapter has launched a new website: Love, Inc of GrandTraverse
Habitat for Humanity: Grand Traverse Region Habitat for Humanity builds 5 houses every year in an effort to eliminate substandard housing in the area. Many members of our congregation have worked over the years to raise funds for Habitat as well as contribute time to participate in work.
Northport & Kewadin Indian Mission
For over 140 years Northport Indian Mission United Methodist Church congregation has worshiped at it's present site on North Manitou Trail (M-22) just west of the village of Northport. Over 90% of the congregation are Native Americans. As the only Protestant Native American church on the Leelanau Penninsula, Northport Indian Mission UMC provides significant ministry to those who live on and around tribal land of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians at Peshawbestown. Each year a group helps in the spring to clean up the churches for the summer outdoor services. The churches service six counties in the surrounding area. In the month of July, Kewadin has a week of Revival Camp and Northport holds their camp the first week in August. During the summer there is a service every Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the Northport Church, two miles west of Northport on M-22 on the left hand side of the road. ALL are welcome. The pastor is Reverend Thomas John.
Pine Rest Clinic
Pine Rest Clinic is committed to providing quality, professional mental health services to children, families and adults in Northern Michigan.
Supporting Projects with a Purpose
The decision to buy and equip a tool trailer was made after our Central United Methodist Church team made its’ second trip to Mississippi to work in Hurricane Katrina recovery. Our mission is to make this trailer and tools available at no cost to any church or civic group engaging in disaster recovery, home building or remodeling, neighborhood restoration, church construction, or other projects for the betterment of community. There are no limits as to where the trailer may be taken. It has already helped with hurricane recovery work in Louisiana, housing rehabilitation in Indiana, and has spent several months in the Petoskey area in Habitat for Humanity work. To learn more about trailer specs, tool inventory, availability and how to reserve the trailer for your project go to the tool trailer page.
Volunteers In Mission (VIM)
Volunteers In Mission are people who volunteer to travel to mission sites to complete designated projects. Central has sponsored teams that have travelled to Africa, Haiti and Bolivia in recent years.
Each year, Central Church youth teams travel to a mission site to complete a designated project. The funds for these trips are raised by the youth and the Mission Ministry Team gives them support. The Kyle Sonnemann Scholoarship is also used to help those youth that need financial aid for mission work.
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