We take to heart the New Testament teachings that being in good relationship with God looks like being in good relationship with our neighbors and creation. We wish to be a voice in our local and global communities, and advocate for the poor and oppressed and be actively involved in ways that address those needs.
Local Service Opportunities
B.R.E.A.D.’s mission is to draw together people of faith to act powerfully on local issues of justice and fairness through processes of relationship building, direct action, and negotiation with decision-makers. Members are racially mixed, economically diverse, and geographically dispersed, and pursue Building Responsibility Equality and Dignity. The Big Bread Machine Small Group is involved in supporting B.R.E.A.D. activities and we always welcome new members.
CRC, a local settlement house, is located four blocks from our church. It offers a variety of programs in the community for the economically challenged, including a Food Pantry, after-school and summer programs for children, services for the elderly and housebound, and emergency assistance for indigents.
The YWCA Family Center gives shelter and food to homeless families. CMC partners with North Broadway United Methodist Church, located just across the street. The Family Center provide homeless families with basic human needs…shelter, safety, and sustenance…with a spirit of warmth and hospitality and in the interest of mutual learning.
NNEMAP, located in Victorian Village, is a local food pantry. Throughout the year, members of CMC support NNEMAP through gifts of food and supplies. At Christmas we provide items for grooming kits, like razors, shampoo, soap, and deodorant.
Opportunities Beyond Our Local Community
Service Opportunites through Mennonite Agencies:
MCC is a relief, service, community development, and peace agency of the North American Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches. With over 800 workers in 58 countries around the world, MCC seeks to demonstrate God's love by working among people suffering from poverty, conflict, oppression and natural disaster.
Mennonite Mission Network, the mission agency of Mennonite Church USA, supports ministries in more than 50 countries. Mennonite Mission Network exists to lead, mobilize and equip the church to participate in holistic witness to Jesus Christ in a broken world. Mennonite Mission Network envisions every congregation and all parts of the church being fully engaged in mission - across the street, all through the marketplaces and around the world.
CPT witnesses for nonviolence in situations of violence around the world. Volunteers may step between warring parties in an effort to halt the violence, or may function as neutral third-party observers who document abuses. CPT is a project of Mennonite churches, Church of the Brethren and Friends United Meeting.