The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But the good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
First Christian Church serves everyday issues:
- Yearly mission trips to those in crisis.
- We are a Green Chalice church, not only educating but also finding new ways to lead by example in order to deter climate change. View the UN Climate Change Report here.
- Real community with real people, no nonsense ever. Expect to find friends here.
- Mature, healthy, faithful witnesses to the bible, theology, and any matters that intersect with them in a straight forward way that puts critical thinking alongside faith.
- We openly teach how scientific truths (like evolution) can compliment, not detract from, our faith.
- Just the same, we strive to both educate and model our faith in a way that stands up for the most marginalized in our communities.
- We value discussion and a diversity of views instead of pushing a single view on any issue not explicitly discussed in the Bible.
Our Strategy for Outreach:
“Short term missions” have come under fire in the last several years. Terms like “voluntourism” and “toxic charity” have woken many up to the reality that churches who mean well do not always do well. In other words, too often, service can be more about us feeling good than us doing good. As a response, we strive to do the most good we can with two priorities: (1) Use short missions to respond to crises. Short term mission work still has validity when disasters strike. Things like floods and fires need folks to jump on it right then and there. (2) Form strategic partnerships with long term missions. Many of the issues we see today will not be solved with one trip. Likewise, they will not be solved by one church. We work to maintain close partnerships with groups already doing this work so that together we can chip away at these larger issues.
How you can get involved:
The easiest way to get involved is to join us on Sundays. We have donation bins and service projects in church continually. By joining with us, you will get to rub elbows with folks accustomed to doing good work. Just the same, this will help get you in a sustainable groove – no more worrying if you’re not doing enough or getting burnt out trying to do it all at once. Until then, please look through the list of great groups listed below. These folks do great work and would love your support.
Our (always unexhaustive) link of great groups in the River Valley:
- Food Insecurity and Homelessness:
- Hope Campus helps people out of homelessness. Consider donating food to them or volunteering. You can also drop off food donations at the church and we will deliver them.
- Next Step Shelter and Day Room
- Sack Lunch Program offers free sack lunches to anyone who needs them. Consider volunteering or helping financially.
- Pay it Forward is a local food bank.
- Food Bank Antioch helps youth and families with food insecurity.
- Clearinghouse works to end hunger in the area.
- Parenting, Adoption, and Fostering Programs:
- The Call partners Christians with children in need of adoption.
- CASA assists with child adoption and foster homes.
- Earthbound Angels helps parents gain custody of their children as they come out of crisis shelters, provides diapers and other resources, and does various other important work for families in the area.
- Citizen’s Climate Lobby works to better curtail climate change.
- Ainsley’s Angels performs marathons with folks in wheelchairs, advocates, and brings awareness to people with varying needs in our community.
- The Arc advocates, educates, and makes community for those in the area with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Some other Great Groups: