Preschool & Parents' Day Out (PDO)
Hosea Elementary (School partnership)
CWF/DWM - The Christian Women’s Fellowship (CWF), now called Disciples Women's Ministries (DWM) is an active ministry among ladies in our congregation that meet every 1st Thursday of the month for lunch at noon in the Social Hall. The group enjoys worshipping together through Bible Study and featured speakers (beginning at 12:45 in the new Fireside Room), as well as supporting local and global missions efforts. There is also a business meeting to discuss the projects from the previous month as well determining the next month's projects. For further information, contact Helen Hodkins at email@example.com
The Calvin Center (Food Pantry) - Food donations are collected weekly and delivered to The Calvin Center Food Pantry for distribution to families in need. In addition to our weekly collections, our congregation does an annual food drive called the "Souper Bowl".
Open Door Food Kitchen - Volunteer cooks and servers provide meals on a regular basis at The Open Door Food Kitchen, a ministry in downtown St. Joseph providing hot meals each day to people in need.
Jacob's Toy Box (Children's Toys) - every Christmas, we collect new toys to be given to children at Hosea Elementary School to help them celebrate Christmas. Donations towards the purchase of toys are also accepted.
Faith in Action (Volunteering) - This is a ministry of more than 2 dozen St. Joseph churches to pool volunteer resources and serve in the name of Jesus. A variety of services are provided, and a huge variety of volunteers are needed. If you'd like to help, let our Associate Pastor Cindy know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will contact the Faith In Action coordinators, Chuck and Sharon Leonard. As requested by Faith in Action, all volunteers will be required to have a background check completed before participating. Cindy can assist with this.
CarePortal-This ministry connects more than 16 area churches to our schools, Cornerstones of Care, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and local case workers as we work together to help meet the needs of children and families in our community. CarePortal bridges the gap between children in need and the churches that want to help. If you would like to see the current request you can check out the church's CarePortal page here. There are many ways to learn more about this mission opportunity. To sign up to receive CarePortal requests please contact Tonya and she can assist you.
India - We are partnered with the Good Shepherd Mission in Puttur, a town of 75,000 in southeastern India. The mission provides housing for elderly people and more than 200 orphans. Good Shepherd also operates a general-care hospital, eye hospital, and dental clinic, providing medical care at a reasonable cost for those who can pay, and at no cost for those who are unable to pay. Good Shepherd seeks to serve the poorest of the poor, and everything is done in the name of Jesus Christ. Good Shepherd also began and financially supports 14 village churches, and 3 of those churches were built by Wyatt Park Christian Church. We send $1200 each month to help support Good Shepherd's work, and teams from St. Joseph visit Good Shepherd regularly. Good Shepherd partnership coordinator: Vicki Gentzell.
Jamaica - We work with two congregations near the southwestern coast of Jamaica, sending medical teams and other support to aid people in that impoverished area. We are partnered with two local congregations in Cambridge and Holland in the Black River area of southwestern Jamaica. The Jamaica ministry is coordinated by Tom and Susie Alderson.
Our Jamaica Mission Team spends a week around early February each year serving in Jesus' name in Southwestern Jamaica. The team provides medical and dental care for people who do not have access to it otherwise. They work in the communities of Cambridge and Holland in the Black River area of southwestern Jamaica.