Missions

Then the King will say to those at his right hand, `Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you
from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger
and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’

Then the righteous will answer him, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink?
And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee?
And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?’
And the King will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.

Matthew 25:31-40 (RSV)

 

 

Don Justo, Coffee With Dignity. Don Justo coffee is grown in the mountains of eastern El Salvador. The coffee is hand-sorted and roasted in small batches. By supporting this fair-trade coffee, our church supports farmers who, in turn, pay their workers a fair wage.

 

In addition, a portion of the profits from coffee sales go directly back to help small communities, suffering from extreme poverty, receive basic human needs of clean water, medical services and safe housing. You are not drinking just a cup of coffee. You are drinking a JUST cup of coffee.

The first Sunday of each month Mission Commission serves and sells Don Justo Coffee. The coffee can be purchased in many flavors as ground or whole bean.

Local Ecumenical Missions:

1. Ecumenical Lord’s Cupboard:  ELC provides food to those in need.

2. Ottumwa Community Outreach Ministry:  They serve meals to those who are hungry.  They are also just starting a Men’s Homeless Shelter.

3. Ottumwa Habitat for Humanity:  We help to build affordable housing for those in need by providing funds, workers, and people on the board.

4. FPC Community Assistance:  We provide limited financial help for those needing assistance with utilities, rent, etc.

5. Heartland Crisis Pregnancy Center:  They help nurture young women through a positive pregnancy demonstrating that there is a Christian alternative to abortion as well as ongoing compassionate concern and support for women caught in a difficult pregnancy.

6. Salvation Army:  They help provide food and shelter to those in need.

7. The Crisis Center and Women’s Shelter:  They provide emergency shelter and services to survivors of domestic or sexual violence.

8. The Gideons International:  The Gideons provide Bibles and Scripture worldwide in over 75 languages.

9. Ottumwa Area Fellowship of Churches, and Church Women United.  We are active in both of these groups.