A ministry begun by First Christian, this mission to feed the hungry has grown to encompass multiple churches. During COVID-19, the Soup Kitchen at FCC provides to-go meals from 11 am – 12:30 pm on Monday and Fridays. Food is also provided to Block Love, the Urban Ministry tent city, the harlotte-Mecklenburg School System and other partners. More info at www.dilworthsoupkitchen.org
First Christian is continuously working to support our Montagnard members’ successful integration into the mainstream US. This support has included informal tutoring for school-age children, Bible Study in remedial English, support for Habitat Homes built for and by members, and assistance with forms and red-tape for our families struggling with both the English language and our societal systems like the educational system necessary for survival here in the USA.
First Christian Church leaders are also offering support and advocacy on a national level to Montagnard families and relatives of our members who are still in Vietnam facing beatings, imprisonment, and multiple losses including loss of their land needed for survival, all for simply trying to gather to worship God.
First Christian participates in national and international outreach through the work of the Week of Compassion. Week of Compassion is the relief, refugee and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.
We seek to equip and empower disciples to alleviate the suffering of others through disaster response, humanitarian aid, sustainable development and the promotion of mission opportunities.
Crisis Assistance Ministry serves families facing financial crisis by providing emergency rent and utility assistance, clothing, furniture, and household goods and the tools to pursue financial stability.
Missions is encouraging the congregation to provide regular donations to Loaves & Fishes, a Charlotte organization that provides food for individuals and families with the most need in our community. You may leave donations of non-perishable food at the church office during regular office hours, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Church Mission Team will deliver donations to Loaves and Fishes.
Local community support for high-poverty schools and their teachers. (Ongoing)
Our congregation is part of the North American Pacific Asian Disciples of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), offering opportunities for connection and advocacy for Asian communities of faith throughout the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Our Little Free Pantry is now accepting food donations during COVID-19. Please give what you can to those in need. Pictured right: Canned goods, water, and other food items currently being provided to the community.
Place non-perishable food items in the pantry; drop off donations at the church office, 9:00 – 1:00 p.m. weekdays; make a financial donation at www.easytithe.com/fccclt (choose Little Free Pantry) or mail a check to the church, mark “Little Free Pantry.”
(Upcoming Volunteer Opportunity) – Once Charlotte begins COVID-19 recovery Phase 3 Reopening, FCC will partner with Project Outpour, a mission that offers showers to homeless individuals. FCC plans to host the shower trailer in our parking lot every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Four volunteers will be needed each week to make our guests feel welcome and prepare the showers and bathrooms for their use. The start date and volunteer info will be provided soon.
Syl, the Project Outpour Mobile Shower Unit, at the ready! One day very soon it will visit us, too.
(Donation Opportunity) – During the Lenten Season of Service, FCC is collecting funds to buy books for first graders who may not have access to books at home. This year’s book is “Henry Mudge Puddle Trouble.” The goal is 144 books at a cost of $ 4.00 each. Give online at www.easytithe.com/fccclt – choose J.H. Gunn Books. Or mail a check payable to the church in care of Financial Secretary, mark “J.H. Gunn Books.”
Members of First Christian Church Community Donations to J.H. Gunn Elementary
(Donation Opportunity) – Charlotte Bilingual Preschool prepares Latinx students and their parents (many of whom are immigrants with little or no English) for success in Charlotte public school and life. Some of the countries they represent are the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and the U.S. Located in East Charlotte, this model program focuses on helping students by providing dual-language early childhood education. It supports students’ families with parenting, life skills, and English language classes, enabling them to sustain and nurture their children’s educational and emotional development.