44400 West Ten Mile Road
Novi, Michigan 48375
Phone: (248) 349-2345 - Fax: (248) 349-5716
Missions CommitteeChairperson: Terry Kazakos
Session Rep: Terry Kazakos
The Missions Committee is a committee of the Session and is composed of a chairperson, a Session representative and members from the congregation at large.
The Missions Committee is responsible for overseeing the local and international mission programs of the church and for assuring that the church's contributions are expeditiously and effectively distributed. It also sponsors hands-on mission programs such as food drives, Novi Emergency Food Program, Novi Youth Assistance, clothing drives, homeless ministries (soup kitchen), and fund raising for the aforementioned programs.
The Ecumenical Theological Seminary (ETS) serves lunch to homeless people on Wednesdays in Detroit. The mission committee supports their efforts with monthly contributions as well as a support team to make and serve the lunches on the third Wednesday of each month. On Advent Sunday, 275 packets were assembled with socks, toiletries, candy, and a Christmas card for the luncheon guests at the ETS. These are distributed to those in need just before Christmas.
2010 Mission Trip
We are looking for interested people to join others from the Presbytery in the Presbytery trip to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. There, we will assist with rebuilding the community from the recent flood damage. Hopefully we will be able to send a team in September 2010; for more details please contact Betty Nick.
Mission trips both domestic and international are an integral part of our outreach efforts. Intergenerational participation is encouraged. Most recently we have worked on house building and supporting a health clinic in Guatemala (2008 & 2009). At Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota we built bunk beds (2007 & 2008). Our next major evangelical outreach will hopefully be in Cuba. The details and visas are being worked on but no dates are currently available.
2009 Guatemala Mission Trip
In February of 2009 a group from Faith Community Presbyterian Church plunged into an experience not soon to be forgotten by any involved; we traveled to Guatemala to give of ourselves. It was not that any of us were remarkably brave or especially sacrificial; we simply capitalized on a unique combination of human empathy and extraordinary privilege and opportunity. We boarded a plane and, not without certain difficulty, arrived in an alien land. We proceeded to the north, far from our comfortable western sense of civilization.
For the next week we gave of our gifts in the form of sweat and occasionally blood. When the week ended our doctors had seen countless patients with ailments ranging from headaches to life threatening ailments offering treatment not otherwise available in these small villages. The rest of us worked to provide structures capable of providing shelter replacing older drafty homes full of holes. One house was about 1/3 done when we got there. We were able to finish that house and turn it over to Paullina and her daughter. It was the first time she had had her own home in 26 years.
For that week we worked alongside people who, like us, were willing to work and sweat in the interest of helping our friends and neighbors in the Lord. We struggled to communicate and to adjust to a foreign culture but we did not struggle to understand the gratitude we experienced for the small gifts we were able to share. Smiles and laughs that carry universal feeling and meaning were shared throughout the week. The result was that when we piled into the vans to head back to the airport preceding our journey home, we all knew we were taking more with us than we had left. None of us would forget what we had done.
In our group there were 3 doctors who worked in a clinic seeing people who have limited access to doctors. They worked from 9 to 5 or 6 or later for 5 days, even walking to a couple of homes to see people who were too ill to come to the clinic themselves.
In addition to building and medical support, about 6 of us also taught English classes. In my case I worked with a local pastor eager to learn English. The others worked with children ages 4 to 12. While in Guatemala we also attended a church service, taught Sunday school and participated in 2 other mid-week Bible studies
I think the most important thing we did was Learn:
Not what you do - but how you do it.
Help CROP Stop Hunger!October 9, 2016
The 29th Annual Novi-Northville CROP Walk for hunger relief takes place on Sunday, October 9, 2016. This event joins churches in our community to raise money for the hunger relief efforts of Church World Service, the mission arm of the National Council of Churches. The four mile Walk starts and ends at Northville United Methodist Church. Last year, our Walk raised $16,000 for hunger relief programs around the world. Twenty-five percent of those funds stayed in our community to support Northville Civic Concern, Redford Interfaith Relief Agency, the Novi Emergency Food Program and Everyone Eats Soup Kitchen in Detroit. Walker sponsor sheets and further details will be available in the narthex on Sunday mornings. Help is also needed on the day of the Walk. Please continue to pray for those suffering from hunger in our world and the work of CWS.
Novi Emergency Food Program
Church members distribute groceries to needy families every second Monday. We will be making special monthly collections of items for the food bank. Any donations can be put in the blue box in the narthex marked: Food Bank. Thank you.
At Easter and Thanksgiving each food bank family is given a gift certificate to purchase food at a grocery store. Faith's "every person mission" encourages the congregation to bring in school supplies and backpacks for the school age children of the food program. At Christmas time, coded names of family members (from the food pantry program) are put on the Christmas tree and members of the congregation purchase the items they have designated.
October is missionary month and we host a missionary on the last Sunday of the month. This is preceded by a missionary breakfast at a church in the Presbytery where 15 to 20 missionaries come together to tell us of their work in various parts of the world. The Faith Community Church congregation hears first hand about how God's message is spread throughout the world
The Sunday school children are raising funds for the Heifer project; a program that distributes animals to needy families. These fortunate families are then asked to "pass on the gift" by sending the offspring of their animal to a neighboring family. So far the children have saved enough to purchase a pig and a flock of chickens. They hope to purchase 2 more flocks before the end of the year.
Habitat for Humanity
In July of 2009, 6 members (Catharine McCloskey-Turner, Mark Turner, Mike Evert, Brooke Mcnight, Terry Kazakos, and Jim Ernst) of our church spent a week with over 100 members from various Detroit churches to help Habitat for Humanity to provide housing for the Jackson family in Detroit. The build was sponsored by the Detroit Presbytery and the Lutheran church and would provide 2 houses in the Detroit project.
We were involved in various home building tasks such as: wall building, kitchen cabinet hanging, door hanging, trim molding, drainage ditch digging and pipe laying, painting, and vinyl siding. We were working along side of the home owner and her children and by the end of the week we were able to have the house ready for carpet and outdoor landscaping. It was a hot week but very rewarding.
The Detroit projects plans to provide over 50 homes to needy families in Detroit. Habitat also provides classes for the new homeowners in things such as: basic finance, tax preparation, home maintenance, outdoor maintenance, and minor home repair. Hence, their success rate for new homeowners is very high and most new owners are able to keep and maintain their house without intervention.
Howell Nature Center
On April 5 five of us from Faith joined 15 others from the presbytery to help clear out brush and clean up the grounds of the chapel area. The Howell nature center is owned by the presbytery and is dedicated to the rehabilitation of rescued animals. In addition, they host school group and help teach them conservation and spread god's goodness. In the summer they offer week long summer camps with many outdoor activities. The new church development group is hoping to encourage the visitors and local residents to make the chapel there church home during the summer months.
See additional pictures here.