Outreach

The best opportunity for the church to do God's work is through its community involvement. St. James has always been a big supporter of it's community. We have many opportunities for our members to help their fellow brothers and sisters.

 

Social Ministry

The objective of this committee is to seek ways for our congregation to be Christ to and show love to our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are involved in the Church at large, the NC synod, the local community and the congregation of St James Lutheran Church to provide out reach ministry for those in need. Various projects we are routinely involved with include:

 

Crop Walk - World-Wide Hunger Relief

Crop Walk benefits the hungry around the world and a large portion of the funds raised (25% last year) remain in the local community. It is usually a great afternoon to walk for a good cause. Anybody can participate in the walk. We will have a number of our youth participating. In addition to walking, they will be soliciting our members for pledges for CCM's ministry. Late in September and early October our youth will be coming to you with their pledge cards. Please support our walkers.

 

Staffing the Night Shelter

CCM, in cooperation with the Salvation Army, operates a year-round night shelter. Changes in recent years include the expansion of the facility, inclusion of showers for guests., a separate sleeping area for women and children and a washer and dryer. In addition, paid staff are utilized for the 11:00 PM to 6:30 AM shift on Sunday through Thursday. St James has committed volunteers and meal preparation for four weeks in the next year. The schedule is posted on the large bulletin board near the back entrance. We need volunteers during the week to stay from 7:00 - 11:00 PM. At 11:00 PM, the paid staff takes over. On Friday and Saturday night each week our volunteer will spend the full night. Typically we need to provide meals for five of the seven nights. Please see the calendar to see which nights are open. We have also posted the suggested menu next to the calendar. The menu is a suggestion however, the idea is to provide a level of consistency for the guests and to remove some of the guesswork on the part of the those preparing meals. Shelter work can be both rewarding and frustrating. Rewarding in the sense that this is a great chance to be Jesus to someone. The frustrating part is that in our results oriented world the positive results we look for sometimes do not come quickly with shelter work. However, THE NEED IS REAL.

 

Annual Service Trip

One of the highlights of not only our Outreach Ministry at St. James, but also our Youth Ministry Program is our annual Service Trip.  As of this summer, this will be the 19th year, except for 2 or 3 years, that our youth and adults have been making a difference in the lives of those who need our skills in places like Washington, D.C., Kentucky, West Virginia and Alabama.  It has been a life changing experience for many of our members and their friends as we have repaired homes and shared our love for making a difference in Christ's name with folks all over the Southeast.  There are no words adequate to express the joy we receive by the outpouring of generosity by those who house, feed and take care of us in some of the most economically challenged areas in our country.  Jesus is the glue that holds us all together and makes countless miracles happen on these trips!

 

Coordinating Blood drives offered at the church

The Red Cross runs the drive. Please donate if you can for this life giving resource. We will also need volunteers for the day of the drive.

 

Habitat For Humanity

LYNC, the youth groups of St. James, will be participating in the Youth United Habitat Project. A house which is being funded and built entirely by various youth groups across Cabarrus county.

 

CCM food collection

Each month in the newsletter various dry goods or other household items are featured. Please bring what you can and leave your donation in the shopping cart next to the rear entrance. We will then take the donations in the cart to CCM. If you have food or clothing you can take directly, CCM is located on Country Club Dr. across from the Sportscenter.

 

CVAN

In 2001, the LYNC of St. James renovated and donated the use of the "Liddle" house.

 

Souper Bowl Of Caring

We participate annually in the “Souper Bowl of Caring” This year the youth raised $400.11 to support local hunger ministries.

 

Salvation Army bell ringing during the holidays

Each year members of St. James volunteer for this program. Information and volunteer opportunities are provided before the holiday season each year.

 

Meals on Wheels

This community wide ministry is a service that delivers meals to homebound citizens in our community. It is a way to brighten up someone's day. If you would like to get involved, call the church office for more information.

 

Pastoral Care Ministry

Among the many opportunities this group has is helping the members of our congregation the old fasion way... From raking leaves in the fall to painting, to spring cleaning. We have also added two additional ministry opportunities. We now provide transportation for those without a car and meals to those in need. Please call the church office if you can help in these areas.

 

Provide financial resources to Cabarrus County Bible Association which allows Bible classes to be taught in the local high schools

 

Provide financial resources to the Cabarrus County high school Young Life program

 

Provide financial resources to Hospice

 

Many other outreach opportunities are carried out through various groups that exist in the church such as our Youth, Men, and Women's groups.