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First Christian Church has a long history of service
and outreach to the local community and the world. We support a
wide variety of ministries, both through our gifts of financial aid and
hands-on work. From providing sleeping quarters for the military
during World War II to funding classroom equipment in Darfur, from
supplying clothing for orphans in the Republic of Georgia to our
present-day help with local children, we have found ways in which to
help where the need is the greatest.
DISCIPLES MISSION FUND
Throughout the years, we have supported the various special offerings
that support the ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of
Christ). Among those are the special offerings for Easter,
Pentecost, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. In addition to these, we
support the work of Week of Compassion through donations to be used in
their response to emergencies (such as hurricane, earthquake and flood
relief) around the world.
ADOPT - A - SCHOOL
For more than ten years, we have "adopted" DeLong Elementary School.
Our church family donates school supplies in September for students who
cannot afford the many things needed for school. We have had
"Kleenex Sunday", and hundreds of boxes of tissues are given to the
school to be used in the classrooms so teachers do not have to purchase
them. We also give "care packages" to the teachers and staff
members at the school at different times of the year to show them that
they are appreciated.
KIDREACH TUTORING PROGRAM
We are one of the site locations for the KidReach Tutoring Program,
sponsored by World Vision, a one-on-one tutoring program for elementary
school children who need extra help in math and reading. Our
tutors work with students from DeLong Elementary School after school one
day a week; one tutor is assigned to one student for the year.
This allows a relationship of trust and understanding to develop which
helps the students in their ability to learn.
For the past few years, we have been engaged in a ministry with Nativity
House, a drop-in center for the homeless in the community; meals are
provided as well as giving them a safe place to visit during the day.
Our people have provided clothing to be handed out to the people who are
served by this valuable ministry to the community.
H.U.G.S. FOR THE HOMELESS
Once a year, we receive donations for our H.U.G.S. (hats, underwear,
gloves, socks) for the Homeless. New items of clothing are donated
during the cold winter months when the need is the greatest for those
who live on the streets.
OTHER SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
In addition to these, there are other opportunities in the community in
which members of First Christian Church participate. We support,
through financial aid and hands-on assistance, the projects of Habitat
for Humanity. We sponsor teams for both the Pierce County Hunger
Walk (to help the hungry of Tacoma and around the world) and the Relay
for Life (to help fund research to find a cure for cancer).