Missions We Support

Serving The Homeless

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In 2003, the First Church of the Nazarene in Traverse City began offering a community meal program for homeless people. Later that same year, they added an emergency overnight shelter on the coldest nights. In the first season, as many as twenty-six guests per night were staying in the church.

The following year, several other churches became involved, and the program became a rotating shelter throughout the winter months.

During the 2011-2012 season, Safe Harbor provided 5,540 bed-nights and more than 11,000 meals to 158 different homeless men and women.

In 2012, Safe Harbor is an organization that includes over 20 churches and community groups. Now partnering with Goodwill’s Street Outreach program and the Goodwill Inn, three paid employees provide increased continuity and safety to both guests and volunteers.

The need is real. In January 2012, Goodwill’s Street Outreach program counted 906 homeless people and people at risk of homelessness in the Grand Traverse region. The homeless are also served by the Goodwill Inn, the Women’s Resource Center, and the homes of friends and relatives.

“I assure you, when you did it for one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it for me.” Matthew 25:40

Christian Education

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TC Christian’s Mission

The school exist to provide a nurturing environment of academic excellence which is Christ-centered in its focus. The school is committed to equipping all students to develop their own unique God-given potential and stewardship toward God, concerning themselves, the world around them, and mankind.

TC Christian’s Purpose
Glorifying God, Partnering With Parents and Equipping Students to Transform the World for Jesus Christ

Glorifying God:
This is both what we do and why we do it. We are committed to glorify God both in chapel and in how we teach and learn. We honor our creator in Bible class and in all classes. When we speak of truth, we are referring to God’s truth. Through the power of his Spirit and his Word, we intend to glorify God by transforming the world for Jesus Christ.

Partnering With Parents: Research consistently shows the most important factor in high achieving schools is parental support of the educational mission. We are a seamless community of believers committed to the wholeness and wellbeing of all our children and adults, whether students or staff. Our children experience a consistent moral and spiritual message from the home, the church and the school. Our most obvious differentiator, the factor that contributes more to the distinctiveness and success of TCCS than any other, is that we live our mission together, within a genuine Christian community.

Equipping Students: It is exciting to see the consistently high results on our yearly Terra Nova standardized testing. While we certainly are pleased with these results, our motivation for equipping our students goes well beyond academic achievement. It comes right out of scripture itself. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord,…” Colossians 3:23 As a Christian school we are continually seeking excellence in all aspects of education. But there is another factor to excellence. We at TCCS are called to examine all things in light of Colossians 2:3, where we read that in Christ ‘are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.’ We at TCCS consider carefully the question, “How can we, or any school, be excellent unless we honor Colossians 2:3 in all subject areas? It is a privilege to strive for true excellence by recognizing the kingship of Jesus over all things!

Transform the World for Jesus Christ:
We realize that the world in which our children are living is most often very different from our intentional Christian community in which we nurture them. We are called not only to prepare our children for this world but also to teach them to live to transform their world for Christ. In this way, we honor the prayer, “Your kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Core Values

Biblical Worldview: At TCCS we value seeing life through the lens of scriptural truth and living accordingly. We acknowledge the sovereignty of God over every aspect of creation, seeking to proclaim God’s truth by how we live, learn, and teach. We address the fallen-ness of humanity and the broken-ness of creation by directly addressing their effects on life as God intended it to be. We do not avoid difficult issues; we teach biblical discernment.

Academic Excellence:
We value high academic standards for our students, cultivating each child’s potential capacity as an image-bearer of God. We provide educational excellence for each student within a safe and loving environment.

Authentic Biblical Community:
TCCS is a faith-infused community. Our faith is passionate and the Spirit is alive among us. We lovingly hold each other accountable to the core values stated here. We demonstrate unwavering support to our fellow community members in upholding these same values.

Christ-like Character Development: At TCCS we value expressions of biblical compassion toward everyone. We passionately desire to learn and grow as disciples who seek to be like Jesus. We seek to develop servant leadership in every member of our community, and live to glorify and honor the creator.

Whole Child Emphasis:
We value each child as a unique workmanship of God himself. We value the wholeness of each child’s character, academic progress, effort, physical abilities and artistic expression.

Caring For The Orphan

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Firefly Children’s Initiative is committed to providing financial support and encouragement to prospective adoptive families. We are dedicated to improving the odds of children being placed in loving forever family.

It is also our goal to reach out in Christ to brothers and sisters who are operating orphanages globally with a hand of encouragement by providing for any physical or financial needs that they may face. We are currently working with a group home in Mirebelle, Haiti, hoping to assist them in covering basic operation costs and needs.

Sanctity of Human Life

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Our kind and professional staff is focused on helping you by providing free and confidential services including the following: clinical pregnancy testing, pregnancy confirmation ultrasound, factual information about pregnancy, abortion, adoption and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Remember, at the end of the day it’s YOUR choice. But first, let us help you know your options and get the facts so you can make an informed decision!

Ministering to Those In Prision

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Keys To Freedom’s Goal – To restore dignity to the souls of those who have fallen into sin by breaking the law and desire a helping hand to return to wholeness. It is our desire to come along side them and direct them to God’s plan for their lives by using the Holy Scriptures as our guide.

Keys To Freedom’s Vision
– We want to seek out and cultivate strong relationships with our Church communities and educate them about the spiritual needs of the incarcerated men and women in the local jails. Our objective is to extend the ministry to more jails in our area.

Keys To Freedom’s Hope
– We anticipate, by having daily contact with inmates, the custodial staff will have less violence and decreasing complaints. Having open communications with a quick response by the Chaplains will hopefully alleviate frustration for those requesting help. It is the duty of the Chaplains to effectively communicate with the volunteers resulting in less confusion about the rules and protocol in the jail. Volunteers will have a clear chain of command with one authority responsible for any questions or concerns they may have.

Building Hope Through A Home

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Habitat’s Mission: Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build sustainable homes, communities, and hope so that our community will experience God’s love in action.

Habitat’s Core Values:

Demonstrating Christ’s Love – This is not necessarily about washing someone’s feet as much as it is about service to others, and especially to those who are in need. At Habitat we believe Jesus has set an example by modeling for us all, if Christ was willing to come to serve us, then we should be willing to serve each other.

Building Hope – Every person has a destiny given by God with the potential to succeed, and we at Habitat believe: that for a person to succeed they must have hope. Hope for a future, hope for possibility, and hope in their fellow man. The building blocks of a successful future begins with a hope deeply rooted in and through Christ.

Promoting Responsibility – A simple fact of learning and becoming self-directed and self-sufficient is to learn to take responsibility; responsibility for our past, present and for our future. At Habitat we take that one step further believing that we have the capacity and duty to promote responsibility not only for ourselves, but for our community, environment, and people whom we have the ability to impact which ultimately helps the Grand Traverse Region come to grips with local realities and circumstances that need changing for a better future for everyone.

Feeding The Hungry

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The LAUMC Food Pantry is open to any and all who have need. The pantry is located in the lower level of our Village Church. We do our best to keep the shelves stocked with all sorts of food, the freezers full of bread and meat, and in the summer our community garden is available for the picking!

The Pantry is open Monday thru Thursday 9am-12pm. Please give the office a call if you need to set up a time that is more convenient for you! (231)275-7236

Bringing Joy To a Child in need

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The story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) gives a clear picture of God’s desire for us to help those in desperate need wherever we find them. After describing how the Samaritan rescued a hurting man whom others had passed by, Jesus told His hearers, “Go and do likewise.” For over 40 years, Samaritan’s Purse has done our utmost to follow Christ’s command by going to the aid of the world’s poor, sick, and suffering. We are an effective means of reaching hurting people in countries around the world with food, medicine, and other assistance in the Name of Jesus Christ. This, in turn, earns us a hearing for the Gospel, the Good News of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

As our teams work in crisis areas of the world, people often ask, “Why did you come?” The answer is always the same: “We have come to help you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Our ministry is all about Jesus—first, last, and always. As the Apostle Paul said, “For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5, NIV).

Mission Statement

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.