Outreach

In an effort to maintain an attitude of service toward our community, the congregation at First Christian Stow host several outreach events and activities throughout the calendar year.

Loaves and Fishes Dinner

In May of 2009, First Christian Church of Stow began what is to be an on-going, free community dinner.  Each dinner is held the third Sunday of each month from 4pm – 6pm  in Fellowship Hall. The entrance to Fellowship Hall can be accessed through the lower level entrance of the church.

Our Loaves and Fishes program is an off-shoot of a program started by Mantua Center Christian Church in 2005.  They based their program after the story of Jesus feeding the masses in Matthew 15:

Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way. His disciples answered, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?”

How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked.

“Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.”

He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was four thousand, besides women and children.

And also based on Ephesians 2:10:

It is God Himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ago He planned that we should spend these lives in helping others.

It is with these same scriptures, that we at First Christian Church of Stow, offer a meal to the community around us.  We would be honored to have you come and join us.

World Outreach

The World Outreach Team at First Christian Church of Stow has a long and dedicated history. Over these many years, many members of our church have felt “called” to the mission of helping people. Some avenues of help have included, but are not limited to:

  • Monetary Donations to worthy organizations that help with clothing, shelter and/or food.
  • Good Neighbors of Cuyahoga Falls
  • Salvation Army of Akron
  • Haven of Rest of Akron
  • Ronald McDonald House of Akron
  • Family Promise (InterFaith Hospitality Network of Akron)
  • Kent Battered Women’s Shelter
  • The Cleveland Christian Home for Children
  • Church World Service (CROP Walk & Health Kits)
  • Monetary Donations to organizations that promote education and mission work
    • First Christian Church Timothy’s – for books (students entering into ministry)
    • Mission trips (previous trips include New Orleans,Texas,West Virginia,Pennsylvania, South Carolina)
    • Camp Christian (Disciples of Christ Camp)
    • The USO
  • Providing new school supplies, new clothing and personal items
  • Good Neighbors
  • The Cleveland Christian Home for Children
  • Church World Service (Health, Baby and School Kits) – for disaster distribution
  • Items mailed to persons serving in the armed forces
  • Family Promise of Summit County – we provide assistance to homeless families with children. We assist by providing / serving food and driving the center van, as well as, evening and over night volunteers to assist families while they are staying at Firestone Park Christian Church.
  • Helping local families with food at Christmas and Easter.
  • Providing tokens of affection and remembrance to our home-bound church members.
  • Holding a once a month free dinner for the community.
  • Planting a church garden to help local groups extend their level of food given out:
    • Kent Social Services
    • Good Neighbors
    • Kent Freedom House
  • Maintaining a small pantry for those who come to our church for help.
  • Donating clothing and household goods to Good Neighbors, The Cleveland Christian Home for Children and Inter Faith Hospitality Network.
  • Holding fund raisers to increase the amount that we are able to give – above and beyond our yearly budget:
    • Quilt raffles
    • Basket Raffles
    • Dinners / Luncheons

If you like what you see in our selection of charities, perhaps you would like to help, too. Below, we have listed some of the organizations with links to their web sites.
Church World Service

Haven of Rest Ministries
The Cleveland Christian Home
The Salvation Army

CROP Hunger Walk

CROP Hunger Walks are events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local volunteers to raise funds to help fight hunger around the world.
Over 2,000 communities across the U.S. join in more than 1,600 CROP Hunger Walks each year.  More than five million CROP Hunger Walkers have participated in more than 36,000 CROP Hunger Walks in the last two decades.

Week of Compassion

Week of Compassion is the relief, refugee and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Giving to Week of Compassion is an effective way for Disciples congregations, members and friends to channel their resources and concerns to the humanitarian needs of suffering people within the United States and in the world.

Cleveland Children’s Home

Founded as an orphanage in 1900, today’s Cleveland Christian Home annually serves approximately 1,000 children, youth and families. Programs include community-based services for children living at home; residential treatment for boys with severe emotional and behavioral disturbances; and an independent living program for teens and young adults who are about to “age out” of the child welfare system.

Pumpkin Patch

Each October, the congregation of First Christian Church of Stow operates a pumpkin patch as a way to help raise funds for worthy organizations including, Good Neighbors of Cuyahoga Falls, The Cleveland Christian Home for Children and Family Promise/Inter Faith Hospitality Network of Akron.

First Christian Church Pumpkin Patch

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