Faith Promise is what we call our collective community prayer during the year:
“Lord, how much would you give through me that you would not normally give to me for the sake of healing the world in Jesus’ name?”
As we pray this prayer, God provides “extra money” to us. We bring that “extra money” to the church. Our collected Faith Promise Funds are then sent out, 100%, to support our mission partnerships locally, regionally, and globally. This is giving above and beyond our regular, proportionate financial support of the ministries of First Church. The Faith Promise Fund is administered by the Outreach Committee and distributed according to their proposed spending plan for the year.
Most frequently, it seems, God provides this extra money in one or more of three ways when we begin to pray:
1. Re-aligning our personal budget so that funds formerly spent in other ways can be re-directed to the Faith Promise Fund.
2. New opportunities to produce income.
3. Unexpected money that “shows up”.
The Outreach Team only expends the monies we have actually received. No money is taken from other church revenue. No emergency appeal will be made. As God provides in response to our prayers, and as we individually pass along the money through our Faith Promise gifts, the Outreach Team sends out support to our Faith Promise partners. Generally, authorization is made for payment on a quarterly basis.
Lord, how much would you give through me that you would not normally give to me for the sake of healing the world in Jesus’ name?Faith Promise Prayer
Summoned2Serve is an all-hands-on-deck weekend in August when our church family reaches out to minister to our community, locally and abroad. On Saturday, we help seniors, at risk children and a variety of others with everyday needs – a real-life response to Jesus’ command to “feed my sheep.” And on Sunday, the whole church gathers to pack thousands of meals for shipment to countries where children and families are in need of basic nutritional support. Summoned2Serve weekend is just one way First Church lives the John Wesley call to action, “the world is my parish.”
We provide mobile food panty trucks eight months of the year in partnership with the Northern Illinois Food Bank and also support the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.
We support quilting supplies for our First Church quilters who produce quilts for children in the neo-natal ICU at Sherman Hospital in Elgin.
We provide financial support to this highly-effective ministry that helps ex-offenders re-enter life after their incarceration. The State of Illinois provides a 3 to 1 grant that multiplies our effective gift to a level of $12,000.
A local ministry individuals who enter HOS receive supportive and holistic services that address the core issues of homelessness. Home of the Sparrow serves single women and single women with children or pregnant, women who are homeless of all ages and demographics.
First Church, through KidsHopeUSA, is engaged in a structured mentoring/tutoring program that provides tutors from our congregation to students in Grades 1-3 who have been identified by teachers and social workers as candidates for this special, weekly, year-long ministry of educational assistance. We are launching in January, 2018. The funds cover our annual partnership agreement with and support from KidsHopeUSA
These funds are administered through the First Church Preschool to assist families in need by subsidizing tuition.
Refuge For Women is a national organization that has launched a Chicago base in response to the 25,000 women and girls That are sexually exploited and trafficked in the Chicago area every year. The RFW aftercare home opened in Crystal Lake in October of this year.
First Church has partnered with Habitat for Humanity by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley is undertaking its largest project ever and it will be located in McHenry Count. The project includes a nine-home subdivision in Crystal Lake that will transform a 3.4-acre lot into a thriving community. Our goal is to start building in April of 2019 and finish the entire project by December of 2020. Each of the nine homes will have three to four bedrooms, a detached garage, a turn-around driveway, and a big front porch.
We believe that this a great opportunity to make the community of Crystal Lake stronger and show God’s love for those families who will be living there. Our purpose is to welcome people not only into a home but into our community as well.
If you would like to get involved in missions, please contact us below and we’ll be in touch.