At Plymouth Covenant Church, we want to impact our community by partnering with local organizations to do more and bigger things together than either organization could accomplish alone. Through these partners, we live out our faith by serving others.
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR - PASTOR SLEEP OUT
Where will Pastor Dan and "friends" be on Feb. 16?
Pastor Dan has agreed to sleep out to bring awareness of homelessness on February 16 and would rather not sleep outside or be alone. How can you support Dan and his friends to raise awareness of homelessness in our community as well as raise funds to prevent homelessness?
It is up to you to provide Dan comfort and friends through your generous donations. As we raise more money, we not only provide “comfort” to Dan and his friends, we also provide for our neighbors in need.
As seen on the barometer, $500 will provide Dan a pillow. As the barometer increases with donations, he will gain a sleeping bag, food, box, tent, a warm car, and if we reach our goal of $10,000, he will have the warmth of a mobile shelter.
That’s not all – Pastor Dan doesn’t want to do this alone. We also have the opportunity to buy “friends” for Pastor Dan. Yes, Pastors Bob, Randy, Aaron, Pav, Sanjeev, Joe and Jacob can all accompany Dan on February 16th. Each willing “friend” will need to raise $250 to join Dan on February 16th. Where Dan and his friends sleep is up to you!!
Donations of any kind can be made directly at the display near the main entrance, or on-line (see GIVE button below).
100% of your donations will be given to our local mission partner Interfaith Outreach to prevent homelessness. If you would like to learn more about homelessness in our community and how your giving impacts the life of a person in need, click on the link “More Info” below.
Continue to check back to keep updated on Pastor Dan’s journey!
We open up our church four times per year to house, feed, and care for families enrolled in the Families Moving Forward program—an interfaith social service organization that provides emergency shelter to homeless families. As a host church, Plymouth Covenant Church provides overnight shelter in our building and volunteers from our congregation create private sleeping rooms for each family, serve meals, and share fellowship with four families. Our next hosting week is March 3-10.
Who Can Serve?
Children, teens, adults, families, and small groups are all welcome to serve. Sign up for any of our hosting weeks and make an impact on these precious families moving forward.
Cyndy Jahnke at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interfaith Outreach is a local organization that responds to the needs of people in our community and helps come alongside families by providing meals, school supplies, and other support.
- $400 puts tires on a car so a family can get to work.
- $799 keeps a family in their housing for a month.
- $929 allows one child one month of quality early childhood care.
- $1,952 provides employment services for a parent to land a “career job”.
- $2,718 provides services to stabilize and strengthen a family for a year.
Although we are blessed to live and work in the communities surrounding Plymouth Covenant, we sometimes forget that poverty and homelessness exists in our own community. Did you know:
- Interfaith Outreach serves Hamel, Long Lake, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka Beach, Orono, Plymouth, and Wayzata.
- In these prosperous communities 14% of the population lives in poverty (less than $25,100 per year for a family of four).
- Interfaith Outreach currently helps 90 families each month avoid homelessness through rent assistance. Two thirds of those families need help one or two times to bridge a rough time and stabilize.
- Interfaith Outreach helps to meet the emergency needs of nearly 2,000 families each year, and over the past two decades prevented homelessness 32,098 times.
This is our opportunity to help. In Matthew 22:39 it states “…love your neighbor as yourself”, let’s show how we love our neighbors by supporting families in their effort to go from surviving to thriving in our community.
Tom and Nadeen Jacobson at email@example.com
Together for Good is a network of volunteers and professional staff who come alongside parents who have nowhere to turn when facing crisis or life stressors. Host families welcome children into their homes temporarily, allowing parents time and space to heal, regroup and regain stability for their family. PCC has 10 host families currently serving. Other ways of serving are respite care for the host family, relational ministry by connecting with the moms, and practical support such as meals, clothing, transportation. This ministry replaces “Safe Families”, which PCC partnered with until recently.
If you have an interest in this ministry contact Keith and Kathy Ernst at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact
Keith and Kathy Ernst at email@example.com
Robbinsdale Women’s Center is a non-profit organization that helps women throughout the Twin Cities by offering free clinical services, referrals, material aid, counseling, and mentoring programs.
Jane Engstrom at firstname.lastname@example.org
TreeHouse is a ministry that reaches at-risk teens in the Twin Cities and helps them with issues like self-esteem, bullying, substance abuse, depression, and more.
Pam Swan at email@example.com
Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge offers short- and long-term programs that assist teens and adults who want to free themselves from chemical addictions and other life-controlling problems.
Henry Van Dellen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our next Serve Day is Sunday, June 2, 2019. We’ll take the church outside our walls and into our community to make an impact through service. Our goal is to mobilize 800-1,000 Plymouth Covenant Church volunteers to serve in and around our community—packing meals, planting trees, cleaning our ministry partners’ facilities, and more. Join us!
To support any of our local missions partners, take a look at serving opportunities and sign up today!
Simply fill out the form below for more information about our local missions partners and opportunities to serve. Charlene Williams will be happy to connect with you.