MISSION TO THE USA (musa)
Elder Phares Nyaga Mithamo, from Kenya, will be hosted by First Pres Maumee from Friday, October 11 - Sunday, October 19 as part of the Mission to the USA (MUSA) program through the Synod of the Covenant (Michigan and Ohio). The MUSA program links churches in the Synod of the Covenant with international church clergy and lay leaders. While Elder Phares is with us, he will be joining in the life of the church in worship, bible study, cultural activities, Wednesday evening programming, many meals, and much more as cultural barriers are broken down and he truly becomes our brother in Christ.
The focus of the Synod's MUSA program for the years 2017-2019 is Christian-Muslim relations. Elder Phares comes to us from a majority Muslim country, and will be a valuable resource to the Muslim-Christian Dialogue group which meets in our church building. His world view will be valuable to the entire church as we affirm the unity of the church in an effort foster oneness in the global community. Join us as we officially introduce Elder Phares and welcome him to our church community on Sunday, October 13. While Elder Phares is with us, we invite the congregation to share a meal with him and get to know him.
operation christmas child
Each November, we partner with Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child (OCC), which sends a shoebox gift that members of the congregation pack to a child in another part of the world. Through local churches, shoebox recipients learn about God’s Greatest Gift; His Son, Jesus Christ.
Through donations of gifts, toys, and supplies, our congregation fills shoeboxes for OCC. Donations can be anything from school supplies like pens and pencils, "wow" toys, like stuffed animals or action figures, personal items like soap or shampoo, and other fun things.
In celebration of our 200th Anniversary, our church has set a goal of reaching 200 children with 200 shoebox gifts! As of October 2019, we are currently at 69 shoeboxes for the year.
Compassion International has been helping children through sponsorship for 66 years, and has helped over 1.9 million children across the globe to receive support. As a church family, we came together to promote our ministry partner, Compassion International, during the months of August and September 2019. Many of the congregation prayed, asked questions, and took a Compassion Child Packet. This resulted in another 17 children, most living in the Dominican Republic, having a sponsor!
Additionally, we are partnering with Compassion International for our Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic, February 13-19, 2020. We hope to have 15 members of our congregation take part in this life changing experience and to meet the children they sponsor through Compassion.
Located in South Toledo, Mosaic Ministries provides meals, food distribution, education, prayer, counseling, and more to those in need, in order to create a stronger bond with The Lord. We recently worked together as a congregation, engaging the community, to provide $300,000 to Mosaic Ministries for their Lodge Building Project.
September 2019 update -- We have reached our goal of donating a total of $300,000 toward the Mosaic Lodge Building Project! Construction is underway.