Joe and Kim Cluff, missionaries in Kenya:

Joe and Kim work through the Community Christian Church in Kenya.  Together with their children, Sophia and Theo, they work in a variety of ways to be the presence of Christ in Kenya.  Learn more about their mission at http://jkcluffkenya.cmfmissionary.org.  To support Joe and Kim through Grace, make your check to the church and ear mark it or your envelope for Cluff Mission.  100% of your contribution will go to their work.

Family Promise:

Family Promise works with families and crisis and churches to provide temporary, safe and welcoming housing.  For two weeks each year, Grace partners with Congress Street United Methodist Church to welcome up to 3 families to stay each night at the church for those weeks.  We provide each family a room of their own, a meal, and companionship for adults and kids alike.  To learn more, contact Judy Forgey (judy@forgraze.com) or Nancy Hughes (nvhug23@gmail.com).  Or go to the Family Promise website:  www.fpglinc.org

Jubilee Christmas:

In November and December, Grace gears up for this partnership with Lafayette Urban Ministries.  Taking anonymous ‘ornaments’ from a Christmas tree, individuals at Grace shop for one or more children, providing gifts to make it a great Christmas for a family in need.  Then in December, the families gather and wrap their own presents in our Fellowship Hall.  We provide lots of fun extras for them and all can experience the presence of God at Christmas.

Bauer Center Food Pantry:

Come inside the main door of the church building, and you’ll see a small wooden cabinet that is a great opportunity in disguise.  People of Grace shop for groceries, place them in the cabinet, and volunteers take the supplies to the Bauer Center.  Families in need are able to supplement other assistance with these items.  Want to know what you can donate to Bauer Food Pantry?  Peanut butter & jelly; canned  meat, chicken, tuna; canned veggies & fruit; boxed foods (mac & cheese, pasta, rice, breakfast cereal, crackers); personal care items and toiletries (toilet tissue, diapers/baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, soap, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste/toothbrushes, new combs & brushes, hand lotion).  For more info on the Bauer Family Center, please visit their website at http://www.cfrc.org/

Habitat for Humanity:

Grace has a long history of participating in Habitat builds in Lafayette and beyond.  In 2010-2011, we stepped out in faith to build a Habitat home in celebration of our 50th anniversary at the 22nd Street site.  If you would like more information or would like to help with a future Habitat build, please contact Bob Watson:  r.watson2@comcast.net.

Mission Trips:

Nearly every year, Grace offers a mission/work trip outside the Lafayette area.  Whether building houses, repairing churches, or helping with cleanup after a natural disaster, Grace’s mission teams are open to all adults (and older youth) who wish to lend a helping hand.  This fall, we’ll head to Joplin, MO to continue to help in their rebuilding after last year’s tornado.  For more information, contact Jim Hartwick at jlhartlaf@juno.com.

Choir Child Sponsorship:

Grace’s Choirs sponsors a child through Compassion International, taking up offering each week.  For more information about the choir’s missions, please contact choir member Karla Hiser, kmhiser@gmail.com