Serve the Lord with gladness …
We demonstrate Christ’s compassion for others as we address the range of human needs outlined in Matthew 25:34-36: hunger, poverty, incarceration, illness, and the needs of refugees. Every month we highlight a local or national organization that is doing work in these areas and throughout the month, we learn more about their work, and support it with our prayers and offerings.
In addition to monetary donations, many of our members serve on the boards of, volunteer for, and in some cases were the founding organizers of the organizations we support. These include:
Alfred Area Food Pantry: The Food Pantry is housed in the Seventh Day Baptist Church in Alfred Station and serves people of the Alfred-Alfred Station area. The children of our church bring food for the Pantry every Sunday which is collected during the Children’s Time in worship. Adults also contribute both food and volunteer time at the Pantry.
Allegany-Cattaraugus-Chautaugua Fund for Women: This organization exists to invest in the lives of women in the communities of the southerntier in order to promote sustained self-sufficiency. Their mission is supported by strong guiding principles, including: empowerment, community, good stewardship, equity, diversity, and self-determination.
Allegany County Senior Foundation: Identifies the unique needs of seniors living in Allegany County that are not being met by current services, and tries to efficiently coordinate and fund if necessary non-governmental efforts to fill those gaps.
Cameron Community Ministries: This ministry began as a soup kitchen in one of Rochester’s poorest districts and has expanded to offer medical services, counseling services, teenage pregnancy prevention programs, youth services, and many other innovative programs.
Faith in Action: Coordinates a large network of volunteers who visit the homebound in the wider Hornell area (including Alfred). Volunteers may also help out with odd jobs, and provide other small services to their assigned person. Several members of the congregation volunteer with the Interfaith Caregivers.
Habitat for Humanity: Genesee Valley Chapter: Habitat for Humanity provides low-cost housing by working with a family to build their own home. The Genesee Valley Chapter covers Allegany County and beyond.
Haiti Outreach: (2007) After a youth service trip to Pignon, Haiti to help build a home for a family, our youth urged the church to support the work of Haiti Outreach in that region. Haiti Outreach is a community based organization that, among other things, funds scholarships for school children and is digs wells for villages to provide clean drinking water.
Hart House of Allegany County: A house in Wellsville, NY operated for the purpose of providing assistance and comfort care to terminally ill residents and their families. Can accommodate up to two terminally ill patients and family members at a time.
Mary’s Place: A refugee outreach center in Rochester, NY which provides food and clothing donations, English Classes, after school tutoring, translation services, and case management for refugees from Burma, Bhutan, Nepal, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sudan.
In addition, the church sponsors a community UNICEF drive in the fall, supports distribution of Christmas baskets to families in need, and has donated special offerings to Matthew 25: Ministries for crisis relief.
In a growing awareness of our environmental responsibilities, we also celebrate the Blessing of the Beasts in October when we give thanks for the animals in our lives, and Earth Sunday in April when we engage in service projects to show our care for the earth.