Each year 10% of the church’s budget is dedicated to Christian outreach, serving both local community needs and those in the wider world. With that in mind, and in thanks to the generosity of our congregation, the Missions Committee here at The Church in Aurora was able to support a variety of worthy causes in 2021—locally, nationally and internationally. Here’s a sample of what a tithing church can do:
Locally, we were able to help area food banks keep their shelves stocked for those in need. These included Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard, Streetsboro Community Pantry, 4 C’s Food Pantry, Bainbridge Area Food for Friends, and Our Community Hunger Center. We also supplied meals at Easter and Thanksgiving at Haven of Rest.
Other local organizations we were able to assist are Friends of Recovery NE Ohio, Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland, Fuller Center of NW Portage County, City Mission, Providence House, Safer Futures, as well as our own CIA Outreach program. 3-H Circle also helped area shelters through your Missions Committee.
Farther afield, we aided college outreach through CRU, remembered our wonderful veterans through Tunnel to Towers and Folds of Honor, and helped in the continuing battle against cancer through the American Cancer Society.
Internationally, we joined the fight against COVID through Mercy Corp and Mercy Ships, Doctors without Borders and the Samaritan’s Purse. Partnering with UNICEF and ICCC we were able to help with disasters in India as well as those effected by Hurricane Ida. Monies to World Vision and Wycliffe Bible Translators helped feed the soul as well.
Members of the committee are careful with the budget we oversee. Many of the organizations we contribute to have matching fund programs. Organizations are researched for their budgeting process so that we can make each dollar stretch to the fullest. The Missions Committee is also happy to research any suggestions from our congregation.
We look forward to how we can help with the challenges that lie ahead in 2022.